If you collect vintage ties for long enough, you’ll find a bunch of these. Quite often, but not always, marketed as being hand woven by Native Americans, but always frayed ends on these ties and usually quite robust and rugged woollens. This is by no means all of this type that I own, so there’ll probably be another post along these lines in the future. I am not certain that these really are woven by Native Americans, even when they claim to be. My favourite – by Los Wigwam Weavers – doesn’t sound quite right, tbh, and sounds more than a little exploitative.
The Baroness Kurtz is prone to referring to this tie as “The Bacteria Tie”, and I think she’s on the money. The strange design does look like clusters of bacilli and cocci. A mid-1930s tie put out by McGoldrick, I’m not quite sure why that particular font is used for “F-S” on the label – vaguely suggesting something oriental about the design or fabric, maybe?
It’s not very often any more that I’m blown away by a vintage find. But this is truly something I thought I’d never find. I’ve been drooling over this type of European golf/sporting jacket in catalogues (see pics below) for years, but I’ve never seen one for sale, let alone owned one. I’ve owned, and seen in other people’s collections, a bunch of 1930s leather or suede versions, but never one in a cloth fabric. I don’t know any other vintage collectors (and I know a few!) who have seen one.
This one was made by the Chas Macintosh Co. Charles Macintosh (for whom the Mackintosh coat is named) was a Scottish inventor who invented waterproof fabrics made of India Rubber using a patented process. This jacket made of the original fabric! It is reversible, with one side being a lighter shade of cream than the other. Both sides feature 2 patch pockets, and the front Lightning zipper is an awesome example of 1930 zipper technology. The folded metal slider and stopper box are wonders of light engineering.
These Bukta catalogues from 1939 feature golfing jackets of very similar design and description. made of Bux-Gab or “Air-light Buxsylk”.
And this catalogue from the Houndsditch Warehouse Co. of 1938 has a similar jacket in waterproof fabric. “Made of rainproof suedette that has a soft velour finish”. “Designed with full-length “Lightning” zip fastener and elasticated waist and cuffs.”
And not restricted to Britain, on left below here’s a similar (though different) jacket marketed for cyclists in a 1936 catalogue from France.
I’ve whined before about 1920s super skinny cut suits, the “cult-of-youth” reaction to the end of WWI. Well, the reaction of men’s fashion to WWIIs end was equally unfavourable to small men like me. But this time, the exact opposite to the 20s fashion. As illustrated in this wonderfully propagandising GGG Clothes catalogue from 1947, late 1940s men’s fashion was all about massive lines. Massive shoulders, baggy and draped chest and long-line jackets with much less waist suppression that their predecessors. Were a short man to wear these suits, he would look like he’d raided his dad’s closet. Awful styles for short men, as I’ve found to my horror. It’s a pity, as I really love the bold fabrics that were popular. But the shoulders are always so gigantic!