1940’s home-sewn wool men’s blazer

Home-sewn sometime around the late 1940’s by a very skillful set of hands, this striped wool blazer combines beige and gray in a smart and understated blending of subdued hue.  The eye is drawn to the peaked Western V detailing on the front and the bone buttons.  Click here for more views and sizing information.

Let’s talk lapels!

I have a fascination with collars and lapels. I admit that’s a bit odd, but it could be worse. After writing up hundreds of vintage blazer jackets and suits for our website, I’m still in awe (and sometimes at a loss for descriptive terms) of all the different cuts and styles of lapels. They can hint at a garment’s era and in some cases, even the origin of construction. Pendleton shirts and jackets, for example, have a very distinct way of patterning their two-piece collars. I love coming across a particularly unusual lapel style, like the classic “Chanel” but at this point in my vintage clothing employment, I’ve been lucky enough to see it all.

The most common mens lapel styles are the notched L-shape and Fish Mouth. Rarer are the Clover Leaf and Semi-Clover Leaf, Trench and Flower styles. I found a few charts with google’s help which I’ve posted below as well as example garments from our warehouse that are currently for sale!

Mens RTW Spring 2011: Dries Van Noten edition

It’s that time year! That glorious time when all the best and brightest of the couture mens designer worlds collide and provide us with runway eye candy, otherwise known as this year’s representation for Menswear Ready To Wear, Spring 2010.

First up, we have Distinguished Gentleman meets Elk Oak Lodge meets 1986 South Bronx with Dries Van Noten’s mixing and matching. 80’s acid washed denim jackets and jeans paired with handsome plaid blazers. Hunting style cardigans with suede and leather shoulder patches (for resting rifles on, of course) worn with classy trouser shorts. This collection definitely made me smile. I think I rather appreciate the Noten house’s sense of humor and exquisite tailoring.

Dries Van Noten’s goodies, followed by ours, a la vintage versions: