Menswear summer magic! Suspenders, rolled cuffs, denim and leather…

After a lifetime of obsessing over womens fashion, I found new life inside the warehouse walls at Monster Vintage and discovered the wide and stylish world of menswear. We sell pallets of vintage gear to fashion-forward men all over the globe and we’d like to think they’re all better looking for it. Since the general theme over here at MV is what goes around comes around, we love seeing yesteryear’s trends become well, trendy again. An editorial from February’s Tendencias magazine revealed so many summer prophecies, we couldn’t help but get excited.

First up, suspenders! In any color, any pattern and either worn properly or left to hang loosely at the sides, they look amazing with almost anything. Shoot for the authentic, vintage kind that have leather button loops as opposed to metal claps although those would suffice just fine as well. Super easy to dress them up with oxfords, blazers and slacks or down with Fruit Of The Loom tank tops and jean shorts. We just had a lad in the U.K. order a pair from us and I’m quite sure he’ll be stunning in them.

From us:


Next up, rolled cuff denim pants and shorts! Gotta love denim. Be it vintage Levi Strauss, LEE or Wrangler, dark, faded, chambray or distressed, it’s hard to go wrong. Until the weather is a bit warmer, cuff your pants James Dean style and pair with leather loafers (see photo above). When the temperature does rise, with your jeans on, mark a little line 2 to 3 inches below where you want the shorts to fall and cut off using sharp scissors. Then fold once or twice or thrice!


Last but not least, we have vests! Specifically, leather motorcycle style vests! We’re thrilled that everyone is wearing Rick Owens, his pieces are a nostalgic nod to vintage Schott, Harley-Davidson and our own locally-grown Langlitz Leathers. Asymmetrical zippers, thick extra padding and fringe – the more decoration, the merrier.



Happy 20th Dolce & Gabbana!

Italian fashion power house Dolce & Gabbana has been making woman look divine since 1982. It wasn’t until 20 years ago however, that the business partners began producing consistent menswear lines. To celebrate the two-decade mark, Man About Town magazine created a stunning black and white spread, with pretty boy French model ClĂ©ment Chabernaud posing in classic D&G garb like exquisitely cut blazers, rolled cuff slacks and the perfect everyday white ribbed cotton tank top. We’re giving you the photos, via The (fabulous) Fashionisto’s blog, followed by Monster Vintage vintage replicas, for your viewing pleasure.




1960’s Ebony Tuxedo Jacket

1970’s White After Six Tuxedo Jacket

1960’s Metallic Textured Slacks

1960’s Ultramarine Slacks

1950’s Black Silk Bowtie

Lookbook Photos

About a month ago, we received a frantic Friday morning email from Kazuki, a Japanese by way of New York fashion photographer who was in town for one weekend and was looking to get into some vintage trouble. He blew into the Monster Vintage warehouse at 11 AM and three hours later, we were taking the elevator to his fancy hotel room at the lovely and legendary Ace Hotel in downtown Portland.

Q6 represented model Ashley R. (whose adorable and amazing mother joined us) was our muse for the afternoon and she was a peach pie to dress up. Below are just a few sneak peek sample photos from the day’s labor. Kazuki is finishing up the set and has promised (in between shooting for fancy NYC clients like Escada and Baby Phat) to deliver the rest of the goods soon so stay tuned…

Following the photos are our website links to the products featured (or items very similar as some of them have already sold!). Enjoy and happy Friday!






* all rights reserved to kazukiphoto.com, Q6 Artist Mgmt and monstervintage.com

Yay for Chambray

Chambray, a lightweight cotton cloth much resembling denim that made its debut in France back in the late 1600’s, is once again popular on the streets and catwalks. Commonly fashioned into button-up oxfords, short sleeve shirts and summer dresses, vintage versions made with deeply stylized Western yokes and embroidery are abound.

We’re fortunate to have a little cache on the website right now…best to scoop them up while they last. Below are our versions, a modern-day take from NYC company 10 Deep and a dapper young man on the sidewalks of La Paris, who combined his rolled-sleeve Chambray with khaki slacks and chocolate leather loafers, sans socks. Parisian photo courtesy of The Sartorialist.






To tuck or not to tuck? This is the question.

* above photo is via fantasticman.com

Whilst perusing the wide webbed world of current gentleman trends, we came across a blog posted pondering the delicate debate regarding the tucked or un-tucked shirt syndrome. Specifically, the standard white oxford who’s style relevancy is timeless. Fantastic Man’s vote was such:

THE UNTUCKED WHITE SHIRT
A simple but effective fashion proposal to cleanse the palette was shown at the menswear show by LOUIS VUITTON in Paris last January: the oversized untucked white shirt. It is a look that sits on a knife-edge, what with the incorrect 1990s lads-in-bars flashbacks on one side, and the flowing touch of purified elegance on the other.

Over here at Monster Vintage, we’d take the route of the latter and go with refreshing elegance. Or perhaps at least a casual Friday or post-5pm take on the structured working man’s day. Below are a few of our vintage oxford picks, in white and a smattering of other colors.




Scores of Skirts

I’ve just re-vamped the descriptions of some of our vintage skirts and was curious about where the skirt is currently falling on today’s runways. Mr. Marc Jacobs sent many an A-line, fitted mini and slightly flared below-the-knee skirt silhouette down his Fall 2010 catwalk. Whether a heavier weight tweed wool or a busy print in cotton/rayon blends, it’s the conservative skirt’s moment of glory. Paired with a solid color long blazer or mixed pattern blouse and heels with or without ankle socks, there is something to be said for showing less skin and keeping them wondering…




Here are some of revamped vintage skirts. Take them from the business office to cocktail hour!