It’s August, and that means that here in the southern mountains there are three more good months of decent outside weather. So why was it that when we went in search of a certain piece of outdoor furniture the stores had little to no selection. In one large chain store the garden center had already been converted into a Halloween and Thanksgiving shop! I could not find a hammock, but there was a great selection of orange and black junk.
Actually, I did finally find my hammock, stuck back in a corner at KMart, and it was one half off. But surely I’m not the only person who sees what is wrong with this picture.
And now for the news…
* A clothing company in Japan is making jeans made from denim that has been “naturally distressed” by lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!
* World War One is now one hundred years ago, and to commemorate the start of the war, several museums have exhibitions on women’s clothing during the Great War. Kent State University Museum American Textile History Museum Fashion Museum of Bath
* And a little taste of WW1 fashion comes to us from Jonathan Walford’s blog.
* And here’s a great story about a WWI kilt. thanks to Christina
* If you are in New York City this week, find your way to the Alexander Gray Gallery on West 26th Street to see Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet, through August 12.
* The voting does not start for a few weeks, but there is already speculation on how an independent Scotland would affect the textile industry there.
* A similar process is happening at the Afton Historical Museum of Afton, Minnesota. Amazing where you might find important clothing collections!
* Robin Givhan asks the very important question, “Why hasn’t Project Runway produced the next great fashion designer?”
* And finally, I’m simply amazed sometimes at how many documents from the past have been saved in the oddest places.