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Black Leather Jackets, Motorcycles and Rock & Roll

leather jackets history

Black leather jackets have left their distinct mark in American culture becasue of what they have come to represent. They have become a form of recognition into a lifestyle that generally opposes the common rule and thread. Like specific colors in a wardrobe would reveal gang members and their loyalty in the streets of LA during the 1980’s, black leather jackets are worn to symbolize a decision into a subculture that sets it own rules.

History of the black leather jacket

The quintessential leather jacket was born out of functionality when they were created for aviators in the First World War. The first leather flight jackets were more bulky than they are today, often featuring shearling-lined collars and lapels to protect pilots from the elements. As time passed the leather jacket has become as essential in fashion as the t-shirt, abandoning its more practical uses in favor of a sartorial importance fueled by pop culture and the evolution of trends.

Above image from Schot NYC 100 Years of An American original  : myfreedamn

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Vintage Rock T-Shirt Picts | Sometimes a Tee Says it All

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Vintage T-shirts have been a North American fashion icon since the fighter pilots returned home from WWII wearing them decorated with war slogans as normal weekend attire. Often the pilots stationed in South Pacific during the war would mark up their undershirts that they wore under their normal uniform with all types of pictures and slogans. When they returned home many of the pilots continued to wear their marked up t-shirts around the house or out with their pals. This was during the 1950’s, the era of Ozzie & Harriet and Leave it to Beaver, at the time if you wore a undershirt without a dress shirt over it you were considered a rebel, or a derelict.

As time passed the T-shirt became a symbol of freedom, everyone from bikers, rockers, surfers and more began to make the t-shirt a part of their everyday wardrobe.

The following collection of images from THE SELVEDGE YARD show different rock stars and their fans from the 70’s wearing an assortment of different t-shirts with different sayings that prove that prove that sometimes a tee says it better

Vintage T-shirt Tanktop

ca. 1970s --- Roadie Wearing <no Backstage Passes> Tank Top --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

Greatful Dead Fan T-shirt

Deadhead Wearing Cannabis Shirt --- Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS

Kieth Richards Vintage T-shirt

Kieth Richards wears a t-shirt asking Who the Fu*k is Mick Jagger

Home made t-shirt

ca. 1972 --- An apparently unhappy Rolling Stones fan wears a t-shirt that reads, "I Need the Stones to Keep Me Happy," at a Rolling Stones concert. --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

Stones T-shirts

ca. 1979, Toronto, Ontario, Canada --- Rolling Stones Fans at Concert --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

Western Vintage T-shirt

28 Aug 1979, USA --- Country musician Hank Williams Jr. wears an "if you ain't a cowboy, you ain't shit!" T-shirt. --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

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Ronnie Van Zant with the 'key to the city' given to him by the Mayor of Jacksonville seen hanging around his neck, ca. 1970s. Ronnie's t-shirt is even more notable-- Who the F*ck are the Rolling Stones anyway?

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September 1982, Glen Helen Regional Park, California, USA --- Concert Promoter Bill Graham --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

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ca. 1979 --- Rock musician Ted Nugent wears a t-shirt which reads "can Ted Nugent survive in a John Denver world?"--- Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

Band T-shirts

1979, Marin, California, USA --- Members of the rock group Grateful Dead are Bill Kreutzman (striped shirt), Jerry Garcia (black shirt and jacket), Mickey Hart ("God is Sound" T-shirt), Phil Lesh (white T-shirt), Bob Weir (Duke sweatshirt), and Brent Mydland. --- Image by © Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS

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1970's Surf, Sand and Beachwear

Vintage Swimsuits

It is almost that time a year where many of us get to shed our clothes and soak in some rays down at the local water hole. This year 1970’s fashion is on the rise and I just can’t help but browse through some of favorite photos of 70’s swimwear. From European designer beach wear to southern California surf-wear, 1970’s swimwear had a  a style and appeal all of its own.

