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Ive always been interested in ww2,in partiuclar WW2 US army and the 30s and 40s in general.I also went thru a Reggae,Ska and Soul period as a teenager and kinda backtracked to vintage workwear via Skinhead and Mod style.

I found this website via the Mister Freedom site
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I think I started thinking about what I was wearing after a Stranglers gig at the Apollo Manchester in 1977, I was 14 and wearing the usual parka/jeans/adidas samba combo that was the standard uniform of my generation. I found myself surrounded by the Manchester Punk scene. Kids wearing all sorts of gear, looking cool.

Within a week I looked as weird as school would allow. In fact an experiment with a bottle of bleach on my hair got me suspended til it grew out.

Flirted with "Casual" fashion around 80-81. Lacoste, Fila etc, plus a shitty attitude. I stopped going to the football just to fight when I went to Uni.

I remember reading an article about big E Levi's and Selvage in The Guardian around 1984 and spent the next few years  hunting through Affleck's Palace in Manchester for the odd treasure find of Big E. however, Morrissey and Johnny Marr seemed to have an arrangement that all the best stuff was reserved for them.

Continued flirting with shit clothes. I remember thinking anything Italian rocked. There were these jeans called "Ball" which were a baggy shape and cost serious money.

1996 Bought first pair of Japanese jeans, Edwin, from Richard Creme in Manchester. I had actually gone in to get a pair of Evisu. He explained how Evisu Europe had gone shit, showing me the difference between the last MIJ pair he had (not my size) and the Italian pair over the road at Aspecto.

1997 For Christmas, my girlfriend got me a pair of Japanese Silverstone Groundalls R501XX from Richard. The co. and the shop now gone. Don't know what happened to Richard, he was a big deal in the fashion scene, not least because he was about 8 ft tall.

1999 Bought first pair of LVC 1873 1st Blue Jean from Geese, Manchester

2001 - 2004 Bought tons of LVC from TK Maxx, which inexplicably was selling Valencia St. made stuff for £19.99.

The internet came along, I discovered aeroleather and Lee Japan.

2004 Started buying stuff on ebay, selling it when I got bored or wanted something else.

2009 Discovered Superdenim on Sufu and started learning about other denim brands from Japan.


2011 Got banned from Sufu as redchris, joined again as rusholmeruffian, got banned again.

I was directed here x Ben aka crashtestbrummie. Top lad.

I have spent and wasted a fortune on clothes. I have learned the following :


Disregard branding

Buy the very best you can afford in quality . Do not compromise, you will regret it.

From having almost 20 pairs of jeans at times I am down to 3 : Okinawa, Kato and a pair of Vanishing West. I do not plan to add to this.
The rest of my wardrobe is a mix of Freewheelers and MF.
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Interesting stuff Chris. If that MF peacoat does not work out for you, let me know.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote illumin8em Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2013 at 6:44am
Originally posted by nick nick wrote:

If that MF peacoat does not work out for you, let me know.


I have no idea if that was sincere, but I laughed out loud, so thanks for a wonderful start to my morning
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote nick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2013 at 7:17am
You know, I was actually being sincere! I am annoyed that they sold out of XLs but agreed to give me 30% off despite being in the UK. The L is probably too small.
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Originally posted by illumin8em illumin8em wrote:

I am curious what everyone's path making it here was? Not so much "here" as in Denimbro (as most of us are mutineers) but more this place of similar interests. What's your story?

After talking with the venerable and generous Dr. H, I am again reminded of how much less I know from the already small amount I thought I knew. Which got me thinking, "why does he know so much, and been in the know for so long?"


I have waited a while now, but after an introduction like that, I thought the time had come for me to give my story. So put the kettle on, or grab a bottle of your favourite tipple. Are you comfortable?   Then I'll begin ... and I'll try and keep it short!

