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Highwater 501s & Derby of San Francisco : Black Ivy in Watts, LA

| 22 Dec ’11 | 20 Comments
Highwater 501s & Derby of San Francisco : Black Ivy in Watts, LA

Update: Not knowing the exact source of this image, I’d googled ‘Westminster Neighborhood Association’ and found one in DC, which seemed to match the location of the shot. Today Herb Lester, a master of research par excellence, sent me some more images by LIFE photographer Bill Ray, from the same series which is actually about […]

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J. Press Shaggy Dog Sports Coats & Corduroy Suits to Die For…

| 21 Dec ’11 | 2 Comments
J. Press Shaggy Dog Sports Coats & Corduroy Suits to Die For…

I don’t usually post other people’s material, but I have to make an exception here. The mercurially ‘now you see it/now you don’t’ blog of Heavy Tweed Jacket today features a post of special quality. A complete scan of the 1977 Fall & Winter J Press mailer. It’s 1977 and the world has the death […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

| 19 Dec ’11 | 0 Comments
Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

Perhaps more fitting to the season, careful you don’t slip like this fellow from 1965 in Quebec, Duffle coat and Playboys. The Illustrator probably had the same gear at home…

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Clarks Shearling Desert Boots

| 13 Dec ’11 | 6 Comments
Clarks Shearling Desert Boots

As much as I live in my Clarks Desert Boots, I have to confess to an ambivalence towards Clarks themselves. For decades an arrogant and monopolising business (for years stockists of Clarks shoes were controlled by Clarks as to what else they were allowed to stock), their lack of attention to their own history is […]

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Some Kind of Grail – A 1960s Sack From eBay That Fits

| 12 Dec ’11 | 5 Comments
Some Kind of Grail – A 1960s Sack From eBay That Fits

For many years I wore a jacket I picked up in Flip in about 1985. It was the perfect early 60s sack sports coat, in mint condition, raised seams, patch and flap pockets, narrow lapels, hooked vent, two button cuffs, 3/2 roll. Everything. It was a wonderfully dark green herringbone woven from charcoal and green […]

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Trujuns – The Saturday Shoe

| 12 Dec ’11 | 2 Comments
Trujuns – The Saturday Shoe

St Louis is the Heartland of the American mass market shoe maker. The Brown Shoe / International Shoe Company dominated the middle market for many years, often with brands and styles that imitated their more traditional New England competitors. So, instead of Weejuns we have Trujuns. But, whereas the Weejun name was a contraction of […]

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Hollywood & The Ivy Look : Reel Art Press

| 13 Nov ’11 | 7 Comments
Hollywood & The Ivy Look : Reel Art Press

(Above: Gregory looking im-Peck-able). On Thursday evening The Weejun attended the semi-underground launch of the much awaited coffee table tome, Hollywood & The Ivy Look at John Simons store in Chiltern St. Authored by Tony Nourmand, Graham Marsh, Alison Elangasinghe and one J.P. Gaul this book has been much anticipated in certain circles. Happily remaining […]

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Recent Finds: Deadstock Laurence J Smith (Laurence Odie) 5 Ply Cashmere ‘Shetland’

| 28 Oct ’11 | 6 Comments
Recent Finds: Deadstock Laurence J Smith (Laurence Odie) 5 Ply Cashmere ‘Shetland’

Today was one of those glorious autumn days, crisp clear air and brilliant blue sky. Perfect day for suede jackets and corduroy jeans, so I decided to head to John Simons to fulfil my latest part in the transatlantic ivy exchange with Fred in LA. He’d ordered a bunch of stuff from JSA and I […]

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Recent Finds: 1950s Deadstock Montgomery Ward Suede Bomber

| 24 Oct ’11 | 3 Comments
Recent Finds: 1950s Deadstock Montgomery Ward Suede Bomber

Every now and again it’s possible to come across something extraordinary when searching for vintage American clothing. Suede jackets are something I’ve always loved but vintage suede can be very funky in the worst possible sense and the vintage aroma can take months to clear. Some items are better not cleaned as suede cleaning chemical […]

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The Return of SERO of New Haven? Kind of.

| 20 Oct ’11 | 5 Comments
The Return of SERO of New Haven? Kind of.

Imagine my surprise today when I came across a link to an image for a new Sero ‘shambray’ (sic) shirt on Google. A bit more digging around and with the help of Google’s translation service it appears that someone has resurrected the Sero name for Japan. It’s probable that the brand being out of copyright […]

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Vintage GANT Chambray Popover

| 15 Oct ’11 | 5 Comments
Vintage GANT Chambray Popover

Just picked up this interesting 1970s GANT chambray popover from Zach at Newton Street Vintage. A slightly odd mix of 60s style S/S pullover shirt and chambray work shirt, but nevertheless one that looks like it works. 1970s GANT collars were usually great, and this one has the requisite third collar button and locker loop. […]

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Update: Hollywood & The Ivy Look – Reel Art Press

| 15 Oct ’11 | 10 Comments
Update: Hollywood & The Ivy Look – Reel Art Press

Update: Last night I sent a spy to the book launch party at John Simons. Well, not really a spy, I was invited. Having had a quick look through the book at midnight, it really is pretty damn special. I’ll post a proper review of it on Sunday. Meanwhile, copies pre-ordered are due to be […]

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