RESOURCES: The WPL, RN & CA Labeling Guide on Ebay. the verbiage “lot” usually followed by a number or number with a letter. For whatever reason, lot numbers ceased use around 1979. One of my favs growing up, because all sizes were 5, 7 or 9! Reason being that travel to Mexico was quite popular during the era and Mexican styles (particularly circle skirts) caught on as a trend.
NOTE: Because the Woolmark logo is licensed and therefore costs money to use, not all garments made from wool are labeled with a Woolmark. WHY IT’S VINTAGE: While dating a garment to 1999 doesn’t make it vintage, you can date garments with countries like “Yugoslavia,” which divided into Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovenia in the early 1990s. My other source references half sizes as indicators of a vintage plus-size garment beginning at size 20 1/2.
RESOURCE: The Vintage Fashion Guild’s Woolmark guide. the type of material noted on a garment, particularly if it has an unusual name like “Dacron Polyester.” HOW OLD? WHY IT’S VINTAGE: The invention of synthetics during World War II was an exciting time for American fashion — and for the clothing companies themselves! RESOURCES: Explanation of Half Sizes on Sewing Patterns by The Hem Line & Explanation of Vintage Plus Sizes by Charearl. an RN number of five to six numbers, proceeded with “RN.” HOW OLD?
Nike was one of the first athletic companies to heavily brand and market its athletic shoes, apparel sports equipment, and accessories by using famous sports personalities such as John Mc Enroe, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods, to name a few. Nike markets its products under its own brand name as well as Air Jordan, Bauer, Converse, Team Starter, and Nike Golf.
As of 2007 Nike is the largest sportswear supplier in the world, with a revenue worth of $15 billion.
NOTE: Best to use this tag tip if you already know that the garment is vintage to prevent confusion with a modern piece also made in Mexico. Pre-1971 if there’s absolutely no care instructions to be found on a tag.