ARCHIVE - 1980s Ralph Lauren Mainline Brown Suede Leather Skirt

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This is a fine early to mid 1980s Italian brown suede maxi skirt by Ralph Lauren from what was at the time, the mainline collection as the flagship purple label was introduced in 1994. This was purchased as part of a small collection of very premium vintage and my client remarked how excited she was when the company opened its first international store in New Bond Street, London in 1981 where she was a regular visitor.

The skirt features a classic wide waistband, complete with belt loops and generous gathering of the leather so that the skirt has a voluminous appearance. The skirt fastens with a front zipper and two buttons, and also has two functional pockets, each finished with a flap and button fastening. The suede is of an incredibly high quality, very soft and almost caramel brown in colour, and although it is unlined it has a lovely weight to it. This timeless skirt would make the perfect layering piece for autumn and winter, especially when paired with a jumper and boots for extra cosiness.

In excellent vintage condition, with no apparent marks or faults to the suede. Labelled a vintage US 8; these days, it would best fit up to a 10 UK, or 6 US, on account of the waist measurement and the nature of suede being a non stretch material.

Waist - 27 in. (68.5 cm)
Hip - 60 in. (152.4 cm)
Length - 38 in. (96.5 cm)


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

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We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

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Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

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