Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SPEEDWAY SENDAI rocks Japan with the PAPA t-shirt.

The Papa's dear friends at Speedway Classic American Style Shop Sendai Japan, have put the finishing touches to a series of Monster Papa t-shirts which are now available at their on-line store, John Lofgren of Speedway said today that the reaction was outta control with his website buzzing with hits from all over Japan and around the world. (Got to talk it up Folks!)Vintage clothing fanatics, Surfers and Monster art fans love the Papa and the Papa would like very much to take this time to thank all his friends up in Sakurasville for their enthusiasm.
Follow this link to Speedways fantastic website and see the incredible array of stuff they have to ship internationally.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Florida Bound on the Angeline.

Another shot dug up by the Photohound, man that guy is the best hack I know, everything he turns up for the Papa is pure gold. This little treasure from Marathon Florida makes you want to board the Angeline for a day of game fishing. If the Captain and the first mate looked this cool on any contemporary boat Id be on board in a heart beat; a far cry from the Skipper and Gilligan.

Waikiki By Bus

Courtesy of Papa's buddy the Photohound comes this great shot of a Wakiki bound bus being boarded by various military personnel.

Tyler Warren Surfing Sartorialist

So the Papa purchased a pair of Yellowrats surf trunks the other day from the Thalia Street Surf Shop, they were on sale and hey a fraction of the cost of those trashy shorts produced in China by the likes of QUIKRIPABONG, you know the ones, homogenised fashion rubbish, anyway I came across this photo of Tyler Warren on the Yellow Rats blog and thought to myself this is one for Scott Schuman's blog the Sartorialist. The Papa was impressed indeed, this photo captures the irreverence of surfings past while still having a definate contemporary edge.It's vintage, its cool and its very California. There's a lot of Jan Michael Vincent in this shot wouldn't you agree?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ernest Hemingway Rugged Style Icon

One of the great influences to the Papa's life is Ernest Hemingway. Papa's moniker and the real PAPA incidentally is entirely unrelated but that's another story.
Many years ago I discovered Ernest Hemingway as the ultimate rugged style icon. It was something about the way he wore his personal style that attracted me. It was something that transcended the normal parameters of sartorialism, something that was the man and not just a facade of cloth. Let's face it the Papa was never a dandy but he still wore his personality through a choice of style. The more I read about him the more I managed to penetrate his world. I studied every photo I could find of him and this lead me to develop a great visual understanding of what I would later term the 'vintage woodsman style'. As a vintage collector this fascination sparked an intense interest in purchasing 1930's and 1940's outdoorwear. Woollen garments from Duluth, canvas coats from upstate New York, deerskin jackets from Berlin Wisconsin and boots from Washington state. For years this was something that I adopted as my own personal style way before it became a fashion feature in Japan's Free&Easy magazine, this was how I traversed the urban forests of my hometown city. Today Im still taken by Pendleton blanket patterns and have just recently ordered a new pair of Wesco Smoke Jumpers but have sold off much of my old collection. There's stuff I'll always keep though, especially my 30's Filson hunting vest and various vintage plaid shirts, my leather trimmed shooting cardigan and a variety of outdoor caps. These will always remain the staple of much of what I enjoy to wear and so in honour of the original PAPA I have posted these photos with attached commentary for your enjoyment.

Ernest wearing trade mark virgin wool outdoorshirt and lined sheepskin vest. Papa Hemingway travelled with an extensive selection of vests and would often layer two and three together.

Papa in Africa working on a manuscript in the cool of the afternoon. He would order all his safari clothing from the original Abercrombie and Fitch in NYC. Many manufacturers would claim that honor but it was A&F.

Upland Bird hunting in Idaho wearing a tweed shooting jacket with bi-swing action back and leather trim.

Papa was a war correspondent embedded before there was a term to describe it. His knowledge of pre-war Europe made him an ideal scout and reconnoiter and during the campaign through the Hurtgenwald forest, Hemingway fought off an infiltration of German troops who threatened the command post. This heroic action was rewarded with an investigation for his breech of the Geneva convention for baring arms.

Papa and Gary Cooper were friends till death. Papa wears his custom deerskin vest. This was a favourite that he wore in Africa and also in Europe during the war where he wore it over his fatigue jacket.

Style icon in Idaho.