Listed: Vintage Men's Denim Jackets

I have listed many of my vintage denim jackets on the site. I love spending time going through my vintage collection as I work on the site because I get so excited again by all of the beautiful vintage details and the handcrafted feeling of these items. I thought I would share some of the details that you might find interesting as well.

I love a vintage pleated front denim jacket

I love a vintage pleated front denim jacket

I love the vintage labels and branding like this workwear mark for Double Duty. I love the signaling of quality from Sanforized Shrunk.

I love the vintage labels and branding like this workwear mark for Double Duty. I love the signaling of quality from Sanforized Shrunk.

I love the cast of indigo in this Levi's Big E jacket.

I love the cast of indigo in this Levi's Big E jacket.

I love all of the zippers and the zipper brands like this old Talon one. But I also love Conmar and all of the other brands and configurations

I love all of the zippers and the zipper brands like this old Talon one. But I also love Conmar and all of the other brands and configurations

I love the connection to the work that these jackets were made for like this western-feeling Power House jacket. The vintage graphics and fonts are just so inspiring. I feel so excited when I open and read the Japanese magazines like Boon or Clutch that detail out the history and development of all of these products. Those magazines are my vintage bibles.

I love the connection to the work that these jackets were made for like this western-feeling Power House jacket. The vintage graphics and fonts are just so inspiring. I feel so excited when I open and read the Japanese magazines like Boon or Clutch that detail out the history and development of all of these products. Those magazines are my vintage bibles.

I also love the outlaw rebel nature of denim. This vintage Levi's Big E Jean biker jacket vest is amazing for both the felted graphic on the  back as well as the fact that I bought it from a dealer 20 years ago in Liverpool England on one of my many vintage tours of Europe, but I was living in Ohio.

I also love the outlaw rebel nature of denim. This vintage Levi's Big E Jean biker jacket vest is amazing for both the felted graphic on the  back as well as the fact that I bought it from a dealer 20 years ago in Liverpool England on one of my many vintage tours of Europe, but I was living in Ohio.

Posted on October 8, 2017 .

Travel: India Spring 2017

After many trips to the wonderful country of India, I finally made the trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. This region of India was experiencing a spring heat wave with mind-numbing temperatures topping 112 Fahrenheit.  So we left Delhi very early before it would get too hot. We met our guide there and spent about an hour wandering the grounds. I have heard that it may be worth coming back at a different time of the day to get another light and sense of the place. Here are some images I took of this amazing marble wonder.

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We stopped at one of the nicer hotels in Agra to have lunch and ordered this absurdly large Naan.

We stopped at one of the nicer hotels in Agra to have lunch and ordered this absurdly large Naan.

This is the pool at The Imperial Hotel Delhi. I love to stay here for the luxurious accommodations and the feeling of historical India

This is the pool at The Imperial Hotel Delhi. I love to stay here for the luxurious accommodations and the feeling of historical India

The lawn at The Imperial Hotel, Delhi.

The lawn at The Imperial Hotel, Delhi.

Posted on October 8, 2017 .

Travel: Cote D'Azure France Summer 2016

During the summer of 2016 I traveled back to Europe to pick up our son Hamilton in Paris after his 5th grade French exchange program. We then took a trip to the south as a family and rented a home in the small town of Grimaud just outside Saint Tropez. It was great to see the kids using their French language skills and enjoying the beautiful beaches. We spent the days exploring all of the small towns and visiting St. Tropez where I love to visit my favorite sandal store, Rondini. I have worn these sandals every day that is warm enough for the last 25 years. I think people get tired of seeing my strangely long toes, but these are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. There is amazing shopping and places to visit here in this region.  Here is my map: France Vintage

The beach at La Croix-Valmer, which is a very quiet secluded beach and town that is filled with beautiful modernist houses and very clear water

The beach at La Croix-Valmer, which is a very quiet secluded beach and town that is filled with beautiful modernist houses and very clear water

The beach at La Croix-Valmer, the blue raft out there was a destination for Beth and the kids to swim to, but then got stranded with a huge amount of Jellyfish surrounding and preventing their return to the beach

The beach at La Croix-Valmer, the blue raft out there was a destination for Beth and the kids to swim to, but then got stranded with a huge amount of Jellyfish surrounding and preventing their return to the beach

The beach at La Croix-Valmer, lunch at the beachside pizza shack

The beach at La Croix-Valmer, lunch at the beachside pizza shack

Beth at the house in Grimaud

Beth at the house in Grimaud

The beautiful view from our stone house in Grimaud

The beautiful view from our stone house in Grimaud

The view off of our patio at the house in Grimaud

The view off of our patio at the house in Grimaud

Beth and Blake returning from our Basque Catholic Church parade that we joined along our road next to our house.

