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Flannel Season!

Flannel Season!

Fall is here.  Which means everything cool is basically back in season.  The Pumpkin Spice is flowing’, the weather is cooling down and those winter staples are breaking out of the closet.  

Flannels?  Oh flannels, flannels, flannels.  How we love you. 
The woodsy-grunge-fashion staple took it’s place long ago as the king of cool. 
How can you argue?  You see them literally everywhere.  Everybody has a favorite flannel (if you don't you should) - your girlfriend (of boyfriend) probably steals yours all the time. 

 

Worn by everyone including (but certainly not limited to) Paul Bunyan, that paper towel guy, every bad ass grunge band in history, the sexiest celebrities and non-conformist punks.  Show us another crossover like that and we’ll kiss you. 

Looking for the best vintage flannels?  You know where to go.  The Clothing Warehouse always have them and we always will.   

 

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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.

 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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Levi's Jackets.

Levi's Jackets.
Some daily eye-candy from our showroom.  There's an entire secret history inside every Levi's denim jacket - button codes, stitching colors, pocket shapes, tags and tags.... You can discover a lot about where your jacket came from and who made it by deciphering these secret codes.  If you've got some free time you should give your jacket a second look.  You might find something surprising. Continue reading

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

Doc Martens & Red Laces.

Doc Martens & Red Laces.
Every culture has their secret codes and uniforms. Some are totally obvious and overt but most are less obvious and esoteric. Doc Martens, the classic U.K. boot, has been a favorite shoe across most of the punk spectrum. Did you know lace colors are a code? This is true and well documented. Red laced DM's are commonly associated with Anti-Racist punk groups. These folks generally have shaved heads and are often unfortunately confused with their awful, equally bald, opposites. Interesting little fact about vintage footwear. There's so much in our wardrobes. Continue reading

The Windbreaker.

The Windbreaker.

The Windbreaker. Favored by your Grandma, your Dealer, and your Coach.

What other garment ticks all those boxes, huh?

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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
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