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Jackets: Letterman & Varsity.

A Letterman is a student (male or female) who has achieved a measured level of performance on a varsity team.  Varsity Jackets are awarded with 'Letters' displaying the level of athletic ability and success.  Letterman jackets are a symbol of endurance, talent, dedication and discipline.   They're also works of art.  

Traditional designs including school mascots and heavy embroidery are highly collectible both for their historical and aesthetic appeal.  This example circa mid 70's, from Paola, Kansas, is fantastic - the panther patch and color scheme is strong and the cream leather sleeves are a perfect contrast.   This is a wonderful jacket that wasn't just bought somewhere, someone earned this piece and was proud to wear it.  

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Bob Dylan - Look Back.



  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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WWII Hand Painted Bomber Jacket

WWII Hand Painted Bomber Jacket
A "Trunk's Up" WWII leather and shearling bomber from our collection at The Clothing Warehouse.
Pilots and Airmen believed in decorating their flight issue jackets with various themes. The number of missions one may have completed (or ongoing) was a common idea. Also the number of kills or anti-enemy propaganda was prevalent. Rarely do you see a simple message like the one above from our collection. Many cultures use elephant iconography for property and good fortune. Posing an elephant with its 'trunk up' is a sign wishing for good luck and protection. No cartoon bombs or political caricatures here - simply one wish to be held in good faith during perilous missions. In this context, this jacket is more than a warm coat. It's a very powerful and memorable piece of military history. Continue reading
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