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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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White Levi’s by The Majorettes – 1963

| 24 Jan ’13 | 2 Comments
White Levi’s by The Majorettes – 1963

Here’s some light hearted fun to blow away the January blues. A 45 from 1963 used to promote the new ‘White Levi’s”, so-called because they weren’t blue and had a white tag. Some reissues are out this month from LVC, but meanwhile here’s the single on YouTube. “White Levi’s, Tennis Shoes, Surfin’ Hat and Big […]

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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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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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Complete College Wardrobe Montgomery Ward 1962

| 12 Jan ’12 | 0 Comments
Complete College Wardrobe Montgomery Ward 1962

Looking back from 2012, this stuff looks great doesn’t it? But let’s not forget that history is constantly rewriting itself (and often written by those who don’t really know) and laid down for future generations as gospel. (God help those reading some of FNB in 20 years’ time!). In reality, if you were heading off […]

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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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Plastic Ivy – Weejuns in Dupont Corfam

| 9 Jan ’12 | 3 Comments
Plastic Ivy – Weejuns in Dupont Corfam

It’s easy to overlook the many attempts by American industry to turn oil refining byproducts into lucrative space age man made fabrics. We all know of Dacron, nylon, terylene etc when appliedto clothing but what is less well known and less remembered are the attempts to replace one of nature’s most noble fabrics. Leather. In […]

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Merry Christmas to all Readers!

| 24 Dec ’11 | 0 Comments
Merry Christmas to all Readers!

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Christmas Classics. Two Last Minute Finds for 2011. Walk-Over Saddle Oxfords + Bass Sportocasins

| 24 Dec ’11 | 5 Comments
Christmas Classics. Two Last Minute Finds for 2011. Walk-Over Saddle Oxfords + Bass Sportocasins

Last minute finds – both shoes I’ve been searching for regularly for some time. The elusive Walk-Over saddle oxford – the original, not the coco the clown modern version – and the 1980s Bass Sportocasin reissue – slightly beefier than my 60s originals. Both decently priced considering their rarity in any size these days. These […]

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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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