Christmas Classics. Two Last Minute Finds for 2011. Walk-Over Saddle Oxfords + Bass Sportocasins

Last minute finds – both shoes I’ve been searching for regularly for some time. The elusive Walk-Over saddle oxford – the original, not the coco the clown modern version – and the 1980s Bass Sportocasin reissue – slightly beefier than my 60s originals. Both decently priced considering their rarity in any size these days. These… Continue reading Christmas Classics. Two Last Minute Finds for 2011. Walk-Over Saddle Oxfords + Bass Sportocasins

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Highwater 501s & Derby of San Francisco : Black Ivy in Watts, LA

Update: Not knowing the exact source of this image, I’d googled ‘Westminster Neighborhood Association’ and found one in DC, which seemed to match the location of the shot. Today Herb Lester, a master of research par excellence, sent me some more images by LIFE photographer Bill Ray, from the same series which is actually about… Continue reading Highwater 501s & Derby of San Francisco : Black Ivy in Watts, LA

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J. Press Shaggy Dog Sports Coats & Corduroy Suits to Die For…

I don’t usually post other people’s material, but I have to make an exception here. The mercurially ‘now you see it/now you don’t’ blog of Heavy Tweed Jacket today features a post of special quality. A complete scan of the 1977 Fall & Winter J Press mailer. It’s 1977 and the world has the death… Continue reading J. Press Shaggy Dog Sports Coats & Corduroy Suits to Die For…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

Perhaps more fitting to the season, careful you don’t slip like this fellow from 1965 in Quebec, Duffle coat and Playboys. The Illustrator probably had the same gear at home…

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Clarks Shearling Desert Boots

As much as I live in my Clarks Desert Boots, I have to confess to an ambivalence towards Clarks themselves. For decades an arrogant and monopolising business (for years stockists of Clarks shoes were controlled by Clarks as to what else they were allowed to stock), their lack of attention to their own history is… Continue reading Clarks Shearling Desert Boots

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