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

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

Joseph’s Box o’ the American West: Vintage Pendleton flannel, corduroy hat, and a t-shirt.

Joe let us know that he has a thing for the Rocky Mountains. Technically, Pendleton, Oregon, is a bit to the west of that range, but the effort is there. Joseph did request no hats with flat brims, but we’re hoping he can take care of this one with a coffee mug.  Read the full letter below. Continue reading

A Guide to Buying Vintage Flannel Shirts at Thrift Stores and on eBay

 

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This guide is designed to help the reader find affordable vintage flannel shirts for everyday wear.

Reproductions of vintage flannel shirts sell for around $200. I imagine that brands like Iron Heart, Sugar Cane, and The Strike Gold deliver a worthwhile product, but I laughed a bit when I learned a California company revived Five Brother. Continue reading

Jason’s Mystery Wool Flannel and More

Vintage Wool Flannel, Selvage Bandana

I have a soft spot for connecting with my subscribers’ location. When Jason told me he’s taken up fly-fishing and lives in Philadelphia, this shirt was only ever going to him. As for the flannel: It’s one of the nicest pieces I’ve found this year. Jason recently upgraded from a quarterly to annual subscription, and I’m glad to send it his way. Continue reading

Zach’s Box: Nylon Bomber, Selvage Flannel, and more

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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Oliver’s Box: LL Bean Flannel, Crewneck Sweatshirt, and more.

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There’s this odd line of finding something genuinely related to a subscriber’s life versus inventing a relationship that may not exist. I know that Oliver lives in New Jersey, for example, but I have no idea whether he’s actually been to Jersey City, where he’d find the restaurant advertised on this crewneck sweatshirt. It’s a stretch, perhaps. Then again, he did say he could use a new grey crewneck sweatshirt. I think I did better with the hat. Continue reading

Steven’s Box: Vintage Black Levi’s 501s, a Flannel, and More.

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Steven mentioned that he’s into punk and classic rock, but he’s also not a teenager. So we shipped him some classics that we hope fit the aesthetic. Unfortunately, the jeans didn’t work out! The tape mentioned in the letter, if you’re curious, is Hot Rocks, a Rolling Stones compilation. And that magazine under it all is from the fifties. It contains the lyrics to dozens of popular-at-the-moment country songs. Continue reading