The Meaning of Selvedge Then and Now

March 17, 2014

The Meaning Of Selvedge Then And Now

Following Jesse’s great post last week on selvedge denim, I thought I’d share some scans from an old 1997 issue…

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A young Colin Powell would like some feedback on his outfit for the day

March 13, 2014

A Young Colin Powell Would Like Some Feedback On His Outfit For The Day

From his Facebook: “Throwback Thursday – I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out…

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Abandoned Republic

March 4, 2014

Abandoned Republic

Abandoned Republic, a blog all about Banana Republic, back when it was cool, has a wonderful scan of a 1985…

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What Olympic Ice Skating Looked Like in 1924

February 14, 2014

What Olympic Ice Skating Looked Like In 1924

Pictured above: English speed skaters B. H. Sutton (left), L. H. Cambridgeshire (middle), and A. E. Tibbet (right) train in…

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The Story of Japanese American Zoot Suiters

February 11, 2014

The Story Of Japanese American Zoot Suiters

One of our readers tipped us to this great article on the forgotten history of Japanese American zoot suiters. An…

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The relationship between the frequencies of men’s beards and the width of women’s skirts

January 17, 2014

The Relationship Between The Frequencies Of Men’s Beards And The Width Of Women’s Skirts

Above: The relationship between the frequencies of men’s beards and the width of women’s skirts, charted over time from 1823…

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Australian Convict Uniforms

January 9, 2014

Australian Convict Uniforms

Here’s a curious thing. Above is what the Australian government used to make their convicts wear. The broad arrow you…

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A stunning 1930s Chesterfield coat

January 2, 2014

A Stunning 1930s Chesterfield Coat

Giuseppe from An Affordable Wardrobe found a stunning 1930s Chesterfield coat in a thrift. The collar was shredded – but…

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Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles, grocery shopping in Los Angeles

December 21, 2013

Peter Bogdanovich And Orson Welles, Grocery Shopping In Los Angeles

Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles, grocery shopping in Los Angeles. 1970.

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The US Government on Suits

December 5, 2013

The US Government On Suits

StyleForum member CrimsonSox recently found this fascinating guide on how to buy a suit, surprisingly published in 1949 by the…

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Is That a Unicorn in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Poorly Translating the Bible?

November 22, 2013

Is That A Unicorn In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Poorly Translating The Bible?

Unicorn-print accessories, like Lisa Frank stickers but for men, have enjoyed a good couple of years. Pictured above are Drake’s…

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EFFECTIVE suit style

October 21, 2013


EFFECTIVE suit style via The New Yorker’s Currency blog, which recently highlighted ads targeting the high earners of the 1920s….

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“Make-Do and Mend”

October 10, 2013

“Make-Do And Mend”

The Imperial War Museums’ website has a really great collection of “Make Do and Mend” artwork, which was used in…

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The History of Men’s Raiment: Spring & Summer, 1912

September 26, 2013

The History Of Men’s Raiment: Spring & Summer, 1912

The final chapter of our journey through The History of Men’s Raiment is Spring & Summer, 1912. It was the…

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Ernest Hemingway’s Game Bag

August 28, 2013

Ernest Hemingway’s Game Bag

Every once in a while, Jesse and I will list a fishing or game bag in our eBay roundups. Nice…

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