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Shopping From the Past: Hunting World Catalogue: 1968

April 28th, 2006

I’m sitting down to place an order from a Hunting World catalogue circa 1968. Hunting World is probably my all time favorite mail order outfit of yore (though it continues today under different ownership w/a heavily Japanese following)(see: http://www.huntingworld.co.jp). The ’68 cataloge includes everything for the upscale/urban Safari lifestyle from zebra skin magazine caddies to springbok hassocks to Danish chromed “supercube” furniture (avaialable w/genuine zebra tops). Not one to decorate with animal skins–I’m primarily interested in purchasing items from Hunting World’s line of outdoor clothing and luggage, namely Kalahari culottes and a rubber lined british game bag. Fortunately, they take payment by telegram.

Bike Rack Fashion: Part One

April 20th, 2006

Though I prefer bikes with lugs, leather saddles and canvas luggage I’m starting to appreciate those ones reflecting elements of contemporary campus bike rack style (what I identify today as a tendency towards slap-dash utility, care worn parts, historical paint schemes and accidental or eccentric ornamentation). Here, I’m sidestepping away from an homage to the emerging herd of ostenisbly stylish bikes (my friends’ bikes–well cared for Japanese and French made ten speeds converted into sporty commuters–often pared down to fixed gears or single speeds). Current campus bike rack style emerges when bikes are locked up and left alone over winter, over the course of an academic term or four year career (or twenty year employment stint). Campus bikes need to be functional, invisible, theft resistant and garbed in some way against wet Oregon weather. Over time, the combination of natural forces and bike rack mayhem (scratching, dinging, jockeying, tipping, falling) work on the surface of the campus bike burnishing its total look and bringing out a quality of (what the folks at Rivendell refer to as) “beausage” or beautiful usage.

Why Do the Wrong People Travel: Garb

April 17th, 2006

So…we’re going to the Alsace-Lorraine region of France in June. We’ll be travelling with friends via a rental canal path tow boat (I believe those words are in the correct order). I’m now trying to assemble an appropriate, wool based, French inspired, nautical themed travel collection of clothing (think: modern day version of characters in Jean Vigo’s *L’Atlante–but in a grittier more urban version of France). I’m hoping for rain and wintery weather so I can bring a full compliment of waxed and woolen outerwear (much to the chagrin of my future travelling companions who prefer breezy linens and arm exposing singlets).

Shopping from the Past: 1940s

April 12th, 2006

As part of my austerity kick I’m trying to save money by shopping from myself (retrieving items–vintage!–from my closet and reworking them into newly wearable goods)(chopping them down in length or pinching them in at the sides, monkeydoll style). I’m also conserving funds by placing mental mail orders to the archival clothing stores of yore (see Outdoor Store ad above). Below: excerpt from catalogue page of stylish boys “Extra Wear” jackets featuring wombatine collars and pockets sewn with strong thread.

Japanese Filson

April 9th, 2006

Ok. One of my primary obsessions at the moment is the hunt for Filson (and other waxed or woolen outdoor) items manufactured for the Japanese market (specifically–garments marketed to fashion forward Tokyo teens and gentleman flyfishers who doll themselves up in a full cruiser suit for a day on the trout stream). I’ve tracked down a number of sites selling Filson branded wares available to Japanese customers only. Filson reps refuse to offer these items for sale in US or make their own garments available in sizes smaller than a men’s small (chest size 38). I’m not looking for “Lodge collection” sanded khakis or microfibre windbreakers–but rather, scaled down versions of classic Filson styles, for example, stylish safari jackets (see example), whipcord cruisers and/or some of the newer designs popping up on some of the Japanese pages which include clever modern stylistic details (see illustration). If you know of any sources for these garments (Japanese sites tend to restrict sales to Japanese customers) or know of an insider in the Filson company whom we could persuade to manufacture these items (or smuggle them out to us via a backdoor dumpster)–let me know. And please forward along your own spy shots of cool Japanese waxed cotton or woolen wear. More documentation to follow.