4.18.2013

The French Jeweler's Smock

Going back to my post in December about the book Cheap Chic, I mentioned that I found a French Jeweler's Smock on my first-ever trip to Paris (1983; I was living in Northern Italy at the time). It was made of unbleached linen, about knee-length with long full sleeves and open sides. I found one photo of me in said smock, which I usually wore that winter with a long full black skirt and cotton turtleneck underneath, and a pair of cheap suede ankle boots purchased at an Italian chain store I want to call Basta (but I don't think that's right). In this picture I'm also wearing it with a fair isle sweater vest and cotton scarf I got at a Paris flea market. (The weather was very chilly and damp that winter. We lived in an apartment built in the 1500s, no central heating, no phone, no laundry facilities.)

1983

The baby's not mine. I babysat for some friends in exchange for use of their washer and dryer. The bag at the left was a splurge at a local boutique: a raw leather backpack I carried everywhere.

I don't remember what happened to the smock, for which I now give myself a big dope slap every time I think of it. It disappeared in one of my subsequent (frequent) moves.

This is the closest thing I have been able to find, from an artist's supply in Great Britain:


Not the same, though. Mine had no buttons, it just slipped over the head and had a bateau-type neckline with small pleats.

7 comments:

  1. You have NO IDEA.
    That smock haunted me for YEARS AND YEARS.
    I was too young to go to Paris to find one and, in those days, the airfare was always astronomical.

    HAUNTED.

    OMG, the UK one comes in black!

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    1. I know! And with white linen cuffs, yet.

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    1. I remembered! It was "Bata" where I got the boots. But there was a la Standa in our town and we did quite a bit of shopping there, too.

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  3. Oooh I really fancy the black one mentioned...with white cuffs?
    You look really happy on the photo in spite of the hardships of living abroad, it wasn't all sunshine and roses was it. (Lived in Czechslovakia, Poland and Scotland, also with no laundry facilities.(Ah! shades of washing things in the bath, walking up and down ;):)

    Hugs Jane

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  4. The link to find this smock won't open ... And I really want to see this black smock. Will you tell me how to find it?

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    1. Hi!

      I just checked Green & Stone's Facebook page. They are having problems with their website but report that it should be back up soon: https://www.facebook.com/greenandstone

      Good luck, hope you find one!

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