Monthly Archives: December 2010

Retrospective of An Amazing Year For AMERICANA

We’ve come a long way since we launched AMERICANA Classic Vintage in February of 2010.  We’ve met so many great people who have pushed us forward on this journey & we aim to make 2011 even more exciting year for all of us!

Here are some of our favorite moments with you from 2010:

AMERICANA's Debut @ Live & Jive in February

Our photo shoot with Mårten Kaijser, Emilie Karlberg, Anna H. & Brent Chua

The Peace and Love We Felt @ The Peace & Love Festival

Power Big Meet in July - The Hottest Weekend This Summer for Sweden & AMERICANA

We ♥ Helsinki Vintage!

Bakåt:Framåt - Amazing in Every Way!

A-Z of Classic American Clothing Book Launch in November @ The Korjaamo Shop in Helsinki

The Awesome People @ Tampere Vintage

The Warm Estonian Folks @ Vintage Tallinn in November

Thanks so much to everyone for making AMERICANA’s first year one we’ll never forget!

We’ll see y’all in 2011!

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2010 Year-End Round-Up of AMERICANA

This site has become quite a little community of people from everywhere around the world who are interested in all things uniquely American. We are thrilled to get to know all of you!  We want to thank you for coming that first time & especially for deciding to visit here regularly.

Looking back, we see that y’all had some favorite topics this year.  Here they are for you to read again or for anyone out there who might have missed them the first time around:

5. Americana’s Book

4.  Penny Loafers

3. Red Wing Shoes

2. Bib Overalls

1. Saddle Oxfords a.k.a. Saddle Shoes

2011 is going to be an exciting year for us here at AMERICANA, starting early in the year with the launch of our web shop.

It is our promise to you to give the best selection of unique pieces of American vintage clothing, along with a great story and an exceptional customer experience to go along with it!

In the meantime, be sure to make the best of what’s left of 2010!

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Elf Yourself!

Here’s something fun to do with all those pictures you have taken during the holiday...

Enjoy!

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Tracking Santa Claus

Google & the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have teamed up to help you follow Santa as he travels around the world.

You won’t miss a thing if you tune into www.noradsanta.org. There you can see Santa’s current location & his next stop on a Google Map.  You can also watch the “Santa Cam” videos by clicking on the camera icons & learn more about each city Santa visits by clicking on the gift icons.

If you’re the 3D-loving type, you can switch over to the (much more attractive) Google Earth view with the Google Earth plugin which you can install here.

Mobile access is also supported.  Just visit m.noradsanta.org on your mobile phone’s browser, or search for “santa” in Google Maps for mobile.

Finally, you can track Santa via Facebook and Twitter over at @noradsanta. For some slightly more advanced tips on how to track Santa this year, check out this page.

We hope Santa Claus finds his way to your home & you get all the gifts you wished for!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

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Happy Holidays from AMERICANA!

 

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The Christmas Sweater

 

An "Ugly" Christmas Sweater Party in America - Photo via Kables

A Christmas sweater is a sweater decorated in glittery snowmen, Santa Claus, trees, Rudolph and just about anything else that shows the world that you’re ready to celebrate the holiday.  In the U.S., Christmas sweaters have long been the preferred seasonal attire for grandmothers, school teachers and just about anyone else who is willing to pay for a sweater that can only be worn two weeks out of the year.

via UglyChristmasSweaters.info

Recently, the “ugly Christmas sweater” phenomenon has caught on in America, where young hipsters are ironically wearing their merry knitted confections around the holidays.  Some people have even been known to host “ugly Christmas sweater” parties around the holidays.  No matter who wears them out in public during the holiday season, coolness is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

Ho! Ho! Ho!



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An “Only-In-America” Kind of Restaurant

 

The Bubble Room - Captiva Island, Florida

The Bubble Room is Florida’s most outrageously kitschy restaurant.  Located on Captiva Island, an “Old Florida” destination, the restaurant’s decor is unique where Christmas decorations, a toy train running through the dining room and memorabilia from the 1930s-1950s are all rolled into one.

