Saturday, November 13, 2010

On The Hunt...

We are always 'on the hunt' (if you'll excuse the pun) as vintage store owners, and vintage hunting & riding apparel is one of the things we are constantly on the look out for. Be it leather riding boots, waxed hunting jackets, buffalo plaid hunting shirts & coats, or tailored riding vests & jackets - our customers just can't get enough of it! And much as we don't condone the hunting of defenseless animals in any way whatsoever, we can't deny the style and quality of these
Riding & hunting themes have played a huge role in fashion over the years, and are regularly re-visited by fashion designers as a sources of inspiration, Ralph Lauren & Gucci (see our last post) being two brands that immediately spring to mind, and wearing an authentic vintage garment can add a touch of quality and individuality to ones fashion statement.
Equestrian style is regularly seen on the runways

Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in American heritage brands like 'Pendleton', 'Filson' & 'Woolrich', and hip collaborations with the likes of 'Opening Ceremony' & 'Converse' have helped to bring these brands into focus once again. No doubt the popularity of vintage shopping has opened a new generations eyes up to a quality & craftsmanship that their grandparents and great grandparents took for granted, a quality that has inspired a new demand for 'Made in the U.S.A.' clothing.
'Pendleton' for 'Opening Ceremony' 2009

Nothing in our humble (and somewhat biased) opinion can beat the feel and spirit of authentic vintage clothes though....check out these great vintage riding & hunting items currently in our possesion...
Vintage 'Harry Hall of Regent Street London' red riding jacket

Personalised buttons & windowpane check wool's all about the details!

'Made in Scotland' check wool vest

Vintage riding breeches

Vintage black wool riding jacket & breeches with yellow vest
Hunting/riding is a common theme for prints and motifs on the vintage clothing and accessories we find. Check out these great hand-painted 1940's silk ties above...
...and this fantastic 1930's era luggage piece depicting a lady hunting with her dog (amazing outfit!)
Vintage 'Woolrich' red & black 2-piece hunting suit

Vintage 'Monterey Club Sportswear' fleece lined red & black wool hunting coat