Beth and Blake returning from our Basque Catholic Church parade that we joined along our road next to our house.

This is the random Basque Catholic parade and celebration that we joined near our house in Grimaud that we joined. We felt a bit like the Griswalds joining the parade as we were obviously Americans, except when they spoke to our kids who they thought were French. It was beautiful as we marched along this parade for a couple of miles down dirt country vineyard roads and ending up at this church

This is the random Basque Catholic parade and celebration that we joined near our house in Grimaud that we joined. We felt a bit like the Griswalds joining the parade as we were obviously Americans, except when they spoke to our kids who they thought were French. It was beautiful as we marched along this parade for a couple of miles down dirt country vineyard roads and ending up at this church

This is a picture of a typical house in Grimaud. Here the streets look wide and easy to navigate, but that was not how most of the streets appeared to us that were mostly more narrow than our car. I just kept hearing beth Beth say "Now Clark" don't fall off the road.... true Griswold style

This is a picture of a typical house in Grimaud. Here the streets look wide and easy to navigate, but that was not how most of the streets appeared to us that were mostly more narrow than our car. I just kept hearing beth Beth say "Now Clark" don't fall off the road.... true Griswold style

Posted on October 6, 2017 .

Travel: Marrakech Morocco Summer 2016

During the height of summer in 2016, I made a design and vintage research trip to Marrakech, Morocco. This was my second trip here and first for business reasons. This is one of the most beautiful and inspirational cities in the world. It's not a wonder that it has attracted bohemian- minded designers and creatives for centuries. We stayed at Ryad Dyor which is a gorgeous, privately-held boutique residence in the heart of the walled city. It was a bit tough to find at times with high walls and rabbit warren-like pathways that pass as streets. This city is meant to be walked and explored. The souk in the medina has a mix of great products and not so great. The purchase and negotiation process requires a bit of patience for those of you that are not used to bargaining. I hope to return to this beautiful city many times and hopefully next time with Beth and the kids as they speak French which would be helpful. Here is the link to my city map: Marrakech Map

This is the roof deck of the Ryad Dyor. This is where breakfast is served each morning by truly lovely hosts. It has a panoramic view of the old walled city

This is the roof deck of the Ryad Dyor. This is where breakfast is served each morning by truly lovely hosts. It has a panoramic view of the old walled city

This is my room at the Ryad Dyor. Very authentic and feels more like a home than a hotel.

This is my room at the Ryad Dyor. Very authentic and feels more like a home than a hotel.

This is the historical Madersa Ben Youssef, a 14th century Islamic School in the center of the city

This is the historical Madersa Ben Youssef, a 14th century Islamic School in the center of the city

Telework at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Telework at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Marble carving at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Marble carving at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Plaster carving at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Plaster carving at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Plaster carving at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Plaster carving at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Old wooden window at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Old wooden window at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Tile work at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Tile work at the Ben Youssef Madersa

Metal chandelier at Ben Youssef Madersa

Metal chandelier at Ben Youssef Madersa

Le Jardin Secret, is a private garden project that blends modern plant landscape design with the traditional Riad design of classic Marrakech 

Le Jardin Secret, is a private garden project that blends modern plant landscape design with the traditional Riad design of classic Marrakech 

Le Jardin Majorelle, is a must see garden experience in Marrakech. It was the product of many long years of planting from the artist Louis Majorelle and is accented with the blue color he favored the most. It was bought by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge who painstakingly brought it back to perfect shape after many years of disrepair. Don't miss the Berber Museum that is also on the property and celebrates the vintage craft and culture of the nomadic Berber tribes people.

Le Jardin Majorelle, is a must see garden experience in Marrakech. It was the product of many long years of planting from the artist Louis Majorelle and is accented with the blue color he favored the most. It was bought by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge who painstakingly brought it back to perfect shape after many years of disrepair. Don't miss the Berber Museum that is also on the property and celebrates the vintage craft and culture of the nomadic Berber tribes people.

Posted on October 5, 2017 .

