2016/12/05

HOLUBAR - PIONEERS OF AMERICAN OUTDOOR CLOTHING

The Movie

Alice & Roy Holubar
Vintage ad from the 70's












 We all know the movie The Deerhunter with Robert de Niro in his iconic Orange Mountain Jacket, but a few know that this jacket is a Holubar Jacket.

Holubar began informally in 1946 in the basement of Alice and Roy Holubar’s house in Boulder, Colorado, when they decided to buy World War II mountaineering equipment from an army surplus warehouse to supply the many outdoor enthusiasts in the area. Soon after, they started to sew down-filled sleeping bags and then also parkas and backpacks. When an important order came from the Arctic Institute of North America a year later, they bought a business license and started formal operations. To make a long story short in 1981 North Face took over the company and a iconic American brand disappeared. In 2008/9 there was this Italian clothing company Fritz SRL seeking to bring back the heritage of a great American outdoor brand. Based in Northern Italy in the city of Pordenone. This Fall/Winter 2016 collection is their fifth season ready to make you The Urban Deer Hunter.

2016/12/02

HOLIDAYS ARE COMING - DOUBLE RL

RRL West Broadway NYC

RRL West Broadway NYC

RRL West Broadway NYC

RRL West Broadway NYC

RRL West Broadway NYC

RRL Tokyo Japan

RRL Tokyo Japan

Crazy Horse Window Directive - Cover

Crazy Horse Window Directive - Concept

Crazy Horse Window Directive - Concept
The Holiday season is coming and it's time to prep your store for the most wonderful time of the year.
During some surfing on the net I came across above example of the Holiday windows of Double RL and how they prepare them. The Double RL holiday 2014 window concepts were inspired by the Wild West of the late 1800s.  These windows portray an emerging boomtown during the expansion of the American frontier.  

The concept starts with a directive that is distributed to all RRL stores worldwide. Each regional store implements these concepts according to their individualized spaces, budgets and climates.
(pics via Kyo Yamanaka Noble)
Let these pics inspire you to make your store look like a million.
Happy Holidays!!!

2016/11/28

THE INDIAN TRADE BLANKET













Let’s begin at the beginning – what is an Indian trade blanket? Indian trade blankets are commercially woven wool blankets with striking geometric patterns. Trade blankets have long been an integral part of Native American culture. They’re used for clothing, bedding, warmth, ceremonial dances and gifts for important occasions.
The original Indian trade blankets were the multi-striped point blankets imported by the Hudson’s Bay Company from English woolen mills. From 1780 to 1890 the point blanket was a staple in every fur trader’s inventory and thousands upon thousands found their way into indigenous hands.
However, another weaving tradition began in the 18th century. The Navajo tribe of the American Southwest wove sheep’s wool into classic wearing blankets that became coveted trade items.

When the Indian Wars ended in 1890 the reservation system began. With all the tribes now wards of the United States government, federally licensed Indian trading posts were established. The Indian traders promptly invented a new textile – the Navajo rug. It was a much heavier textile than the traditional Navajo wearing blanket and designed specifically for the floors of non-Indian homes. The designs were based on the Oriental rugs popular in the eastern United States. From that time forward the Navajo ceased making wearing blankets and wove only rugs for sale through the white traders.

With the Navajos now exclusively weaving rugs, commercial woolen mill operators saw an opportunity to sell their machine-made blankets to the Indians and the result was Indians selling rugs to whites and whites selling Indian blankets to Native Americans – a practice that continues to this day. For over a hundred and ten years Indian blankets have been made for Indians, not by them!

Indian trade blankets are often referred to generically as Pendleton blankets. While Pendleton is the only pioneer Indian blanket manufacturer still in existence, there were many companies that made Indian blankets.

 If you want to know more about these beautiful blankets Barry Friedman (who wrote the above mentioned text) published 2 great books about these wool blankets called Chasing Rainbows and Still Chasing Rainbows another great book is called Language of the Robe written by Kapoun & Lohrmann.

2016/11/27

IT'S A WRAP










Grey skies, changing leaves and descending temperatures are often not things you look forward to as. But there is a bright side, and that bright side is the scarf or shawl. For such a simple item, it can have a real transformative effect on your outfit  - and your warmth.

Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates to English as "sweat cloth", and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. 
Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers or the rank of Chinese warriors.
In later times, scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century. The only difference in the soldiers' scarves that designated a difference in rank was that the officers had silk scarves whilst the other ranks were issued with cotton scarves. Some of the Croatian soldiers served as mercenaries with the French forces. The men's scarves were sometimes referred to as "cravats" (from the French cravate, meaning "Croat"), and were the precursor of the necktie.

2016/11/24

REFRIGIWEAR - FROM THE WAREHOUSES TO THE STREETS









Original Parka

Hickory Jacket

High Blunt Jacket

Giant Jacket

Luxury Sheer Jacket

The story of Refrigiwear begins in 1954, year of its foundation in industrial contexts of the Meatpacking District of New York. In those years, the working-class neighborhood just steps from the Financial District was known for its many packing centers within large cold storage environments in which working conditions are shown to be particularly uncomfortable because of the very low temperatures.
In addition to the brand’s original market, RefrigiWear had become popular with campers, hunters and sportsmen. It was used in the “Dustin Trans-Polar Flight” around the world in commemoration of Rear Admiral Richard Byrd. After extensive testing, the RefrigiWear 50Suit was selected as standard basic clothing requirement. RefrigiWear was also used in the Yukon Quest, the annual 1600Km Canadian-Alaskan dogsled trek. Nowadays you still can find the Refrigiwear collection in those cold storages as workwear, but the Italians made a very fashionable brand of it for everyday use as you can see in the pics above. I personally love the Luxury Sheer Jacket.