Tag Archives: Vintage

Knicker Shorts Revisited

Against my better judgment, I ended up ordering another pair of knicker shorts this season. I’ve come to prefer them when up in mountains as they allow for more freedom of movement and plus they flat out look cool. From Engineered Garments (the pair I just received). The cotton fabric is pretty thick and is [...]

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America Works and Plays in Lee

A vintage Lee ad from 1953. “Steel foreman and his family demonstrate the good looks and comfort of America’s most modern work clothes.”

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King of Vintage

Rin Tanaka’s latest book “King of Vintage” documents part of the collection owned by Heller’s Cafe, a local dealer of very old clothing. Over two hundred items are shown, covering everything from sport uniforms to motorcycle jackets. Get it from InspirationLA.com, Self Edge, or your local Kinokuniya book store. Update 5/19: Men’s Mentore has some [...]

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A Motorcycle Dealer on H Street

I haven’t been able to stop studying this old photo on shorpy that Pete linked to this morning on twitter. If you were to summarize Rin Tanaka’s Harley Davidson Book of Fashions into one picture, this might do a pretty good job. Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street. [...]

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Vintage Aviator’s Kit Bag

Almost done with bag posts! During my last stop at the mil surplus store (see previous post), I picked up this vintage aviator’s kit bag for use on the days when I have to pack a ton of gear. According to the markings on it, it’s over 15 years old and was made here in [...]

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Shopping for Military Surplus Packs

From the Federal Army & Navy Surplus store on 1st Ave in Seattle.

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Vintage Porsche Design

Since the early 1970′s, the Porsche Design Studio has produced a wide assortment of contemporary accessories, tools, and home goods (the group was founded by F.A. Porsche, and is a part of Porsche SE). Some were quite groundbreaking for their time and continue to influence designers today. After all these years they’re still going strong, [...]

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Report from Inspiration LA

Rin Tanaka’s Inspiration meetup took place down in LA last week and Albert Thomas was able do a great writeup and report from the event for Styleforum.net. Hopefully Rin will decide to do this again next year – I will definitely make the trip! I’ll admit that I felt a bit out of the loop [...]

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Rin Tanaka has put together an amazing event for February: The kulture recycling & vintage fashion event “Inspiration” will be hosted by Rin Tanaka, the author of the “My Freedamn!” book series. Under the big theme of his life, “vintage fashion,” this event will be held at one of the coolest “event halls” in Los [...]

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