Dec 24, 2010

Cheech and Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady

 Another holiday tradition courtesy of these two guys.

On Donner
On Blitzen
On Chewy
On Tavo
C/mon Beto!

Dec 23, 2010

Wool Blanket Lined Vintage Work Jackets

I really like the substance and color that wool blanket lining adds to these vintage work jackets. Here are a few pieces from the collection to get us started. I will post a follow-up with more including various vintage Lee jackets once I can dig them out.
1950's era Montgomery Ward POWR-HOUSE Union Made Chore Jacket
1940's-50's era Carhartt Union Made Dark Brown Duck Zipper Jacket 
1940's era Carhartt Union Made Brown Duck Chore Jacket with Special Pocket

1950's era Wrangler Big Ben Convert Cloth Salt & Pepper Zipper Jacket
1950's era Sears Hercules Union Made Zipper Jacket
1940's era J.C. Penney Ox Hide / Big Mac Chore Jacket
Sweet Dapper's Wool Blanket Lining Work Cap via The Wild One Japan

Dec 21, 2010

Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Christmas Edition Made in the USA

My 1990's era Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Christmas Jingle Bell edition sneakers. Been breaking these out every year at Christmas time since I got 'em some 15 odd years ago. Still fit, although tighter than back in the day. Made in the USA. 

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year.

Dec 17, 2010

Urban Decay and Aged Beauty, the photographs of Eric Holubrow

Recently came across the great work of photographer Eric Holubrow via the Lost Treasures Of The City video clip. For a long time now I have had an appreciation for the ghosts of manufacturing and industry, and the architectural salvage, industrial furniture, lighting, and distressed paint that go hand in hand. The time worn character and reminder of days gone by are also part of my allure to vintage workwear.
  Turbines, Richmond 2008
  Brain Trust, Richmond 2008
 Shirt Factory, Gary Indiana 2008
 Industrial Accident, Chicago 2008
Fisher Auto, Detroit 2008
Cell Block D, Eastern State Pennitentiary, Pennsylvania 2008 
Barricade, Eastern State Pennitentiary, Pennsylvania 2008 
Capone's Cell, Eastern State Pennitentiary, Pennsylvania 2008
Saint Boniface Church, Chicago 2009
Remains in Light, Michigan Central Station, Detroit 2007

Dec 14, 2010


INDUSTRIAL Uniform Co. founded in 1938 and still open for business today.
1950's era INDUSTRIAL Uniform Co. mail order catalog
This or This

Better than a carpenter overall for the following (obvious) reasons: 

1. Much lower in price.  2. Handier and more practical pocket system.  
3. Cooler and lighter in weight.  4. Easy on and off.  5. Hammer hangs off hip and out of way.  And the final obvious reason...
6.  Less expensive to buy; less expensive to wash.  
1950's era INDUSTRIAL Uniform Co. CERETANA FEEDS hounds tooth flannel lined cotton work jacket with chain stitched name 

Dec 8, 2010

PEPPERELL BATTLE AXE WHIPCORD 1940's Vintage Salt & Pepper Work Pants

A truly badass pair of vintage 1940's era salt & pepper work pants made of a fabric with an appropriately badass name....PEPPERELL BATTLE AXE WHIPCORD. Is it just me or is this one of the greatest names ever?
Loomed BATTLE AXE WHIPCORD label.  Also Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Union Made Work Clothes label
Union Made SANFORIZED Lot & Size waist tag. No other tags present but I believe these to be Stephens Brand
Button Fly

Nov 26, 2010

Brown's Beach Jacket - Union Made in America

With the nighttime temps here in Southern California dipping down into the forties this past week, I have had the golden opportunity to break out my much loved but rarely worn Brown's Beach Jacket. This inspired me to share some photos my vintage Brown's Beach Jackets, Vests and few print ads from the collection. Also included are two vests and a jacket that we recently sold via The San Fernando Valley Mercantile and a couple of nice Japanese reproduction pieces. Enjoy!

Discovered these great jackets back around 2004 while searching for information on salt & pepper vintage workwear and gained a bit of an education while trying to find one in a larger size. Thanks to JD for the information and photos early on & RL for the BIG hook up back in 2007, another pivotal vintage workwear moment.  
My Brown's Beach Jackets & Vests 
My 3 pocket button front model, purchased as new old stock, worn only a handful of times 
 Brown's Beach Cloth DOT brand snap variation
 BROWN'S beach cloth, Norfolk MA label  
My new old stock 2 pocket zipper model with original hang tag and inspection tag. I believe this  model is known as a Surcoat. It cost more than the shorter button front version due in part to it's longer length and leather pocket detailing. 
Heavy Duty Talon zipper
Leather trimmed front pocket detail
Brown's Beach Jacket label & care tag
Garment inspection tag
Brown's Beach Jacket original bag, via JD 

My vintage Brown's Beach Vest, stripe version. Size 44
Brown's Beach Jacket embossed SCOVIL brand snap

My vintage Brown's Beach Vest, size 46
Brown's Beach Jacket SCOVIL snap. Piping showing honest wear
Iconic pocket shape & piping detail

Brown's Beach Jacket information tag, via JD
Information tag backside, note Union Made & Made in America at the bottom, via JD
My vintage duck canvas hunting pants with DOT brand Brown's Beach Cloth snap
Brown's Beach Cloth DOT brand snap  
Serval brand zipper
1943 -  A man, his beat-up Brown's Beach Jacket and a large fish. It's a great day!! 
via fellow Brown's aficionado Vintage Engineer Boots 
Vintage 1940's Brown's Beach collarless jacket with oversized snaps.
Sold via The San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co.
Vintage Brown's Beach Vest size 42. Sold via The San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co.
Vintage Brown's Beach Vest size 46. Sold via The San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co.
Vintage Brown's Beach Jacket in a favored stripe version via Vintage Engineer Boots blog

Fantastic Shawl Collar Japanese reproduction. Guess I'm kind of glad it wasn't made in larger sizes, I would of had to have it.
Reproduction Brown's Beach "Shelter Cap" in black via the WILD ONE, Japan
Recently ran across these Reproduction Brown's Beach "Shelter Caps" over at the WILD ONE.
May just need to try & snag one of these