There are certain keys to follow when dating vintage swimwear:

-Lastex began to be used in swimwear starting in the late 30’s and continued through the 50’s.
-Spandex, better known as elastane in Europe, began to be used in swimsuits in the late 60’s. Dupont patented this as Lycra.
-Fabric content on labels was mandated in the 1960’s
-Garment care instructions seen on labels beginning in 1971
-Symbols on care labels began in the 1990’s in the US, earlier elsewhere

70's beach wear

Model Cheryl Tiegs at the beach in an orange bikini with white polka dots by Villager, with a man reclining on chaise — Image by © Condé Nast Archive/CORBIS

Farrah Faucet

Famous Farrah Fawcett Poster on most adolescent boy’s walls in the 1970’s

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Cheryl Tiegs swimsuit pose

1970's Swimwear

Classic One-piece and Two piece swimsuit designs from the 70’s

1970's beachwear

Modern bathing suit with exact 1970’s glamor cut

70's swimwear

Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime with a wig-wearin’ female friend, circa 1970s.

1970's swimwear

Surf Rats Hanging out at the beach

70's Swimwear

Christie Brinkley Sporting a colorful one piece

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1970’s European Men’s Matching Swimwear

70's beachwear

Mark Richards matching his board shorts with his surfboard

Vintage Swimwear

Larry Bertlemann pure classic style

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Vintage Surfers

North shore 1970’s beach fashion

70's skate

1970’s Venice Beach

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Style on Wheels | 1970's Custom Van Craze

Vintage Ad With Bikini Girl

The 1960’s had their counterculture revolution going on, with war protests and the civil rights moment happening simultaneously with the free love/dope flower children movement. When this group got a little older they continued to express their psychedelic free loving nature through the type of clothing they wore, the type of music they enjoyed and the type of art they liked.

In the 1970’s some of these individuals found a new way of expressing their independent cosmic nature by having murals painted on the side of their vans. These love wagons were somewhat cheep, easy to maintain and great for luggin a van full of stoners to the next Iron Butterfly Concert.

Vintage 70's van

Wait until you see the waterbed I installed in this baby!

 

Vintage Van Style

Who needs a limo when you can drive a van.

 
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“Hey man you going to Van Land?”
 

Nothing says, “Hey I am a straight up guy,” like a painting of a horse in a cosmic desert on the side of your van

 

Brown, Yellow, orange and Beige never looked so good together.

 

The horse was a popular theme among these comsic cowboy enthusiasts.

 

Hey girls, guess what I am into?

 

So Hot your Cool, so Cool your hot!

 

The marketing geniuses at the big three automobile companies in the United States producing vans at the time Ford, Chevy and Dodge, all attempted to cash in on the craze with mixed results. Because of them we get to admire or laugh at the great adds that they produced in this era.

 

Beach Time Vintage Fun

Vintage 1970’s Ford Van Advertisement Featuring Surfers.

Vintage Van Ad

Good Times at the beach – Vintage Dodge van Advertisement.

In the 1980’s the Custom Van movement began to loose momentum as the new conversion van started to hit the market.

Scooter Style

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Vintage Vespa Scooters have left their mark on the transportation and fashion industry as an iconic piece to many a lifestyle.  The Vespa scooter brand has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy—to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.

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LEVIS® VINTAGE CLOTHING – F/W 2013 VINTAGE INSPIRED LOOKBOOK

Retro Clothing

LEVIS® VINTAGE CLOTHING is a vintage inspired collection that the famous denim brand LEVIS® has put out were they are bringing back to life some of their classic relics from the past.

Don’t be fooled these are not the actual vintage pieces – but what we call vintage inspired – or made to look like vintage. According to LVC they are:

“Faithfully capturing the spirit and heritage of American work wear, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing reproduces the fits, fabrics and details of bygone eras. Our source material is our own archive and our inspiration is the hardworking men and women that we have equipped for the last 140 years. Through our seasonal tribute collections, iconic reissues and special editions, we relive our treasured history and offer timeless products to discerning connoisseurs that are as obsessed with it as we are.”

~ LVC

Mowtown Style

I thought that it would be worth sharing some of the images from their Fall/Winter ’13 Lookbook becasue it is in an inspiring and stylish collection for those that are actually collecting the original vintage pieces. Not to mention it might be a collection worth looking into if you carry both new and used clothing in your boutique.

Each season, like an ongoing tradition the LVC team pays tribute company’s treasured history, timeless products and collections ( which includes items dating back as early as 1873), at the same time uncovering a few of their secrets of the past and recreating them for today through vintage inspired reproductions. This time the collection and lookbook brings up two iconic eras of American style: Detroit’s ’60s Motown musical revolution and the West Coast’s sunny ’70s style.

