Vintage Miscellany – January 15, 2017

Last weekend it was winter here in the South, with snow, frigid temperatures and all that.  Now we are back to that seasonless limbo in which we are forecast to have a week of 60* F plus temperatures.  If you have snow, enjoy it.

 

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9 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – January 15, 2017

  1. The Tweeter in chief -gotta love it! Actually I called my few remaining close friends in DC(my hometown) all fmr. fashion execs and the joke is-the racks in all specialty/dept. stores are overflowing! Seems it is the worst year in sales for gowns for inaugural ever! Nothing more to add without getting “political”-ancient social “rule” for Washingtonians-we never discuss politics at dinner and/or at social gatherings! !!!

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  2. Ruth

    Don’t know about enjoying snow–we have about 9 inches now and miserable cold, with some wind to spice it up. I like winter, but this is too uncomfortable for me. Try not to go out very often and just sit in the house with the dogs and cat to keep warm. I really think about hibernating in this kind of weather, if I just didn’t have to cook and do laundry!

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    • You need to train the dogs and cat to do the chores!

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      • Ruth

        Makes me think of the old joke “Soap and Two Waters”. A guy is hiking in the woods and comes across and old miner’s cabin. He sits down for a visit and the miner invites him for a meal. He notices how clean the dishes and the miner says, “The best wash that soap and two waters can give them.”. After the meal he offers to do the dishes and the miner says “No need–here Soap, here Two Waters.” and two old hound dogs run up and start to lick the dishes. Ba-dump-dum…I didn’t say it was a good joke! And the cat can’t be bothered to do anything.

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  3. That Bangladesh story is just so depressing. I guess I should not be surprised that even after that horrible factory collapse and the scrutiny that occurred afterward, nothing has really changed.

    Though it’s probably more fitting for Kim Kardashian to wear a sweatshirt with a big dollar sign on it, I can’t get too worked up about her wearing the hammer and sickle. That symbol represents workers and peasants in alliance. I think unchecked capitalism has let to atrocities and is a terrible system; I hate it. But I don’t think people should not be allowed to wear giant dollar signs as symbols if they wish. (This article would probably never even have been written had a Kardashian not worn the sweatshirt.)

    I’m also going to be somewhat contrarian about the Bean boots. The woman didn’t just donate money to Trump, she broke campaign finance laws donating way over the maximum amount. I just find the whole “liberals, you must support LL Bean” tone of that article bizarre. (Also this: “Plus, are liberals really going to cede the L.L. Bean aesthetic to conservatives? As it stands, flannel and chunky boots are one of the few style choices that unite Americans from both sides of the aisle.” Um, those boots are not cheap when new, and I’m betting not many working class people can afford a pair new. Maybe rich Democrats and rich Republicans both can afford them. Red Wing and Wolverine are more likely to be worn by actual workers. Bean boots became popular after appearing in The Preppie Handbook.) I agree that it’s dumb to let Trump tell us what to and not to buy, and that it’s likely impossible to find a company that doesn’t have a Trump supporter at it somewhere. But I think that Americans have the ability make up their own minds without being exhorted be “good liberals” by shopping. But that’s probably the anti-capitalist in me!

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    • Yes, the article I linked to was a bit guilt-inducing, to say the least. In today’s world there is ALWAYS something to protest, to feel guilty about, to make one feel compelled to take “action.” I’ve gotten much better about weighing the odds myself, and deciding the best course to take. I wouldn’t buy Bean boots anyway (ugly!) but they do make a damn fine tote in the USA.

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  4. Regarding chemicals, using natural dies doesn’t help that much, because you still need to get the proper chemical properties–pH and the like–to get the dye to bond with the fiber. The big issue is whether the manufacturer uses proper techniques and equipment to protect workers.

    Here are some of the chemicals for “natural” dyeing of denim, for example:

    http://sourcedenim.com/stories-of-source/chemicals-in-denim

    I’d also guess that companies that do better with MSDS and hazardous materials also produce a better product–mishandling of hazards is mostly a cost cutting effort, and that mindset isn’t going to be terribly good for quality. Which is a big reason why it’s idiotic to boycott L.L. Bean from a human standpoint–you’d just be pushing business to companies that are a little less careful about these things.

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