Monday, November 08, 2010

George Carmel - New York Coat and Suit Company


George Carmel was the owner of one of the finest coat and suit houses in New York. Carmel was one of 4 brothers who entered the business in 1918.


George Carmel made expensive coats and suits that were considered investments in their day, as they were of the highest quality and would last for years and years.


George's sons Lawrence and Monroe both joined the firm after finishing college. They continued the old traditions while at the same time bringing a more modern sensibility to the garments the company produced.


While always attending the Paris couture shows, designers from George Carmel did not copy Paris models, but rather were inspired by the mood of the current fashions.


Diana Adler was the head designer at George Carmel. She joined the firm in the mid 1940s and worked there until the company closed.


George Carmel fell on hard times in the mid 1960s as fashion turned to less tailored and less expensive garments. The company closed in 1968.

Please note: Biographical information about George Carmel is copyright of Couture Allure and may not be copied without permission.


Past Perfect Vintage Clothing said...

What gorgeous clothes. This is a firm I was totally unaware of. Thank you for highlighting them - I got to learn something new today!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I hadn't heard of them either. A customer wrote to ask me about a suit she found at an estate sale with this label.

Gladys said...

That last pic looks like Striesand.

I am so un-informed as to designers and labels. Thank you so much for enlightening me.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thank you for being here every day, Gladys!

"Catherine Oliphant" said...

You've got a fabulous library of images. I sent a woman your way a few days ago with a George Carmel question. Was that her? Her question made me realize that mine is the fashion blog without the actual clothes! I appreciate all the work you've done on the designers. (Btw - I scavenge the NYT obits for info.)

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thanks Catherine. Yes, I believe it was her and I'm very glad as now we all know who George Carmel was.

chocolatier96 said...

I am the great grand-daughter of George Carmel and the Granddaughter of Lawrence Carmel who is still alive and well. I was interested in learning about my families history and found this website. Im am so proud to call myself a Carmel and hope I can find more information about his work

Anonymous said...

To chocolatier96...George Carmel is my great uncle. If you want send me an email.

blessedmatch said...

My mother tells the story of her father, Alexander Carmel, going to New York (from New Orleans) to visit her cousin George Carmel's store. In her words, "I remember a beautiful grey suit trimmed with Persian lamb on cuffs and collar."

0b6d6f48-a512-11e4-b928-f7af0b8b5708 said...

The original brothers were George Kalmen Dave and Abe

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