Then to Now- Ebay Vintage College Apparel

We all know that fashion is continuously changing.  Styles go out, new styles come in, old styles come back again etc.  We thought it would be interesting to take a look at some vintage college swag compared to what we see today. Remember all of these pieces you can find on ebay!

 

First we have a Purdue University vintage men’s satin jacket from the 1980′s.

 

This is a Swingster, gold and black satin jacket that snaps up the front.  While this particular jacket is from the 80′s this style is classic and is still being used by many college apparel designers.

 

 

 

In contrast, we have a modern day Purdue University pullover jacket.

 

Besides the obvious style difference you can also see the color scheme has been changed slightly.  The gold used in this jacket is nowhere near as vibrant as the gold used in the 1980′s jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is Iowa State.  Also from the 80′s is this Iowa State snap button jacket.

This is a back view of the jacket so the Iowa State is shown.  While a similar style to the vintage Purdue jacket, the coloring is really what screams vintage.

 

 

 

 

Nowadays an Iowa State jacket looks a lot more like this Element full zip jacket.

 

 

Here again you can see the color change that has happened over the years.  Both the “red” and the “gold” colors are very different shades now.  Keep in mind wear and tear on the 1980′s jacket but there is still quite a difference.

 

 

 

 

Last we have a Kent State Flock Print athletic sweatshirt from the 1960′s!

 

Besides being a little worn (which makes it so comfy) this Kent State sweatshirt is still very in.  We’ve seen a lot of styles lately who have been copying this older, but never dated, look.  The coloring might not be perfect but the shape and the very visible seams makes it fashion forward no matter the decade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally a more modern Kent State piece. This midweight full zip hoody can be find anywhere and for any school.

 

 

This hoody really is everywhere.  Something about its simple design and quality material makes it the perfect sweater to go to a game in or to hit the books in the library.  There is quite a style difference between this hoody and the sweater from the 60′s, but  I have to say I would wear both of them.

 

 

 

 

Which do you prefer?  Today’s gear or the vintage collection?

Also don’t forget, everything on this post can still be found on ebay!

The Making of a Collection

The making of a collection is a big deal. Being on the factory floor and seeing a garment crafted before your eyes is an eye-opening experience, and one I wish more people would pay attention to. In a world where so much can be automated and done by a machine, the sewing of a garment – particularly one with as much detail as Burberry – is a sight to behold.

This video on the making for Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2012 women’s line reminded me so much of the first time I walked on one of our factory floors and saw a School House cardigan sewn in front of my eyes. From initial sketch to completion, I hope we never forget that clothes are made and manufactured by people and by hand. Sometimes that kind of craftsmanship can lead to a bit of sticker shock (I myself don’t even own a piece of Burberry), but anything made with craft, care and artistry always will be more expensive than their assembly line, fast fashion counterparts. To me, the investment in items I know will last are worth it in moderation and I think this video displays exactly why that’s true.


Happy Monday & Happy New Year!

New Year, New School House

Ok, we’re reeling a bit from an amazing day yesterday. After our CEO and COO unveiled our 2012 collection to Barnes & Noble College (and received rave reviews!), we’re so excited to share our Fall line with you over the next couple of weeks.

The inspiration for this collection spurred out of many amazing conversations and months of soul searching. But in the end, we decided to let our mantra, American Collegiate Craftsmanship, lead the way. Our amazing designer, Emily, alongside Rachel and Susan put together a set of trend boards and hand-crafted designs (literally, she sketches amazing things for us just in her free time!) that are so truly special. Today, I just have to share a snippet of what we’re talking about, so without ado, here’s our inspiration – enjoy!

When I first met Charles Carroll, I could hardly believe there were still people making sweaters in the United States.  Like most young people in my generation, the labels in my closet are like sashes in a Miss Universe pageant: Mexico, China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Jordan.  Charles, however, has spent the past forty years making clothing in America, and, as I soon discovered, had more than a thing or two to teach us about making garments the old fashioned way.

School House’s fall 2012 collection features the very best collegiate fashion our team has created with our local factory partners.  What started as an effort to bring our t-shirt and hoodie line from Sri Lanka to the United States, evolved into a soul-searching opportunity to elevate our entire brand.  Our mantra—American Collegiate Craftsmanship—speaks to the journey we’ve been on and the products we believe in.

Here, you’ll find oxford shirts crafted in a historic factory in Garland, North Carolina, updated for the college girl of 2012, as well as covetable, cozy knits made by a worker-owned sewing cooperative in the Appalachains.  We even branched into accessories this season, bringing American made school spirit tights and a chunky, irresistable infinity scarf to the line.  Our favorite pieces, however, are Charles’ sweaters—the perfect pairing of our team’s trademark collegiate fashion sense with his old school approach to quality and construction.  The result?  A collection that’s both youthful and classic, modern and vintage, rooted in the legacy of American manufacturing but inspired by 21stcentury fashion.  We hope you love it.

Thank you, as always, for shopping School House!

xoxo

Rachel