Jay Thorpe


1940s copper-beaded Jay Thorpe evening purse from the collection of The Vintage Purse Gallery.

From the Vintage Fashion Guild, http://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource/thorpe-jay/ "Jay Thorpe was an exclusive store located at 24 – 26 W. 57th Street, New York which opened in the 1920s. One of the best stores on 57th Street, Jay Thorpe offered custom made clothing from French and in-house designers. The store was on an equal footing with Henri Bendel and Hattie Carnegie in terms of quality, but had a more eclectic image. Private fashion showings took place in the fourth floor bistro, where customers could relax with refreshments while watching models stroll by in latest fashions.
Wilson Folmar was the head designer in the custom department from the 1930s to the 1950s. The store was out of business by the early 1970s. --Written by coutureallurevintage.com"

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/158920: "Jay Thorpe was founded in 1920 by Charles J. Oppenheim, Jr. A specialty retailer, the firm offered custom-made goods as well as French imports. Oppenheim's family was firmly rooted in retail. His father, Charles J. Oppenheim, Sr. (1890-1941) and grandfather, Albert Oppenheim (1832-1914)--who were later joined by Israel D. Levy--founded the New York City department store Oppenheim, Collins & Co. Grandfather Albert had also been associated with Brooklyn department store Abraham & Straus and his grandmother Mary was a member of the Abraham family."