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Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

OK. I’ll jump in. Let me preface this by stating that I’m English & came to the US in my early 20s.


Carl, shouldn’t ‘my’ be replaced with ‘the’?
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Isn't it time you gave us your story, or stories?   

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Which arrival Doc?
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Originally posted by Duke Duke wrote:

Which arrival Doc?



Lol. The first of course!

This forum has a bit of Hotel California about it, you know. The bit about not leaving   


Failing that, you could start a "How did you get back here?" thread.


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Born at the tail-end of the post-war baby boom - 1950, so my teens played out in the 60s.

Got scared shitless riding pillion on a motor bike at 100mph (no helmets in those days), so I decided to run with the Mod crowd. A much more sedate pace of life!


As a typical working class Mod kid, I had three interests - clothes, music, and chicks - in any order you like. We didn't "go drinking" like most kids in town did - we had more specific drugs than alcohol.


Levi 501s (as an item you could actually buy new rather than thrifting) first appeared in the UK in 1965. Initially, we had to travel to Sheffield to get them, as no shop in Leeds was stocking them.


That soon changed though - by '66, Levi, Lee Riders, Dickies, Wranglers and such were all available through small specialist "men's outfitters" stores. Big fashion chains simply didn't exist back then.


Alongside the denim jeans and jackets - MTM mohair suits from Burtons, shirts from Cue at Austin Reed, Regimental ties, Army surplus A2 flying jackets (20 quid by mail-order!), Full length leather coats (mine was red), Trickers shoes, riding boots, leather driving gloves.


Stayed with that scene from 15 years old till I was 21. By then, the clubs we frequented were getting closed down, and folks were just getting older and more sensible.

Despite what younger folks would have you believe, the Mods had gone completely by the early 70's.

Denimwise, the later 70's were a time best forgotten. All the manufacturers, including Levis, decided that they were "Fashion" creators, and basically completely fucked up all their retail offerings. And the big stores had got hold of denim, pushing out all the old specialist shops.

Going into a store and asking for 501s or Riders? - you may as well have been asking for a piece of moonrock......

However, if you knew were to look (the US and Canada), they could be obtained.

Which is what I did.

Eventually, Levi and the others realised that tradition, rather than the latest flared or baggy fad, was a better way to sell jeans, and I didn't have to search so hard.

An the more modern stuff, you guys know all about.

So, in short, I started buying American workwear in 1965, and I've done so ever since
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Originally posted by Dr_Heech Dr_Heech wrote:

Originally posted by Duke Duke wrote:

Which arrival Doc?



Lol. The first of course!

This forum has a bit of Hotel California about it, you know. The bit about not leaving   


Failing that, you could start a "How did you get back here?" thread.




Ok Doc - your bullying has worked - I’ll compose a tale ...
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^l've learned from the best of them.
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Great story @denimsince65. If anyone epitomizes the Hotel California effect, you are the Major (off)fender

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Originally posted by Dr_Heech Dr_Heech wrote:

Great story @denimsince65. If anyone epitomizes the Hotel California effect, you are the Major (off)fender



Major major offender indeed
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