You really have to take a serious look through the offerings over at the West Coast Americana themed pop-up One Trip Pass. Don’t just spend all your time shotgunning beers. In addition to all of the great vintage goods, the gents behind the shop are also offering a classic piece of California surf culture with their limited edition Kanvas by Katin surf trunks. One Trip Pass had the company make 24 pair of the throwback sixties trunks (made right here in the USA) exclusively for the pop-up shop. A little Katin background for all you East Coasters after the jump.
Occasionally I bump into Mr. Steven Alan near Greene & Canal, on our respective walks to work. Steven is always gracious and happy to delay his trip to chat for a few minutes while I pepper him with questions about Japan and obscure American brands and the like. We seem to share a few common interests, so I am always happy to see him coming my way.
I have always thought that Steven Alan — the collection — is the perfect encapsulation of my style. Rumpled and plaid, but dressy and casual. Perfectly disheveled. The AW09 range is no different. Mr. Alan puts forward another solid collection of clothes I just want to own and wear. A look at fall after the jump.
I’m off to LA for a quick weekend trip. Anything new that I absolutely must see out there, please give me a heads up in the comments. On Saturday and Sunday I will be out in Chino at Planes of Fame to see The Horsemen of ASB.tv fly three Grumman F8F Bearcats. Sick! If you are around, come join me and some special friends out at the airshow.
If you do make it to Chino, you can connect with me via the ACL Twitter.
There is a lot of talk about gentlemen shoppers drinking fine bourbon at Billy Reid. Well, last night at Ned Martel and Jay Carroll’s geniusly merchandised vintage shop / Americana explosion One Trip Pass, the drinking was taken to the next level when a group of grown men decided to shotgun a beer in the store. Video proof below. Do try this at home.
While at the opening of the new J.Crew men’s shop on Broadway in NYC, I took the opportunity to do a little “street style” (which I know, the name implies the photos be taken on the street and this is in a store) shoot with Mr. Frank Muytjens, the men’s design lead for J.Crew. You may remember Frank from back in February when he was kind enough to let us check out his workspace. Enjoy!
The Life archive continues to yield cool shit, like every U.S. military kit worn in 1941. This is the kind of stuff that I want to print out and put in a wooden box and save forever. Safe to say I love it. Since these photos were taken in the run-up to the U.S. involvement in the conflict, it would be interesting to see how the uniforms changed by the time they got to 1945, especially the cavalry uniforms. Wouldn’t think they saw much action in the the war, especially the Pacific theater.
The gents at Freeman Transport have just launched their newest bicycle and this time it’s an easy to ride commuter called the Gravel Racer. The story goes that Freeman Transport co-founder Nathaniel Freeman’s “great-great-grandfather was an inventor during the Industrial Revolution. His contributions were many but perhaps his most controversial are the sites for the Colt .45. In his honor we’ve built a bicycle with a finish similar to that gun, richly patinaed with gun bluing and ferric browns, sealed with tree wax and ready to age. It comes with or without couplings, stainless steel lugged rack, chain guard and fenders, and can be built fixed or coaster braked and is perfect for commuting or general transport.”