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I Took My Own Advice: 1970s Tan Bass Weejuns

| 31 May ’14 | 2 Comments
I Took My Own Advice: 1970s Tan Bass Weejuns

This week I took my advice and went looking into my deadstock items instead of buying more stuff online. I came up with these classic 1970s soft tan Weejuns.

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The Weejun’s Best and Worst of 2012

| 29 Dec ’12 | 13 Comments
The Weejun’s Best and Worst of 2012

I know, I know. Months go by without so much as a mini-post and suddenly there’s a best and worst of the year? What’s that all about? Lack of free time is what it’s all about, dear friends of the ‘ox blood’ loafer. This year I’ve had so little of it. Now, that midway point […]

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Whatever Happened to the Surcingle Belt? Update

| 27 May ’12 | 10 Comments
Whatever Happened to the Surcingle Belt? Update

(Updated with new photos of O’Connells’ Surcingles below) Back in the early 80s, anyone dressing in the American style, whether a vintage ivy league look or in the then current preppy style would have been familiar with and almost certainly owned at least one surcingle belt. What exactly is a surcingle belt? Well Wikipedia has […]

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A Few Deadstock Shirts Just Arrived: Brooks Unlined Collar, Southwick Popover, Lion of Troy Raglan Popover

| 14 May ’12 | 7 Comments
A Few Deadstock Shirts Just Arrived: Brooks Unlined Collar, Southwick Popover, Lion of Troy Raglan Popover

A few shirt arrivals in the last few days (like I needed any more shirts, but you know how it is!): A vintage Lion of Troy popover raglan sleeve number, identical in every way to one that guest poster The Woolster found last year. Unfortunately, this one is too big for me even if I […]

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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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Vintage Bass Weejuns Tie Shoes

| 14 Jan ’12 | 5 Comments
Vintage Bass Weejuns Tie Shoes

I’ve had a few enquiries recently from readers searching for tie up Bass Weejuns – a rare beast indeed and a different shoe entirely to the also rare Sportocasin (whose roots come directly from 1930s golf shoes). Sometime ago I posted a pair of already well worn 2 eyelet lace up Weejuns that I found […]

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Seasons Greetings with Seersucker

| 19 Dec ’11 | 8 Comments
Seasons Greetings with Seersucker

As always, I’m buying stuff out of season. Duffel coats in August and Seersucker in December. It’s not on purpose. It’s simply a fact of life that the things we love and search for are not easy to find in our size, good condition, good price etc. The thing is, you need to accept the […]

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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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Deadstock Bass Weejuns: Tassel Loafers 1970s & 1980s

| 2 Mar ’11 | 3 Comments
Deadstock Bass Weejuns: Tassel Loafers 1970s & 1980s

Today I received a pair of vintage Bass Weejuns in the post from my good friend and thrifting colleague on the West Coast, Fred. He’d picked them up from a US Ebay seller who didn’t ship internationally, but had been a touch small for him. Lucky for me, as they fit me perfectly. This is […]

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Found on Ebay – Deadstock Grey Ivy Suit NWT!

| 19 Jan ’11 | 0 Comments
Found on Ebay – Deadstock Grey Ivy Suit NWT!

Deadstock early 60s Donegal style tweed Ivy League suit with original tags! I found this extraordinary suit on ebay UK recently from a fellow Ivy fan in Norfolk. I didn’t think the trousers would fit me, but I thought it was worth bidding for the jacket alone as it could be the long sought after […]

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Clarks Desert Boots: Loden Green

| 17 Dec ’10 | 0 Comments
Clarks Desert Boots: Loden Green

Alongside the classic sand suede the other colour long available in the USA (at least since the mid 60s) has been Loden Green. This has to be one of my favourite colours. in 1983 I bought a pair in the sale from K Shoes next to Tottenham Court Rd tube station (now a hole in […]

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What’s The Weejun Buying on Ebay: London Fog Maincoat

| 30 Mar ’09 | 5 Comments
What’s The Weejun Buying on Ebay: London Fog Maincoat

From this side of the Atlantic there has always seemed to be an allure to the London Fog brand – a classic name in American clothing. For many years I thought the company was based San Francisco – not sure exactly why. In fact they were (and still are) based in Baltimore, MD. In the […]

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