I grew up in (what used to be) a small town, close to (what was then) plenty of countryside. As far back as I can remember, I was always interested in 'old things' -whether it be vehicles, tractors, planes, buildings, drawings/paintings, suitcases, cameras, toys.. etc, etc. I really wasn't interested so much in how it worked, more how it came to be - through design - so how it looked. The Form rather than the function.
Also most of the adults around me growing up were born before the second world war, so that's what they all used as reference to anything about a hard life. So old militaria became a focal point for many years. Even as a small child growing up in the (fairly bleak it seemed) 1970's, I spent too much time rummaging through old barns, sheds, garages, old shops, attics ..etc - Looking at old motorcycles, Landrovers, tools, photos, lamps, pictures, vinyl, toys, clothes, general bric-a-brac - for no particular reason that I could fathom out. Probably because there was fuck all else to do. I just wasn't into 'New'.
It was like I was born too late.



My first foray into clothing, like so many here, came through music. I started getting into music when I was 10 (1978), listening to everything from Bowie to The Jackson's, The Jam to Iron maiden.
Music and fashion during the late 70's/early 80's were fickle things back then (or was it just fickle youth?), allowing you to transcend from one thing to another fairly easily, often keeping the aspects you liked from one niche, and amalgamating them with something else. A sort of clothing customisation of music based cultures?  
There was also quite a bit of fifties nostalgia floating about at the time, helped by films like 'Grease'.

Later the growing Ska and Mod trends helped hone my fashion likes down to the one essential item - Levi's jeans. Although not sure what model (they always had a zipper), but as long as they were drain-pipe in silhouette! - and worn with a black leather (Pvc), Harrington, Ma-1 or Donkey jacket.

But it wasn't until the mid eighties that the Levi's '501' (with the old fashioned button fly) came into the general publics' conscience here in the UK , with those Launderette/Bath adverts.
1985 I think it was?
Stonewash/bleached jeans were in at the time. The trouble was, that the NEW 501 jeans available to buy on the high street, in places like Jean-jeanie, didn't look like the ones worn by some Rock and pop stars.  Why were their fades so awesome? Why did theirs have that white line on the turn-ups? And more importantly, where could I get a pair from?

I'd been going up to 'Town' (London) clubbing on the weekends since 1984, and during the day discovered the delights of Kensington Market and the Kings road, both Vintage Mecca's back then, and so i bought a couple of pairs of second-hand 501's - 'with the redlines in the selvedge', along with my first proper leather jacket. This would've been 1987.

Walking into a shop in Camden soon after, a lady there stopped me, telling me that the 501's I bought were old (stuff about big E tabs, yellow stitching and hidden rivets?) - so from then on, I looked for the slightly older ones.

Then I saw by chance, the BBC's "Design Classics - The 501 jean" (1988?). This was the first historical Levis- based documentation l'd seen (and my first glimpse at the infamous 'Calico mine' 501's). This galvanised my obsession/passion for this one particular item.

By 1990 l got to know one or two sellers/dealers, and whilst I was a student at Art college, through my growing obsession with Levi's, I also became a 'thrifter' for one particular chap. He had a shop in The Garage, in the King's Rd and did weekend stalls in Portabello road and at the Electric ballroom in Camden. He introduced me to Boon magazine.
He helped me to gain a lot of knowledge/insight into different garments/labels, and helped in dating the important and valuable items to look out for. 
So at the beginning of each term, I spent my grant money on clothing, travelling to the Cities and raiding their rails in order to rush back and make a profit, returning said grant money back to the bank with interest. One unsuspecting warehouse locally would allow me special access to bales of clothing fresh from the States. This p/t vocation allowed me to build a vintage denim collection at the time.
I was in vintage heaven.

