Monday, February 1, 2010

Safari Jacket is a REAL Treasure!

I've been doing some research on the Carroll Company that made the new British Safari Jacket and I found some pretty interesting info...............

It seems that the Carroll Company of Beverly Hills, California is one of THE premiere men's clothing stores in the US! From what I can tell from the website catalog, shirts go for around $250.00 and jackets around $1000.00. I knew it was high-end :)

There is a great and VERY extensive history page on the website that is VERY interesting......

The Original Beverly Hills Store

It seems that the company was founded in 1949 in Beverly Hills by a Hollywood publicist and quickly became the prefered clothing store to the stars. The early customers were the likes of Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, William Holden and Billy Wilder.

From 1953 to 1960, Carroll is one the first US company to venture overseas to Great Britian and Italy to search out interesting and unusual clothing for their store. They start to work with and purchase from small custom clothing manufacturers, importing the high end garnments to the US. The regular customers base expands and the likes of Gregory Peck, Dean Martin, and Jimmy Stewart become regular customers. Carroll expands to form a "Studio Division" and starts to assist Hollywood costumers and designers with movie clothing. Many of the era's stars insist on wearing Carroll clothing in their movies.

In the 1970's the Carroll Company expands and becomes the largest clothing retailer on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills............Carroll begins providing clothing for television shows......... "The Bob Newhart Show", "The May Tyler Moore Show", "Charlie's Angels" and the "Six Million Dollar Man". Carrol also begins dressing politicians like President Gerald Ford, George McGovern, Senator Allan Cranston.

In the 1980's Carroll Company outfits Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, and Robert Redford for many of their film roles. Carroll also supplies costumes and clothing for the television shows "Hill Street Blues", "Dallas", "Dynasty" and "St. Elswhere".

In the 1990's Carroll Company continues to grow and receives a Warrant of Appointment from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent. They continue to provide clothing to the stars in numerous feature films and shows like "L.A. Law", "Picket Fences", and "Murder She Wrote".

In the 2000's the company supplies clothing to actors appearing in "The West Wing", "Boston Legal", and "Commander in Chief".....................................

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