Monday, February 28, 2011

Queen of Vintage Vol.2: Meow by Rin Tanaka

Rin Tanaka photo journalist and creator of "My Freedamn!", a series of American Vintage Clothing Books concentrating on Vintage T-shirts, 1960's Pop Fashions, Harley Davidson - Book of Fashions, Vintage Beach Fashions, Hippie to Grateful Dead T-shirts, Rock 'n Roll Fashions & King of Vintage No. 1 Heller's Cafe.

Also Rin Tanaka just hosted his 2nd Annual My Freedamn! Inspiration "We Insist" Vol.2 Vintage Show held February 11-12 on the famous Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach, California. With over 2500 people attending from the US, Japan & Europe the show was held w/ much success w/ vintage vendors & clothing retailers & manufacturer's from the US & Japan showing. The future looks very bright for Mr. Tanaka & his My Freedamn! Inspiration show. At the show he released his most recent book "Queen of Vintage Vol. 2: Meow featuring Kathleen Schaaf's Curated Vintage Collection. This book is on sale now and can be bought at

Come back this Friday for a special interview I recently had w/ Rin Tanaka on his published books "My Freedamn" & his My Freedamn! Inspiration Vintage Show!

Queen of Vintage Vol. 2: Meow

Gift bag given out at My Freedamn! Inspiration "We Insist" Vol. 2.

Billy Reid - Stetson

Billy Reid for Stetson, another collaboration of a timeless brand of american sportswear & work wear.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

That's One Small Step For Man One Giant Leap For Preppy!!!

Cole Haan Air Colton Saddle Shoe w/ Nike Air Technolgy. Great color & love these to get you ready for Spring!

Spectator Wingtip

"Stay Preppy My Friends"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Harris Tweed Vs. Vivienne Westwood

I'm sure there has been a lot of speculation & comparison of these 2 logos of the trademark Harris Tweed and Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood prominent logo's, but I can not help but notice it every time I look at a Harris Tweed Label I always think of Vivienne Westwood. Not a bad thing at all as I am a big fan of her design and quirky punk-like fashion.
Did she copy the logo? Is is very close!

Well w/ a bit of research on-line I have found her theory and seems to be legit especially w/ her love of tweeds and her logo which was inspired by the Harris Tweed logo. Take a look for yourself above.

"The 'orb' of Vivienne Westwood reflects the orb of the British Crown Jewels but with the addition of the 'planetary' circle around it she gave it a bit of a punk twist. She has always used a lot of tweeds and tartans, which even inspired her logo:
"The infamous Harris Tweed is certified as a genuine by the Harris Tweed Authority. The orb motif was reworked by Vivienne Westwood for her label logo."

And now you heard it here!

Luxury Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed Back Pack

Great Label, Great Logo!!! One of my all time favorites!
Harris Tweed Herringbone Sport Coat

Harris Tweed Tie

Harris Tweed Bucket Hat by L.L. Bean

Harris Tweed is a luxury cloth that has been handwoven by the islanders on the Isles of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, using local wool.

Traditional Harris Tweed was characterized by subtle flecks of colour achieved through the use of vegetable dyes, including the lichen dyes called "crottle" (Parmelia saxatilis and Parmelia omphalodes which give deep red- or purple-brown and rusty orange respectively) These lichens are the origin of the distinctive scent of older Harris Tweed.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Oh My Bow Tie!!!

Steven Alan
Carlos Campos
N. Hoolywood
Carlos Campos
Marlon Gobel
Marlon Gobel

New York Fashion Week has already seen tons of Bow Ties. The trend is here and very strong.
"So if you don't know now you know!"

In a recent post here on I posted "How To Tie A Bow Tie" so pls check that out to get your free refresher course on how to jump onto this major trend and get your bow tie in check ASAP!!!

"Stay Preppy My Friends"

Bespoken Speaks for Itself!

UK Clothier Bespoken Fall 2011 Collection well was no better way, but Bespoken itself offering modern interpretation of classic traditional tailoring. It was very tailored workwear naval shipyard preppy.

Rolled up slacks and boots, tweed suits & jackets, vest, hats, over coats & double breasted sweater. They keep it very elegant, but casual at the same time. I can't wait for next fall already!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Marlon Gobel - Fall/ Winter 2011 - "The Secret Order"!

Christian Louboutin Shoes

Marlon Gobel - Fall/ Winter 2011 - "The Secret Order"!

Marlon Gobel ask where have all the secret society clubs gone? Good question?
This was a time of the fratenal orders when men would come together to gather and talk about politics, finances, sports and every day life existing in the city and world around them. These clubs thrived in the early to mid 1800's and into the mid 1950's. Since then these clubs have almost disappeared.

So what Marlon wanted to do w/ his Fall/ Winter 2011 Collection which was held at The Park Avenue Armory (great choice as this place is old world beautiful) is kind of take us back to that time w/ a modern whimsically approach. I love to use the word whimsical w/ Marlon b/c that's just what he creates and does so masterfully!

In his collection there was hand painted velvet jackets of ships sailing in storm battered waters, broken/worn plaid suits, tweed jackets, plenty or corduroy jackets & suits, plaid pea coats, glen plaid cashmere jackets, quilted velvet bomber jackets, distressed rustic shearling jackets, beautiful chunky cable shawl sweaters and engineered fairisles & unicorns. And not to forget amazing Christian Louboutin shoes w/ bad ass gold & silver spikes to name a few!

His colors were rich reds & greens to purples, gold, & cadet blues which seemed to be playing to traitional university colors, but very rich and genuine looking.

There was a sense of preppy, sport, neoclassic and definitely modern. He really hit on all cylinders.
Marlon attracts & directs.

Thanks for the Great Show Marlon....Bravo!

Friday, February 11, 2011


Free & Easy has just released their February 2011 Issue which is quite special. It sheds on the world of Preppy & the Ivy lifestyle. From dressy prep to work wear inspired clothing.

This magazine just keeps getting better and better!

If you haven't ever seen this magazine or bought it you are missing out! It is a Japanese publication printed in Japan and comes out every month. It cost 980 yen if you can get yourself a copy of it in Japan or in America you can go to the Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya which sells it for $17.20. It bit pricey, but well worth it.

"Stay Preppy My Friends"