I LOVE this piece. A versatile wardrobe staple for fall and winter that can be worn forwards or backwards, with the buttons creating a bustle in back or draping in front. Made of a mid- to heavy-weight wool in a red, green, ivory and black plaid, with a wide high waistband and large self fabric buttons.
Waist up to 28"
High hip (6" from waist) 37"
Low hip (9" from waist) up to 40"
Very good vintage condition. It looks like the buttons have been moved to give a bit more room in the hips but doesn't affect the look too much. There is one small hole in the lower front of the skirt (pictured) but I could find no other issues to note.
About the Label
Western Fashions was established about 1940 by Lynn Eccleston and Lester Freedman in Los Angeles, part of the emerging California fashion scene. One of their designers in the 1940s was Jery Grinel, who created this skirt in a few different fabrics, seen here in advertisements from 1948. He was born Jerome Gringler in Cleveland, Ohio in 1913, and his family moved to Los Angeles in the early 1930s. They ran a small variety store at the corner of Van Ness and what is now MLK Jr. Boulevard, then West Santa Barbara Blvd. Jery started his career in the late 1930s as a costume designer and by 1940 was designing women’s sportswear. After Western Fashions and Tabak, Grinel designed under his own name and for other local brands like Paseo Casuals, Sir James and Junior Miss of California. He dropped off the design map by 1960, but remained in Southern California until his death in 1992.