Motown’ Vibes

Mowtown Style

The first section of the lookbook brings you back to  Detroit Motor City in the 60’s, the heart of America’s car industry at that time, illustrating the working week at the automotive factory added with some Motown vibes and smooth styling. There are elements of Soul and Jazz, Mod and Traditional – there’s turtleneck knitwear, wool polos buttoned all the way up, striped t-shirts, v-stitch sweatshirts and checkerboard rodeo shirts.

Vintage LOOKBOOK
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60's Mowtown Vintage Clothing
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Mowtown Vibes

Levi’s Orange Tab

The second section of the lookbook dates back a more free-spirited, flower-child collection centered around the classic Orange Tab that was first produced in the late 1960s as a line of affordable, slim-fitting jeans, jackets and shirts designed for the Young American’s of the ’60s and ’70s. To this day, the Orange Tab is synonymous with simple and clean design as well as the free and easy spirit of the times. This part of the collection includes ’70s denim shirts in retro bright casts, baby blue chambrays and matte blacks, topped off with a selection of bold printed tees using faithful motifs and logos from the era.

70's sunny style

Women's Vintage Levis

Vintage Levis

Vintage Inspired Collections

Vintage Inspired Collection

A cool aspect of the collection is that it is also presented and available in hardback form copy, split into the two stories and complimented with additional material from the relevant eras. In the lookbook there’s also retro illustrated fit guides and a step-by-step guide of how to wash, wear and care for your rigids.

Levi fits

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“TAKE NONE GIVE NONE” | THE STORY OF THE LEGENDARY CHOSEN FEW MC

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In 1959, the Chosen Few MC officially formed out in LA on the cusp of the chaotic ’60s

As they tell it —“The 60s was a hell of a time. With the Civil Rights Movement, The Viet Nam War, Flower Power & Free Love. Sex, Drugs, and  Rock & Roll. Also the Crazy World of the Outlaw Bikers…When you talk of the Outlaw Bikers you automatically think of ‘Them Crazy White Boys’ doing what a lot of folk wish they could do. Live Life Like You Want & Fuck You And Your Rules. Well Guess What? There was some crazy Black bikers who felt the same way, and didn’t give a Fuck. Thus was born the Black Outlaw Bikers!”

TAKE NONE ♢ GIVE NONE (teaser) from Nicholas Monsour on Vimeo.

Take None Give None  is a new documentary that is set to be released in the near future telling the story behind the Chosen Few MC. These guys definitely have a bond that is deeper than skin deep incorporating a  brotherhood and love of riding.

The documentary Take None Give None evolved from a long-term relationship between the photographer Gusmano Cesaretti and the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club. In 2010, he teamed up with photographer Kurt Mangum, and a team of talented professional cinematographers to capture in light, motion and sound what it feels like to ride with the oldest integrated outlaw motorcycle club in the United States.

motorcycle club

During the two years of filming, the club experienced many changes — from the mounting tensions and differences between the founding members and the younger generation, to the raiding and seizure of their historic South Central clubhouse by the LAPD. There have been many poorly-researched and superficial news stories about the club in recent years, but this film hopes to offer a ground level, unfiltered and unbiased look at what it means to be one of the Chosen Few.

Photos and Copy Courtesy of our friends at theselvedgeyard

“TAKE NONE GIVE NONE” | THE STORY OF THE LEGENDARY CHOSEN FEW MC

chosen few

In 1959, the Chosen Few MC officially formed out in LA on the cusp of the chaotic ’60s

As they tell it —“The 60s was a hell of a time. With the Civil Rights Movement, The Viet Nam War, Flower Power & Free Love. Sex, Drugs, and  Rock & Roll. Also the Crazy World of the Outlaw Bikers…When you talk of the Outlaw Bikers you automatically think of ‘Them Crazy White Boys’ doing what a lot of folk wish they could do. Live Life Like You Want & Fuck You And Your Rules. Well Guess What? There was some crazy Black bikers who felt the same way, and didn’t give a Fuck. Thus was born the Black Outlaw Bikers!”

TAKE NONE ♢ GIVE NONE (teaser) from Nicholas Monsour on Vimeo.

Take None Give None  is a new documentary that is set to be released in the near future telling the story behind the Chosen Few MC. These guys definitely have a bond that is deeper than skin deep incorporating a  brotherhood and love of riding.

