Ethan’s Grails: The Brown 1930s/40s SB with Patch Pockets

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Time to start a new feature on this blog: Ethan’s grails.  The star of this inaugural piece is a fantastic suit with the cut and designs I’ve been obsessed with ever since I got into vintage menswear.  I may just have to get it replicated (with updated fit details).

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A Few Days in the Bay Area

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I’ve been meaning to go to SF (and the Bay Area) and shop around for a long time.  The last time I went was two years ago when Tim and I stumbled upon Haight Street and its awesome vintage stores.  I planned to go for my 21st birthday in July, but circumstances arose that only allowed us to go during this past September Weekend!  Spencer, Jeremiah and I (the Spring 2016 Dapper Day crew) were only able to spend two nights/one day in the Area but it was definitely  a lot of fun, especially since we were able to dress up and walk around!

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A Very General Guide to Vintage Sartorial Style

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This post focuses on fashion from the 1920s-1960s.  If you want to read a detailed article on how you can have vintage style by mixing modern and true vintages pieces, read it here.

The above image from a Russian catalog shows how cuts of suits changed from 1923-1943.  It’s these subtle details that show that not all vintage looks are the same.  Each decade had their own ideas on fit, proportion and styling.

Vintage isn’t a blanket term.  You don’t just put on suspenders and a flat cap and say “I’m vintage”.  Heck, not all vintage is the same. Just like there are differences in styles between the 2000s and 2010s, there are plenty of differences within each vintage decade.

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The Greatness of Going Double Breasted

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Worn by stylish gents of the 1930s-40s, the double breasted jacket is a garment that just screams “vintage”.  It’s still popular today among bespoke/classic menswear enthusiasts, but it still largely avoided by the mainstream menswear community.  It could be the fact that it’s pretty hard to find good ones out in the wild.  I’m here to tell you that this piece is worth the investment. It’s just so great.

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