Does anyone remember Shadowline? It was – and is – a line of lingerie once known for its quality and durability.
I liked it so well that I bought one in every color!
|This photo makes these dressing gowns look like graduation gowns!|
I have had these three lounging, or dressing gowns, since the mid-1980s. They have been worn and laundered many, many times. They still look almost new, showing no sign of wear.
They are made of nylon and are so very comfortable (is anything made from nylon anymore?)
I haven’t seen this brand offered in stores – at least not in my area – in quite a few years. It used to be a sought after brand so I decided to do a bit of research.
Seems the line is still being made and can be ordered online. I wonder if the quality is still as good as it once was.
I searched, but could not find, where the garments are now made. My bet is NOT in the U.S. anymore.
I learned that the company was started in 1914 in Philadelphia. The current owner (it’s still a family owned business), Alan Rifkin tells how his grandparents started the business, now known as Velrose Lingerie (maker of Shadowline). His grandmother Rose would sew on a foot-treadle machine while raising 6 children and his grandfather William would cut the fabric at night and sell by day. They only made one style.
After World War II his father and uncles joined his grandfather in the family business and things went well. They specialized in day wear including strap slips, camisoles, half slips, and panties. Then in 1970 Alan joined and began to learn the business and eventually introduced sleepwear to the line, and later became president in 1996.
The next time I need to purchase items of this type, I may order Shadowline, just for old time's sake and to compare today's quality with that of yesterday.
Are you familiar with the brand? What is your brand of choice for lingerie items?