US NNFIT US NNFIT SC.347
- 1962-1986 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
3 linear feet (5 boxes, 8 scrapbooks, sketches, ephemera, newspaper clippings, photographs, designs, gloves)
Name of creator
"Valerie Weil was raised in a well-to-do Jewish family in eastern Czechoslovakia where her father owned a department store in Turciansky Svaty Martin. She and her husband, Leslie Fuchs, a dentist, married quietly in 1938 under the shadow of Nazism. Their families were sent to concentration camps, but Leslie’s profession was needed by the Germans so the couple was sent to Povazska Bystrica, near Bratislava. A sympathetic assistant to the town mayor warned them when the situation with the Germans worsened. The couple were first hidden in an attic in a villa. During this time, Valerie created very complex ‘mathematical’ drawings in pencil on small pieces of graph paper during the long days when the other tenants played cards. Another scare sent the Fuchs to a crawl space used to store wood, and they were saved from having to winter there by an invitation from another Jewish man to share the attic of a nearby house where they hid for eight months. Throughout the ordeal, Valerie saved her tiny drawings. After immigrating to the United States, Valerie Fuchs was given a scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology on the strength of her drawing talent. Upon graduation, she was hired to be a textile designer at Pacific Mills, and designed gloves on the side. Lari Stanton of Aris gloves first bought her designs and then made sure she worked for him exclusively. She created a drawing of a young goat that became the company logo. Printed in both black and brown, it was die cut and placed inside the gloves to emphasize they were made of French kid leather (at first, in the early 1960s, the gloves were made in France, later in the Philippines)." -From an appraisal by aGatherin' written in 2014.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
This collection consist of original designer sketches, copies of sketches, advertisements, and related items Valerie Fuchs executed for the Aris Glove Company. Eight albums containing
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
The firm of aGatherin
System of arrangement
This system is arranged into seven series. Glove samples; Original works and sketches; Photographs; Press releases & correspondences; Publicity materials; Scrapbooks; and Press clippings. Within the series, folders are not organized chronologically because the great majority of the items are undated.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 217-4385.
Conditions governing reproduction
The Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#108) when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Some of the glove samples are currently housed in their original containers as received by the donor to retain archival provenance. The plastic containing them is not archival, so the materials are under observation to ensure they won't be damaged by the housing.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY , USA, 10001
Existence and location of copies
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Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
AAT; ANSI; DACS; DCMI; ISAD(G); ISO; LoC; NISO; etc
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
- 2016 March
- 2018 September
Appraisal document from aGatherin, March 2014
Arrangement, description, and/or archival processing by Alicia Jaramillo in 2016. Additional archival description was added by Samantha Levin in 2018, FIT, NY, NY, USA.