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Entries in vintage (19)

Monday
May012017

topo.

just another american company making dope backpacks? well, yeah, but they're still dope backpacks.

I'm a sucker for vintage styles with a modern finish, and these bags are no exception.

 

Check their site for all of the endless options and collaborations.

 

- james

Tuesday
Aug022016

abc's of men's fashion 61.

bomber.

In World War I, most airplanes did not have an enclosed cockpit, so pilots had to wear something that would keep them sufficiently warm. The U.S. Army officially established the Aviation Clothing Board in September 1917 and began distributing heavy-duty leather flight jackets; with high wraparound collars, zipper closures with wind flaps, snug cuffs and waists, and some fringed and lined with fur.

The modern "bomber" or "flight" jacket is fashioned after the ma-1 -- a now-obsolete U.S. military jacket, which is mostly found in sage green. Generally, the ma-1 was made with flight silk nylon and usually had a blaze orange lining, with the specification tag in the pocket.

Without abandoning tradition and the expert craftsmanship of the military original, today's garment has been streamlined and reimagined to suit modern life and tastes while keeping key elements of volume, shape and surface.


Generally constructed of lightweight nylon bonded jersey, a modern day equivalent of the fabric used to keep pilots warm at high altitudes. With ribbed cuffs, a cinched waist, internal detailing and finished with polished gunmetal trims, the end result provides a practical outerwear piece which is understated and cool.

 

- james


 

Wednesday
Sep242014

jack is back.

jack purcell's are back in a big way, and I, for one, am pumped about it. 

The classic (yet somehow not that well known) line of Converse shoes is making a strong comeback. Naturally, Converse has adjusted for modern trends and come out with tons of new options in colors and materials to accompany the classics. I'll be honest, I'm partial to the classic options: white, blue, and black, but I also love the new greys, and the gum-sole options.


stop by the website to see more options and find the right pair for you.

 

- james

 

 

Thursday
Feb272014

10 tips to vintage shopping.

Came across this article by askmen.com. check it out for some simple tips on vintage shopping.

We realize that not every man is a vintage shopper and most have no idea where to start. That's why we spoke to David Ornstein, founder of Manhattan Vintage and a vintage expert of 40 years, who gave us 10 quick tips to help vintage shopping virgins become overnight pros — and maybe give you some new pointers if you think you're an expert already.

1. Dress Comfortably 
Come prepared by wearing shoes or boots that you can slip right off, unbelted pants and not too many layers. This way you're more willing to try things on as sizing standards have changed over the years.

2. Pay Close Attention To The Condition And Materials Of Your Finds 
Look at everything really carefully and thoroughly, and ask yourself how it feels. Ornstein says a good method is to close your eyes and feel the garment. "If it's not right you'll know it." He recommends always looking for natural fabrics, metal zippers and union labels printed in blue.

3. Check The Label 
Labels tell you the country of origin and fiber content, and the country can tell its age. From oldest to newest: Japan, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Pakistan, Vietnam, Korea and China.

4. Bartering Is OK 
Dealers don't mind it if you ask for the best price, but expect to pay a fair price for garbs that have been thoroughly cleaned, steamed and researched.

5. Location, Location, Location
Ornstein recommendeds the following places to shop across the U.S.:

Seattle: Heller's Cafe 
Boston: Bobby From Boston
Los Angeles: L.A. Rose BoutiqueRose Bowl Flea Market and The Way We Wore 
Dallas: Vintage Martini 
New York: Cherry VintageRue St Denis and Olaf's Vintage

6. Look Everywhere Else, Too 
Your parents' basement or attic are good (you never know what you'll find), and estate and tag sales are always a good bet — just make sure to go early for best the best finds (check EstateSales.net for nearby sales). For a more creative location, try church and temple sales, and local theater groups going out of business. Online is also good, just make sure the site has a good return policy and check the item's condition; don't be afraid to ask questions.

7. Know Your Fabric's Longevity 
Cotton is most serviceable and wool lasts the longest, and while linen feels great, it is hard to maintain.

8. Know The Latest Vintage Trends
Plaids, madras and tweeds are the styles that designers are shopping for right now, Ornstein says.

9. Invest In Staple Pieces To Start
A good starter to one's vintage collection are coats and footwear. Tweed or cashmere sport coats, Burberry raincoats, well-fitting overcoats, and wingtips and penny loafers are great for every man. Also, oxford shirts and cashmere and Irish knit sweaters.

10. Know Your Vintage History
Brief history in vintage clothing periods and popular items: 
1901-1919: suits, shoes, derby's, workwear
1920-1938: linen suits, overalls, collarless shirts, overcoats, panama hats, fedoras 
1939-1946: military clothing, sports clothing, shawl-collar sweaters, pea coats, flannel shirts and jackets, Levi's, leather bags and luggage 
1947-1964: gabardine shirts, Hawaiian shirts, Ricky jackets, motorcycle clothing 
1965-1976: psychedelic clothing, leathers, velvet, mod, hippie and disco 
1977-1989: punk rock, grunge, goth, hip-hop, leather jackets, T-shirts

Tuesday
Oct152013

barber shop.

A lot can be said for a good haircut. No longer is a haircut a menial task that you put off 'til the last minute just because school's about to start. A fresh cut and a shave can change your look dramatically. That being said, it's important to find that right person for the job.

If you're anything like me, you've felt a little awkward walking into a salon filled with women getting their hurr did, and gossiping up a storm, and (enter other stereotypical salon activities here) __________. I don't blame you, salons are generally designed to attract a female target audience. 

Luckily, with the rise of the gentleman in fashion and culture, barbershops are making a comeback, and I'll tell you, I couldn't be more supportive. If you need your plumbing fixed, you see a plumber. If you need a fireput out, you seek a fireman. My point is, if you need something done right, seek out a professional. If you need a gentleman's haircut, find yourself a barber.

Stay posted for some of our own recommendations soon, but until then, do some research--get on google, yelp, and other online reviews. Find the right person for the job and stay with them. Ideally, you want to build a relationship with your barber, the more he knows about your style and personality, the better his/her work will be.

 

- james

 

Wednesday
Sep252013

benclifdesigns.

combining vintage junkyard finds with modern inginuity, benclifdesigns bring absolute originality to your home, by way of lighting options. The company uses salvaged hardware, new wiring, and sometimes even edison bulbs to craft the most creative lamos you've ever seen. Each piece comes with a backstory and it's own unique character, joining art with practicality, all while shedding more light in your home. Pieces start at $40 and increase depending on size, complexity, and design. Check out their website by clicking here.

- James

Friday
Sep072012

vintage world map prints.

Found these rad prints that would look good up on the wall. Each one is a different take on the world map from different time periods. They're each under $10. Swoop these and more here. Time to put some art up gentlemen. drip drip.

- Taylor

Saturday
Jun232012

blast from the past.

No, I'm not talking about that terrible movie from 1999 starring Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone, I'm referring to the golden age of fashion. I mean look at this:

Am I right or am I right? The best compliment a man can receive is being described as dapper. And the best way to achieve such an adjective describing one's appearance is modeling certain aspects of your style on these classic styles. 

Here are some ideas on how to do just that:

 

 

Monday
May142012

a new twist on a vintage classic.

Taking something old and putting a new twist on it is the best way to add vintage flair to your life. Don't believe me? Check out these awesome ideas:

Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Create something and make your space truly yours.

 

- James

Thursday
Mar222012

Go #3.

Fashion and Bikes.

- Taylor