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In Praise of De Paz. One of the Great Stores of The World.

| 19 Oct ’14 | 2 Comments
In Praise of De Paz. One of the Great Stores of The World.

De Paz, Via Ugo Bassi, Bologna One of the reasons for my blogging slowing down is that often the posts can take a negative turn and that’s no fun to write or to read. Today’s post is most definitely a positive one. These days real tradition is being rapidly lost in favour of faux heritage […]

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(Updated) A Deadstock Lion of Troy Popover, Casablanca & The Genome Project

| 3 Sep ’14 | 16 Comments
(Updated) A Deadstock Lion of Troy Popover, Casablanca & The Genome Project

(Update at the bottom – 3rd Sept 2014) I know what you’re thinking. The Weejun must have really lost the plot this time. What has the movie Casablanca and the nobel prize winning race to crack the human genome code got to do with the Ivy Look? Well, I found some kind of ivy holy […]

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In Praise of O’Connells

| 3 Jun ’14 | 0 Comments
In Praise of O’Connells

O’Connells gets recognition for doing things the right way.

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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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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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Gant Yale Eats Itself.

| 16 May ’14 | 2 Comments
Gant Yale Eats Itself.

Every season for the past few years the Gant Yale brand has produced the odd nice shirt in a good fabric and with the lamentable logo on the locker loop at least self coloured or obscure. Today I popped into the Regent St store to see in person what some of the fabrics are like […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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