Steampunk Jewelry by Tangled Metal

Do I really need to say much here? I can’t even remember how I ran across this awesome Etsy shop, but I am certainly glad I did. How cool is this? If you’ve seen my blog for the last few months you know how much I love the individual artisans, and I love to support them! I think by now we are fairly familiar with the concept of “steampunk,” right? That is, a sub-genre of science fiction that involves 19th century or wild western steam-powered machinery. This historical fascination seems to kind of have a cult following, translating into clothing, conventions, movies…you name it, and I have no idea if it’s just popped up within the last few years or if it’s been an ongoing trend way before I became aware of it! Either way, I personally adore old fashion advertisements of all the crazy whimsical innovations that were cranked out in rapid succession (often without much thought towards them it seems) in order to fix all of the banes of everyday living. I find it both fascinating and comical and as someone in the print/design industry, I can’t help myself.

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Vintage Levis by RE/DUN

Vintage Levis by Re/Dun

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Vintage Levis by Re/Dun

Even though I haven’t quite understood the appeal yet, vintage jeans are a huge conversation topic amongst denim fans everywhere. I never have taken the time to dig through flea markets and secondhand stores for jeans (although I have scored a few good finds on eBay), but I (like most) do understand the desire for that perfect, broken-in weekend jean. I’m just not quite sure I’d want a jean that someone else broke in…I’m more of an AG Jeans AG-Ed type of gal. However, the market and desire for vintage jeans is undeniably huge, and one duo found a smart way to tap into it, with great success.

RE/DUN launched on July 28 and is the work of Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur, who are both fashion entrepreneurs and big denim fans. In an interview with Fashionista.com, Mazur states “I’ve collected vintage Levi’s my entire life, since I first discovered them in my late teens. I love the washes on them, but I never really liked the way they fit because they were just wide-legged, non-flattering and high-waisted old jeans from the ’50s and ’60s. At a certain point I discovered these special denim tailors that you could take them to, and basically they’ll fit them to your body and make them fit like modern jeans.” Inspired by the originality and unique personalities of vintage jeans, Mazur and Barron started up RE/DUN with 50 pairs of jeans they hand-picked and had tailored from the bottom up: each jean was deconstructed by the seams and resewn into either a straight skinny or relaxed straight jean, which are the two styles available on their website. Each pair is priced in the $200 range and apparently, all sold out in the first 50 hours! There are several styles currently available but many are still sold out…this is solid proof that there was a definite niche waiting to be filled, and these guys knew it.

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The Current/Elliott Loved & Found Vintage Shop

The Current/Elliott Loved & Found Vintage Shop

The Current/Elliott Loved & Found Shop – Patch & Repair Jeans

The Current/Elliott Loved & Found Vintage Shop

Los Angeles brand Current/Elliott has long been a premium, highly-sought-after denim presence that has stood the test of time through economic downfalls and numerous trend changes. Actually, in many cases, they’ve managed to set trends or bravely release their own styles which flew off the racks due to their amazing reputation in the world of denim (remember my posts about their famous leopard jeans (here and here)? The brand is now taking it a step further, taking their eyes off of their denim collections a little bit and introducing a new shop, called Loved & Found. Launched in late May, this shop features several one-of-a-kind items from Current/Elliott’s archive, along with a wide collection of random but awesome vintage collectibles that were found in flea markets and antique stores around the country. Expect to find home decor, jewelry, old toys, and several repurposed vintage Current/Elliott styles that were repaired by CEO and creative director Serge Azria.

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Prohibition Era Fashion and Theatrics in San Francisco

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Prohibition Era Fashion and Theatrics in San Francisco

When one thinks “fashion,” initial thoughts may be visions of anything from outrageously whimsical conceptual designs gliding down a catwalk (especially since Fashion Weeks around the globe are currently wrapping up) to the latest on what the sixteen-year-old next door was most recently spotted gallivanting around in from Abercrombie & Fitch…but regardless of what fashion means to an individual, almost all designs and ideas came from a vintage style somewhere, at some time in our colorful past. Vintage garb certainly has a place in today’s style world, with multiple antique stores or vintage shops popping up like daisies and gracing their store windows and the streets they reside on with beautiful, intricate apparel and accessories from the past that might make one think, “They don’t make them like they used to…”

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