Recesionista is one of those buzzwords of 2008 that’s getting a little overplayed. In my small world, it’s feeling more like Great Depressionista— in regard to fashion and the economy. Looking at these pictures from the 40’s, they look like what you see in a lot of Soho shops & vintage Americana brands these days like– RRL, LVC, Warehouse, etc. There are great, rugged pieces, and little, honest details not to be missed– like our friend’s chambray workshirt (above) that’s been mended time and again over the years– out of necessity, not for fashion. That looks like a great old pair of Levi 501s. I like how the front belt-loops are placed nice and snug to the fly.
That canvas & denim pieced sleeve is incredible– and the adjustable wrist straps are crazy. I’m getting out the sewing machine as I type… seriously.
Here’s our friend again with the cool coat– his buddy is sportin’ some great old engineer coveralls with sewn-on denim panels for extra reinforcement & wear.
Does that chore coat look familiar? It sure should– no respectable psuedo selvedge denim brand is without one– American or Japanese. Check that hat.
Even the little guys are in on the action. Who knew they’d be poster-children for fashion one day? Check out the self-belt goodness on buddy in the middle.
awesome stuff. are these the from the go-to LIFE archive or Library of Congress, or…??
Library of Congress on flickr–
the photo of the kids is particularly swell
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