Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vintage Hawaiian │ End of Summer

I love vintage Hawaiian like I love coffee.

A lot.

And you know what's so awesome about getting invited to luau-themed party and having all this vintage Hawaiian to wear?

GETTING to wear it!

Guess who got invited? Yep.

As did the rest of my family. And I am able to dress them accordingly from my personal collection and some from what's currently for sale in my shop.

Now, you don't need a luau to wear these gorgeous things. Everyone loves Hawaii everywhere. But, it sure does help to have a party to go to!

Need some aloha in your life at the end of your summer?

Want to throw an awesome luau but want a little something for you to wear to it?

Get it here! ◄ (mens or womens)

I seriously love vintage Hawaiian, I stock and sell vintage Hawaiian like you wouldn't believe (it's easier to find here on the West Coast) and I wear it.

Now, get yourself a Mai-tai, peruse my shop for your perfect vintage Hawaiian, and say aloha to the end of summer.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Almost Autumn │ Vintage Fall Clothing

It's August 1st tomorrow. And in my book, that is first day of the onset of Fall.

Never mind that it's suppose to be 105 degrees then. Really. No joke.

But, I'm all about optimism. 105 or not, it's the beginning of back-to-school.
And with that, my vintage shop is about bringing in all the good Autumnal clothing.

Which is really, really good. All the things I want to wear now, I'll just pretend that I can and begin listing them in my shop. Basically, it's the clothing I'd wear year 'round if I could: sweater, jeans, jackets, boots.

I'm happy about this. And you should be too. Vintage fall clothing is headed to the shop!
And August 11th through the 13th, I'll have a little fall sale too just to kick off the season.

Welcome back my fall friends and welcome back to vintage wools, thick cottons, canvas, and leather.

All the good stuff.


PS. If you're itching to get your fall shopping on now, have no fear. I always stock fall/winter clothing. Go here ◄now to check it ou!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Levi's 501 Day

Did you know that May 20, 1873 was when Levi Strauss & Co began?

Well you do now!

144 years later and their 501's are still going strong.

If you're just a little bit curious as to the history of Levi's Strauss, click here to see a great pictorial history via the Levi's site.

If you want a little more of the nitty gritty, then click here. It goes over the wonderful, rich history of the family and its denim, interspersed with details of the ups and down, and failures and successes of the Strauss family. There are other links there too, with more information to feed your need for Levi's knowledge.

Levi's is sort of my history, strictly because of my birthright.

Being born in Northern California is the only necessary prerequisite.

I fully comply. And I full qualify.

Speaking of ... I recently found some beautiful vintage selvedge 501s.

Want a little  backstory about it? Want to find some 501s of your own? Then click here to read a little article I wrote about it at a great site called, One Upped Magazine.

Happy 501 day and if you'd like to do a little vintage Levi's shopping, may I direct you kindly to my little Etsy shop ◄ with mens and womens vintage goodness.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Vintage Hawaii │Vintage Aloha

Here on the West Coast, Hawaii is a favorite spot to travel to. It's like the Bahamas to the East Coast.

What's amazing, is that Hawaiian clothing has a provenance, which means you can almost trace the history of Hawaii with the clothing. From the early '30 and '40s fabrics to the barkcloth of the '60s, even the surf shirts of the '80s, all of them tell a story.

I've joked with my friends that I should really call my vintage shop "Hawaiian Clothes and Overalls" because I sell those items the most!

Regardless, it's that time of year when many are thinking of summer vacations, and I have a feeling there'll be an uptick in Hawaiian sales in my shop.

Here's a few for sale right now!

Want to see more? Click here to see all my Hawaiian items for sale.

Okay! Gotta jet. There's a Mai Tai waiting for me!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Vintage Levi's

So, I'm in the process of writing an article near and dear to my heart for a really cool site called OneUpped Magazine.

The article has to do with denim, and Levi's, and vintage. Basically, all things perfect. And together.

Trifecta perfection.
Type 3- Big E Levi's Denim Jacket

But to be honest, I'm still trying to come up with the angle and direction I want to go with the article and writing other things close to what I should be writing usually helps out. A lot.

Meanwhile, as I work on that, the vintage denim Levi's I sell in my shop, usually flies out the window.

But, I do have an awesome Type 3 jacket still available.

Isn't it gorgeous?

If it fit me, I'd be keeping it.

Anyway, check out my shop for regular denim inventory.

And if there's something specific you want me to look out for, let me know!

Email me.


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!


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.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Blues

Here in Cali, our Winter blues are pretty mild. We have to go without seeing the sun for three whole days (or hours) in order to acquire this malady.

But, when it does happen, it usually means we have clouds...which generally means we're in the 50s (degrees).

Yeah, mild.

What I'd like to focus on starting this winter in my shop is blues; indigo; denim. More jeans for ladies. More denim for men.

Why? Because I love it. And I know so many others do, too.

This is my seventh year selling on Etsy and I'm still learning. I'm learning what sells but more importantly, what I want to sell.

This is the color palette I'm going for--greens, blues, whites and blacks. These also happen to be colors I wear constantly.

If as a writer we're to write what we know for the most effective prose, then why am I not selling what I like for the most effective sales?

Many times, I buy what sells. But at the end of the day, is it selling? Do I even like selling it? And which do I value more?

This year, it's more of what I like and more of it to you.

Quality over quantity. Always.

Happy new year and if you're looking for more denim, check out my shop! You know what I'll be working on.