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!

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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!

Designer Spotlight: Pippa Small

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I’m loving London-based jeweler Pippa Small‘s oversized, colorful jewelry. After working under Tom Ford at Gucci and Phoebe Philo at Chloe, she has a fantastic design eye for what’s going to work with a dressed down frock, smart denims and a white tee, or even with a more polished jacket-and-skirt ensemble. Smalls’ new online shop means that her designs are now easily available to anyone with an Internet connection, though her jewelry is available at all sorts of boutiques and is featured on net-a-porter too.Turquoise Jellyfish Earrings

And the designer doesn’t just have an eye for style, she works with what is the world’s 1st registered Fairtrade gold mine in Bolivia, and partnered with Afghanistan-based charity Turtle Mountain, which is working to regenerate the country’s traditional arts. She also produced a collection with the Fairtrade company MADE based in Kibera, a slum area in Nairobi. Read more about these various projects here.TM Chrysocola 6 Sun Necklace

“Pippa believes the art of jewelry making can enhance life and help alleviate poverty and protect precious traditions, helping to grow the confidence of crafts people around the world and reverse the tradition of exploitation associated with the gem industry over the centuries. Her jewelry is collected and coveted by many who appreciate the rough organic, hand made feel of the jewelry.”

Carnelian _ Rhodochrosite Double Greek Ring

Check out the original article on Pippa Small here.

Top Trends for Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping got you up the creek without a paddle? No worries, we’re here to guide you! We’ve put together a list of 6 top trends this cold weather season, which provides the perfect jumping off point for your shopping list.

Holiday List

Wedges: http://ow.ly/7KaX7

Bold Color: http://ow.ly/7KaYQ

Holiday Dresses: http://ow.ly/7Kb0u

Trendy Denim: http://ow.ly/7Kb2n

Chunky Sweaters: http://ow.ly/7Kb3M

Casual Booties: http://ow.ly/7Kb6l 

Be sure to make your list – and check it twice!