Lilli Ann was founded in San Fransisco in 1933 by Alfred Schumann, and are well known for the bold shapes and wonderful use of color.
I’m a sucker for Lilli Ann, and everywhere I go I keep an eye out for their beautiful suits and coats. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the red suit at my friend Lisa’s shop secondLove last year, and the quality is truly impeccable. After WWII Alfred Schumann added Paris to the label, and helped many small textile factories close to bankruptcy by buying small fabric quantities. For this effort he was reward with medals from France and Italy, and the fabrics he bought were of exquisite hand loomed quality. Source; Vintage Fashion Guild.
If you ever own a Lilli Ann piece, you’ll immediately know what I’m talking about regarding the quality. I recently bought a fabulous coat from the “Paris” period, and despite being over 50 years old it looks completely new. I’ll post an outfit picture soon! Alfred Schumann passed away in 1985, and his heirs continued to run the company until it closed down in 2000. I personally do not like Lilli Ann pieces after the 1970’s, due to the fact that the colors and fun shapes disappeared for a more business-y look.