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The Catalina Varsity Jacket

The Catalina Varsity Jacket

| 14 May ’14 | 15 Comments

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

I Spy The Ivy Years

| 13 May ’14 | 2 Comments

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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Sidney Poitier Head to Toe in Lee Westerners

Sidney Poitier Head to Toe in Lee Westerners

| 9 May ’14 | 7 Comments

An unusual and interesting movie from director Ralph Nelson and featuring Sidney wearing the all out Lee Westerners 101 sateen suit with rough out boots. A look that’s hard to pull off. I’ve yet to wear my Japanese reissue 101J with the matching pants. You need a perfect day and a Leith Surfer T in […]

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Here We Go Again,Weejun…

Here We Go Again,Weejun…

| 9 May ’14 | 15 Comments

As anyone who’s ever attempted to maintain a blog will testify, it’s tough. Time is the biggest enemy. Next comes ease of use – from the almost book length posts of traditional blogs many of us moved to the easy sound[word]bites of Tumblr an Facebook. Whilst they both have their virtues, it’s hard to maintain […]

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White Levi’s by The Majorettes – 1963

White Levi’s by The Majorettes – 1963

| 24 Jan ’13 | 2 Comments

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

The Department Store Museum: 1960s Ivy ‘Varsity’ Shops

| 15 Jan ’13 | 4 Comments

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

Steve McQueen – Alternative Frames From the LIFE Archive

| 14 Jan ’13

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 Brooks Brothers Time Machine: 1980 Deadstock

The Brooks Brothers Time Machine: 1980 Deadstock

| 8 Jan ’13 | 8 Comments

Vintage Brooks Brothers Haul It’s generally agreed that the end of the line for Brooks Brothers began when Marks & Spencer took over the company in 1988. (Brooks was charged with being an arrogant and remote institution but that is matched only by M&S whose arrogance and business practices led in part to the decline […]

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The Weejun’s Best and Worst of 2012

The Weejun’s Best and Worst of 2012

| 29 Dec ’12 | 13 Comments

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

Whatever Happened to the Surcingle Belt? Update

| 27 May ’12 | 10 Comments

(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

Dick Van Dyke in Full Boom Ivy Mode 1967

| 15 May ’12 | 1 Comment

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

A Few Deadstock Shirts Just Arrived: Brooks Unlined Collar, Southwick Popover, Lion of Troy Raglan Popover

| 14 May ’12 | 7 Comments

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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