One of the Five Dining Rooms

The restaurant gets its name from the bubble lights which cover the interior of the place and add to that wacky, nostalgic Christmas-y feeling.


The wait staff at the Bubble Room are called “Bubble Scouts” and sport crazy hats and scout-style uniforms covered in buttons and patches.  They serve up American cuisine, as well as some house specialities including “Bubble Bread” and “sticky buns.”  They are also famous for their “Sweet 16” dessert menu.

The Bubble Room's Entrance

 

Bubble Scout

The Bubble Room draws locals and tourists alike who leave this “only-in-America” restaurant with a full belly and new memories of memorabilia and Christmas nostalgia.

One of the Dining Tables @ The Bubble Room

 

Bubble Bread & Sticky Buns

Fortune Teller, Wurlitzer & Tunnel of Love

 

Don't Forget Dessert!

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L.L. Bean

 

The Giant Maine Hunting Shoe Outside L.L. Bean’s Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine - Photo via flickr:Bored College Kid

L.L. Bean is based in Freeport, Maine and was founded in 1912 by its namesake Leon Leonwood (L.L.) Bean.  The company started out by making the famous rubber-bottomed and leather-upper Maine Hunting Shoe.  Later, L.L. Bean expanded to an outdoor hunting and fishing outfitter and generated business in the northeastern United States from its mail-order catalog.  Today, the brand is synonymous with quintessential American outdoor style.

Boat & Tote Bags

Although the company still continues to generate most of its business through catalog and online orders, the company maintains a 24-hour, 365 days-a-year flagship store in Freeport, Maine as well as additional stores throughout the eastern United States and one in Japan.  The flagship store in Maine has been described in The Preppy Handbook as “nothing less than a prep Mecca.”

Bean's Norwegian Fisherman Sweater - "The nearest thing to a Prep membership card." - The Preppy Handbook

The company claims to carry over 20,000 products, but some of its most famous items are the Maine Hunting Shoe, Camp Mocs and Blucher Moccasins, the Norwegian Fisherman Sweater and the Boat and Tote Bag. Since 1912, the company has had a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee policy that allows the customer to return anything at anytime if they are not completely satisfied.

Further Reading:

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Helsinki Vintage Video

Here’s a short video I shot during the set-up time at Helsinki Vintage, in case you were interested in how the event looked that day at The Cable Factory.

Now you can also subscribe to AMERICANA’s video blog on iTunes or You Tube.  Come join us!


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My American Hometown Shoe Store

This is the first installment in a series about the people, places & things from my recent trip to America…

In just about every small town in America, there’s a little shoe store that carries quality brands for local customers. Many of these shoe stores are a family business that have been serving generations.

I guess I’m lucky because where I come from, our local family-run shoe store is Sears Shoe Store in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

This store has nothing to do with Sears, the big American department store chain.  Rather, it’s owned by the Sears family who have been shoeing people of the Tennessee Valley for decades.  My grandparents shopped there for work shoes as well as “Sunday shoes,” my parents still shop there, and when I’m in the States, I shop there for myself and my children.


Sears is chock full of all kinds of quality footwear goodness for men, women & children, representing the best brands from the United States as well as fashion brands known around the world.


The thing I love most about Sears is that you can always find dead stock somewhere in their cavernous maze of shoes.  If you ask the staff, they can pull just about anything out of their floor-to-ceiling stacks of shoes.

This includes vintage baby shoes, ladies heels from the 1960s or, as I asked for & got on a recent visit, a pair of white Converse All-Star high tops that were Made in U.S.A. It is also exactly the place I knew I could find a very rare pair of Spalding Saddle Oxfords, which are now one of my most prized pair of shoes.

Sears is a local legend.  But for me personally  it’s a constant treasure trove of dead stock classic vintage finds and the source for all the best Made in America shoes.

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