1950s Clothing

Silver grey Sulka silk mens pajamas 1950s size M 38-40

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Chest: measures 46” flat, to fit loosely for approx. 38 to 40”
Length: 30” from back of neck to hem
Sleeve length: 24” from shoulder seam
Shoulder seam to shoulder seam, across back: 17.25”
Waist: best for 33 to 35”

Outseam length: 41” from waist to hem
Inseam length: 28” (below long/lowered crotch)
Rise: 14” in front, from waist to center crotch seam
Width of leg at hem: 9.25” flat (18.5” around, when doubled)
LABEL: A. Sulka & Company, New York Chicago

This pair of silver-grey silk pajamas by Sulka dates from 1950s, and features a design of circa 1600s people (pilgrims, or?), woven into in the medium-weight, jacquard fabric. Sulka was a brand known for their high-quality men's accessories, often made of silk, such as scarves, robes, neckties--and elegant silk pajamas like these. Sulka customers at one time included famous folks such as the Duke of Windsor and Clark Gable, as well as the less-famous, but well-heeled consumer with a taste for the finer things in life. The pajamas are technically unisex, with traditional men’s pajama details like notched lapels, 3 patch pockets, and a drawstring (plus button-fly) waist. The waist drawstring has neat, tasseled ends. The buttons on the pj top and the pants are real shell. The cuffs, pockets, and lapels have burgundy piping trim, echoed by the “tuxedo” stripe on the outside of the wide-legged pajama pants. Both the top and the pants are intended to fit loosely, so bear this in mind when checking the flat measurements, above. The fabric feels about the same weight as a classic men’s silk robe or smoking jacket, but unlined.

This 1950s silk pajamas set is in excellent condition. The only potential issue is the fact that original owner had his monogram, “Gene” embroidered on the chest pocket of the pj top. If you don’t mind the monogram—or if you happen to BE a Gene--then it’s no problem at all!

Both the top and pants have “A. Sulka & Company” labels. There is a date of “November 1953” attached below the Sulka label on the pants, which makes us quite sure of the date on this set—always a plus! The set is approximately a vintage size men’s medium, but please see the measurements for more details about size.

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