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The Weejun

The Ivy League Look - The Boom Years and Beyond...
Jun 5 '14

Deadstock Bass Sportocasins AKA Kentucky Walkers

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Seen on Etsy and reserved for someone lucky with size 7 feet. Amazing condition to find them in.

Jun 5 '14
arestockcycle:

David Hockney

Great look from Hockney. All the details.

arestockcycle:

David Hockney

Great look from Hockney. All the details.

Jun 5 '14
Awesome.

Awesome.

(Source: heavytweedjacket)

Jun 4 '14
Guaranteed to Bleed.Another Deadstock 1960s Bleeding Madras Shirt
This time I got there first (thanks to Colin). Three of these beauties heading across the Atlantic all in varying versions of these colours.

Guaranteed to Bleed.
Another Deadstock 1960s Bleeding Madras Shirt

This time I got there first (thanks to Colin). Three of these beauties heading across the Atlantic all in varying versions of these colours.

Jun 4 '14

Life Before The Weejun.

Before Bass Weejuns Came The Aurland ‘NOR-Weejuns’.

Norwegian fishermman’s shoes that served the same purpose as LL Bean camp mocs in the USA. Copied and refined by GH Bass in 1936 at the request of Esquire magazine.

Still made today - here’s a guy selling some on eBay

Read more about the history here

Jun 4 '14
heavytweedjacket:

NOS ‘Makers’ green candy stripe OCBD. Another reminder of the past.

Lovely. I have a green end on end candy stripe but not the heavy oxford. Wonderful stuff.

heavytweedjacket:

NOS ‘Makers’ green candy stripe OCBD. Another reminder of the past.

Lovely. I have a green end on end candy stripe but not the heavy oxford. Wonderful stuff.

Jun 4 '14

Mmm. I Love The Smell of Deadstock Emblematic Shirts in the Morning…

Early 60s Sears Tapered & Tails Deadstock BD.

Jun 4 '14
startwithsunset:

Bob Peak  (1927 – 1992)


Great Bob Peak sketch. Ancient madder tones.

startwithsunset:

Bob Peak  (1927 – 1992)

Great Bob Peak sketch. Ancient madder tones.

Jun 3 '14

In Praise of O’Connells

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A few days ago the Buffalo Times did a great piece on the modern day 56 year overnight success of Buffalo’s greatest landmark, O’Connells. Once the preserve of those ‘in the know’ O’Connells is now about as great a niche online success as it’s possible to find.

Traditional Meets The Modern World

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Co-Owner John Huber With Stacks of Traditional Trews

It’s a heartwarming tale in a world where the custodians of ‘heritage’ at old established brands and businesses trade upon the word heritage whilst spitting right in it’s eye. LL Bean, Brooks Brothers, even Levis Vintage Clothing that once stood for true reproductions have all simply bandwagonned the whole American Heritage movement. Some of O’Connells new found fame and success may be down to the kind of bloggers who can’t tell the real from the ersatz but let’s be sure of one thing, O’Connells’ success is down to O’Connells.

They do things right and they do them well. Whilst we could all do with a little more description of the articles and a few more images of them, too, O’Connells service, lead on the online front line by Ethan Huber is second to none. And moreover O’Connells sells the kind of product that proudly says ‘we are not fashion’.

Once upon a time every town in America had it’s own version of O’Connells. One by one, they all disappeared – often by ‘modernising’ for sake of it or simply being stuck in a timewarp that no one wanted anymore. Somehow, O’Connells manages to pull of the rare trick of being at once authentic and niche and at the same time entirely approachable.

Those New Old Stock Seros – Just a Sample of Some I Picked Up From O’Connells

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The Weejun Visits O’Connells But Doesn’t Quite Make It

A couple of years back I tried in vain to book a train to Buffalo for the sole purpose of visiting the store in person. An online colleague, David R, had visited a couple of years earlier  and kindly picked up some shirts for me. His description of being in an Aladdin’s cave had me daydreaming about arriving at the store and delving through their incredible deadstock Sero shirts collection (now mostly sold apart from a a few items in fewer sizes). I was heart broken when I found out that you can get to Buffalo by train leaving early in the morning from NY but you can’t get back again the same day. We had too little time, so I passed on the chance.

It certainly saved on wallet stress because that may have been a once a lifetime chance to buy deadstock madras trousers and try them on (made the way they used to be with those little cardboard ticket sizing labels stitched on to the waistband), or find that rare and desirable Sero shirt that somehow hadn’t made it on to the website’s New Old Stock section.

Service Second to None

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Each time I’ve bought from O’Connells either online directly or via Fred in LA the service has been great and the items superb. Literally like stepping back in time, but all available at the click of an Apple trackpad.

I really love it when you see small well run businesses make a success without compromising and O’Connells know the secret of how the internet should have saved more businesses like theirs – that their customers are no longer just on the doorstep looking in the window, but everywhere in the world. In small numbers, granted, but enough of us to keep a store like this going for another 56 years and beyond.

Three much loved Purists well into heavy rotation chez Weejun.

Three much loved Purists well into heavy rotation chez Weejun. University Stripe, Hairline ‘Chambrox’ and rare Chambray model

Interestingly, the news articles explains the origin of those familiar sewn in store labels : Lucas, Chelf & O’Connell – the original owners were Buffalo Bills players.

O’Connells, I salute you!

The Buffalo News article can be found here

O’Connells Website Can be found here

In Praise of O’Connells was originally published on The Weejun

Jun 3 '14
'The Look' in the 70s
It’s a common misconception that everyone became a hippy after 1967 in some form or other. Here’s a guy from University of the South in 1971. Short sleeve OCBD? Check. Flat front straight trousers? Check. Classic Weejuns? Check.
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'The Look' in the 70s

It’s a common misconception that everyone became a hippy after 1967 in some form or other. Here’s a guy from University of the South in 1971. Short sleeve OCBD? Check. Flat front straight trousers? Check. Classic Weejuns? Check.

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