Thursday, October 30, 2014

These Californian shirts bring you back to the 50's

On my latest trip to Califonia I discovered these great 50s shirts. 
It could be the the kind of shirt your father or grandfather used to wear.
 Or more recent, you might have seen Charlie Sheen wearing them all the time in his 
TV series Two and a Half Men.

They are also called Bowling Shirts.

Although they are 100 polyester , they are great to wear in hot summer conditions, 
very light and thin. I really like the design of the collar and the striping! 

The last one is more of a 60s design, but I wanted to add it to this page, just for fun.

In case you want to know more about them, the brandname is Da Vinci California.
They are available online, but be aware, the sizing can be a bit odd. Make sure you can return them!
I bought a Small and a Large and both fit me well.....

So maybe you are better of by paying a visit their only retail store (so I was told) 
at 7519 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

It fun to try on all their styles and great service, no sales pressure or unwanted advices.

In the near future I will post Californian discoveries.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sporty Knickerbockers: Baseball Pants

Today I discovered some vintage baseball trousers and instantly added them to my sportswear collection. Here is Europe these kind of pants are rare and I had never tried them on before. 
They are very comfortable and feel great to wear.  
One of my favorite vintage shops in Amsterdam has a large collection, 
I believe a trend is in the making here!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beyond Western Clothing: ZAYN RASHID & KHAADI

ENGINEERED GARMENTS (NYC) brought me to dive deeper into Pakistan Fashion

Starting point: Engineered Garments SpringSummer 2014


Pakistan Heritage in Modern Times:


Monday, June 30, 2014

Against all odds; SYNTHETIC POLO SHIRTS for Hot Summer Days

The intense fashion lobby always told me to wear linen, silk or maybe cotton
 in warmer weather.

When I visited Vietnam last winter I bought a bunch of synthetic polo shirts for about 3 or 4 euro each. I simply liked the style and the shine but hesitated because of the synthetic material. 

And guess what, they are the COOLEST THING to wear on a hot humid day!!

The material itself does not pick up the heat and stays much cooler as the body and the outside temperature, giving your skin an airconditioned feeling!! 

See it yourself and check out the amazing details.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My First GUAYABERA Shirt

The origin of the guayabera shirt is a somewhat of a mystery.
It's thought to be the result of a mixture of Native American and Spanish styles, 
developed in the late 18th or early 19th centuries.

They are very popular in Cuba and Mexico, but are also found in other Latin American 
countries and  in the Phillippines.

The is full of details and great to wear on warm summer days.
They bring you into a holiday mood and it's likely you are wearing a unique piece.

I found this Blue one, my friend Ruud bought a great Lime colored piece, 
which I hope to publish soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rare Vintage Find in Bath, England

Last month I found this extraordinary fifties AERTEX shirt at a vintage shop in Bath.
Amazing details and quality, one rarely finds in modern fashion.

Many thanks to the retailer, the Yellow Shop at Walcot Street in BA1 5BD, Bath UK.
(see photo further down

The Yellow Shop in Bath, it's just a short walk out the centre, 
but a pleasant detour and we had great luck across the street from the shop.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Interesting book on Menswear between 1900 and 1940

The artist Mr. Tom Phillips, show us a fabulous cavalcade of historic masculine style in his book, MENSWEAR: Vintage People on Photo Postcards. Some 200 images dating from the early 1900s to the late 1940s are included. The men are ordinary fellows, for the most part, captured for posterity in one of the hundreds of photographic studios that peppered every high street before personal cameras were common.

This wonderful collection reveals the care with which ordinary, everyday men took over their outfits. The subjects clearly show a considered approach to how they presented themselves to the world. Even allowing for the fact that many obviously wore their “Sunday best” in the studio, there is an astonishing attention to detail.

The book is published by the Bodleian Library (University of Oxford)
To order it visit this page.