Fashion Design & Fabric Design
Marguerite Rubel is the longest surviving member of the San Francisco Fashion
Industries, established in 1920. She was raised on a farm in Iowa during the
Great Depression and has never been able to figure out what was so “Great” about
the Depression! In those days she often made clothes from flour and grain sacks
for friends & family. A favorite was a “sack” dress with a braided belt of
binder twine or with large patch pockets.
Marguerite came to San Francisco in the early 1940’s to
join the (WASPS) Woman’s Auxiliary Service Pilots. She had received flight
training in Omaha and continued at the Sausalito Sea Plane Base to acquire a Sea
Plane Rating. However, she was still too young when they no longer needed more
So Marguerite began dressmaking and custom sewing for
friends plus waitress work, while attending school to learn professional pattern
making. When San Francisco hosted the founding of The United Nations in 1945 she
made raincoats for some of the visitors. They were well liked and her career in
the apparel industry began to take flight.
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Marguerite Rubel Mfg. Co.
Embarcadero, Pier 27 - Admin. Bldg., 1st floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 362-2626
Fax: (415) 777-0697
Toll Free: 1-800-227-4488