Travel: Los Angeles Summer 2017

During one of my many trips to LA I did a little shopping and inspiration research. My good friend Maureen had turned me on to RTH Shop on La Cienega BLVD and is now one of my favorite stores in the world. They blend a beautiful vintage vibe with a heavy dose of fantasy. I could spend all day in this shop. But it being very tiny they may call the squad to come an haul me away for being a design stalker. So I will share some of my other favorite spots and my map for the city here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jDiV0n-8EhIQfy2rV3Ww-5KS8o8&usp=sharing

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The Museum Of Jurassic Technology is a hidden amazing find. Again my friend Maureen turned me to the unique and quirky museum. It is very much like a fine Gentleman's Victorian Curiosity Collection. Check this out while in LA, but be aware it has quirky opening hours. 

The Museum Of Jurassic Technology is a hidden amazing find. Again my friend Maureen turned me to the unique and quirky museum. It is very much like a fine Gentleman's Victorian Curiosity Collection. Check this out while in LA, but be aware it has quirky opening hours. 

While I am usually known for eating hot dogs and fast food, sometimes I love real and refined food and The Farm Shop is amazing. They have many all over California, but this one is located at the Brentwood Country Mart. It is a restaurant, a kitchenware and a gourmet grocery store. The food is mostly organic and is so fresh it feels like it just came from the farm that day. It's a very good people watching site as well.

While I am usually known for eating hot dogs and fast food, sometimes I love real and refined food and The Farm Shop is amazing. They have many all over California, but this one is located at the Brentwood Country Mart. It is a restaurant, a kitchenware and a gourmet grocery store. The food is mostly organic and is so fresh it feels like it just came from the farm that day. It's a very good people watching site as well.

Farm Shop, fresh prepared take away salads.

Farm Shop, fresh prepared take away salads.

TGS Tortoise General Store located on Abbott Kinney Blvd, is a Japanese vintage and homeware store. It has two buildings. Make sure to visit this building in the back which is usually showcasing vintage handmade ceramics and objects

TGS Tortoise General Store located on Abbott Kinney Blvd, is a Japanese vintage and homeware store. It has two buildings. Make sure to visit this building in the back which is usually showcasing vintage handmade ceramics and objects

Cora's Coffee shop is a great place to have breakfast in Santa Monica. I usually stay the Viceroy Hotel across the street when in Santa Monica then just walk across the road to dine.

Cora's Coffee shop is a great place to have breakfast in Santa Monica. I usually stay the Viceroy Hotel across the street when in Santa Monica then just walk across the road to dine.

Posted on October 3, 2017 .

Featured: With Target On Refinery29

Tim Kehoe, associate product design director, Brand Management & Trend

What makes your job so you?
"As the leader of our Home Trend & Brand Development team, I’m able to do all of the things I have loved doing since I was 12 years old. Even as a kid, I shopped vintage, subscribed to fashion and home magazines, and knew all the latest trends. Even though I am an avid collector of all things vintage and antique, my passion lies in helping people discover how style will evolve in the future." 

What's your favorite office tradition?
"Most of my team sits together in a room at one long table laughing while getting tons of stuff done. It’s that daily tradition of talking around the table that really is my favorite. We share what is trending on social media or talk about who had the coolest runway-show video. By sharing a space, we get to know each member of the team like a family member."

Quick — what's the best perk about working at Target?
"I have worked for many design companies in my long career, but Target is truly committed to ensuring you develop your whole self, not just design great products. Through mentoring and creating a culture of trust, the company develops great products and great people." 

Describe your go-to work outfit.
"I am a true old-school prep at heart, so my outfits usually involve two parts tweed, one part plaid, a pair of well-polished shoes, and no socks — never socks."

Posted on October 2, 2017 .

Experienced: Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons MET NYC 2017

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC celebrated the art and theater of Rei Kawakubo's designs for her brand Comme des Garcons. It was a retro-spective of her best ideas across her thirty years at the design helm and was titled Art Of The In-Between. The show while not large was broad in the span of her creativity. What I love about her designs is the attention to details and that her work transcends the world of history all the way through a post-appocalytical modernism. I attended with my wife Beth and our kids while in New York this summer. While the whole family loved the show, I could tell the kids thought is was a bit strange. The kids all wanted to reach out and touch the dresses because they were so strongly beautiful and robustly textured. My 12 year old son violated the rules and set off the alarm by touching one of the coats. My wife said "he didn't even touch it" and he whispered to me "I did touch it... I couldn't help myself". Post exhibit in the highly packed elevator to the roof terrace we were standing next to the designer Francisco Costa. He asked the kids if they enjoyed the Kawakubo show. They said "it was a bit strange" and he replied "yes, but strangely beautiful". It was a true New York moment. I hope you enjoy the images.

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Posted on October 1, 2017 .