Jeremy’s Box: Ralph Macchio’s Jacket from “The Outsiders”

We love to connect clothing with popular culture, so I’m surprised it took so long for us to reference The Outsiders, the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola-directed launch pad for Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Emilio Esteves, Matt Dillon, and Patrick Swayze.

It also stars Ralph Macchio, who throughout the film wheres the same jacket we just shipped to our long-time subscriber Jeremy.

The jacket is made by Blue Bell Manufacturing, once the parent company of Wrangler Denim. Unlike Levi’s or Lee denim jackets, it features slash hand pockets, snap twin chest pockets, and a selvage detail on the placket. I date this piece squarely to the mid-1970s.

Oh, we also sent Jeremy a sanforized flannel shirt from Five Brother. And credit to the subscriber, M.J., who pointed out what I had here.

For what it’s worth, this entire business could be marketed as a The Outsiders cosplay starter kit, and not much would change. Note that Tom Cruise is wearing redline 501s.

A Guide for Buying Affordable and Ethical Plain White T-Shirts on eBay and at Thrift Stores

A pile of vintage white t-shirts

This guide will help you purchase affordable and ethical white t-shirts by helping you navigate the market for deadstock basics.

A whole lot of brands have tried to offer ethically and sustainably made basics. But it’s hard to raise the price on something so many are so accustomed to getting so cheap, and brands struggle to sell cheaply something made from quality, ethically sourced materials and made by fairly compensated workers.

Here at Comma Vintage, we believe there’s already enough clothing in the world. While we can’t speak with certainty about manufacturing and farming practices in the 70s and 80s America, we feel confident saying that it’s better for everyone to use what already exists rather than encouraging megabrands to make more stuff.

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Matt’s Box: Made in USA Converse All Stars and a Five Brother Flannel

 

We rarely ship sneakers here at Comma Vintage. That’s because we want to stick to our guns and only ship true vintage. As much we think that the Converse All Star is timeless, we aren’t shipping  used ones from 2014.

True vintage ones are hard to come by, and the differences are subtle: The sole is heavier, and the toe cap is smaller. The tell-tale sign, though, is that they’re made in the USA. Pictured above is the first pair of US-made Converse All Stars that we ever shipped. Matt asked for Chucks in particular, and we hope he’s excited to get a pair. And he got this great flannel, too. Read the letter below. Continue reading

10 Good Reasons Why You Should Wear Vintage Clothing

Why should you wear vintage clothing? Here’s a few reasons.

Making the leap from new clothing to vintage can be a bit tough for some people. “What if it smells!” they say, or “I’ll look silly!”

Thankfully, washing machines and style tips exist. But if you’re looking for motivation, we here at Comma Vintage think there’s a lot more to it.


1. Vintage clothing prevents human exploitation

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A Guide for Buying Vintage Harrington Jackets at Thrift Stores and on eBay

This guide is designed to help you buy a vintage Harrington jacket at a thrift store or on eBay. 

Vintage Harrington Jacket

If there’s one garment that sends a blogger into an image-searching tizzy and a defense or an attack or a poorly nuanced commentary on masculinity and style and cool with a capital C-you-later-tonight, it’s the Baracuta G-9.

A whole bunch of famous men wore it. Many of those famous men were certifiable assholes. Others were pretty cool. The characters portrayed by actors wearing the jacket fell somewhere in between.

Stylistically, the jacket itself falls somewhere in between, too. It looks good over a shirt and tie. It looks good over a t-shirt. It fits a little frumpily, or maybe that’s just calculated nonchalance.

The ambivalent history and look speaks to a pressing concern of the contemporary man: Can I be a lovable jerk? No. Be kind all the time. But you can invite suspicion, and we’re here  to help you do it without spending $400. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

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Giovanni’s Vintage Eastland Camp Mocs and Sanforized Frostproof Plaid

 

Sometimes we get to ship two awesome items together because one just might not be enough. Take for example this vintage sanforized flannel shirt and US-made Eastland camp mocs. And what’s that peeking out from the corner? Why it’s a selvage bandana! Thank goodness for selvage bandanas, and for Jamie Bannon, who taught be how to take better photos. Read the letter below. Continue reading