Saturday, June 5, 2010

Newest Finds

I am preparing for my summer job working on an Organic and Biodynamic farm in upstate New York. My biggest problem was finding suitable footwear that will protect my feet during physical labor but light enough to keep my feet cool. Today I found the Source.

From there website:
"Palladium was founded in 1920 to make tires for the fledgling aviation industry. Tires were made by layering canvas bands underneath vulcanized rubber. Palladium’s expertise was so advanced that soon the majority of Europe’s aircraft were using Palladium tires.

After World War II, with aircraft manufacturing screeching to a halt, the demand for tires decreased dramatically. Palladium decided to open a plant in Pont De Cheruy, France, to start producing footwear that was as hard wearing as their tires. In 1947 the legendary Pampa boot was born, and the functionality, comfort and durability were so outstanding that the French Foreign Legion adopted it for their use. The Foreign Legion put the boot to the test in the harsh desert conditions of North Africa, and throughout the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains.

Today, the original design, classic lines and time tested utility are as relevant as they have ever been. Combining over 60 years of authenticity with modern manufacturing, premium materials and cutting edge styling, Palladium boots are ready to help you explore your street, your city, or the world."
I found mine on sale from Tani on the upper West Side Manhattan, so if you live in NYC go get a pair they are deffianitly worth while.

Now Thats What I Call a Cast

Friday, June 4, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sailor Style on a Sailor Pay

One thing I have noticed about the whole "vintage workwear" "navy-ism" style, culture, historic hipster or however you would like to call it is these working class clothes cost a small fortune!? Yes, the RRL clothes are cool and Buzz Rickson has something going for him, but this is not the only way to get this style. Here are some cheaper ways to get the 'look' without the price.
Things you will need:
Seam ripper
sand paper
stencil set
black sharpie
thread and needle
NOTE: sand paper can be substituted for physical labor
Garment: USN Denim Dungarees from WWII impressions
Cost: $75
Changes: None
Garment: Ralph Lauren cotton canvas Cargo pants from about 3 years ago
Cost: Estimated in the $70-$120 range
Changes: I cut the cargo pockets off.
Garment: 2nd Pattern HBT trousers from At The Front
Cost: $50
Changes: I hacked them down to shorts.
Garment: P41 utility trousers from At The Front
Cost: $50
Changes:Hard wear and tear resulting in heavy stains and a patch job on the knee.

Garment: Chambray Shirt from J. Crew
Cost: $98
Changes: None
Garment: USN Chambray shirt from WWII Impressions
Cost: $60
Changes: None except I lost a button and I replaced it with another cat eye.

Garment: nautical style work shirt from Levi Strauss Co.
Cost: On sale for $25.
Changes: I feel like in NYC I see a lot of people in Levi shirts. To avoid being caught in school with someone else in the same shirt I have added a pocket button on the right pocket.

Garment: P41 USMC Utility jacket from At The Front
Cost: $50
Changes: All the changed I did to this are WWII correct. I stenciled my name in the proper WWII USMC Spec and I have used it to the extent or major mud stains and worn out pockets

Garment: 2nd Pattern HBT jacket from At the Front
cost: $50
Changes:This has been in my reenacting kit for a while and it was time to retire it from the hobby. So I hacked the sleeves off and stenciled a USN on the pocket. I was inspired by this picture for this