Question: I have had several requests this week for finding 1940s reproduction men’s clothing that is either ready-made or custom made to measure.
Answer: A while back I published a big list of men’s vintage, reproduction and vintage inspired clothing brands. I have been steadily adding to the list as I discover new online shops just for men. The list includes clothing from 1900-1960 styles. Most of the best sources for 1940s clothing (including women’s) are in Europe, not the USA, so be prepared to spend a bit more on shipping. A few of my favorites for 1940s men’s reproduction or inspired clothing are:
History Preservation – 1930s – 1950s Military trousers, leather flight jackets, selvage-denim jeans, chambray work shirts, sweatshirts, army field jackets, and a lot more.
Knickerbocker Co – Vintage style men’s workwear, sack suits, jackets, shirts, and caps made in New York.
Levi’s – Denim jeans, jackets, button-down shirts remade from original Levis patterns from 1900-1970s
ZootSuitStore.com – A mega warehouse of men’s classic style suits in San Francisco but they also ship worldwide. They have a wide range for Stacy Adams suits which always make great modern Zoot Suits among other brands.
Carol Nolan – The source for men’s repro zoot suits. She also makes 1915-1940s suits, pants, and vests all custom made for you.
El Pachuco – 1940s style Zoot Suits since 1978!
Matchete n Sons on Etsy or Denver Bespoke – Custom USA made clothing- suits, jackets, shirts, vests, pants and much more. They send you a muslin mock-up for you to try on before completing your order.
Natty Shirts – Made to order dress shirts. The Spearpoint collar shirt is a classic late ’20s and ’30s style for a very reasonable price.
Beyond the USA
Magnoli Clothiers – (NZ) Custom made, suits, shirts, vests, coats, and all sorts of accessories. They will make whatever you need, even from a photograph. Many 1930s and 1960s suits. Highly recommended by the men at the FedoraLounge.com (and they know their clothes).
CustomClothes (UK) – Handmade men’s 1940s and 1950s suits and separates plus knitwear such as sweater vests.
Rocacha (UK) Men’s custom 1930s to 1960s suits, zoot suits, trousers, dress shirts.
Morello’s Clothing (UK) – Quality materials and handcrafted in England of men’s and women’s 1930s to 1950s style clothing. Shorts, pants, jackets, and shoes.
Chester Cordite (UK) – Visit the store in London for men’s 1930s and 1940s suits and spearpoint shirts on online. Very high quality. Great for tall gentlemen.
Mapledoram (UK) – Men’s WWII era 1940s suits, made to order.
65 Shillings (UK) – A small collection of ’40s and ’50s men’s trousers and jackets.
Darcy Clothing (UK)– Specializes in shirts and collars from the late 1700s up to the 1940s. Also carries some trousers, vests, workwear, underwear, boys clothing, and fabrics.
SJC, Simon James Cathcart (UK) – Reproduction ’20s to ’40s casual polos, wide trousers, work shirts, jackets, sweaters and other mostly casual items. Limited runs.
Revival Vintage (UK) – Men’s 1940s and 1950s shirts, hats, jackets, and more.
Some Like it Holy (UK) – Men’s vintage repro 1920s, 1930s, 1940s trousers, vests, and shirts.
Freddies of Pinewood (UK) – Men’s 1940s blue jeans and shirts.
Heyday! (UK) – Men’s 1940s shirts, wide leg pants and jackets.
Vecona Vintage (DE) – Men’s repro pants, jeans, knickers, vests, shirts in 40s styles.
Juke Jive (DE) – THE BEST selection of men’s vintage reproduction clothing. They have in all!
Jacky Vintage (NL) – Vintage 40s and 50s style men’s clothing.
Harr Shoes (DE/UK) – Historical shoes maker for theater and the general public. Very fine footwear of all time periods.
There are more clothes, shoes and genuine vintage on the original list so check it out and let me know if you have one I need to add.