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Any one that has ever pulled a thin piece of rubber over their shoulders so that they can paddle out into the cold pounding surf has Jack O’neill to thank for making that secession possible. His little shop in San Francisco is now a multimillion-dollar empire, but that wasn’t why Jack O’Neill began. He just wanted to stay warm. “I’m just as surprised by this as anyone,” O’Neill says. “I was just messing around with rubber.”
Jack O’Neill was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1923 and was raised in Portland, Oregon. It wasn’t long before he and his family moved to Southern California. He wandered as a lad, working as a lumberjack, serving in the Army Air Corps and then moving to San Francisco in 1949. Living in San Francisco, O’Neill earned a living as a commercial fisherman, then sold architectural aluminum, fire extinguishers and skylights. He loved the ocean and sneaked away to it at every opportunity, even taking his lunch breaks down at Ocean Beach, bodysurfing in bathing trunks in the briny cold, often alone or with the odd diehard.
Jack O’Neill started his empire when he began experimenting with materials that would prevent him from, quite literally, freezing his nuts off. It all started when he began by stuffing flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) into bathing trunks “borrowed” from the Sutro Baths or Fleishacker Pool. Those worked well enough for Jack to begin a family with his wife, Marge. But early wetsuits took a huge step forward when a scientist friend showed O’Neill a sample of neoprene foam.
Before Jack O’Neill, surfing in Northern California’s chilly waters was a rugged sport practiced by hardy men. It was he who kept searching for a practical way to keep warm, and it was he who worked persistently to develop the modern neoprene wetsuit, one of the most important innovations in surfing history. Other individuals have also contributed to the evolution of the wetsuit, but Jack O’Neill is the man perhaps most responsible for surfing’s endless summer.
In the early part of the 1960’s swimwear was still pretty conservative, much like the decade earlier in the 1950’s. However fashion ideals began to change rather quickly in the mid 60’s with the introduction of the bikini and low cut bathing suit bottoms.
Until the 1960’s fashion was geared towards adults so inspiration was drawn from high fashion couture houses. Int he 1960’s things began to change as fashion designers began to focus on the tastes and style of the up and coming youth market.
Designers from around the world began to create clothing for the younger generation as they became more celebrated across Europe and the United States.
It is almost that time a year where many of us get to shed our clothes and soak in some rays down at the local water hole. This year 1970’s fashion is on the rise and I just can’t help but browse through some of favorite photos of 70’s swimwear. From European designer beach wear to southern California surf-wear, 1970’s swimwear had a a style and appeal all of its own.
There are certain keys to follow when dating vintage swimwear:
-Lastex began to be used in swimwear starting in the late 30’s and continued through the 50’s.
-Spandex, better known as elastane in Europe, began to be used in swimsuits in the late 60’s. Dupont patented this as Lycra.
-Fabric content on labels was mandated in the 1960’s
-Garment care instructions seen on labels beginning in 1971
-Symbols on care labels began in the 1990’s in the US, earlier elsewhere
Model Cheryl Tiegs at the beach in an orange bikini with white polka dots by Villager, with a man reclining on chaise — Image by © Condé Nast Archive/CORBIS
Famous Farrah Fawcett Poster on most adolescent boy’s walls in the 1970’s
Cheryl Tiegs swimsuit pose
Classic One-piece and Two piece swimsuit designs from the 70’s
Modern bathing suit with exact 1970’s glamor cut
Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime with a wig-wearin’ female friend, circa 1970s.
Surf Rats Hanging out at the beach
Christie Brinkley Sporting a colorful one piece
1970’s European Men’s Matching Swimwear
Mark Richards matching his board shorts with his surfboard
Larry Bertlemann pure classic style
Kids 19070’s beachwear
North shore 1970’s beach fashion
1970’s Venice Beach
MR Ripping the Bottom Turn
Nothing beats the comfort and look of a pair of good vintage western boots.
Someone already did all of the hard work of wearing them in, giving them the perfect look and feel. Another great thing about vintage boots is their construction, they were built to last. Not like boots today that will barely last a season, vintage boots were built to last over lifetimes. That is what makes our particular collection of vintage boots so special, their history as much as their future.
Dust Factory is running a special on our Vintage Western Boot Collection.
– Cowboy Mix (For the Fellas) :
12 Pair of Men’s and Women’s Boots Sizes W 6 – M 12 for$144 ($12 a Pair)
– Cowgirl Mix (For the Ladies):
12 Pair of Men’s and Women’s Boots Sizes W 6/M5 – W10/M9 for $168 ($14 a Pair)
– Young Gun’s Mix (For the Kids):
12 Pair of kids western boots for $120 ($10 a Pair)
*All orders must be a 36 pair minimum.
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Please remember these are just examples, the exact boots should not be expected in the mix. Boots are available in three mixes :Women’s,Men’s & Unisex
* Womens Mix consists of both mens and womens boots that fit today’s womens foot. Sizes Women’s 6-10 and Men’s sizes 5-8
* Men’s Mix consists of sizes 7-12 Men’s Sizes
* Unisex Mix consists of both mens and womens boots that fit today’s mens & womens feet. Sizes Women’s 6-10 and Men’s sizes 5-12
VINTAGE HILFIGER & CHAPS
This month at Dust Factory we are also featuring – Men’s Tommy Hilfiger, Chaps, Nautica Shirts
This month at Dust Factory we are also featuring a special on our Men’s Vintage Jeans Sizes 32-36. Just in time for summer
This Offer is available through our website only.
This Offer is available when ordering a 36 pair minimum.
This Offer is Only Available While Supplies Last.
This Offer is Valid on All Orders Received Before 8/14/2015