1950’s Mexican-style women’s embroidered vest

¡Que linda!  But don’t take our word for it.  This blue-with-a-shot-of-green vest has big, embroidered flower details and two-toned decorative stitching edging the garment, complemented by a tab collar.  Pair it with a circle skirt or capris and see if you don’t have the song “El Paso” by Marty Robbins in your head too! Click here for details and sizing.


1960’s Tuborg beer patch (large)

The picture does not do the sheer size of this majestic patch justice.  It’s really big and really royal!   For many people, Denmark has vague associations with Hans Christian Andersen and LEGO, but it is also home to the Tuborg brewery, which has a long history and a really neat crown logo.  This patch is from their American subsidiary and would be at home right in the middle of any shirt or jacket you chose to decorate, if patches and beer patches are something you love.    To see the great details on this patch and for measurements, please click here

1980’s ribbed lime green women’s pullover

Here in Oregon, the summer has been late in coming and periodically cool into the bargain, so please forgive us for adding this ribbed pullover by J.A.C..  It’s in a lovely lime- or grass green you would expect to see about this time of year in a weight that lends itself to spring or fall.  Please click here for more views and sizing information.


1986 Monkees 20th anniversary shirt

Here they come, walking down the street!  Again!

This concert tee marks the era of a huge resurgence of popularity for the Monkees.  Following the re-airing of their popular TV show on cable, they found a whole new generation of fans and reuinited to record more songs.   Whether your favorite song is “Daydream Believer” as sung by Davy Jones,  “I’m a Believer” sung by Mickey Dolenz,  or “Auntie Grizelda” sung by Peter Tork, you can rest assured that this shirt pays tribute to each Monkee who performed these timeless tunes.  Click here for more views and details.

NOTE:  Mike Nesmith not included!


Blue & white 1960’s checked pencil skirt

I think we have another Mad Men style here!  I’m thinking it looks like Peggy Olson, post-makeover.    Unlike other more traditional plaid and tartan prints, this is a zippy geometric grid check in fresh colors.  Let this skirt say that you’re efficient, capable, and have a great eye.  Click here for more views and details.



1970’s souvenir jacket from Japan

When you find a piece of clothing like this, you also find someone’s story.  Sometimes, you also find how that story relates to history!  In researching the place names on this jacket, I learned that Misawa, Japan was the starting point for the world’s first trans-Pacific flight.  (Source:  “Then and Now“)  After World War II, it served as an Air Force Base and the Navy also had a presence there too.  This jacket tells the story of someone called “Chi Chi”, who was in the 6920 Security Group for two years in the 1970’s.  Looking at the patches and the embroidery, you get a better idea of this person’s hobbies and activities:

Whoever Chi Chi was, he loved sports:  Basketball, baseball, and he was apparently from California.   From the map on the back of the jacket,  you can see how far to the north Misawa is:  At the northern tip of the main island (Honshu) in the Aomori prefecture.  The fleece lining on this jacket likely helped keep Chi Chi warm in the winter, as it can get pretty snowy in northern Honshu.  Another way to warm up in this region of Japan is to visit an onsen (hot springs bath), but there’s no patch for that.

If you’re interested in history and souvenir jackets, please find more detail views of the other patches here.


1960’s citrus green striped shift

Button up without getting too warm in this light nylon shift in bands of green, blue, and yellow.  The stand-up collar and short puffed sleeves set off the flowing, unbelted A-line body of the piece.  To keep the garment from being too cool or revealing too much, there is a layer of white fabric underneath.  Click here for more views and sizing information.