In the last few months, I’ve received a number of emails from people trying to a) locate out-of-production clothing b) identify clothing worn in movies or c) track down a clothing type or style w/no identifiable brand or vintage. I’m reprinting a few requests today to see if others might be able to assist in identifying and/or sourcing of these ephemeral items.
On scrutinizing the images I could not make out the manufacturers name but it looked like it ended ‘oma’ Could you advise what the manufacturers name is or where a copy could be purchased from?
The shoes appear, to my untrained eye, to look like welted, moc toe work… shoes? They look nearly identical to some crepe sole red wing boots I own. Have you ever known of a such a shoe? This was Woody in the 70’s, so I’m sure it was American made. I’d appreciate any info you could share. – an anonymous (thankful) reader.
Finally, Indigo Slims blogger Jennifer sent in a request on behalf of a friend and motorcyle enthusiast. She reports that her friend is trying to find some stylish trousers to match his new Belstaff jacket:
He’s a keen bike rider, and has invested in a traditional Belstaff jacket with metal protective plates etc (that weighs about a ton), but can’t find trousers to complete his planned kit. He’s a traditional chap (a fan of Old Town in Norfolk, who I see you’ve found before me as they’re already on your approved list!), and has found pictures (attached) of vintage Italian army motorbike trousers. He’s asked if I have any suggestions as to who might be willing to re-create these, and I’m wondering if you in turn had any ideas? I’m going to suggest he talk to British Millerain as they may have some ideas, but other than getting a pair made specially by a tailor, I couldn’t think of [other possible resources].
Personally, I’d recommend shopping from the past. I love the old, 1950s-era Barbour motorcycle suits shown in reprints of the older catalogs (below). I’m wondering whether it would be possible to have Barbour create a custom pair of motorcycle trousers based on one of their vintage patterns. They may even have a pattern in their archives that closely resembles the details of the Italian motorbike trousers
8 thoughts on “Archival Finder: Andy’s jacket, Woody’s shoes & Italian motorcycle trousers”
From the look of the pockets, Warhol might be wearing an M42 airbone jacket, as issued to US paratroopers in WW2. Buzz Rickon make one, as do other repro vendors.
I like Andy’s jacket a lot. Have you done a post on wading jackets yet? They look very sharp. Patagonia makes a nice version called the SST Jacket.
Thanks for the lead on the jacket. I wasn’t thinking airborne jacket but it makes sense.
I’m definitely saving a spot on the blog for a future post on wading jackets. My favorite is the Barbour wading jacket which, with it’s crazy short length, fit me nearly like a normal jacket. In general, I shy away from Patagonia synthetics… but I do love the retro-x (plastic pop bottle) vest…
Thanks for taking an interest in my Motorbike Trousers, but have you noticed that the model in the picture is wearing them back to front?
Very Bad Drills!
My dad used a have a pair of DieHard work shoes from sears that looked just like Woody’s. He got them in the early 80’s so they could very well be the same. Redwing still makes very similar ones, and you could also get something very like them from Russel Moccasin.
wow1 i really like Andy’s jacket…
James has found his trousers: http://www.kakaduaustralia.co.uk/acatalog/Oilskin_Cloth.html
I think you’ll approve of Aussie workwear.
I am loving these exterior pockets and double knees at Jobman.