Monthly Archives: March 2011
The Major League Baseball season opener is this Thursday, so I thought I’d go with a blog post to celebrate the big day…
Baseball shirts are three-quarter length, raglan sleeve t-shirts worn under a team uniform shirt. The sleeves and neckband are made of a contrasting color to the body of the shirt and can be seen extending out from under the short-sleeved uniform shirt.
These t-shirts were very popular with American youth during the 1970s. They can be plain or have a silk-screened graphic on the front.
Take me out to the ballgame…
One of my favorite American TV shows of all time is Soul Train. When I was growing up, I anxiously awaited the broadcast every Saturday afternoon to hear all the latest R&B acts and learn some new moves. A lot of other people liked American Bandstand, which was another music & dance show that also aired on Saturdays, but for me, Soul Train was “the hippest trip in America.”
My absolute favorite segment on the show was when the host Don Cornelius announced the “Soul Train Line.” This lineup allowed the Soul Train dancers to showcase their best moves down a parallel line of all the other dancers. This gave them a stage to let it all hang out & I loved every minute of it. I still do.
As Soul Train’s Don Corneilus always says at the end of the show…PEACE, LOVE & SOOOUUUL!
For further listening, I recommend my absolute favorite CD box set:
Watch Soul Train & get some vintage inspiration:
Sure! Unless you spend a fortune on unique designer pieces, how many pieces of new clothing can you expect to keep their value? If the item is cared for by the new owner, it can be re-used or re-sold once again.
Although not every vintage garment is sought-after, there is a collectible market for vintage clothing. Many pieces accrue value with time. Because of these reasons, wearing vintage clothing is always a win-win situation.
Buying vintage is money well spent.
Happy St. Patricks Day to all the Irish & to everyone else who loves Ireland!
In America, it is tradition to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, even if you’re not Irish. And if you don’t, you might get pinched by someone who is wearing green!
When I lived in Ireland several years ago, I discovered that dressing in green was not necessarily the tradition in the land of St. Patrick himself. Rather, the custom is to wear a bunch of clover pinned to your lapel. Many of the Irish even go all out & attach a virtual bush of shamrocks to their clothing.
Whatever tradition you follow today, old world or new, we wish you the luck of the Irish!
While AMERICANA was in Finland last week, Marimekko, the iconic Finnish textile company, had the launch of their new shoe project in cooperation with Converse. Although I didn’t make it to the release party at the flagship store in Helsinki, I did go down the next day to get a pair while they were still fresh.
Luckily this time, my adventure to get locally-designed Converse All-Stars was a little easier than my great shoe caper in Estonia that resulted in me buying a pair at the only place in town they were available: the post office.
This time, Marimekko’s Viola was there to help me find my size & the style I wanted. There was a DJ & dancers in the store, but sadly I wasn’t able to buy stamps for my post cards there as well.
The next day at Helsinki Vintage, Marimekko’s Design Manager Noora Niinikoski stopped by AMERICANA’s shop for a chat about Converse ♥ Marimekko and the whole heritage trend with American & Finnish brands. She amusingly recounted a similar adventure in Tallinn to find herself a pair of Estonian All-Stars, which also led her to the same back alley post office.
Here’s Noora to tell you all about Converse & Marimekko’s joint project:
They’re a limited edition so hurry!
AMERICANA had a great time @ Helsinki Vintage! We met some fantastic folks & admired the Finns’ individual style all day long. Here were some of our favorite looks of the day:
Look here for more great photos from Helsinki’s day of vintage style.
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AMERICANA’s best friend from Norway flew in & added a special *sparkle* to our spot at Helsinki Vintage. R pulled out her old-school vintage hip-hop style, while Gina went for a rockin’ cowgirl look for the day.
AMERICANA ♥ Helsinki Vintage
AMERICANA Classic Vintage returns to Helsinki Vintage this Sunday at The Cable Factory. We’re bringing the best vintage clothes from America, with lots of new and exclusive items this time. Hope to see y’all there!
P.S. Don’t y’all just love the photo they’ve chosen for the poster this time?
We sure do!