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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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Clarks Shearling Desert Boots

| 13 Dec ’11 | 6 Comments
Clarks Shearling Desert Boots

As much as I live in my Clarks Desert Boots, I have to confess to an ambivalence towards Clarks themselves. For decades an arrogant and monopolising business (for years stockists of Clarks shoes were controlled by Clarks as to what else they were allowed to stock), their lack of attention to their own history is […]

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Trujuns – The Saturday Shoe

| 12 Dec ’11 | 2 Comments
Trujuns – The Saturday Shoe

St Louis is the Heartland of the American mass market shoe maker. The Brown Shoe / International Shoe Company dominated the middle market for many years, often with brands and styles that imitated their more traditional New England competitors. So, instead of Weejuns we have Trujuns. But, whereas the Weejun name was a contraction of […]

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Eaton Clubman Golden Jubilee! 1958

| 29 Nov ’11 | 6 Comments
Eaton Clubman Golden Jubilee! 1958

Now normally, I’m with Herb Lester, in preferring the playboy in a chukka. There’s something nice and solid about the feeling of facing the world in a good pair of suede chukka boots. However, these Eaton Clubman shoes look so nice I had to post this vintage 1958 advertisement from the trade papers. It’s worth […]

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The 3/2 Roll Patch Pocket Ivy League Blazer

| 11 Oct ’11 | 0 Comments
The 3/2 Roll Patch Pocket Ivy League Blazer

Not much to say about these really, except that you can be sure there’s plenty of Dacron in the mix being from Sears in 1964. And I’m not sure about the collarless example in the centre. Pendleton made a similar casual jacket in various plaids in the 60s. Once upon a time FLIP in Long […]

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1966 Sears “Sporty Boots” Playboys

| 10 Oct ’11 | 4 Comments
1966 Sears “Sporty Boots” Playboys

Showing their apres-ski roots, these Sears branded playboy chukkas with ‘Searofoam’ soles and ‘plush’ lining are almost certainly rebranded Bates Floaters. One can only imagine how hot feet must have got in these babies. From page 252 of the 1966 Christmas Sears Catalog Disclaimer: The boots featured in this post are from another time and […]

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The Ivy Shearling Car Coat. Sawyer of Napa for LL Bean circa 1969.

| 5 Oct ’11 | 4 Comments
The Ivy Shearling Car Coat. Sawyer of Napa for LL Bean circa 1969.

The Shearling Coat. Where do we begin with this? The shearling or sheepskin coat has a checkered history on the Anglo side of the pond. A post war staple worn by the Chelsea set in their Austin Healeys with suede chukkas and a windowpane check viyella shirt (also worn by the girls – think Maggie […]

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Levis Stretch Jeans. Unnatural Fibres in 1963

| 3 Oct ’11 | 11 Comments
Levis Stretch Jeans. Unnatural Fibres in 1963

Here’s something to ponder. Most of us who buy ‘the look’ these days will insist on natural fibres, cotton oxford, cotton corduroy, chinos, real suede, and so on. But back in the days we hark to, technology heralded a brave new world of mixed and distinctly unnatural fibres. Many of these products were developments from […]

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Bates Floaters

| 3 Oct ’11 | 3 Comments
Bates Floaters

A kind of American version of the Original Playboys, Bates Floaters from the Wolverine Shoe Corp had a similar profile to the playboy but with a man made cushion sole. Often featuring a shearling or mock shearling inner, they were featured as comfort shoes or more commonly bad weather or apres-ski boots. The brand still […]

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Last Gasp of Summer…

| 1 Oct ’11 | 0 Comments
Last Gasp of Summer…

Just when it was all about to go autumnal and fall, just as Herb Lester emailed me last week to say ‘great weather, all corduroy and suede chukkas’ we get the Indian Summer of a lifetime. Back to Madras and white Levis for a last gasp summer fling. Next week, snow, no doubt. Then the […]

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The Dickies Slacks Rally 1966

| 2 Sep ’11 | 2 Comments
The Dickies Slacks Rally 1966

It’s tempting to think that brands like Dickies were always sold as utilitarian workwear until the post punk ironic look took those poor unsuspecting workaday brands (Dr Martens?) and turned them into ironic fashion’s icons. But this 1966 advert shows that even back then the Texas based Dickies brand was busting out of its workwear […]

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A Way of Life – Bass Weejuns 1966

| 31 Aug ’11 | 2 Comments
A Way of Life – Bass Weejuns 1966

Back to the source. Autumn soon upon us in the northern hemispshere but still time to wear those classic Maine made weejuns. As long as it doesn’t rain of course. They are getting harder to replace… Worth mentioning that my 1960s boxed Bass Weejuns N734 pair are for sale. Offers?

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