Hey Gentleman Cafe’s Loose Traditional Style

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These photos were spied on Facebook and, if I follow correctly, depict a pop-up shop for Hey Gentleman Cafe, an Osaka-based dealer in vintage American clothing. The pop-up was installed in an Isetan department store at a Japanese train station.

HGC’s motto is “Loose Traditional Style,” which is a pretty good one.

Enjoy the photos, and browse more Japanese/American vintage style at HGC’s website. — CC

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9 Comments on "Hey Gentleman Cafe’s Loose Traditional Style"

  1. carmelo pugliatti | June 6, 2016 at 7:08 pm |

    Fantastic!! Sad that in America this level of Ivy style is lost.

  2. Unfortunately, that has always been the case.

  3. Giorgio Montana | June 7, 2016 at 12:58 am |

    Americans are more concerned with loudmouth boxers.

  4. Looks like standard retail merchandising in Japan to me, not ‘pop up’ as we would call it. Very cool to see Isetan marketing this brand!

  5. Bags' Groove | June 7, 2016 at 4:36 am |

    Japan unquestionably took up the Ivy mantle. Loose as an Ivy goose…in Osaka. Simply love it!

  6. Some American drug-addled acadamia nuts and fellow travelers might imagine that’s an example of “Cultural Appropriation” and get themselves all worked up about it, like they do about productions of “The Mikado” that use Japanese costumes.

    (They would probably riot in the streets and throw eggs if it was a production of “The Mikado” with Japanese costumes and the original lyrics.)

  7. Grey Flannels | June 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm |

    Japanese appropriation of American Trad style is the sincerest form of flattery.

  8. Great photos, CC. I recently watched Cary Grant’s last film, “Walk, Don’t Run” which was set in 1964 Tokyo. Great look at the Ivy influence in Japan during our beloved looks heyday.

  9. Charlottesville | June 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm |

    Delightful! I wish they were about 7,000 mile closer (or however far it is from here to Osaka). Looks great. I may try out the yellow OCBD and seersucker look this week.

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