I have been loving Bandit Brand ever since my man bought me a shirt at Idle Hands shop in Santa Cruz. The brand owner Jen is rad. Bandit Brand shirts are super comfy, organic, eco-conscious, zesty pieces of clothing, MADE IN THE USA!!
I saw this Ruched Wool hat at the Vintage Fair in downtown Santa Cruz and just had to get it, even if just to share with fellow vintage lovers. It made me happy just placing it on my head, a piece of old world beauty.
But when I researched the label I found some interesting historical factoids: It was made in New York and the tag says "Registered Model of Millinery Creators Guild", which in 1941 underwent a Supreme Court case with the Federal Trade Commission because the Guild was said to have hindered competition and create monopoly "By depriving the public of the benefits of normal price competition among retailers of stylish hats for women"...
Such fun history lessons in items of clothing, thus my fascination with vintage wares continues.
~Lacey Crochet Mini-Dress
~Black Leather Gloves
~Black with Tiny White Polkadots -Heel Strap Pumps
~My great Aunt Pearl's Embroidered Floral Belt circa 1950s
~Thrifted Red Reversible Cape, Black lace inside
The photos below are at a campground near Santa Cruz containing Redwood Trees that are about 1800 years old. We had fun climbing inside trees with our friends from L.A. who visited last weekend. I wore my favorite boots, which belonged to my mom for years and she gave to me. She had them made in Korea about 16 years ago when she visited my dad who was stationed there in the Air Force for a year without us. They were fitted specifically for her feet and she chose the exact colors/leathers/design that she wanted. I have never gotten more compliments on any single item in my life as I do on these boots, which I wear A LOT! My mom's a good shoe designer! I wish I could get shoes made for me however I want.
Clothing can evoke so many memories, whether of a person who gave items to us or places or events we attended while wearing them. For example, I still hold onto the shirts I was wearing when I first SAW my husband, and the first time I SPOKE with him, and our first date, and the dress I wore the night he proposed. Sentimental gal, ya know? I also love wearing vintage clothing and imagining who wore it decades ago and the history behind its' journey into my hands.
Mama's boots! And the bat-wing tapestry shirt was a great vintage find from Santa Cruz Vintage Fair!
Tattiya found a Bow and shot us with stick arrows. ;)