By 1994, things had dried up thrifting-wise, as every second-hand seller was a vintage know-it-all, and prices were beyond silly.
There were some early Japanese levis repros being imported at the time but they always lacked accuracy imo.
In 1998, after a long conversation with the owner/manager of Flip in Glasgow, whilst pondering over a pair of Lvc 201xx's he had displayed there, l discovered 'Levis Vintage clothing' (both at Cinch and Regents St. Flagship store) around 1999, and considering a dead-stock pair of 501's from the 1960's were fetching £800 upward, it seemed a no brainer to buy Repro (as it was later known).
Plus, it was nigh on impossible to find the older pairs in my size! 


I loved the Lvc line and was hooked!

In 2003, I bought Paul T's book, got my first computer and discovered the internet, so buying real vintage, especially direct from around the world via ebay seemed like childs play.
Cinch and Aeroleather became my shops of choice until the beginning of the slow demise of LVC around 2005/2006 (Since then I probably bought five pieces of seasonal Lvc items)
In 2007/8 discovered Sufu. I couldn't believe it, after all these years there were other people interstested in old Levis. It was a denim/vintage forum(?)
I thought there was only me who was into this vintage denim thing. Now l knew l wasn't alone.
After a year's lurking on sufu l realised the author of said book was a poster there! So joined up, met Paul.T, Erk, Fardin, Airfrog and Electrum and then Roy6.   Dropped Sufu after a few years when it became all 'new fangled' (2011?)  and was invited by Mark to be a sort of mod on DB, so here I am!



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Just been reading back through this thread. A great read. Well done for bumping it Bob. Certainly needs some new stories added.
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Definitely a great read. I'll take a stab at adding my humble story.

Just as so many others have stated, I also have an appreciation for older items. I grew up going to antique shops in Vermont every summer with my uncle (and Vermont itself is quite an old school place itself) and was introduced to many older TV shows and film's by my dad and loved the overall time period and aesthetic of those films and shows. Old Western films and The Andy Griffith Show were where I really started to notice that I enjoyed a more vintage aesthetic, but I figured that dressing like a cowboy or a sheriff was too costume-y so I never gave it too much serious thought.

My love of the past continued in high school and college. I fell in love with history my freshman year of high school and ended up majoring in the subject in college. Meanwhile, I had started to put a lot more effort into my appearance around my junior year of high school.

Of course, at this point I tried to dress better by simply wearing better fitting jeans, adding some chinos, and vans they weren't torn to shreds. This morphed into my skinny jeans phase due to the fact that I was in a pop punk band for several years.

Once that ended, I tried to up my style game again... By wearing dress shoes and sports coats with my jeans and buying some Clark's desert boots. I somehow stumbled across Naked and Famous jeans while searching for typical young male fashion-forward advice while on styleforum and thought they looked pretty cool. I ought a couple pairs and really quite liked them for their unique fabrics and at that point, I didn't even want them to fade. I just thought of them as luxury jeans that were far more simple and stylish than the crap from lucky and true religion.

What really put me over the edge, however, was leather jackets. Being such a fan of old Western films, I loved the cool old jackets they wore. They were rarely leather, but I took notice when they were. My favorite single Western character of all time is Charlie Prince as portrayed by Been Foster in 310 to Yuma. That jacket and hat he wore never left my mind. I bought a hat very similar to the one in the film (which I still own), but never had the balls to buy his double breasted white leather jacket with cost tails (thank God for that).

Through my research of the hat and leather jackets, I found the fedora lounge and this was my true gateway to where I am today. I learned about different leather and makers and fell in love with leather jackets, engineer boots, and the idea of craftsmanship itself. My discoveries of better boots, hats, and jackets lead me to look for better jeans than my naked and famous which lead to me to searching around sufu and the iron heart forum.

Denim has never been the main part of this passion and it still is not. I have far more pairs of chinos, trousers, and duck pants than denim and I think that's why I spend more time here than on sufu. This place is more concentrated on overall aesthetic (at least in my view) than sick fadez compared to other forums. I'm still quite young, however at 25 so I can't say I know where exactly the future will take me.

My Website: https://almostvintagestyle.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/almostvintagestyle
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Nice story Jake, thanks.
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