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Hale Hawaii and Kuu-Ipo Hawaii are other examples with more deliberate Hawiaan branding in their names.[Back to the top.] LOOK FOR: The size of a garment and comparing it to your modern size will help determine whether it’s vintage.Pulitzer herself began designing colorful floral dresses that wouldn’t show stands from her work at a Florida juice stand!The dresses were so popular amongst the stand’s customers that she began producing a professional line.Emilio Pucci began designing in the late ’40s when commissioned him to design ski outfits for their winter 1947 issue, so a Pucci label can be from a 1940s piece or later.Lilly Pulitzer the brand was born in 1959, when Mrs.Knowing how to date clothing as vintage is a skill that’s taken me years to acquire, and one that I’ll build upon for the rest of my life.I’m constantly researching what vintage sellers and fashion historians have to say about the nuances of accurately dating vintage clothing and identifying vintage labels and tags when shopping thrift stores, estate sales, your grandmother’s closet and other secret shopping sources!
[Back to the top.] LOOK FOR: Clothing brands which list Hawaiian cities or islands as origin of production (such as Honolulu) or use “Hawaii” in any shape or form in the brand name. VINTAGE HISTORY: While Hawaii officially became an American state in 1959, its influence on American fashion began in the 1930s when tourism to the Pacific increased thanks to more cruise ships sailing to the islands.The construction and labeling of clothing garments changed from decade to decade in the 20th century, which is a benefit for vintage lovers who want to learn how to accurately date their clothing, whether for personal or resale services.This list isn’t the end-all-be-all for dating vintage clothing.Zippers became available in plastic (called “woven” zippers) beginning in 1963, and beginning in 1968 nylon (plastic) coil zippers were used in practically every single mass produced garment.Also important to note for accurate dating is placement of zipper either along the side or in the back middle of the garment.