Saturday, October 24, 2009


Nothing like a 35 year old leather belt with an iconic 70's buckle. There's just something about them that speaks so clearly of a time when life wasn't so complicated. No internet, no cell phones, no rehabs, no global warming, etc....Just a few from my personal collection.

Early 70's solid brass Coors
Mid-70's brass Harley Davidson
Early 70's Primo Beer

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Classic Aerosmith 1975

file under: hell yes

rare original aerosmith iron-on t-shirt
year: 1975
tag: long gone
material: 100% cotton
condition: worn vintage
value: $300
note: iron-ons were extremely popular in the mid-70's. very rare to find one in such nice condition and a wearable size as most have shrunk too small from over 30 years of scorching dryer heat.

burt sugarman's Midnight Special TV program 1975

Sunday, October 4, 2009

1972 Lennon Inspired

I grabbed this 60's U.S. Air Force jacket a week or so back at my favorite spot where once a month they open the back area of the shop and you can dig through a mountain of vintage that's twelve feet high! (no joke) Best part is I usually walk out with a bag of gems for $10 bucks.

The piece really speaks for itself.

John & Yoko 1972

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Star & Stripes

I headed out this morning for my usual rounds at the local thrift stores not really feeling like I would find anything. I can't say exactly why I felt that way except to say that looking for choice vintage usually feels somewhat like dropping a quarter in a slot machine. Sometimes you're hot and sometimes you're not. I ventured out anyways, absolutely convinced I wouldn't find anything.

To my surprise (and this is one of the many aspects of hunting for vintage I love) I stumbled onto this original pair of 80's American Flag Converse. Perfectly aged, white rubber slightly discolored from 20 years of storage and the canvas somewhat crispy from all those years of sitting in the back of someone's closet. You can bet I'll be rockin' these tomorrow as summer fades to fall in SoCal.

As it turns out John Varvatos for Converse had reissued these classics in the summer of 07 under the Rummage All Stars line replete with aging and distress. I had no idea until I did a little research trying to pin down the exact date these babies were originally released. (I'm gonna' say 1984 when the Olympics were in L.A.)

I'm not sure how I know something is "cool" or not. I don't read fashion mags, I don't follow trends and I certainly haven't had anyone guide or coach me. I just know when I see something that fits the image I have in my head of a time when rock-n-roll and having a good time ruled popular culture. And for me one of those moments frozen in time was 1984 my first year out of high school. O' man! Those were the days!