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LEVIS® VINTAGE CLOTHING – F/W 2013 VINTAGE INSPIRED LOOKBOOK

Retro Clothing

LEVIS® VINTAGE CLOTHING is a vintage inspired collection that the famous denim brand LEVIS® has put out were they are bringing back to life some of their classic relics from the past.

Don’t be fooled these are not the actual vintage pieces – but what we call vintage inspired – or made to look like vintage. According to LVC they are:

“Faithfully capturing the spirit and heritage of American work wear, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing reproduces the fits, fabrics and details of bygone eras. Our source material is our own archive and our inspiration is the hardworking men and women that we have equipped for the last 140 years. Through our seasonal tribute collections, iconic reissues and special editions, we relive our treasured history and offer timeless products to discerning connoisseurs that are as obsessed with it as we are.”

~ LVC

Mowtown Style

I thought that it would be worth sharing some of the images from their Fall/Winter ’13 Lookbook becasue it is in an inspiring and stylish collection for those that are actually collecting the original vintage pieces. Not to mention it might be a collection worth looking into if you carry both new and used clothing in your boutique.

Each season, like an ongoing tradition the LVC team pays tribute company’s treasured history, timeless products and collections ( which includes items dating back as early as 1873), at the same time uncovering a few of their secrets of the past and recreating them for today through vintage inspired reproductions. This time the collection and lookbook brings up two iconic eras of American style: Detroit’s ’60s Motown musical revolution and the West Coast’s sunny ’70s style.

Motown’ Vibes

Mowtown Style

The first section of the lookbook brings you back to  Detroit Motor City in the 60’s, the heart of America’s car industry at that time, illustrating the working week at the automotive factory added with some Motown vibes and smooth styling. There are elements of Soul and Jazz, Mod and Traditional – there’s turtleneck knitwear, wool polos buttoned all the way up, striped t-shirts, v-stitch sweatshirts and checkerboard rodeo shirts.

Vintage LOOKBOOK
vintage inspired clothing
60's Mowtown Vintage Clothing
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Mowtown Vibes

Levi’s Orange Tab

The second section of the lookbook dates back a more free-spirited, flower-child collection centered around the classic Orange Tab that was first produced in the late 1960s as a line of affordable, slim-fitting jeans, jackets and shirts designed for the Young American’s of the ’60s and ’70s. To this day, the Orange Tab is synonymous with simple and clean design as well as the free and easy spirit of the times. This part of the collection includes ’70s denim shirts in retro bright casts, baby blue chambrays and matte blacks, topped off with a selection of bold printed tees using faithful motifs and logos from the era.

70's sunny style

Women's Vintage Levis

Vintage Levis

Vintage Inspired Collections

Vintage Inspired Collection

A cool aspect of the collection is that it is also presented and available in hardback form copy, split into the two stories and complimented with additional material from the relevant eras. In the lookbook there’s also retro illustrated fit guides and a step-by-step guide of how to wash, wear and care for your rigids.

Levi fits

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“TAKE NONE GIVE NONE” | THE STORY OF THE LEGENDARY CHOSEN FEW MC

chosen few

In 1959, the Chosen Few MC officially formed out in LA on the cusp of the chaotic ’60s

As they tell it —“The 60s was a hell of a time. With the Civil Rights Movement, The Viet Nam War, Flower Power & Free Love. Sex, Drugs, and  Rock & Roll. Also the Crazy World of the Outlaw Bikers…When you talk of the Outlaw Bikers you automatically think of ‘Them Crazy White Boys’ doing what a lot of folk wish they could do. Live Life Like You Want & Fuck You And Your Rules. Well Guess What? There was some crazy Black bikers who felt the same way, and didn’t give a Fuck. Thus was born the Black Outlaw Bikers!”

TAKE NONE ♢ GIVE NONE (teaser) from Nicholas Monsour on Vimeo.

Take None Give None  is a new documentary that is set to be released in the near future telling the story behind the Chosen Few MC. These guys definitely have a bond that is deeper than skin deep incorporating a  brotherhood and love of riding.

The documentary Take None Give None evolved from a long-term relationship between the photographer Gusmano Cesaretti and the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club. In 2010, he teamed up with photographer Kurt Mangum, and a team of talented professional cinematographers to capture in light, motion and sound what it feels like to ride with the oldest integrated outlaw motorcycle club in the United States.

motorcycle club

During the two years of filming, the club experienced many changes — from the mounting tensions and differences between the founding members and the younger generation, to the raiding and seizure of their historic South Central clubhouse by the LAPD. There have been many poorly-researched and superficial news stories about the club in recent years, but this film hopes to offer a ground level, unfiltered and unbiased look at what it means to be one of the Chosen Few.

