1960s Lee Bender for Bus Stop Navy Wool Coat




The epicenter of the Youthquake of the late 1960s revolved around the London boutiques of Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Barbara Hulanicki (Biba), and Lee Bender's  Bus Stop. This mod peacoat is designed in a heavy navy blue woven wool fabric, and has a great clean line, with minimal use of seams to shape the body and an inverted back pleat. The coat has a raglan shoulder and  fastens at the neck and collar with two octagonal buttons that echo the Bus Stop sign logo. Three snaps hidden beneath the placket fasten the coat down the front. Vertical welted hip pockets are are accented with a buttoned band, as are the sleeve cuffs.  The coat features a fabulous fuzzy and warm acrylic pile lining in vivid orange, white and blue, in a clever take of the 'no stopping' sign of the UK's bus stops. This lining and fabric itself serve to make this coat nice and toasty to wear and pretty impervious to all but the most inclement weather. Alas, condition is not perfect.  We found six holes scattered through out the body of the garment, the largest and most apparent of which lies near the bust seam on the right side of the bodice and measures .5 (one half) cm in diameter. Still, the coat remains a nice addition to a Bus Stop/Bender collection.. Bust 41", hip 46", sleeve center back to end of sleeve 27", length 32".  $295