There’s a lot to love about this trio from the mid 1930s. I think tops on my list is the nautical themed beach tote. I have one that is almost identical. The inside is rubberized. But I’m also admiring the beach sandals, which look to be made of some sort of braided or woven straw. I’m imagining that the flowered beach coat is in shades of red and blue.
But the best things about this photo are the details – the freshly applied lipstick, the cigarettes, the sunglasses, his hat.
* To paraphrase Hamish Bowles, today’s fashion publications are primarily in the business of seducing the consumer. Surprised?
* What the world needs now is a good $3.80 tee shirt, or so Forever 21 would like you to believe.
* Unmaking Things is a site run by the History of Design students at the V&A in London, and the articles are always interesting. A recent favorite was a piece by Liz Tregenza on Sportaville novelty prints.
* Barbour did not have a tartan, so they developed some. Thanks to Brenna
* The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s collection available for download from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use.
* Meet the weavers of Harris Tweed. Again, my thanks to Brenna
* There is an in depth look at clothing and sustainability on the Collector’s Weekly site. Lisa Hix asks, “Could the clothes on your back halt global warming?” Lots to think about.