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The Pink Horsie Jacket!

I was in Toronto recently, speaking for the CreativFestival and generally making myself useful.

While I was there, I had some spare time to wander down to Queen Street. For those who haven't been to the fair city of Toronto, they have some very hip shops on Queen Street.

In one of the vintage shops there, I found this very cool pink jacket. I bought it because the detail was so exceptional, and am sharing it with you here.


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Comments (19)

LaurieDiane LaurieDiane writes: So glad Ispotted this post...What an exceptional find! I sure would have snapped that up myself! Like you say, the detail of the sew-manship is exqusite. I looked over the pictures forever in awe. It is funny we call our retro motorhome Trigger and it has a Western type theme. I can see me in this jacket rumbling down old Route 66 in it. Thanks for sharing this great jacket with us. Enjoyed it completely!

Posted: 3:18 pm on February 22nd

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: And to Keltiknotyes: I did indeed name him "Horsie". My boyfriend, who has done dressage in the past, says the word "horsy" is an adjective, as in "horsy people", but the actual animal can be called "horsie"--it's a kiddie term, as in "horsie rides"-- so that's what I named him, as he's so whimsical. The cowboy, I guess, is "Roberto Rogers".....?

None of this makes much logical sense but isn't it fun?
Posted: 11:32 pm on December 12th

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: Sadly the right shoulder is distorted because it was crooked on a hanger for quite a long time. I replaced shoulder pads to see if that would help, and it did, but I'm reluctant to take the seam apart or otherwise monkey with it, as I don't think I can help it much. So I'll just pose more asymmetrically so it isn't so noticeable.
Posted: 11:27 pm on December 12th

BettySewsAlot BettySewsAlot writes: WOW! So lucky are you and it fits like a glove..
Posted: 11:21 pm on December 12th

RebeccaPressley RebeccaPressley writes: I love the jacket and the detailing. Question though, what is wrong with the right shoulder? It looks stretched out or something. Would this be fixable? I would hang this find up on the wall as art!
Posted: 12:56 pm on December 12th

tinker4u tinker4u writes: What a wonderful jacket; you look fabulous in it!
I love the color that vintage pink fades to.
This year I found a beautifully home sewn 1940's navy crepe dress with pink edging that fits me perfectly.
I love vintage!
Posted: 11:31 am on December 12th

user-1116680 user-1116680 writes: What a find! The workmanship and is a piece of historic art, just beautiful. When I first saw the jacket I thought of the female gender but it looks Great on was meant to be!

Posted: 5:28 am on December 12th

KeltiknotYES KeltiknotYES writes: Beautiful jacket and you look beautiful in it! My only negative comment is that something that relates to horses is, "horsy," according to Webster's, not, "horsie;" unless of course, you've given the horse depicted on the jacket the name "Horsie," as a proper noun.

Once an editor-proofreader, always an editor-proofreader, I'm afraid!

Posted: 2:53 am on December 12th

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: Thanks for the kind comments!

As for how does leather become shocking pink? I believe it's because it's tickled pink to be made up into this fabulous jacket!

And the buttons--they might be bone--definitely not ivory or plastic. I was surprised that they weren't silver, either, but who was I to quibble? The unexpected here is really nice--it blends with the front border in a way that silver might not.....

Posted: 10:41 pm on December 11th

user-682960 user-682960 writes: That jacket is truly an amazing find. The detail truly is fantastic, or perhaps I should say fantastico. I do wonder, however, about the buttons. If they are bone or ivory, they might be right but I guess I would have expected silver buttons on a jacket that nice!
Posted: 9:03 pm on December 11th

user-2120205 user-2120205 writes: I love to buy 'vintafe' garments. The sad thing is I buy them whether they fit or not!!! I have a bit of a thing for vintage lace and anything hand crafted. It would be lovely to think someone might give my handmade garments the same respect in the next millenium!!!
Posted: 7:59 pm on December 11th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: Senor King,

You have a shopper's eye, a model's stance, and a stunning south-of-the-border find.

A tip of the sombrero, and a knowing nod.
Posted: 7:55 pm on December 11th

joyjen joyjen writes: Kenneth, Thanks for sharing this little gem with us and exposing all of the fabulous details. I knew the minute I saw the email that this would be an article from you. I guess I'm getting to know you through Threads.
Posted: 7:52 pm on December 11th

HarmonyQ HarmonyQ writes: Kenneth, you look divine in this jacket! Would you be able to explain how leather becomes shocking pink?
Posted: 7:07 pm on December 11th

Thommi Thommi writes: Beautiful!!
I wish I knew more about what to look for when shopping in antique shops, other than it looks really old ;)
Posted: 6:56 pm on December 11th

velogiant velogiant writes: It suits you to a tee!
Thank you for a close up of the detailing. This is a really special find and not something that I would dream of finding in Australia.
It's an amazing jacket.
Posted: 6:55 pm on December 11th

sandipratt sandipratt writes: OMG !! I love this jacket !!!!! You are a lucky man to have found this treasure
Posted: 6:22 pm on December 11th

user-1149424 user-1149424 writes: I found a custom made woman's Doma Vaquera jacket at a swap meet once - cropped, fully-lined suede with delicate appliqued vines on the sleeves and in a medallion on the back. Mexican leatherwork is amazing.
Posted: 6:12 pm on December 11th

EllenMorrison EllenMorrison writes: The work on this jacket is indeed exceptional. Love the pocket! Thank you for sharing. Several years ago I bought my daughter a Chinese jacket at a vintage shop so she could marvel at the appliqué work on it. I'm sure this jacket and its creator have a history, and I hope some readers can help you in that direction.

This jacket looks exquisite on you, Kenneth! Congratulations on your sharp eye! I hope you get a huge amount of enjoyment wearing it and, I hope, showing both of you off a bit in this festive season!

Posted: 2:17 pm on December 11th

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