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!

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