The documentary Take None Give None evolved from a long-term relationship between the photographer Gusmano Cesaretti and the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club. In 2010, he teamed up with photographer Kurt Mangum, and a team of talented professional cinematographers to capture in light, motion and sound what it feels like to ride with the oldest integrated outlaw motorcycle club in the United States.

motorcycle club

During the two years of filming, the club experienced many changes — from the mounting tensions and differences between the founding members and the younger generation, to the raiding and seizure of their historic South Central clubhouse by the LAPD. There have been many poorly-researched and superficial news stories about the club in recent years, but this film hopes to offer a ground level, unfiltered and unbiased look at what it means to be one of the Chosen Few.

Photos and Copy Courtesy of our friends at theselvedgeyard

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Garden : Season Two

Rooftop Garden

The Worlds Largest Rooftop garden has just kicked off it’s second growing season.

The second season is in full swing for the rooftop urban farmers at Brooklyn Grange Located atop a six-story 1919 warehouse. Krista Leahy at Inhabitat just did a great piece on this 40,000 square foot organic rooftop farm built by Bromley Caldari architects on a random rooftop in Brooklyn.

“After a successful first growing and selling season that began last spring, the farmers at Brooklyn Grange are continuing their production of organic produce that includes 40 varietals of juicy tomatoes, peppers, fennel, salad greens, kale, swiss chard, beans of all sorts and a variety of delicious root vegetables like beets, carrots, and radishes, as well as plenty of herbs.”

Brooklyn Grange’s organic produce is grown in 7.5″ deep beds with rooflite soil. This soil is produces by Pennsylvania soil company Skyland, Rooflite. This special soil is a lightweight soil composed of organic matter compost and small porous stones wich break down to add trace minerals that are needed for the produce to grow into a healthy mature state. The farm has a nine month growing season and everything that they grow is sustainable and good for you. In the winter time they used cover-crops like rye, buckwheat, vetch and clove to produce year around.

Rooftop Garden

Brooklyn Grange is looking to expand to many more rooftops in an attempt to increase the education and training available to those interested in urban farming. Check out their website at brooklyngrangefarm.com

Source & Images Courtesy of Inhabitat

Vintage Clothing + Rock & Roll = SXSW

Vintage Clothing and Rock n Roll
Every year in the middle of March Austin, Texas turns into the music Mecca of the world when they host their annual South by Southwest® (SXSW) conference. According to their website (http://sxsw.com/) the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. This year marks the 25th anniversary for the SXSW Music and Media conference. It always starts out with the SXSW® Film Conference and Festival , although the past three years they have ran a Multi-Media conference with the film conference then the music starts. The conference switches gears into a full blown music conference. This is not to be mistaken as a music  festival like ACL or Coachella, it is nothing like that. This is a full blown conference with musicians from all around the world playing all genera of music at different venues throughout the city. Some you have heard of, some are hoping to get noticed, it is amazing.

Check out the below video of Hometown Artist Suzanna Choffel as she gets ready to play the big stage:

What is so unique about this conference is not only the artists and musicians that they attract all around the world, but the parties and concerts that are going on just about anywhere. Most of these Non-SXSW parties have nothing to do with the event itself, but since the bands and the promoters are all in one place, there is no telling what can go on. We have friends that have caught Willie Nelson putting on a show at a Gas Station one year, where another group of friends caught Morrisey playing at a bowling alley. One of our favorite non-SXSW parties has to be at Cream Vintage, right off of the drag. For the past 7 years Cream Vintage has hosted parties featuring bands like Sweden’s Division of Laura Lee, to New York’s We are Scientists, each band is unique and so is each day of the party.

Vintage Clothing and Rock n Roll

Cream Vintage is located right off of the Drag on Dean Keaton Avenue across from the University of Texas. The party is in the parking lot behind the store. So basically you walk through a killer vintage clothing store packed with a huge selection of vintage dresses, vintage jeans, vintage t-shirts and more, into their back yard parking lot area. That is where they have a stage set up with live music, more Texas Select Beer than you can imagine, and just an all around killer vibe. Cream Vintage always hosts one day of the party with local bands from Austin and surrounding areas in Texas, then leases out the spot to different promoters from around the world on the other days. Needless to say the event is always pretty spectacular and they variety of talent that one can catch is truly amazing.

Vintage Clothing

If you are in Austin right now, head on over the Cream Vintage and be ready to have your mind blown.

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