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The Maine Hunting Shoe: A Classic Re-Mix

When writing the latest blog posts for AMERICANA about L.L. Bean & Sticking With The Classics, I was reminded about the Maine Hunting Shoe & how it’s been re-mixed over the years.

Maine Hunting Shoe via L.L. Bean

 

Since 1912, L.L. Bean has been making the the classic “duck boot” in a variety of styles they have developed over the years. One can say that this humble hunting boot is the backbone of L.L. Bean, both as a brand and a company.

During the last wave of prep/ivy/classic American fashion, shoe designer Manolo Blahnik came out with a version of the Maine Hunting shoe for women, with a stiletto heel and pointed toe in 1978.

Manolo Blahnik's Maine Hunting Shoe 1978 via Foster Huntington

 

For Fall/Winter 2010, Tommy Hilfiger re-worked the Maine Hunting Shoe once again for high fashion, with several twists on the old classic.  Hilfiger’s designs delighted some, while horrifying others.

via Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2010

Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2010 via New York Magazine

Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2010 via New York Magazine

 

I think that’s what seperates classic American style from fleeting trends.  The ability to wear the original, a re-mix or both at the same time, with a nod to the past and the confidence to wear it today and onward toward tomorrow.

Should classic designs be left alone or is it ok to re-mix them for a new look?

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The Pendleton Board Shirt

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A little history about this classic American shirt & its connection to The Beach Boys.

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Preppy Style: Take Ivy & True Prep

Preppy  is a classic American fashion that never goes out of style.  Based on the traditional look of preparatory and Ivy League students in the U.S., preppy style is being revisited once again in books released this month.

Take Ivy by Teruyoshi Hayashida is the definitive photo essay of preppy style, featuring shots of students on Ivy League university campuses in the 1960s.  First published in Japan in 1965, the book has been a sought-after reference for the traditional American style and is hailed by many to be the bible of the preppy look.

Satrical author Lisa Birnbach, the author of The Official Preppy Handbook published 30 years ago, has written True Prep as a contemporary commentary on American preppy style.  The sequel aims to examine preppies in the modern context and show how the style and attitude have developed over the last three decades.

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Further Reading:

The Ivy Look: Classic American Clothing – An Illustrated Pocket Guide
Style and the Man

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