Bobbins: Label Love- R & K Original

I’ve sold quite a few R&K Originals over the years and currently have a couple dresses in the shop. This dress company’s focus was fashionable and affordable. They started in the 1930s from two business men; Henry Kalman and David Rosenthal and hence were called the Rosenthal and Kalman Dress Corp. In the mid-1940s they shortened the name to R&K Original. In the early days, Pauline Fracchia was the designer behind the label. She brought a feminine elegance to the line which makes them such wonderful vintage collectibles for an affordable fashion brand. In the 1960’s Jonathan Logan purchased the company which aligned the brand with a more youthful look- think more mod-scooter dresses etc. Today the line is still in business and retails at JC Penney. Here is some eye candy and Fall inspiration from the Pauline Fracchia years:


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Bombshells: Femme Fatales of Film Noir

My love of Film Noir has never waned over the years. The mystery, the dark play with light, the heroes and the anti-heroines. The femme fatales…. they will always be style icons and more. Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):


Joan Bennett as Kitty March in Scarlet Street (1945).


Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944) with the handsome Fred McMurray.


Lauren Bacall as Marie “Slim” Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944) with Humphrey Bogart.


Rita Hayworth as Gilda in Gilda (1946).


Mary Astor as Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart.


Lana Turner as Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) with John Garfield.


Rita Hayworth (again!) as Elsa Bannister in The Lady From Shanghai (1948).

Who is your favorite femme fatale? Let me know in the comments or join in for Film Noir Week (today through Halloween) on my IG and FB accounts! See you there… xx, Karen

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