Milwaukee Closet: Finding Vintage Pucci, Halston, Oscar de la Renta  

Milwaukee Closet: Finding Vintage Pucci, Halston, Oscar de la Renta

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Finding Fashion in a Flyover State: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to Sell Vintage Collection of Milwaukee Fashionista

The Milwaukee division of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers discovered a trove of vintage designer fashion that will be included in the auction house’s upcoming spring Luxury Accessories and Vintage Fashion sale on April 21 and 22.


Stanley and Shirley Kritzik were married and lived in Milwaukee for 50 years. Stanley Kritzik is partner at a large property management firm in southeastern Wisconsin, and Shirley Kritzik supported the arts, ballet, music, and other cultural activities throughout her adult life.


Mrs. Kritzik was raised in Iowa, but her impeccable eye for fashion was not compromised by her long distance relationship to trendsetting cities. Shirley Kritzik’s collection is not only admired for its scope; her clear sense of style tells the story of a true midwesterner with a pulse on the major metropolises of America from the 1960s and beyond.


When Shirley and Stanley were first married in 1964, Mr. Kritzik recalls the reactions of his friends after being introduced to his cosmopolitan wife and learning she was an Iowan and farmer’s daughter.


Mrs. Kritzik maintained her slim figure from her wedding day until her death, which only promoted her habit of keeping everything. Leslie Hindman specialists were fortunate to view nearly 1,000 garments including iconic vintage Pucci, Halston, Bill Blass and Geoffrey Beene. Even Mrs. Kritzik’s wedding “going away suit” from the 60s was in pristine condition and just as chic today as it was 51 years ago.


“Shirley was a woman who appreciated taste, style and culture, and she was always a role model in style and fashion to those who knew her,” said Mr. Kritzik.


During Leslie Hindman’s visit, Mr. Kritzik lovingly shared anecdotes about his wife’s sense of style, and his admiration was heartfelt for the savvy, sophisticated woman who made her mark on the social, fashion and art cultures of Milwaukee.


Stanley and Shirley Kritzik brought a sense of luxury and glamour to their midwestern lifestyle, and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to honor the pairing of midwestern sensibility with high fashion.


Global buyers with a passion for fashion will be able to participate in the sale through two online bidding platforms: LH Live and Bidsquare.



Tuesday, April 21 5:30 PM CT | Live Auction

Wednesday, April 22 10 AM CT | Online Only



April 18-21


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367_458          An Oscar de la Renta Purple Print Chiffon Dress $200/400

367_220          An Emilio Pucci Grey and Pink Silk Print Hostess Pajama Ensemble $300/500

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