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Dressing Appropriately.

  What can we (really) learn from the fashions of bygone eras?  “We must have the courage to go back to the age-old tradition of ritual and dress code. We must have the courage to turn the shoddy away at the door.”  – Glenn O’Brien  People of Walmart.  The voyeuristic blog-dumping-ground for the least appropriately […]

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Vintage Vocabulary.

“Vintage is my vocabulary, like the notes of a musician.”  -Alessandro Michelle  Alessandro Michelle, the director of Gucci (since 2015), knows something. Billie Holliday once told a reporter that she never sang the same song twice.  Some nights she sang it sad, some nights she sang it happy, sometimes fast and sometimes slow.   If […]

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Levi’s Authorized Vintage

Levi’s “Authorized Vintage.”  A mega discovery was made a few years back by the Levi Strauss Company.  A dude in California had been sitting on a stockpile of “true” vintage Levi’s jeans.  (We will use the word ‘true’ in reference to denim that was made in America, as that’s what Levi’s is calling their ‘Authorized […]

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Don’t Over-Do It.

Don’t Over-Do it. Walking the sartorial tightrope while making a statement is a tough job.  There is a very fine line between sensible style and going overboard.  We have observed this dilemma in selvedge denim – when shuttle-loom denim took over like a invasive weed.  A plain pair of work-wear dungarees was not enough.  There […]

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Levis & Lee?

Lee or Levis? A brief history of the two denim icons. Levis (the brand, as we know it) was founded in May, 1853 by German immigrant Levi Strauss.   Strauss “borrowed” denim work wear from France and capitalized on the booming US/California work trade by offering durable and affordable chore wear for the working classes.  […]

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