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Late summer

20 Aug

In like a lion, out like a lamb, or is that just for winter? Seems to be the case for New England summers. There is already a chill at night, and the days are hovering in the 70s. Tweeds will be returning soon.

A little recap, as I spent an inordinate amount of time this summer living life while not documenting it.

Gardening

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Closet Projects

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And now, Fall, come at me.

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Vermont Vintage- Pytchley Hacking Jacket

23 Mar

I’ve decided to routinely show off some of the vintage items I pick up in my random travels through the maple state. I find some really amazing stuff in some very odd places. For example, observe this 40s-50’s Pytchley Hacking Jacket I found in the wild for 20 bones on the barrel-head (oddly, the rack it was on was balanced on the top of a barrel).

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Vermont has a really strong heritage of gentlemen sheep farmers and horse people (no, not centaurs). I’ve been so close, so close I say, to
picking up some 20s Peal and Co, riding boots in an abandoned barn having a clean-out sale, only to have them snapped up by some New Yorkers on a mission to ruin my day.

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Vermont Vintage Autumn Hunt- Irivin Flight Jacket

13 Nov

My wife and I set out this past Saturday to tour a few of our favorite haunts for antiques and vintage (because we are 90 years old at heart.) This tour normally produces a few nice items. This time, it was especially fruitful in the vintage clothing category. For the purpose of graceless bragging, I’m sharing one of the finds.

I found (my wife found for me, I should say) this Irvin RAF sheepskin jacket.

Let me say that I love Sheepskin jackets, especially now that I live in a place where temperatures go below -20. You can throw them on top of nearly any outfit, and with snow on the ground, it needs no context. Whats not to love?

The Irvin Company was the first to make the Sheepskin bomber. Started by Leslie Irvin, pictured below, who was also the effective founder of rip-cord parachuting.

I’ve had my eye on the Schott version for a while now, made from black sheep, no less. Just as authentic really, as the Irvin company at the height of WWII had such a demand for this style of jacket that they had to contract out the manufacture of them to companies like Schott Bros.

I suppose now I can delay the purchase, unless of course my readers demand a side by side comparison, in which case, I shall have to bite the bullet.

Ok, winter- Do your worst.

 

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Schott, revived, remade

24 Aug

Okay, yet another post about a leather jacket. What? I’m preoccupied with being cold again. So a few weeks ago I picked up this old 1970 bomber jacket. The jacket had spent some time inside of a burning American Spirit cigarette factory by the smell of it, and the leather had seen better days.

Knowing a good thing when I see one (Schott), I bought it anyway. First thing to be done? Cigarette stench removal. I find washing a leather jacket to be totally acceptable if done correctly. The trick is baby shampoo. Regular detergent is too astringent, and will suck natural oils out of leather, leaving it stiff and prone to cracking. Hand washing is best, but the delicate cycle on most washing machines is acceptable. Once a good washing has been accomplished, the jacket should be allowed to air dry in a warm place with lots of air flow.

Once the jacket is dry  its time for conditioning, and here you can go two routes: Oil, or Cream Conditioner. Oil (Mink Oil, Obenaufs Leather Oil, etc) will significantly darken the leather, and make it more pliable/softer, while Cream Conditioner (Meltonian Leather Balm , etc) will only superficially condition/soften without doing much to the color of the leather. I went with the Obenauf’s Leather Protector, as this jacket was pretty damn dry after years of storage/ chain smoking.

This was the end result of all of that work. Fairly shabby, with the ribbing blown out, and gnawn at by generations of Vermont barn creatures.

So I looked into having the ribbing replaced, and a collar made. The folks at Schott were very helpful, answered my questions quickly, and were generally great throughout the whole repair process. Sadly, now that the early 70s have come and gone, they no longer manufacture jackets in a burnt caramel color, so I opted to have the ribbing replaced in black, and a shearling collar made to match.

Here is the end result-

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go figure out how to wear this thing with tweed.

 

 

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black rebel tree-tapping club

4 Jun

Oh yes, a 1970 Schott Perfecto 613 “One Star” motorcycle jacket. Like new, and still in fighting shape. Oh Vermont, you redeem yourself in your rare yet fruitful vintage scores.

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