I find the history of a company as fascinating as the product they manufacturer. I must have spent three months researching The History of Olga, substantiating it, writing the article for this blog, and submitting the information to the Vintage Fashion Guild for their resource.
Well, i probably have spent more than that amount of time already working on Barbizon. What a challange! The VFG and other sites state the company was started in 1933, but i have a hang tag that says 1917. Oddly, these vintage gowns with the original tags provide much history. So.. i'm still plugging away. Hopefully it will be done soon.. i'm working my way throught NY Times obits already. lol.. yes.. i do dig deep! Its more interesting because there is nothing per se of "history of barbizon" on the net.. nor even in Wiki.
And this is a special project for me. Yes, i love Olga, Miss Elaine.. and all the other brands, but Barbizon has something for everyone. I truly have a passion for them. They have a unique variety for everyone.
They have the most wonderful slippery smooth satin and specialize in the most beautiful hand embroidery, done in the Philippines. Rarely do you find a Barbizon nightgown without even a touch of embroidery. On the simplest of gowns, there will be a dainty embroidery on even just the collar.
They have fabulous gowns perfect for a Bridal shower, trousseau or just special occasions.
And Cuddleskin?? That is Barbizon's line of their beautiful satin nightgowns ~ but.. they have the most incredibly soft fluffy nylon flannel inside. So you can still look beautiful while being cuddly and warm. The cuddleskins are getting harder and harder to find.. people "know" them and grab them up. There are many imitations, but a true Barbizon Cuddleskin is the ultimate~ like no other. Beautiful and demure.
Probably because of my own passion for Barbizon, i can't seem to keep them in stock ~ they sell as fast as i can list them. Do you think a customer can tell when a seller is excited about their product? Possibly.. and if that's the case.. it is one item i am always excited to list. I have four hanging right now, freshly laundered and ready to be steamed and take the pictures.
And we do have a few available right now. My favorite are two white satin ones.. that just look so bridal, one is vintage new with tags ~ in fact the tag that says the company was founded in 1917.
Stop at my little shop and check the Barbizons and see why its most people's "little secret ~
here are just a few of them: