My Freedamn! JAPANESE VINTAGE SO-CAL 2 NYC

When it comes to collecting vintage clothing from the United States the Japanese buyers have been paving the path for nearly 30 years. Since the eighties Japanese vintage collectors have been traveling across the United States hitting up thrift stores, vintage stores, clothing flea markets and just about anywhere they could find old vintage jeans, leather jackets, sneakers or t-shirts.

As the vintage clothing culture became more popular in Japan and the demand grew collectors began to find new ways to locate more product. Because each vintage piece is essentially a one-off it is difficult to determine the actual size and fit without trying it on. One problem the collectors had was finding vintage pieces that were not only the correct size but the way the garment fit had to be perfect as well. To overcome this obstacle they hired hip Japanese boys and girls that were the perfect body shape to match the sizes that they were looking for.

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Adidas : About the Label

April 28, 2018 by  
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Adidas was founded in 1947 by Adi Dassler in Germany. Adi Dassler started making shoes in the 1920’s but did not start Adidas until 1947. In 1948 they came up with the name Adidas – as a shortened version of Dessler’s name. The next year the company registered the three stripes as their trademark logo.

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Adidas started to produce sports clothing in the 1967. In the 80’s Adidas was made popular in the United States when up and coming Hip Hop Artist’s Run DMC wrote a song about the brand Adidas, called My Adidas.

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In 2005 Adidas purchased Reebok, making Adidas the second largest sportswear manufacture word wide.

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Lacostte : About the Label

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Izod Lacostte Vintage T-shirts

The Lacoste Crocodile shirt came about in 1933, when then tennis star Rene’ Lacoste joined teams with a French garment maker to manufacture tennis shirts. Later in 1952, Lacoste signed a contract with the David Crystal Company to import, and in 1966, to make Lacoste shirts in the United States. David Crystal was also the owner of Izod and Haymaker, and so the crocodile can be found on garments with quite a few different labels.

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These shirts and dresses became very fashionable in the middle 1960s and in the early 1980s, and came to solidify the “preppy” look. The relationship between Izod and Lacoste came to an end in 1992, and today La Chemise Lacoste is the maker and licensee of all Lacoste products.

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There are many variations of the Lacoste label, with combinations of Lacoste, Izod, Haymaker and David Crystal names. We are showing just a few of the typical labels.

Screen Stars : About the Label

March 7, 2017 by  
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Screen Stars is a T-shirt label that you find in a number of Authentic Vintage Tees dating back to the 70’s and 80’s. Screen Stars was purchased in the 80’s by BEST, which was later taken over by Fruit of A Loom. The remnants of the Screen Star style can be found today in the Fruit of Loom BEST style tee. Many vintage tees were printed on the 50/50 screen star t-shirt blank with the paper Screen Star tag. The lightweight comfort and feel of the screen start blank is desired by current collectors in the industry world wide.

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Super Screen Star Paper Tag “Late 70’s”

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Super Screen Star Paper Tag “Late 70’s”

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Best Screen Star Tag “Late 80’s”

Scooter Style

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Vintage Vespa Scooters have left their mark on the transportation and fashion industry as an iconic piece to many a lifestyle.  The Vespa scooter brand has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy—to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.

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Vintage Scooter

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