Today we say goodbye to Nancy Talbot (co-founder of Talbots clothing stores), primarily via links allowing you to explore more at your leisure. Ms. Talbot died last Sunday.
We apologize for being a little slow to get this posted.
From the LA Times story:
“When Nancy and her husband, Rudolf Talbot, inherited his father’s cramped clothing store in the Boston suburb of Hingham, Mass., they renamed it “The Talbots.” They also stocked it with classic women’s apparel that reflected Nancy’s affinity for color and personal style.
More from the LA Times:
“By 1950, their business had outgrown its first location, and they moved two blocks to an old, white clapboard house that remains the mother store.
They painted the front door a custom bright red, an architectural touch that became a signature of Talbots stores.”
The NY Times story carries 1980 quotes from Nancy Talbot:
““We look for clothes that are timeless because they are ladylike, simple but not contrived, gimmicky, or extreme, smart but not faddy, fashionable but not funky — chic and understated, the hallmarks of good taste.””
And has more on her background:
“Mrs. Talbot, a product of the Shipley School and Radcliffe, applied her patrician good taste and enthusiasm for bright colors to merchandising well-made, affordable, preppy fashions to postwar American women. The look was classic rather than current, chiefly intended for the customer whom Women’s Wear Daily once called “the country club woman.”
The Boston Globe piece has perhaps the most detailed look at Ms. Talbot and the company’s history:
“The small shop’s location, meanwhile, left a little to be desired: A bar was next door.
“All these drunks would come staggering in,’’ Mrs. Talbot told the Globe in 2002.’
““She had exquisite taste and was a perfectionist,’’ her daughter said. “Everything she did had a beauty to it. My sister and I were just talking about how we learned what was beautiful from my mother.’’”
Mrs. Talbot died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease; she was 80.