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1960s Deadstock Bleeding Madras Shirts – A Nice Little Haul

| 4 Jul ’14 | 3 Comments
1960s Deadstock Bleeding Madras Shirts – A Nice Little Haul

Finding one lone deadstock shirt in a usable size is never easy, but finding more than half a dozen? These things have been laying around nearly 50 years.

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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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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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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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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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The Weejun’s Best and Worst of 2012

| 29 Dec ’12 | 13 Comments
The Weejun’s Best and Worst of 2012

I know, I know. Months go by without so much as a mini-post and suddenly there’s a best and worst of the year? What’s that all about? Lack of free time is what it’s all about, dear friends of the ‘ox blood’ loafer. This year I’ve had so little of it. Now, that midway point […]

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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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