In the center are the large letters ILGWU (International Ladies Garment Workers Union) crossed with the smaller acronym AFL-CIO.
Around the edge is printed “Int’l Ladies Garment Workers Union.” Union tags were printed in a variety of colors, so don’t be surprised if you find red, black, blue or green printed on a white tag.
THE SIGN: You think to yourself after spotting a bonafide Saks dress sold for a steal in the racks of your favorite thrift store haunt.
But then you furrow your brow in puzzlement: This doesn’t appear to be the Saks label you know and love. Most likely it’s not a knock-off, but rather Saks from a vintage era!
Excitedly, you move in to examine the garment’s designer, expecting to see a high-brow name or at the very least, a boutique label on such an exquisite piece.
HOW TO SPOT IT: When thrift store shopping, give each designer/label tag a second glance to identify whether it’s of modern design.The VFG’s label resource guide visually chronicles the various label designs of popular designers and brands, from icons such as Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg and Betsy Johnson to mall stores like The Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Banana Republic.VINTAGE FASHION TIPS: Brands often change the design of their labels to redefine their image and to differentiate between separate clothing lines under the major umbrella of one company.You’re thrift store shopping at your favorite store — like the Salvation Army I love in my hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania — when a unique looking garment catches your eye from between the racks.You pull the garment toward you, revealing a gorgeous silk dress with lucite buttons in an aquamarine blue color that resembles a shirtwaist style popular in the 1950s.