Dead Shirts
August 21, 2012, 7:19 am
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Just to good not to re-post this. Vince Dugar’s collection of Grateful Dead Parking lot t-shirts. Just a small sampling shown here, I recommend viewing the whole collection.

Poler Vibes
September 22, 2011, 7:22 pm
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The fine folks at Poler have been up to some good things for sometime now. First it was there excellent t-shirts and hats, then they stepped it up with The Man Tent and the appropriately titled Two Man Tent. I am  looking forward to whatever comes next from these guys. Anyways awhile ago I won a little contest via their blog and as the lucky winner I had this nice t-shirt and hat show up at my house a few weeks ago.

Both t-shirt and hat are of supreme quality, I cant say enough good things, and I can’t get enough camp vibes either. If you are not yet familiar with these dudes or there blog  I suggest you acquaint yourself. Thanks again Poler for the great stuff.

August 2, 2010, 7:59 pm
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Last week the National Boy Scout’s Jamboree took place at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. The first Jamboree took place in Washington DC in 1937, at the invitation of the president on the national mall. The event which takes place every four years has been held in Virginia since 1981 and will be the last there before it moves to a new permanent home in Beckley, WV .

Among the many events at the  Jamboree is the tradition of trading patches. Scouts will trade patches from their individual packs along with commemorative patches made specifically for the event. Here are some of our favorite ones we have come across.

Vintage Penfield
July 29, 2010, 11:45 am
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I know its the middle of the summer and we have many more 90+ degree days to endure however I wanted to show this gem of a down parka I found at a church yard sale about a month ago.

Not sure what vintage this old Penfield insulated parka is, however the thing is probably about 20 years old. The down/feather filling will be sure to keep me toasty this winter, but the thought alone of wearing it now makes me sweat.

Recent Finds
January 19, 2010, 7:33 pm
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Here are a few of my thrift finds as of late. Always searching for the vitnage outdoor wearables around town. Steve, the dog, is in there for good measure.

Short sleeve Eddie Bauer, can’t wait for Spring. But for now these sweaters will have to do.

I don’t think REI makes many wool sweaters these days, I was pretty surprised when I found this one. At the moment my wife is getting more wear out of the Orvis wool sweater then me.

Bean Boots
November 24, 2009, 9:53 am
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Its been pretty wet these past few weeks and anytime I step into the mud pit which is our backyard I have found myself wearing these boots. They are known at the Maine Hunting Shoes, duck boots, or Bean boots, whatever you call them they are rugged and do a damn good job of keeping your feet dry. Here are some images pulled from the L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors.

Variations on a theme.

These are some older advertisements for the shoe from 1922. Click for larger.

Shoe Choices
November 11, 2009, 10:28 am
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Here are some shoe choices from the Whole Earth Catalog of August 1972.

While Walter Dryer is still around as a company, I dont think they are still offering these handmade mocs, to bad especially at that price.

Wish Wallabees were still only $23.95

A classic.

The Outer Layers According to Leon L. Bean
October 16, 2009, 8:18 am
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It got wet and cold down here real quick yesterday. As I have posted before, here are some thoughts and examples from Leon L Bean and the Guide to the Outdoors on the subject of outer layers and winter jackets.

“The anorak shell comes from the Far North, where no one has adapted as well to a hostile environment as the Eskimo. (He also have us the kayak, probably to world’s most seaworthy small boat.)

“If you’re and upland hunter, stalking grouse, quail, pheasant or woodcock, you’ll want to dress as lightly as possible yet you’ll need protection against grasping bush and brambles.” (Talking about the Wool Mackinaw)

Charlottesville Woolen Mills
October 7, 2009, 9:35 am
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As of late there has been alot of interest in clothing that is  branded or named as “Woolen Mills.” Fueled by the work wear aesthetic and renewed interest in heritage or American made garments, brands such as Pendelton Woolen Mills or Woolrich Woolen Mills have experienced an . However as this trend continues  I can’t help but think about the Woolen Mills I know of in my town of Charlottesville.

Located on the Rivanna River and in the shadow of Jefferson’s Monticello the mill was constructed in the 1850’s. First making garments for the confederate army it was in service for over a century until the 1960’s when it closed its doors for good. Its workers and their families built their lives and community around the mill all living within walking distance of work. While its garments may not still be available to wear its history is accessible simply by walking through the neighborhood.

For more information on the mill and its history visit Bill Emory’s blog and website, this is where the majority of the images come from.

A Mystery In Common
September 15, 2009, 9:14 pm
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Headed toward the hills today to visit A Mystery In Common’s new studio space. The studio’s shack-like appearance is deceiving of the work taking place inside while the rural and sublime setting serve as a constant inspiration for the studio’s proprietor . Even though the studio is still a work in progress they were kind enough to let me have a look.

A Mystery In Common is dedicated to using earth friendly and sustainable materials throughout the printing process, something you don’t find from many screen printing shops. From printing on organic cotton to using water based inks they have tried to minimize their impact as much as possible. The end result is a hand crafted and high quality product.

I can’t tell you how many of their shirts I have, but I have many. Most of the designs are first hand drawn before they are scanned and turned into screens. Tristan then prints each shirt with the help of his lovely friend Grace.

For more on the designs and how to order check out A Mystery In Common. Also to view the rest of the pictures from the trip go here.