Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Archival Addendum: Windsor Wear

I'm going to start a memorial garden honoring classic Archival brands that have gone out of business in my lifetime (or within recent memory).

In a recent post on Roberts Supply Co, I showed an image of a black wool henley sweater made by Windsor Wear. As it turns out, Windsor Wear is out of business and this henley is no longer in production (despite the fully stocked shelves at Roberts). Thanks to some research by readers, I discovered that Windsor was bought out by Stanfield's, although I'm told that the Stanfield woolens are no longer made out of 100% wool.

Here is a note I received from a salesperson at David Morgan:
Windsor Wear was bought by a company called Stanfield’s. While they are still producing the union suits, tops and bottoms in the “black” underwear line, it is no longer 100% wool. It is now an 80/20%, wool & cotton. We have a small top and a medium bottom in the old style (100% percent wool) and have the suits, tops and bottoms in the new style. If you do a search on our site for wool underwear you should come up with them.

Remaining stock of 100% wool Windsor Wear henleys available at David Morgan, The Montana Woolen Shop, Bemidji Woolen Mills and of course, Roberts Supply Co.

Engrave Windsor Wear on the memorial garden marker alongside Frost River, Hebden Cord, Alpendale and [X?].

Here's what happens when quality brands pass into the ether.


Anonymous said...

Another one for the memorial garden may be The Melton Company. Formerly of Batavia, NY, they were a contract maker of wool CPO shirts, pea coats, flannel work shirts, etc. They were bought in 1995 and moved to the Los Angeles area. I still find an occasional dusty piece of theirs when on archaeological hunts at some of the old time die hard work clothing suppliers in the Rust Belt. There was a website, long since defunct but until recently still up, that gave a taste of their former glory days. There is this, via the Wayback Machine, but it sadly lacks the images:

The Melton Company

Lesli Larson said...


Thank you for your contribution to the memorial. We need to commemorate more of these lost brands (especially the lesser known ones which have escaped documentation by blog or internet).