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Guest Blogger: The Woolster – Deadstock 1950s Baseball Jacket

| 8 Apr ’12 | 1 Comment
Guest Blogger: The Woolster – Deadstock 1950s Baseball Jacket

Whilst I have been in retirement due to real life workload combined with an inevitable compounded sense of being a kid in a sweetshop with toothache from the last few years intensive ebay/JSA buying sprees, I received this guest post from The Woolster in Finland, one of the farther reaches of ivy outposts but a […]

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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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J. Press Newhaven: 1950s

| 13 Jan ’12 | 2 Comments
J. Press Newhaven: 1950s

My long search of the LIFE magazine files also dug up these interesting photogaphs of an earlier college generation, some being outfitted for new wardrobe in local stores, others just general colleg life. The average date seems to be 1954 and the square format of most of them suggest the Rolleiflex as the camera used, […]

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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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The Freshman Blues Part Two

| 10 Jan ’12 | 3 Comments
The Freshman Blues Part Two

Life photographer Bill Eppridge took a lot of images of country boy freshman Timothy Thompson, many more than were published in the 1964 article. The Life take on the piece was ‘country boy out of his depth’. The following images are interesting as style refences to the reality of campus Ivy at Yale in 1964.

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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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The Freshman Blues & Other Tales of Yale

| 8 Jan ’12 | 0 Comments
The Freshman Blues & Other Tales of Yale

Timothy Thompson Yale Freshman 1964 In 1964 Life magazine commissioned photographer Bill Eppridge to follow country boy freshman Timothy Thompson during his first term at Yale. The published images are very interesting, but there are a whole host of others, not published, lurking in the Life archives. No commentary needed really, just soak up the […]

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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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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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Gant – The Hugger – Caravan Striped Oxford – 1968

| 13 Dec ’11 | 2 Comments
Gant – The Hugger – Caravan Striped Oxford – 1968

For a long time it seemed that only solids or heavy plaids were acceptable when wearing a button down shirt. Stripes were fine as long as they were the university kind. However, there has definitely been a subtle shift towards the late 60s trend for what are generally called awning stripes – deck chair type […]

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