Downton Abbey popularity boosts vintage clothing sales

Christys' Fur Felt Top Hat - The Top HatHave you been caught up in the period drama series broadcast by PBS, Downton Abbey? Just entering its second season, the show is doubling U.S. audiences, and its widespread popularity is having a corresponding effect on the sales of vintage clothing.

I don’t doubt it — the costumes are fabulous and that’s for both men and women, as all facets of dress are shown, from fox hunting attire to finery worn to tea parties and balls. I have a sharp eye out when it comes to hats, of course, and am in a state of near-constant drooling when I see the top hats, bowlers, tweed caps and fedoras worn by all the pre-WWI men pictured in and around this Edwardian country house setting.

Of course, the war changes life (not just fashion) dramatically in every way imaginable. Read Country Houses in Medical Service for a great overview on how each aspect of society was irrevocably altered.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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