Monthly Archives: May 2011

Vintage Sign Inspiration for AMERICANA’s New Shop

Photo via Philliprauls.com

There’s a lot going on with the renovation of our new store on Gamla Brogatan in Stockholm. Right now, the place is all about paint, lighting, fixtures, and of course the merchandise.

In this whirlwind of creative activity, we have begun to think of ideas for our sign out front. Working with the marvelous creative team at Clarex, we’ve crafted a vision that is influenced by classic vintage signs from America.

Here are some of our inspiration pieces:

Photo via WaterWinterWonderland.com

Photo via WaterWinterWonderland.com

Photo via WaterWinterWonderland.com

Photo via WaterWinterWonderland.com

Photo via WaterWinterWonderland.com

Photo via WaterWinterWonderland.com

I think we’ll be able to bring a little of the AMERICANA spirit to the streets of Sweden’s capital city.

Stay tuned to see what happens…

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Can’t wait ’til AMERICANA’s store opens in Stockholm?  Then visit our online shop, with over 900 classic vintage items with free shipping in Europe

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Vintage Denim Shirts Are Always On Trend

Denim shirts are always a must have for both men & women.  Celebrities have been spotted all over wearing fitted, baggy, unwashed or well-worn shirts either alone or as a jacket.

AMERICANA Classic Vintage has got all of these looks in denim shirts.  Take a look around our vintage denim shirt collection.  We’re sure you’ll find just the right shade, fit and style you’re looking for!

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American Folk Art Legend Howard Finster & His Paradise Gardens

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Howard Finster (1916 – 2001) was an American folk artist, Baptist minister and lawnmower repairman from Pennville, Georgia.  Finster claimed that his artistic work was inspired by visions from God and his creative mission was to spread the gospel.

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Finster created Paradise Gardens in his home’s expansive yard in Pennville, Georgia which contains thousands of works of art.  Themes of his work range from American popular & historical icons such as Elvis Presley and George Washington to biblical figures and members of his own family.

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Finster’s work is most famously displayed on the Talking Heads‘ album cover for Little Creatures. In 1985, Rolling Stone magazine selected this work by the artist as album cover of the year.

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Finster also gained national fame after his collaborative work with Athens, Georgia-based band R.E.M. The band filmed the video for “Radio Free Europe” in Finster’s Paradise Gardens, and used one of the artist’s works as the cover for their second album Reckoning. Subsequently, the band recorded the song “Maps and Legends” (for their album Fables of the Reconstruction) as an homage to Finster.

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Throughout his creative career, Howard Finster was responsible for introducing millions to American naive art, but even with his increased fame, he remained focused on his works’ religious outreach to the public.

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Photo by April Hill Rankin

Photo by April Hill Rankin

 

Here’s a video to learn & see more of artist Howard Finster & his Paradise Gardens…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxO8JqZM9c0

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AMERICANA’s New Store Renovation in Stockholm

If you haven’t already heard, we’re opening a store on Gamla Brogatan 23 in Stockholm next month!

In the next few weeks, the locale will be undergoing a renovation to get it just right in the AMERICANA style.  Until then, here are a few sneak-peek “BEFORE” photos…

The wonderful vision of interior designer Camilla Spång and talents of the construction management team of Blisab will transform this “BEFORE” into a locale with a true AMERICANA atmosphere.

We’re so excited about our new home & hope to see you there!

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Can’t wait ’til AMERICANA’s store opens in Stockholm?  Then visit our online shop, with over 900 classic vintage items with free shipping in Europe.

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New Music From Former Residents of Athens, Georgia

Check out the new music from the Grammy award winning artists who used to live in my former home of Athens, Georgia…

First Up…R.E.M….

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o-2s88_ywU&feature=related

Next…Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton)…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UibsjY5K-c&feature=related

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AMERICANA Classic Vintage has loads of vintage clothes to help you get your rock star look just right.

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Throwaway Fashion: Is Vintage Part of the Solution?

 

Throwaway Fashion - via Glamour.com

Consider these statistics

  • The average American aged 13-70 owned 92 items of clothing, including 16 t-shirts, 12 casual shirts, 7 dress shirts, 7 pairs of jeans, 9 pairs of pants, 2 suits and 11 pairs of shoes. (Source: Cotton Inc.’s Lifestyle Monitor survey, 2008)
  • 94 % of the female population in Sweden in the 16 to 24 age group buys at least one item of new clothing each month (Source: Utstallningsfakta, 2009)
  • Every year, people in the U.K. accumulate 28 kilograms of new clothing.  This adds up to approximately 1.72 million tons of brand-new fashion being consumed on an annual basis in the UK. (Source: The Guardian, May 2011)

What do you think about throwaway fashion?  Is wearing vintage part of the solution?

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Why Are Older Pieces of Vintage Clothing So Hard To Find?

 

A Woman From The 1930s Doing Everthing She Can To Keep Her Clothes Looking New - via LIFE Photo Archive

Consider these statistics from the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s:

  • A middle-class worker’s wardrobe contained fewer than 15 pieces of clothing, consisting of 3 suits, 8 shirts, and 1 extra pair of pants.
  • A unionized worker would own a uniform, 1 suit, 6 shirts, 1 pair of overalls and an extra pair of pants.
  • A 1933 study concluded that this “clothing must have been worn until it was fairly shabby.”

When you’re looking for that mint piece of vintage clothing from decades past, now you’ll know why it’s so hard to find.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2010.

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