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Halloween Costumes, Vintage Style.

Halloween Costumes, Vintage Style.
Desiree, Monica, Jen & Darryl. Hell of a party we had.

 

Halloween comes every year and every year decisions must be made - sexy ghost? Plumber? Netflix & Chill (Real thing) Where do you get such a great halloween get up? VINTAGE SHOPS, of course! A cheesy, store bought costume lacks character and originality and on the one day you're to be remembered for what you wore, why not step it up and get serious about your holiday outfit? Halloween is the night to be yourself. The night to come alive, if you will (if you're done up as a sexy Frankenstein - also, real thing). Whatever your costume idea may be, choose to shop in a good vintage shop like The Clothing Warehouse. You're guaranteed to have the most original get up on the block, the office, parade or party. Vintage gear is sustainable, looks cooler and can be recycled.

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Where did the Trucker Hat come from?

Where did the Trucker Hat come from?
Why? Often asked when you see somebody wearing one. However, when appropriately paired, the trucker hat is an iconic and valuable fashion staple with origins far simpler (and even further from the frat party) than you may have imagined. Where did the trucker hat come from? Briefly, this style of cap appeared in the early 1960's as give aways at livestock and farm auctions (then known as a 'gimme cap'). Not too surprising, right? The style was an easy universally adapted fit that covered most normal sized heads and were cheap to produce - universal and cheap - so they were just what the marketing companies ordered. Coincidentally, most folks at these auctions who purchased feed/seed/supplies/machinery/tractors/whatever, drove trucks. Slap a business logo on the front of your skull and you're in business. And thusly, the trucker hat was born.
A handful of trucker hats in our warehouse waiting to be boxed and shipped.
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Trending Alert!

Trendsetting. "Vintage trends." I’m not really sure how I feel about those two words used together in a modern context. (Influencer is up there, too. Vintage Influencer - maybe we call those people historians? ) There’s some kind of contradiction at play there - I feel like a trend is a trend while it’s trending - and then the trend is over. To let a trend disappear, awaiting rediscovery by a new group, is, to me, a whole different thing than, say, setting a new trend. You know? How ‘bout that for some staccato grammar? Because, that’s like what trends are, you know? Let’s focus on rediscovery in place of trending. More like rediscovery with some pop culture connectivity. This doesn’t need to be long so in a shallow nutshell, here’s my argument - TRENDING ALERT! Cosby Sweaters! Why? Because Bill was on trial and wearing a ‘Cosby’ sweater is ironic. Shallowly ironic if I were to be asked about that trends depth because I saw that kinda like wearing your Pat’s Jersey. Rootin’ for the home team, you know? (Sorry, but nobody’s rootin’ for Bill) TRENDING ALERT! Bum Bags! Why? Because even though they’re uglier’n hell they’re functional. Somebody took a chance and made them cool AGAIN (there’s that rediscovery element) and now everybody’s gotta have one. We carry them. Email me for an order. TRENDING ALERT! Chore Jackets! Why? Because dressing like a pipe fitter/chimney sweep/union laborer is cool (ironic) in a post-industrial society where very few folks actually work with their hands. That sounds harsh but it’s true. Anybody actually performing a chore would remove said jacket upon completion of said chore. Would you wear your work clothing straight (from your job) out into the evening hours? No, and they didn’t either. However I will give this a pass because worn denim and canvas is cool in any sense. TRENDING ALERT! Chiffon Cocktail Dresses! Most often seen at swap meets, car shows and estate sales (with a thermos of pink wine). Amirite? My point is not to knock any fashion choice or sense or taste level. They’re all correct. Every one of them has merit and fit’s a personality type and demonstrates an ethos. Outfits are a lot like tools or words or outbursts, sometimes they’re appropriate and sometimes they just ain’t. See you next week. Continue reading

The Ringer.

The Ringer.

The 70's. The ME Decade. Women's Rights. Civil Rights. Cultural Movements. Fashion Movements. Slogan tees became so popular that you could literally wear whatever you wanted on your sleeve (or chest, or back). These styles are highly collected - not really for their financial value - but more so for the emotions these things invoke. Call 'em t-shirt time-machines. Grab your roller-skates and feather that hair....

The Ringer Tee. You wore them. I wore them. Everyone wore them.

