I’ve been finding a lot of selvage fabric lately, the kind where the maker never thought selvage was meaningful. There’s no “ID” stripe, no exposed selvage, no label on the neck, just a self-edge of the fabric under the placket. Consider this a friendly reminder that vintage selvage fabric exists for no other reason than it was convenient and economical to produce. Remember also, that vintage nylon bomber jackets are incredible.
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A Nylon Bomber Jacket: I found a big lot of these on a buying trip recently, and far as I can tell they’re unworn. (I think this one may even have the tag on it.) Crisp and bright, but without any graphics or names or logos. I like the cleanliness of it, though if you have found an old Houston Oilers Patch I’d insist you sew it on there. Warren Moon, after all, is a stud in Super Tecmo Bowl and it looks like this jacket is from about the same era.
A Printed Flannel: Unfortunately the label has been removed here, but there’s a still few details worth sharing. First is the sewn in collar stays. They keep it pointed and give it a slightly more refined look than a traditional workshirt. I like the button pockets, too, as opposed to the more common flap pockets. My favorite detail, though, is found under the button-hole placket. If you’ll look, you’ll see that it’s made with a selvage fabric. Note how the fabric just sorta ends—it’s not sewn shut or fraying. A cool detail found only on older, high quality shirts.
A Vintage Tie Clip: Well, why not? Everyone gets a tie clip this month.