Staying warm in the winter for most includes throwing on their favorite ‘goose down’ parka. The insulated down jacket is now synonymous with warmth, prestige, and accessibility. It wasn’t that long ago that sportsmen and hikers were layering themselves in heavy, bulky wool undergarments to stay warm. It was the ingenious pacific northwest bound tennis shop owner, Eddie Bauer, that first patented and later manufactured the first ever goose down quilted jacket. A garment so revolutionary and ahead of its time, it’s still being made 80 years later almost to spec as the original. The Bauer brand would soon gain national attention when the U.S. Army commissioned them to create a parka for its airmen to wear in cold altitudes during missions across foreign seas and into enemy territory. The B-9 parka was accompanied with a sleeping bag, backpack, and airmen overalls. Eddie Bauer also broke new ground as all their garments made for the military would bare the famous cursive brand on the garment spec tagging. Eddie Bauer was the first and only brand during this era, that was allowed to use their own font work on spec military issued garments. EB’s thumb print on the history of American manufacturing, patent work, and branding can be seen in its over 90 year history. Their recent collaborations with heritage heavyweight Nigel Cabourn has introduced the brand to a new crop of customers and has helped them understand how a tennis shop in the back of a sportswear store turned into the most important outerwear brand in American history.
In Vintage We Trust turns another year older today. We say four years young, others say four years strong. Thank you to anyone who has bought, liked, followed or conversed with us about vintage, we’re all in this together.
The last time the Chargers played a playoff game in Cincinnati they almost froze to death, seriously! 32 years ago this week the Chargers and Bengals played in -38 Celsius weather, making it one of the coldest outdoor football games ever played. This game is commonly known as “The Freezer Bowl”. Almost 2000 miles from sunny San Diego the Chargers fell to the Bengals 27-7. Esiason, Munoz and the rest of the black and orange would go on to lose to Montana and the upstart 49ers in the Super Bowl that year.
1. Vintage 40s WW2 German M-44 Dot Camouflage Mountain Snow Parka
The minute variations in camouflage coloration, pocket alignment, and stitch count can mean the world of difference between a reproduction and an original garment. Although vintage American militaria has been written about aggressively over the last 20 years, the same cannot be said about its European counterpart. When we sourced this German M-44 dot mountain snow parka, it took a lot of in depth research to figure out what exactly we had unearthed. With the German army constantly adjusting its combat plans and fighting in different climates, terrains, and topography; several different versions of their dot camouflage garments were created. This particular M-44 dot pattern was the last version manufactured before the end of the war. With only about 10 months of production to its credit, it is widely regarded as the “white whale” of European WW2 camouflage. Historically speaking, this jacket was worn during famous late war confrontations like the Battle of the Bulge. The jacket itself is quite a sight with its reversible herringbone twill, unique slant pocket detail, and a double sided waist belt. It was by far our most impressive vintage military garment of 2012.
The holidays are just around the corner; luckily the newly minted Annex Flea has you covered. Come join us this Sunday, December 8th at the Holiday Edition of the Annex Flea. You will find a great selection of local artists and designers selling furniture, house wares, jewelry, beauty products, food, and of course vintage clothing. We will be at the Centre For Social Innovation from 10am to 5pm. Show some support and shop local. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
The explosion of hand-drawn typography in today’s marketplace has pushed several key artists to the forefront. One of those artists is Jon Contino, a native New Yorker who pays his bills designing hand-lettering and unique illustrations. In case he wasn’t busy enough creating work for Nike, The Brooklyn Nets, and Alpha Industries, he is also the creative force behind CXXVI, a menswear line which draws inspiration from militaria, work wear, and pre-1960 American pop culture. CXXVI perfectly melds heritage, street wear, and premium soft goods into an aesthetically pleasing package. Like the city he calls home, Contino appears to never sleep with projects constantly on the go. His most recent capsule collection with Ebbets Field is gaining traction in the blogosphere. His series of single v printed sweats have all the characteristics of being both designed by a vintage aficionado and produced by a company that respects the lineage of clothing and sport in America. All photos courtesy of Jon Contino & Ebbets Field Flannels.
2. Vintage 20s Carhartt Change Button Denim Railroad Chore Jacket
With over 120 years of history behind them, it’s no secret that Carhartt is one of the most trusted names in the work wear industry. Founded in 1889 by Hamilton Carhartt, he set out to create durable, long lasting work wear apparel. His first garment was the bib overall which was created specifically for railroad workers, a first of its kind. Heavy duty fabrics, reinforced rivets, and durable thread have become the basis of Carhartt’s work wear program for the last century. Carhartt’s goal was to produce garments that would stand the test of time. This motto has proven true as brands like Ralph Lauren and Engineered Garments have also rifled through Carhartt’s extensive catalogue for design inspiration. When we sourced this exceptional early 1920′s Carhartt denim chore jacket, we were more than elated. 10 oz denim, triple stitched seam work, and their iconic heart shaped buttons make this jacket a head turner. Although dating a vintage garment can be a daunting task, the patent date of the back of these buttons is 1918, which in turn creates a framework for noting the age of this particular garment. Any work wear aficionado or denim historian would be hard pressed to find a nicer example of an early 20th century work wear garment.
Join us this weekend as we partake in Souvenir Toronto’s holiday sale located in the heart of Little Portugal. The event will be featuring over 30 local designers, artists, and makers. In Vintage We Trust will be showcasing a great selection of vintage wares for yourself and for your home. The sale runs from Friday, November 15th to Sunday, November 17th at 1247 Dundas Street West. We look forward to seeing you there!
3. Vintage 70s Game Used Montreal Expos Rusty Staub Wilson Flannel Uniform
If Daniel ‘Rusty’ Staub isn’t at the top of a snubbed Hall Of Fame list, show us who’s above him. Rusty dressed for 5 straight all star games from 1967-1971, which included 3 as a member of the ‘Spos. Although Montreal’s love affair with baseball lives on, the Expos moved south in 2004. With that being said, Rusty still remains as one of the most beloved ball players in Montreal’s 30 plus year history. Any seasoned baseball fan of that era and media personnel would be the first to tell you that Rusty didn’t have the warmest persona and sometimes his off field comments made him an easy target. Regardless, its hard for any baseball historian to look past his stats; 2700 hits, a .280 career hitter, and 6 all star game appearances. As a member of the Mets in 1973, he smoked three long balls and drove in 5 RBI’s in the NLCS against The Big Red Machine. We were very excited to have sourced his 1972 powder blue wool flannel uniform. This uni was used by Rusty in spring training days before he became a Met, a trade that still baffles Expos fans to this day. This could possibly have been the last flannel jersey Staub wore as a member of the ‘Spos. Rusty would dress one last time for the Expos in the late 1970′s, but he was a different player by then as his prowess and finesse were all but gone. Unfortunately father time had caught up to one of the game’s most passionate players.
We were very honoured to offer our archival stock of athletic goods to our friends at Over the Rainbow for their exclusive event to launch menswear designer Todd Snyder’s Champion collaboration this past Thursday night. It was fantastic to see Snyder’s vision of re-imagined Champion pieces next to our original era specific garments. His attention to detail through tagging, fleece weight, and stitch count all add up to a phenomenal product. None of this would have been possible without the tireless work of both the Over the Rainbow staff and the merchandising genius over at Pygmalion. If you missed the event our vintage installation will on display until Sunday, September 22nd.