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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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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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I Spy The Ivy Years

| 13 May ’14 | 2 Comments
I Spy The Ivy Years

I Spy 1965 – 1968     Among the raft of classic US TV series to feature the kind of clothes that we all love, I Spy is up there with the best. In the first series Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott are wearing some staple boom years ivy with the usual Hollywood modifications. A […]

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Steve McQueen – Alternative Frames From the LIFE Archive

| 14 Jan ’13
Steve McQueen – Alternative Frames From the LIFE Archive

I know blogs with photos of McQueen are two a penny these days but, whilst searching for something else, I accidentally came across around fifty or so images from Life that I hadn’t seen before – basically the alternate frames from images that have been published everywhere. The reason may be the spelling mistake in […]

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Dick Van Dyke in Full Boom Ivy Mode 1967

| 15 May ’12 | 1 Comment
Dick Van Dyke in Full Boom Ivy Mode 1967

Like most American movies Divorce American Style shows menswear that would have been woefully out of date and unfashionable by 1967. But we don’t care do we? Any chance to see how Boom Years Ivy was worn in the flesh, rather than rely on dodgy retro recreationists (the like of which have turned modernist style […]

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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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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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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: 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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Hutton’s Original Playboys Spotted – in 1940!

| 12 Aug ’11 | 2 Comments
Hutton’s Original Playboys Spotted – in 1940!

The other day I was having breakfast watching a fun movie with Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith called Second Chorus from 1940. The pair play perennial flunkers at an unnamed East Coast Ivy establishment, who run the college big band and make so much money from it they never want to graduate. Until, that is, […]

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George Hamilton Boom Years Ivy Icon?

| 10 Jan ’11 | 0 Comments
George Hamilton Boom Years Ivy Icon?

Many years ago I caught this strange gem on TV. A low budget reworking of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment set in Los Angeles starring a youthful George Hamilton. In Crime and Punishment USA (Dir Denis Sanders), I was struck by the great Ivy style of the main protaganist, Robert Cole (Raskolnikov, geddit?). This guy was […]

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