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Sidney Poitier Head to Toe in Lee Westerners

| 9 May ’14 | 7 Comments
Sidney Poitier Head to Toe in Lee Westerners

An unusual and interesting movie from director Ralph Nelson and featuring Sidney wearing the all out Lee Westerners 101 sateen suit with rough out boots. A look that’s hard to pull off. I’ve yet to wear my Japanese reissue 101J with the matching pants. You need a perfect day and a Leith Surfer T in […]

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Guest Blogger: The Woolster – Deadstock 1950s Baseball Jacket

| 8 Apr ’12 | 1 Comment
Guest Blogger: The Woolster – Deadstock 1950s Baseball Jacket

Whilst I have been in retirement due to real life workload combined with an inevitable compounded sense of being a kid in a sweetshop with toothache from the last few years intensive ebay/JSA buying sprees, I received this guest post from The Woolster in Finland, one of the farther reaches of ivy outposts but a […]

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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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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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Levis Stretch Jeans. Unnatural Fibres in 1963

| 3 Oct ’11 | 11 Comments
Levis Stretch Jeans. Unnatural Fibres in 1963

Here’s something to ponder. Most of us who buy ‘the look’ these days will insist on natural fibres, cotton oxford, cotton corduroy, chinos, real suede, and so on. But back in the days we hark to, technology heralded a brave new world of mixed and distinctly unnatural fibres. Many of these products were developments from […]

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The Dickies Slacks Rally 1966

| 2 Sep ’11 | 2 Comments
The Dickies Slacks Rally 1966

It’s tempting to think that brands like Dickies were always sold as utilitarian workwear until the post punk ironic look took those poor unsuspecting workaday brands (Dr Martens?) and turned them into ironic fashion’s icons. But this 1966 advert shows that even back then the Texas based Dickies brand was busting out of its workwear […]

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Lee Riders 101z 1966 Japanese Edition

| 11 Jan ’11 | 17 Comments
Lee Riders 101z 1966 Japanese Edition

Recently I’ve been concerned that my LVC 1955s are still massive despite being 34/34 and theoritically shrinking down to 33/31. They’ve shown no signs of shrinkage and consequently are a little bit Chaplinesque. It seems to be a constant issue with LVC models of different years (not to mention the non-selvedge cheaper PWR models) that […]

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