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Plastic Bag - 'Ricardo Fine Knitwear', circa 1960s-1970s Object Reg. No: HT 24574

Plastic bag manufactured for Ricardo Knitwear a Melbourne firm that specialised in expensive, classic knitwear for men and women. It was used by Edda Azzola to deliver garments to the factory, which was located in Johnston Street, Collingwood and operated from 1958 to 1978. Ricardo Knitwear was founded by Richard Charlupski, a Polish migrant who arrived in Australia in 1950.

Richard named the company 'Ricardo Knitwear' to play on the public perception that Italian knitwear was the finest in the world. While Richard had some workers in his factory much of the work was done by outworkers, of whom the most important was Edda Azzola, a migrant from Pontebba, Italy. Richard regarded Italian migrant women as the best workers in the knitwear industry and employed them exclusively. Ricardo knitwear was sold in Myer and David Jones department, top-end boutiques and the exclusive Georges department store.
Clear plastic bag with black and gold printed text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Edda Azzola, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 535 mm (Height), 360 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, textile industry, italian communities, italian immigration, clothing trade, clothing, bags, fashion industry
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Edda Azzola, Italian Migrant & Textile Worker, 1955
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Inscriptions: Text: Ricardo/FINE KNITWEAR.
Manufactured For: Ricardo Knitwear, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, 1958-1978
User: Mrs Edda Azzola, Reservoir, Victoria, Australia, 1958-1978

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