Photos and Copy Courtesy of our friends at theselvedgeyard

“TAKE NONE GIVE NONE” | THE STORY OF THE LEGENDARY CHOSEN FEW MC

chosen few

In 1959, the Chosen Few MC officially formed out in LA on the cusp of the chaotic ’60s

As they tell it —“The 60s was a hell of a time. With the Civil Rights Movement, The Viet Nam War, Flower Power & Free Love. Sex, Drugs, and  Rock & Roll. Also the Crazy World of the Outlaw Bikers…When you talk of the Outlaw Bikers you automatically think of ‘Them Crazy White Boys’ doing what a lot of folk wish they could do. Live Life Like You Want & Fuck You And Your Rules. Well Guess What? There was some crazy Black bikers who felt the same way, and didn’t give a Fuck. Thus was born the Black Outlaw Bikers!”

TAKE NONE ♢ GIVE NONE (teaser) from Nicholas Monsour on Vimeo.

Take None Give None  is a new documentary that is set to be released in the near future telling the story behind the Chosen Few MC. These guys definitely have a bond that is deeper than skin deep incorporating a  brotherhood and love of riding.

The documentary Take None Give None evolved from a long-term relationship between the photographer Gusmano Cesaretti and the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club. In 2010, he teamed up with photographer Kurt Mangum, and a team of talented professional cinematographers to capture in light, motion and sound what it feels like to ride with the oldest integrated outlaw motorcycle club in the United States.

motorcycle club

During the two years of filming, the club experienced many changes — from the mounting tensions and differences between the founding members and the younger generation, to the raiding and seizure of their historic South Central clubhouse by the LAPD. There have been many poorly-researched and superficial news stories about the club in recent years, but this film hopes to offer a ground level, unfiltered and unbiased look at what it means to be one of the Chosen Few.

Photos and Copy Courtesy of our friends at theselvedgeyard

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Garden : Season Two

Rooftop Garden

The Worlds Largest Rooftop garden has just kicked off it’s second growing season.

The second season is in full swing for the rooftop urban farmers at Brooklyn Grange Located atop a six-story 1919 warehouse. Krista Leahy at Inhabitat just did a great piece on this 40,000 square foot organic rooftop farm built by Bromley Caldari architects on a random rooftop in Brooklyn.

“After a successful first growing and selling season that began last spring, the farmers at Brooklyn Grange are continuing their production of organic produce that includes 40 varietals of juicy tomatoes, peppers, fennel, salad greens, kale, swiss chard, beans of all sorts and a variety of delicious root vegetables like beets, carrots, and radishes, as well as plenty of herbs.”

Brooklyn Grange’s organic produce is grown in 7.5″ deep beds with rooflite soil. This soil is produces by Pennsylvania soil company Skyland, Rooflite. This special soil is a lightweight soil composed of organic matter compost and small porous stones wich break down to add trace minerals that are needed for the produce to grow into a healthy mature state. The farm has a nine month growing season and everything that they grow is sustainable and good for you. In the winter time they used cover-crops like rye, buckwheat, vetch and clove to produce year around.

Rooftop Garden

Brooklyn Grange is looking to expand to many more rooftops in an attempt to increase the education and training available to those interested in urban farming. Check out their website at brooklyngrangefarm.com

Source & Images Courtesy of Inhabitat

Vintage Clothing + Rock & Roll = SXSW

Vintage Clothing and Rock n Roll
Every year in the middle of March Austin, Texas turns into the music Mecca of the world when they host their annual South by Southwest® (SXSW) conference. According to their website (http://sxsw.com/) the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. This year marks the 25th anniversary for the SXSW Music and Media conference. It always starts out with the SXSW® Film Conference and Festival , although the past three years they have ran a Multi-Media conference with the film conference then the music starts. The conference switches gears into a full blown music conference. This is not to be mistaken as a music  festival like ACL or Coachella, it is nothing like that. This is a full blown conference with musicians from all around the world playing all genera of music at different venues throughout the city. Some you have heard of, some are hoping to get noticed, it is amazing.

Check out the below video of Hometown Artist Suzanna Choffel as she gets ready to play the big stage:

What is so unique about this conference is not only the artists and musicians that they attract all around the world, but the parties and concerts that are going on just about anywhere. Most of these Non-SXSW parties have nothing to do with the event itself, but since the bands and the promoters are all in one place, there is no telling what can go on. We have friends that have caught Willie Nelson putting on a show at a Gas Station one year, where another group of friends caught Morrisey playing at a bowling alley. One of our favorite non-SXSW parties has to be at Cream Vintage, right off of the drag. For the past 7 years Cream Vintage has hosted parties featuring bands like Sweden’s Division of Laura Lee, to New York’s We are Scientists, each band is unique and so is each day of the party.

Vintage Clothing and Rock n Roll

Cream Vintage is located right off of the Drag on Dean Keaton Avenue across from the University of Texas. The party is in the parking lot behind the store. So basically you walk through a killer vintage clothing store packed with a huge selection of vintage dresses, vintage jeans, vintage t-shirts and more, into their back yard parking lot area. That is where they have a stage set up with live music, more Texas Select Beer than you can imagine, and just an all around killer vibe. Cream Vintage always hosts one day of the party with local bands from Austin and surrounding areas in Texas, then leases out the spot to different promoters from around the world on the other days. Needless to say the event is always pretty spectacular and they variety of talent that one can catch is truly amazing.

Vintage Clothing

If you are in Austin right now, head on over the Cream Vintage and be ready to have your mind blown.

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