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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 you’re a sensitive type and you’re able to pick up on nuances of emotion then you’re likely to understand this quote in its entirety. Funny how ten simple words can embody what we’re all after here. Vintage is our language, music and soul. For us, any old tee off the rack or some jeans from the mall simply won’t do. Some fashion devotees have been heard telling tales of vintage conquests - how it took them years to find this dress or that jacket. Also you’ve heard stories of just how damn much that one tee shirt meant to me and now it’s gone forever… sound kinda familiar? Take heart my vintage fashion friends. In our century of disposable and useless over-consumption there is melody playing oh so softly that only we can hear. And to me, that makes what we do all the sweeter. Continue reading

New Summer Vintage Tee Inventory

New Summer Vintage Tee Inventory
A small selection of our weekly inventory additions.
Just a taste of our new inventory updates. We have hundreds of new pieces arriving on the racks weekly. Continue reading

Levi's Authorized Vintage

Levi's Authorized Vintage
The worlds largest vintage Levi's Collection. Image Courtesy of GQ.com. Photographer: Brad Torchia.

 

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 Vintage’) This massive collection of denim was pretty much dismissed by the denim community as a myth. Nobody could possibly be sitting on that much inventory. This was the makings of some heft Reddit discussions (never made its way to Snopes though, I guess pants don’t rate that high). However, the story broke, an inquiry was made and the story turned out to be, ugh, authentic. For years this guy bought up as many pairs of vintage Levis’ as he could find for resale and it kinda dried up. So, in came Levi Strauss swooping up this mega collection to rekindle the love for the classic 501. And they, couldn’t, have, had, better, timing. Seriously. Style icons are clamoring after light denim - you’ll see the legs of Kanye West slathered in the lightest of light dungarees and Shia LeBouf has been spotted clad in the crunchiest of vintage dad pants. Been to a certain hip-style-mall-outlet recently? Yup, they’ve got plenty of roomy suburb-style denim for everyone. Levis’ has done a tricky thing - they’ve gambled, and I do dare say, they’ve won. Vintage denim is so segmented and categorized - new makers, old stock, collector grade, grail pieces, blah blah that there’s something for just about everyone, globally. And whether you’re looking for fresh designer takes on iconic materials or super rare selvedge cuts, you’re going to pay for them, no matter where you get them. This is where Levi’s has hit the mark and here’s my argument for that - customers are really having difficulty finding ‘true’ Levi’s denim anymore outside of boutiques. Go ahead, scan your local thrift store and you’re unlikely to see a red tag, or an orange tag, or even a silver tab. Trust me, I’ve hypothesized and tested this theory. I’ve visited multiple thrift-holes, both corporate and charity and there have been NO LEVI’S IN THE STORES. None. Not even cheap later grades made in Mauritius. Where are they? Are they being picked by back room sorting staff? Or do they just not exist anymore? We are in the first quarter of the 21st century which means, these classic drawers we’re so lusting after are at least 30 years old. Thats quite a long time for something considered to be everyday utility wear. So, it looks like Levi’s has the corner on the vintage denim market. And with that many pairs to distribute they basically have the ability to set the price - $248 a pair. Don’t believe me? Flip to page 34 of this months GQ Magazine. Featured. Full page. Two Hundred and Forty Eight Dollars. Will be sold in select outlets (aka high end retail) in limited quantities. Hell - at least they’re spreading them around. We as vintage dealers have our own sources and believe it or not, we’re not always able to score huge lots of premium goods. We often do, but it’s not guaranteed. I believe this is a positive thing in some ways firstly because it’s dispelling the myth that anybody can (easily) score vintage gear at the local Value Village. It ain’t that easy anymore. The stock simply isn’t there. Sure, the pricing structure Levi’s has used is high, but fat pocketed fashionable folks will gladly pay for a pair of “Authorized Vintage.” And we believe that they should, because there’s value in craftsmanship and quality and heritage and any economist will tell you that supply and demand have made excellent bedfellows since the beginning of time. So if you’re lucky enough to actually find a real pair of U.S.A. Levis out in the wild, swipe ‘em up. They’re worth it.

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An Eye-Melting Collection of 1970's Denim Advertising

An Eye-Melting Collection of 1970's Denim Advertising
The 70's were weird. And allow me to clarify immediately by saying the 70's were not weird in a bad way. I'll be brief - today's advertising has alienated the general masses. Who can identify with any of these campaigns? Perhaps the "Me" decade (thanks, Tom Wolfe) was more honestly about us 'me's' in the world than the now socially driven, instantly satisfied nonsense we're all beaten with today in the twenty-tens (thanks, whoever coined that). All said, enjoy a collection of sweaty seventies denim advertising aimed at, well, the America of then. The Ken Nordine voiceovers in these commercials are pure joy and the world will likely never hear a sweeter voice again. We can reminisce over the simpler times and to be honest, it was, in some small ways, a little bit better than what's going on today. Continue reading
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