After showing off those riding pants earlier in the week, I thought I ought to show how the garment looked on a woman in the 1930s. Now that is a sharp look!
And now for the news…
* One of the problems that US makers have found in their quest to be more sustainable is that very little organic cotton is grown in the country. Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin and designer Billy Reid solved the problem by planting their own field. And more about the project.
* Yesterday I mentioned how many women first wore pants in their work during WWI. Today, there is a new generation of women’s workwear that gives a nod to the past. Thanks to Megan T for the link.
* Converse (owned by Nike) is suing to protect the design of the Chuck Taylor All Star. Good luck to them, but I can’t see them winning.
* In the Good News/Bad News department, the wonderful Worn Fashion Journal is calling it quits after ten years. The good news is that I was interviewed about vintage gymsuits for the final issue. You can pre-order the last issue and there are some remaining former issues for sale.
* If you are to be in Madrid before January 18, 2015, be sure to take in the Givenchy retrospective at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum. There is a bit of an interview with him at The Guardian.
* If you’ve been thinking that buying goods from a country like Italy means that they were made under safe and fair working conditions, think again.
* Jen at Pintucks gives us a great look at the history of Jonathan Logan.
* I know there are several former and present academics who read The Vintage Traveler, so this one is for you. First the question was asked of why academics dress so badly. Then a female academic responded with the problems female academics face in dressing for their profession.
* The next clothing auction from Karen Augusta is coming up at noon, Wednesday November 12th, at the Landmark on the Park at 160 Central Park West at the corner of 76th Street. It sounds like a great sale, and I’ll be watching to see how this early Pendleton coat goes, as I have its sister in red, and the Met has one in black.
* Why older women should become the new selfie generation. I’m trying.