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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

70's Attitude.

70's Attitude.

70's styled photo session with racheldemsickphoto.com

Vintage is always in fashion. It's the way to say a mouthful while staying silent.

Let your style do the talking.

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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 (real) Sportswear.

Vintage (real) Sportswear.
A fabulous piece of vintage from our warehouse. We truly see it all, all the time. This uniform unbelievably tailored.
There's vintage sportswear and there's vintage Sportswear. A double market you say? There are the jersey collectors and Nascar tee collectors and this-kinda-thing collectors. Collectors. You can't wear this out to dinner or to a movie like you would wear a vintage Banlon or piece of leather. Sure, folks collect Pierre Balmain and Dior or Jaques Fath - but tend to do so with less fervor than those who collect, the sports, stuff. Don't know those names? There's your homework. I was recently educated on the esoterica concerning vintage jerseys. For example there are game jerseys - like have seen game play which have value for aforementioned exposure. There are company specific reissues that command a buck or two and there are even Hall of Fame time-issued pieces that appeal to hyper-specific dedicated fans. Seems like a lot to keep track of, but we're all guilty of time consumption spent on why this piece or that is worth our time. So who would want this piece from our warehouse? It's handmade, old, and that stitch-embroidered patch is impressive (seriously). Long history made short is the original cheer team for the (then brand new in early 1960's) Minnesota Vikings were the Parkettes and this doesn't fit any uniform we could find for that period. However, the fabric says otherwise. So did somebody make this as an homage? A fantastically well-made costume? Or something else? I guess this appeals to a lot of interests - textile and Americana collectors included. Whatever it does for you, we agree, this is a serious piece of sports history and the fashion connection throughout the years is undeniably important as reflections of times, attitudes and support for good times and positive vibes. Continue reading

Vintage Tees.

Vintage Tees.
A few selections in a small stack from our enormous vintage T-Shirt inventory waiting to ship.
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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
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