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J Keydge – Here to Stay? Could Be After All.

| 28 May ’14 | 2 Comments
J Keydge – Here to Stay? Could Be After All.

A Phoenix Risen from the Sack Cloth Ashes. The J Keydge company goes from zero to hero.

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Bedford Incident Grenfell Jacket

| 24 May ’14 | 5 Comments
Bedford Incident Grenfell Jacket

The other day I was re watching the Bedford Incident with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier. It’s a fine movie in its own right but always fun to watch movies with some clothes spotting potential. Poitier plays a photo journalist in the Life Magazine mould who’s airlifted onto Widmark’s warship. He’s wearing a great Grenfell […]

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Ivy Humour

| 20 May ’14 | 0 Comments
Ivy Humour

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The Catalina Varsity Jacket

| 14 May ’14 | 15 Comments
The Catalina Varsity Jacket

The ‘Catalina La Paz Derby San Francisco Oi Polloi No Name Brand Rain Cape Shouldered Windcheater’. A timeless classic is what it is.

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The Department Store Museum: 1960s Ivy ‘Varsity’ Shops

| 15 Jan ’13 | 4 Comments
The Department Store Museum: 1960s Ivy ‘Varsity’ Shops

Often when we find some vintage clothing, especially shirts like Gant or Sero, they will have had the store name tags made up and sewn in alongside the brand. This kind of co-branding for local loyalty was common in the US and a kind of precursor to the ubiquitous Brand X Hip Store that we […]

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J Keydge, Slack Jackets – Get them whilst you still can.

| 11 Apr ’12 | 20 Comments
J Keydge, Slack Jackets – Get them whilst you still can.

Over the years one of the things I’ve found it hardest to source have been ivy sports jackets, especially jackets that can be worn in a non-ironic sense for everyday work amongst the great unwashed of non-converts. I’ve had dozens of sports jackets going back to around 1981, but almost without exception the sizing has […]

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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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J. Press Newhaven: 1950s

| 13 Jan ’12 | 2 Comments
J. Press Newhaven: 1950s

My long search of the LIFE magazine files also dug up these interesting photogaphs of an earlier college generation, some being outfitted for new wardrobe in local stores, others just general colleg life. The average date seems to be 1954 and the square format of most of them suggest the Rolleiflex as the camera used, […]

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Corcoran, Hunting, Shooting & Fishing Fall/Winter 1959

| 11 Jan ’12 | 1 Comment
Corcoran, Hunting, Shooting & Fishing Fall/Winter 1959

Whilst not being any kind of beardy workwear East End type (and in fact in spite of that) I have always had a soft spot for classic American functional clothing. Back in the day it was LL Bean’s catalogue that was prized and poured over just as much as Brooks Brothers or any other obscure […]

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The Freshman Blues & Other Tales of Yale

| 8 Jan ’12 | 0 Comments
The Freshman Blues & Other Tales of Yale

Timothy Thompson Yale Freshman 1964 In 1964 Life magazine commissioned photographer Bill Eppridge to follow country boy freshman Timothy Thompson during his first term at Yale. The published images are very interesting, but there are a whole host of others, not published, lurking in the Life archives. No commentary needed really, just soak up the […]

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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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