Collection of 1950s memorabilia in sale

A unique private collection of 1950s men’s clothing, guitars, radios and ephemera is going under the hammer at North Yorkshire’s Tennants Auctioneers’ Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on August 19, and the Scientific and Musical Instruments Sale on September 27

The collection was put together over a life time by Peter Leathers, a fashion designer, jewellery maker and guitarist from West Yorkshire, and the sales will be a must-visit for any vintage fans.  

A group of clothes, musical instruments and film posters from the 1950s

Peter Leathers was fascinated by the 1950s and was a devotee of the era from his childhood in Durham. Indeed, under the influence of his teddy boy uncles, he had two teddy boy suits made in yellow and red aged just 14. Aesthetically minded and fascinated by fashion, he went on to a establish the designer label Peter Hoggard with his partner Michelle Hoggard. Established in 1983, the company’s success led them to open their own outlet in London’s Hyper Hyper store in 1985 before taking part in British Fashion Week the following year and opening their own shop in 1987. Peter Hoggard created cutting edge designs for young British fashion icons until the early to mid-90s.  

Throughout his career Peter remained fascinated by the 1950s aesthetic and music, and was an early user of eBay, seeking out original garments and ephemera from the American Deep South. Keen to collect authentic pieces, he purchased much of his menswear collection from old ‘Mom & Pop’ shops, or from estate sales. He focused his attention on pieces from Mississippi, the home of his hero Elvis. Indeed, numerous garments in his collection were from Lansky Brothers on Beale Street, Memphis, where Elvis himself used to shop.  

A collection of 1950s high school jackets and cardigans

While many of the pieces in the collection were worn regularly by Peter, the collection includes numerous unworn collector’s pieces, complete with original tags. Highlights on offer in the Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale include a group of 19 articles of 1950s American gent’s casual wear including five Lansky Bros shirts on offer with an estimate of £150-250, and a group of four striking American 1950s jackets and college cardigans on offer with an estimate of £150-250.  

In addition to his career in fashion and jewellery design, Peter later owned a musical instrument shop, Beat School, in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. His interests as keen guitarist and guitar teacher are reflected in the stylish 1950s instruments on offer in the Scientific and Musical Instruments Sale. Also on offer are a myriad of 1950s radios, amps, magazines and more.