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Bob Dylan - Look Back.

 Dylan       

 

  One of the rarest tees we've seen in a while.  Anybody have any info on this graphic?  (Available in our store.  Click the link!)

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Gino Vanelli.

Gino Vanelli

 

Gino Vanelli is a Canadian Rock Singer that you've probably known by name.  He had a few hits in the 70's including 'Wild Horses', 'I Just Wanna Stop' and 'Living Inside Myself'.  If there was ever an obscure band tee, this just might take the cake.  

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Boots, boots and more boots

Boots, boots and more boots
Cowboy boots.  Comfort just about as good as it gets.  Be sure to wear them without irony, and get a good pair, they’ll last you for years. Continue reading

Ametora.

An excerpt from forthcoming Spring 2020 FM/AM Magazine article. The Japanese vintage market has been strong for over 40 years. It is no secret that the Japanese adore American vintage clothing and are willing to go great lengths to source the absolute best pieces. American traditional style, from Champion Reverse Weave sweats to Levis denim, evolved out of necessity. Home spun fibers and natural materials sewn together to be durable and made to last used to be a normal thing. Kids went shopping at the beginning of the school year with the mindset to make whatever they were lucky enough to receive last the entire year. That’s a lot of baseball games, school dances, 4-H contests, after school jobs, sporting events and weekend fun. These clothes had to make it through all of that. Same for adults - a quality chore jacket and a keen wool sweater both had to make it through more than one season. Clothing, after all, was expensive. For this conversation you can lump those generations - the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s into one group. This was the manufacturing peak of what is considered ‘American Traditional style.’ The best denim was made then. They best suits. The coolest Converse sneakers. The best leather jackets. It was all good. And the post WWII Japanese took notice. Quality is what is most important when seeking vintage clothing. Hold a 1960’s Levi’s BIG E jacket and then hold one made today - they’re different. Really different. A culture that respects materials and has senses of place will naturally find the beauty in a well made garment. Intrinsic wabi-wabi qualities like a perfectly sharpened crease, gently worn button holes, and the value of a sun faded sweatshirt are key components to the Japanese vintage collector. However, there are some who value pristine, untouched vintage in high regard..... The Article will be published in full next year. Continue reading

Van Life.

Van Life.

Mia & Zoe for The Clothing Warehouse. 2019.

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Greg Brady X Stanley Desantis

Greg Brady X Stanley Desantis
Everybody knows Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch. You see a simple Greg Brady promo tee that's been nicely autographed and dedicated to 'Jasmine,' by Mr. Williams himself. Do you know who made this tee? Enter Mr. Stanley DeSantis - actor, pop culture merchant and soap dealer. Mr. Desantis's filmography includes major films like The Aviator and television staples like My So Called Life. However, in the vintage world, DeSantis t-shirts are highly coveted. DeSantis tees included color blocked pseudo-Warholian graphics of John F. Kennedy, Beavis and Butthead cartoons, All-Over-Print Wizard of Oz imagery and simple Greg Brady's as seen above. You're in for a surprise if you're able to find a DeSantis shirt. Flip the size tag over for key life lessons and rules for teenage success. Continue reading

Vintage Squad.

Vintage Squad.

Vintage + Summer = good times. A shot from one of our recent photo spreads.

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Summer Heat.

Summer Heat.

A quick behind the scenes film shot from one of our recent photo shoots. Damn it's hot out.

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Fabric Consideration.

Quality (Old) Fabrics Vs New Fabrics Last week, a customer commented that older fabrics have a different feel than what most folks are used to feeling when shopping for contemporary clothing. Sounds like a simple observation, but oh no, there’s more to that thought than you think. The ‘hand’ of any fabric - the way it feels to the touch - is important. Cotton can be crisp, silky, soft, heavy, scratchy, and any combination of the above. Think of your sheets and how they feel when freshly laundered. Or how that tee felt when you first touched the sleeve on some junk store Z-rack. Textiles used to be one of the most prized items in any household. Exotic silks, meticulous embroideries, and durable cottons were literally handed down between generations and held in high regard as heirlooms. Things of importance and wealth. These generations paid attention to craftsmanship and materials and labor and time. It wasn’t so long ago that this was a common belief. A great example is the quilts made by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who are famously known for reassembling the family’s worn out denim workwear into fantastic geometric fabrics that are sought by both collectors and curators from the textile industry. Those garments were given respect. They were treated with care. Unfortunately most modern folks don’t know the difference between a quality garment, one made with superior fabrics, because good goods aren’t as readily available as they once were. This has nothing to do with quality control or availability of materials - the issue lies solely within our economy. Raw denim (cotton) made from pure fibers, unadulterated by chemical treatments or stiffeners or additives costs a lot more than the cheap synthesized stuff. Been to a store lately looking for a pair of jeans? You’ll find every pair has at 2% spandex in the weave. I will say that most people can appreciate quality garments but when you confront them with the decision between backing a well made (expensive) piece of clothing and offering them something cheap, they’re going to pick the cheap option. And this is our problem with nearly everything - keep making more cheap stuff, keep buying more cheap stuff, keep spending money, keep making trash, and on and on and on. Do people actually want quality clothing? Do they even miss that component of daily life? Certainly a difficult question to solve with a simple answer. Continue reading

Super WORN Vintage?

Super WORN Vintage?
A super worn, cotton baseball tee from our Warehouse. 3/4 sleeves and all.
There's talk that pieces like you see above are a slap to the common consumer. Where those with means will pay more for something that's been used, heavily. Interestingly, there's something there that money can, sort-of, buy (maybe). For example, a worn old tee shirt probably has a story to tell, likely many stories of days and nights of wear. A-la your 'favorite shirt' that you've worn everywhere, forever. The confusion starts to build when somebody buys a distressed piece and wears it pridefully, implying the wear is their own and was done so over time with experience. What does that say? I was there, and here, and I did stuff, and here's my proof? Or is the soft feeling of naturally worn cotton just perfect for a hot summer afternoon? I guess that's the mystery. Continue reading
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