Don Luis de Espana

One of my goals with running La Poubelle Vintage is to bring a bit of fun and whimsy to vintage shopping and that often comes in the form of amazing prints and textiles. I love finding quirky, unusual, and beautifully made textiles to the shop and it's one of my biggest sources of inspiration when out shopping. 

                              Ali MacGraw wearing a Don Luis pantsuit in 1970. Source.

                              Ali MacGraw wearing a Don Luis pantsuit in 1970. Source.

 

Over the years, one of my favorite print designers to find has been Don Luis de Espana, a Spanish designer that I honestly can't find much info about online, but seems to have been a fairly high-end designer in the '60s and '70s who was known for his vibrant screen-printed jersey pieces. The brand was designed by Felix Arbeo and dresses went for about $70-$150 (about $450-$950 in today's dollar) according to this New York Times article from 1970 (P.S. don't you love reading these old NYT fashion articles!)

Here's a Don Luis de Espana dress that I just listed with an amazing tie dye print, plus a peek at a few other pieces of his that I've sold over the years:

                                         Don Luis de Espana maxi, in the Etsy shop now

                                         Don Luis de Espana maxi, in the Etsy shop now

                 A previously sold Don Luis piece, I love this marble-esque print!

                 A previously sold Don Luis piece, I love this marble-esque print!

                                   Another great Don Luis print that was sold last year.

                                   Another great Don Luis print that was sold last year.

       This Don Luis de Espana dress sold to the wardrobe department of a film set in the '70s! 

       This Don Luis de Espana dress sold to the wardrobe department of a film set in the '70s! 

Plus some more amazing Don Luis de Espana pieces that I found while Googling around. The prints are so killer!

 

                                                    From Rax Clothing

                                                    From Rax Clothing

                           That jumpsuit though!! Already sold on eBay but worth drooling over

                           That jumpsuit though!! Already sold on eBay but worth drooling over

                                       Another awesome marble print from Scarlet Fury!

                                       Another awesome marble print from Scarlet Fury!

This amazing underwater print dress is from Palm Beach Vintage!

This amazing underwater print dress is from Palm Beach Vintage!

            And one more marble print cause I'm obsessed with them! From Red Hat Vintage.

            And one more marble print cause I'm obsessed with them! From Red Hat Vintage.

Laura Lanz-Frolio