In the mid to late 80s one of the Weejun’s younger siblings ran shoe stores in Paris, specifically for Paraboot and then for Bowen, whose business was built on copies the very expensive classic JM Weston models – the Chasses, Moccasin and the Golf as well as Paraboot models and classic Sebago. I had a… Continue reading Paraboot Michael – 1945 to 2011
Some things don’t change! Thanks again to Herb Lester
Special thanks to Herb Lester for digging into his many scans of Town Magazine to find this great Playboy shoes ad!
No reason for publishing this today except that it’s a freezing cold Friday and corduroy and suede kind of weather. Even in the 60s it seems that decent Levis Sta-Prest cords weren’t easy to find!
Deadstock early 60s Donegal style tweed Ivy League suit with original tags! I found this extraordinary suit on ebay UK recently from a fellow Ivy fan in Norfolk. I didn’t think the trousers would fit me, but I thought it was worth bidding for the jacket alone as it could be the long sought after… Continue reading Found on Ebay – Deadstock Grey Ivy Suit NWT!
I love movies from the 50s and 60s and will watch almost anything if the period is right and there is some style and clothing on display. One of the films that I can watch over and over again is the classic British war movie called Sea of Sand featuring Michael Craig and John Gregson… Continue reading Sea of Sand Playboy Chukkas (Updated 18-01-11)
Along with the iconic Weejuns, the Bass Sportocasin was always a cult shoe. I remember seeing my first pair in John Simon store in around 1986, when Bass were reissuing a lot of their old designs. They were also a bit more expensive than the Weejun and back then I couldn’t quite stretch to a… Continue reading The Bass Weejun Sportocasin
Recently I’ve been concerned that my LVC 1955s are still massive despite being 34/34 and theoritically shrinking down to 33/31. They’ve shown no signs of shrinkage and consequently are a little bit Chaplinesque. It seems to be a constant issue with LVC models of different years (not to mention the non-selvedge cheaper PWR models) that… Continue reading Lee Riders 101z 1966 Japanese Edition
Many years ago I caught this strange gem on TV. A low budget reworking of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment set in Los Angeles starring a youthful George Hamilton. In Crime and Punishment USA (Dir Denis Sanders), I was struck by the great Ivy style of the main protaganist, Robert Cole (Raskolnikov, geddit?). This guy was… Continue reading George Hamilton Boom Years Ivy Icon?
Surely a hit if Clarks dug into their back catalogue? After all they could also make some “fantastically hip” ones out of union jacks or someone’s old carpet, to justify putting some nice snuff suede ones on the market. Seems they like that to do that with the desert boots.