If you know the name, you are already swooning. For those who have yet to be introduced to the label sewn into the most fabulous mid-century suits, welcome, here there be glamour.
Opening in 1933 in San Francisco, Lilli Ann was named after founder Adolph Schuman's wife Lillian. The label was quickly recognized for it's high quality tailoring, great Parisian designer level style, and fine European textiles. Schuman imported textiles from Europe, working with the established mills to reorganize the way they were structured for a mutual benefit to the mills and Lilli Ann. The customers benefited too, who doesn't love fine European textiles after all? Schuman even insisted on a certain pay level for the mill workers, how great is that? Though a great businessman Schuman's wife and the designer Jean Wright were the creative minds, and other designers worked behind the scenes through the years. Transitioning from some truly wild styles in the forties, into the sleeker sophisticated looks in the fifties, Lilli Ann was in business all the way up to the millennium, finally closing in 2000. These days Lilli Ann suits can be found in pricier vintage shops, online, and if you are very very lucky- out in the wilds of thrift shops or antique malls.
Collected and coveted even today, no one can deny the chic glamour of a Lilli Ann suit.