Forty-Fourth Street Salvage

Sat 15 Feb 2014 - Filed under: Historic Images — Christian
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According to the seller unloading it on eBay, this J. Press sign was salvaged from the 44th Street store when the company moved to Madison Avenue.

It was originally listed for $2,500, but, as it didn’t have any takers, was relisted yesterday with an opening bid of $499 and buy-it-now of $700. — CC

Cornell’s Trad Shop: A Surprising Discovery Of Historical Precedent

Tue 4 Feb 2014 - Filed under: 1960s,Clothes,Historic Images — Christian
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I could hardly believe it, but there it was right in front of me: a grainy newspaper photo of a group of happy haberdashers under a sign in Old English script that read “The Trad Shop.”

How could this be? The general consensus in the natural-shoulder enthusiast community is that the word “trad” refers roughly to the Ivy League Look in Japan, and that it was never used in the US to refer to the natural-shoulder genre. To believe otherwise is to embrace an artificial construct of the Internet age.

But the question now is what to do when you find the exception to the rule. I believe that a dispassionate examination of the evidence will show that this anomaly adds to the richness of the Ivy story for those who love both clothes and the business acumen that brought them to the public. So let’s delve in and meet Stuart Lewis and The Trad Shop, which served the Cornell campus during the Ivy heyday. (Continue)

 

The Dignified Hoodie: A Gallery Of That Gentleman ’80s Polo Model

Thu 16 Jan 2014 - Filed under: 1980s,Historic Images — Christian
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Even an item as banal and unstylish as the hoodie can be elevated by its wearer. Case in point, that handsome old gent from Polo ad campaigns from the late ’80s and early ’90s.

I remember these ads — including the hoodie shot above, taken alongside a tennis court— from when they first came out, which was right when I became interested in style. I’d stare at the guy and, as with all narrative Polo ads of the time, couldn’t help but imagine the character’s backstory.

If anyone knows who the model was, please let us know.

In the meantime, here’s a small tribute to this unnamed gent. In addition to looking distinguished, he holds the distinction of being one of the few elderly beaux to ever have a starring role in a fashion ad campaign. And who else has ever made you want to stock up on yellow? — CC (Continue)

 

Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, In Your Christmas Loafers

Mon 23 Dec 2013 - Filed under: Historic Images — Christian
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(Teaser of a post to come after the holiday.)

 

Unseen And Undarted: New Book On King Of Cool Steve McQueen

Wed 13 Nov 2013 - Filed under: Historic Images — Christian
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© Photograph Judith Jamison/Barry Feinstein Photography, Inc.

A new book shows that Steve McQueen could wear an undarted sack jacket and more than live up to his title as king of cool. Based on candids and stills from the movie “Bullitt” taken by friend Barry Feinstein, “Unseen McQueen” is due out next week from Reel Art Press. (Continue)

 
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