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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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The Clean Car Air Race of 1970.

The Clean Car Air Race of 1970.
Way back in 1970, a group of college students attempted to build cleaner, greener cars than Detroit was able to produce at the time. (Think living green is a 21st century thing, do ya?) Earth Day was a year old, and all auto-makers were balking the recently passed Edmund Muskie Clean Air Act - which required those car manufacturers to reduce emissions by 90 percent. (Their complaint was they couldn't.) This tee is a piece of early green history that was way ahead of its time. Never underestimate young students who are willing to take on the world. 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

The Vintage 'Archive.'

Do you have a vintage 'archive?' You know what I'm talking about - that box under your bed filled with vintage pieces you simply cannot part with. I've heard about archives of all sizes over the years. Even met a guy who had an entire vacant house filled with vintage items he collected that just, weren't, for, sale. To anyone. Ever.

I think this is a good practice. We all follow the trends and the #feeds, but the key to style is to be yourself. There's such a sense of over-identification anymore and that's basically, well, unoriginal. Collect and (hopefully) wear whatever you want - even if it's too small or too big for you.

 

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Rolled Denim Cuff Facts.

Rolled Denim Cuff Facts.

Did you know that the rolled denim cuff originated in the cowboy days? Cowboys would store their precious belongings or small stuff that wasn't practical to be kept in saddle bags. Coins, small liquor, bottles and cigarettes were often slipped right into the rolled cuff for easy access while on horseback. There's even tales of cuffs being used as ashtrays....

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The Baja.

The Baja.
The Baja. Californian surfers brought these back from their Mexican surf trips. Over the years these ubiquitous jackets have been adopted by hippies, post-hair metal rockers, and various other sub-cultural groups. Also known as Sudadera de jerk, Continue reading

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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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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