When Van Heusen Made an Economical Collar

It may seem odd to most of you that shirt-fronts and collars were sold separately. Imagine, going to the Gap and paying extra for the detachable shirt collar. It wasn’t that collars were not sewn on shirts prior to this, they were. But this was a better way to clean and starch a collar for business or formal wear.

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Van Heusen, the famous shirt company, sold shirt-fronts and collars. They branded their collars and did their best to make certain every man in every household had an affordable one. These marketing tools, including the “Dealer Helps,” were sent by Van Heusen to retailers all over the land. The use of sex appeal was intended to make men collard green with envy. Imagine, something in a clothing store that was 50 cents reduced to 35 cents. Those were the price-cutting good old days.

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2 thoughts on “When Van Heusen Made an Economical Collar

  1. mkf

    Delightful! Are those John Held, Jr. drawings on the “enclosure circulars,” or someone working in his (very popular) style? One would suppose that Van Heusen could afford the real thing (and it would be in keeping with Arrow’s Leyendecker campaign). It’s just too small to see…

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