ZOOT SUIT – (CATCHING ZS NOT GS)

This ‘Anti-blackout suit’ made from 3-ounce nylon was designed to be cool, durable and easy to remove. When it was first made in 1945, an article was published with the headline ‘Improved, Light Nylon Zoot Suit Prevents Blackout when Fighter Pilots Pull High G’s in Combat‘.

KINGPINS SHOW CHINA CITY TOUR

 

It’s great to be involved in the latest Kingpins Show China City Tour. Here is a sneak peak of the looks that we have sent over! Denim has been synonymous with the motorcycle culture since the 1930’s and remains a key focus of inspiration for designers.

POW’s

Made of a heavy canvas material which was certainly not chosen for comfort, these unusual 1940’s, Broad Arrow stamped, Coveralls remain in remarkable condition.

BELLSTAFF #NOTYPO

The thing about the Holy Grail, is that there was only meant to ever be one of them.

 

As a term in English language it was meant to be reserved for exceedingly, almost impossible to comprehend, rareness only seen in the very best of the best. In regards to vintage terms everyone will of course have their own interpretation of what that looks like, but my one wish would be that before the term was tagged to a great piece, or sometimes lets be honest a mediocre one, that the person writing just stopped for a moment and considered, is this is really the Holy Grail?

MINI

When we first published our book “Vintage Menswear: A Collection from The Vintage Showroom” in 2012 we had no idea how well it would be received. Now, 5 years after first being published, the book has been repackaged, slightly smaller and a little lighter, but with the same amazing content!

BEAUTY IN THE EVERYDAY OBJECTS

We find something incredible pleasing and strangely beautiful in these rusty old scissors. Made as a Standard Pattern sample, which would have been sent to factories for quality control checks.

 

Scissors Lamp with guard, Intended to snip the wick from Air Ministry candles.