Tag Archives : vintage

Review: The Crowder ATP watch, for a life less hectic


Reading Time: 6 minutesThe smartphone has to be the curse of modern times. One dip in to your pocket and you know if anyone has phoned you, texted you, mentioned you, poked you, prodded you or in any other way attempted to annoy you. Also if anything has happened in the world, your car is unlocked or whether the book you reserved at the…

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Heroic menswear from the Shackleton Company


Reading Time: 6 minutesShackleton Company – providing heroic menswear for today’s man Ernest Shackleton. Now that is a name indeed. You can sort of imagine a child with a name like that going one of two ways, either an antarctic explorer of heroic nature, or a Wallace (as in “… & Gromit“). In this case though we know Shackleton turned out the heroic…

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Gloverall 1951 – more lookbook goodness


Reading Time: 7 minutesThere are a few British company names that strike me as being incredibly evocative. Barbour is one, Gloverall is another. The story behind Gloverall is so quintessentially quirky and British that I shake my head in wonder every time I think of it. Way back after WW2 the company was called Gloves & Overalls Ltd. in 1951 though bought a…

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A look into the lookbook: Realm & Empire AW15


Reading Time: 5 minutesLookbooks are a strange thing. Brands spend time and money producing what amounts to a sort of picture book surrounding their collection, setting the look and mood of how they would like their product to be seen. Not the plain product photos you’ll see in the webshop, with all the details and such shown, but staged photoshoots, with props, weather and lifelike…

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Norris Tweed: Into the un-Googleable world of vintage


Reading Time: 6 minutesAnyone who has followed me for a while will know that I am very much into things that are a little off the beaten track. The stuff that most have forgotten, or stuff that has yet to attract the attention of the braying masses, or even just odd things. Hence why I love poking around vintage markets and jumble sales. You…

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Tweed jacket upcycle project: Day three – steam and rework


Reading Time: 5 minutesLast week I posted part three of my Harris Tweed jacket upcycling project. If you’re only just coming to find it, you’ll want to read back to the original idea outlined here, and part one here and part two here. I’ll wait patiently until you’re up to speed on what is going on here at the Laboratory of Total Tweedism. At the end of…

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Tweed jacket upcycle project: Day one – shoulder pads


Reading Time: 7 minutesLast week I posted the question: What can I do with an old vintage Harris Tweed jacket.After a surprising amount of input on which of the three projects I should select to put an old Harris Tweed jacket through, I have decided that the first project will be to go slouchy on this one. Or try to unconstruct it, in…

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For properly parky days, the Monitaly Mountain Parka “US Tent” version


Reading Time: 6 minutesWhen it comes to parkas, there are three companies that immediately come to mind (to me, others will argue at length why they have a different list), and all three have certain similarities. Engineered Garments, Battenwear and Monitaly. All have a Japanese designer, produce their goods in the USA, and have at least one parka design that is incrementally changed…

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Morgan Motor Cars, worth a visit


Reading Time: 10 minutesA while back I posted a couple of reports from this summers holiday in the UK. Basically we drove around the South and then drove some around the North, and in between we stopped here and there and looked at interesting things. In part one of the road trip I mentioned that we’d stopped off to visit the Morgan Motor…

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