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Whether they are distressed, baggy, stonewashed or tight, everybody loves their cutoff denim shorts. Pair them with a tank-top and sneakers and it is a easy way to look cute and sexy for just about any casual occasion.
Denim Shorts Through History
Denim shorts became popular in the late 1960’s when fashion, style and art all began to take on a new life of its own. People were fed up with war and politics as usual, the counterculture movement began to take full swing and people began to find ways to express themselves through their style and resourced fashion.
The Daisy Duke Denim Shorts.
In the 70’s the Daisy Duke denim short became popular because of the famous family TV show – the Dukes of Hazzard, where actress Catherin Bach playing the character Daisy Duke wore a pair of jean shorts every episode. At the time she was playing the role of a sweet resourceful southern girl trying to find an outfit that would work in the hot southern heat. The boys liked the long leg’s and the girls liked the style.
Into the 80’s denim shorts became a fashion icon that was a must have for almost every wardrobe. It wasn’t long before men began wearing cutoff denim shorts as well, some as short as the girls cuts but some were longer.
In the 1990’s the denim shorts took on a new look during the end of the heavy metal era and beginning of the grunge scene. It was no longer popular to wear the short-shorts like the Daisy Dukes, but one could wear longer shorts, almost knee-length and either role them up or worn them torn.
At the turn of the millennium denim shorts took a short hiatus from the fashion scene, but not for long, in 2005 they slowly started to make their way back into hipster and fashion forward girls wardrobes.
Today everyone from the mom and daughter at the park to the supermodel and rockstar on the stage is wearing some form of denim shorts or another.
Historically men were in the forefront when it came to promoting denim fashion, the denim shorts however was primarily promoted by women.
Denim shorts continue to be a hot item among celebrities and fashionistas alike. Regardless of who’s wearing them, the components always remain the same. When searching for blue jean shorts, understand that there are three major components that can make or break a pair of blue jean shorts: denim wash, style/fit, and the minor details. You can also look at history and the most notable blue jean shorts for inspiration.
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I am not going to say we were lazy for not taking our website mobile earlier, we just never did. Well, that is not actually the truth. We had our website redone over three times in the past five years, we just never tuned them live. For 15 years Google has been ranking our website well, helping us place on the first page for many of our organic searches. We were always concerned that we would lose those ranking after making the updates. Technically, you are not suppose to, if you follow the Google recommended protocol to updating a site. But I have seen it affect people over an over again for no real apparent reason. Since there is so much more competition out their today than there was seventeen years ago we decided to hold off on going live with any updates.
When we started to sale vintage clothing wholesale in 1999 there were no other players in the game, most of the sites today are recent withing the past five years and have taken a page out of a book we helped write. We built the first website for Dust Factory, which was then called the Clothing Warehouse, in 2000. Everything was very basic HTML and I remember being impressed to have a rotating slider. You could only view the website in one size, and to be honest, their was never any inkling that we would one day view it on our phones because it was still seven years before the iphone hit the market.
It took a while for a community of vintage buyers to gather online, but eventually they did. At the time if you wanted to buy vintage you had to either source it from a thrift store or go to Pasadena, California once a month to see what was available. On the second Sunday of every month, antique and vintage clothing collectors would gather at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena to sell their goods. We did the Rose Bowl for a couple of years but eventually moved on to build out our digital presence as more and more buyers started to search out products online.
We had already established our relationships with the Rag Houses and the vendors who processed used clothing in bulk, once we established our client pipeline we were able grow our collections and product line. In 2005 we updated our website from a custom HTML site to the second or third release of the new Open Source WordPress Platform. We had our site hosted on one server, but our blog was hosted on Blogger, WordPress gave us the opportunity to combine both our web content and blog content into one seamless platform. We have been fans ever since.
“The early years for Dust Factory were akin to a renegade sailor amiss on uncharted waters. Not only was Dust Factory exposing the thorn in the side of contemporary fashion, but we changed minds regarding how people felt towards used clothing. To accomplish this we grew a deep web presence sharing any and all information we could about sustainable clothing and lifestyles.
Dust Factory was the first company to bring vintage wholesale clothing to the world wide web and continues to lead the fashion industry as a go-to-source for sustainable ethical fashion practices. With the release of the new mobile version of the website users can get up to date info on current grades, orders, specials and events happening around the world of vintage clothing. As fashion continues to evolve, Dust Factory is their to help educate those about the history and culture behind the brands we love while promoting ethical fashion practices and tactics.
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“The t-shirt is a symbol of freedom, but also a rebellion to society”. Rin Taken. Did you know that the t-shirt is as North American as apple pie and blue jeans.
It wasn’t until after the fighter pilots in the South Pacific returned home from WW2, in the 50’s, that it was finally acceptable to wear an undershirt as a t-shirt. The first Surf Board Shapers had no idea that screen printing their logo on a t-shirt would change North American fashion forever. In the 80’s T-shirt branding evolved from a grass roots marketing tool, to a billion dollar industry. Before a sneaker logo could sell a t-shirt, it had to have a great print or be a billboard and say something only a t-shirt could get away with. From Novelty tee’s to brand tees no one could resist the comfort of a cotton tee
The first thing to look for when searching for authenticity of the perfect vintage tee is the tag/label. Before the store brand sold a tee, it was the brand on the blank itself that sold it. Knowing what to look for will save a lot of time during the hunt. Different tags can tell you about the era you tee come from. Current day American Made t-shirt manufactures continuously try to match the one of a kind comfort and feel found only in a 80’s Screen star t-shirt blank.
