Friday, March 24, 2017

Denim and Such • Railcar Fine Goods

A short car ride away, south of me, is a town called Monrovia.

Monrovia is where a little (amazing) company called Railcar Fine Goods exist.

And what they do is incredible.

If you know me, you'll hear me say (a lot), "They just don't make clothes like they used to" ... because it's true. When in the vintage trade as I am, and after years of sifting through thousands and thousands (and thousands) of pieces of clothing, you can see first hand that they don't make clothes like they used to. At all.

(Okay, rarely. So rare that no one donates these items! Obviously.)

Today, the consumer buys clothes as items to be worn a couple times, used up, trashed, or whatever, and then they move on to something new. This wasn't the philosophy of the past. Clothes were made to last. You had a simple but quality wardrobe that lasted for decades, adding a piece or two here and there, taking out a piece or two here and there.


Railcar is one of the few companies (American made = major bonus) that exists to create denim that are quality, beautiful and made to last.

Selvedge is a vintage way of manufacturing denim and since I live in vintage, love vintage, and surround myself with all things vintage, these jeans were a must.

Check them out if you haven't ◄ educate yourself on selvedge (selvage) denim (here's also another great article ◄) and understand why I am so excited to wear these jeans.

Next time I'm in Monrovia (which has been never, so that needs to change) I'm stopping by their brick and mortar.

Thank you Railcar!

-HJS


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Red Wing Heritage

There's a reason Red Wing Heritage Boots uses the name "heritage" everywhere. It's on their blog, their website, their Instagram, their logos, everything!

Heritage is what supports and substantiates Red Wing's name and amazing company. Started in 1905 and going full throttle today, they're a serious company to be reckoned with.

My heritage is Red Wing. My father wore Red Wings, my grandfather obviously did, too. Now, it's my turn.  I have many friends who's heritage is Red Wing as well. It's a rite of passage almost, to not only know about Red Wing but to carry on the tradition of wearing these amazing boots.

The huge double bonus is they're all hand-crafted and made in the USA.

My father had three girls, and I'm a little late to carrying on the "heritage" of Red Wing, but I'm here now! And what's really done it for me is the women's line they brought back. (I'd like one of each please, thanks.)

Don't get me wrong. I love the more masculine line, if not prefer it. There is a pair of "Iron Rangers" with my name on it (eventually).

But, I have patience.

And when Red Wing re-introduced their women's line -- most of the boots based on boots they made (or would have made) back in the 30s and 40s -- I about nearly died.

You see,  I'm a vintage wearer and the Red Wing line is vintage-based. These boots I'm wearing are the holy grail. Actually, ALL OF THEM are the holy grail.

I bought the "Clara." Couldn't be happier, such a 40s looking shoe, but made as a boot. The most comfortable boot I have ever worn. Ever. No break in period, just all comfort. I equate them to slippers with a heal.

I just saw that they came out with one called the "Faye." I'm really dying now because I could quite literally wear the "Faye" with some of the vintage dresses I own and wear today.

Okay, well there's your tiny history lesson about Red Wing, and my family history and now I need to think about how I'm going to get the rest of the boots.

I really need to go back and look at my father's old pictures. I'm sure there's one of him wearing his Red Wings, and his father wearing his.

I don't think of this as a Red Wing psychosis. I think of it as history; as heritage in my veins. And because of the vintage history of my family as well as the fact that I wear vintage, I think I can safely say that this isn't an addiction, but a happy place in my mind I like to call: infatuation.

-HJS