Rock concert tees tell others that not only did you support the art of rocking by purchasing the newest 8 track released by your Rock Mentor, but you attended these ground breaking rock services yourself. Beware these are not to be mistaken as current day overprinted reproductions sold to the squares at urban corporate mall stores; but a genuine rare black market concert tee. Only recognizable traits are in the original print, date, tag and quality of blank. Some concert T-shirts will sell for well over $1000 in the dealer trade. The authenticity and timeless prints set these apart.
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The folks over at Waist Online have a detailed page with allot of useful information about Textile Recycling. They note that textile recycling originated in the Yorkshire Dales about 200 years ago. These days the ‘rag and bone’ men are textile reclamation businesses, which collect textiles for reuse (often abroad), and send material to the ‘wiping’ and ‘flocking’ industry and fibres to be reclaimed to make new garments. Textiles made from both natural and man-made fibres can be recycled.
It is estimated that more than 1 million tons of textiles are thrown away every year, with most of this coming from household sources. Textiles make up about 3% by weight of a household bin. At least 50% of the textiles we throw away are recyclable, however, the proportion of textile wastes reused or recycled annually in the US is only around 20%.
Although the majority of textile waste originates from household sources, waste textiles also arise during yarn and fabric manufacture, garment-making processes and from the retail industry. These are termed post-industrial waste, as opposed to the post-consumer waste which goes to jumble sales and charity shops. Together they provide a vast potential for recovery and recycling.
Recovery and recycling provide both environmental and economic benefits. Textile recovery:
- Reduces the need for landfill space. Textiles present particular problems in landfill as synthetic (man-made fibres) products will not decompose, while woollen garments do decompose and produce methane, which contributes to global warming.
- Reduces pressure on virgin resources.
- Aids the balance of payments as we import fewer materials for our needs.
- Results in less pollution and energy savings, as fibers do not have to be transported from abroad.
Reclaiming fiber avoids many of the polluting and energy intensive processes needed to make textiles from virgin materials, including: –
- Savings on energy consumption when processing, as items do not need to be re-dyed or scoured.
- Less effluent, as unlike raw wool, it does not have to be thoroughly washed using large volumes of water.
- Reduction of demand for dyes and fixing agents and the problems caused by their use and manufacture.
How, what and where of recycling textiles:
The majority of post-consumer textiles are currently collected by charities like The Salvation Army, Good Will and Chalk. Some charities, for example Good Will and The Salvation Army, sort collected material selling it on to merchants in the appropriate sectors.
Some postindustrial waste is recycled ‘in-house’, usually in the yarn and fabric manufacturing sector. The rest, aside from going to landfill or incineration, is sent to merchants.
At present the consumer has the option of putting textiles in ‘clothes banks’, taking them to charity shops or having them picked up for a donation drive.
The Salvation Army is the largest operator of textile banks in the US. On average, each of these banks is estimated to collect about six tons of textiles per year. Combined with door-to-door collections, The Salvation Army’s textile recycling operations account for the processing of in excess of 17,000 tons of clothing a year. Clothes are given to the homeless, sold in charity shops or sold in developing countries in Africa, the Indian sub-continent and parts of Eastern Europe. Nearly 70% of items put into clothing banks are reused as clothes, and any un-wearable items are sold to merchants to be recycled and used as factory wiping cloths.
Processing and Outlets for Waste Textiles
All collected textiles are sorted and graded at a "Rag House" by highly skilled, experienced workers, who are able to recognize the large variety of fiber types resulting from the introduction of synthetics and blended fiber fabrics. Once sorted the items are sent to various destinations as outlined below:
Post industrial waste is often reprocessed in house. Clippings from garment manufacture are also used by fiber reclaimers to make into garments, felt and blankets.
Some selected items will be sold to the "Vintage Market" and reused by designers fashioning garments and bags from recovered items. Companies like Dust Factory Vintage grade the textiles even more to produce mixes that will sell in trendy Vintage Shops in te US, Japan and Europe, however this is a very small sector within the overall destinations of textiles. For more information on what happens with Vintage Clothing click here.
What You Can Do:
- Take your used clothes to a textile bank. Contact the recycling officer in your local authority if there are no banks in your area and ask why; they may collect textiles through other means. Alternatively you can take used clothing to local charity shops.
- Give old clothes/shoes/curtains/handbags etc. to jumble sales. Remember to tie shoes together: part of the 6% of textiles which is wastage for merchants are single shoes.
- Buy second-hand clothes – you can often pick up unusual period pieces! If bought from a charity shop, it will also benefit a charity.
- Buy things you are likely to wear a long time – a dedicated follower of fashion can also be a green one if items are chosen carefully.
- Look for recycled content in the garments you buy. This should be on the label, though at present there is no conventional marking scheme and some companies do not always advertise the recycled content.
- Buy cloth wipers instead of disposable paper products as the product can be used repeatedly.