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General Chat / Age Appropriate Too Vintage
« on: October 04, 2020, 09:13:07 pm »
Apologies.  A bit prolix.  That comes with my job.

I've been scouting out the FW2020 drops from lots of companies that we on this board tend to admire.  So a few thoughts about what's "cool" in what I would call an inclusive way.  Everyone should like what they like.  Feeling comfortable with yourself might be one of the most important things you can do for yourself even as you aim to do something good for others.

Disclaimer: my father was something of a clothes horse in the 1950s.  He had suits made for him, bespoke shoes imported from Loeb and delivered to our home.  He was an architect and he had fine style.  My elder brother was more hippy than greaser (as we put it) but think E Street Band 1970 and you get the picture.  That was more my paradigm.  But family fortunes changed and I wore hand-me-downs until I was 30 years old.  Literally.  When I started to make a living, I needed to look like a professor even though I was barely older than my students.  What the Japanese now call Ivy or Ametora was normal for me those many years ago: button downs, tweeds, sweater vest, even the occasional bow tie.  You will forgive me  J.Press was literally across the street.  The worst thing that happens to old guys, as I see it, is that they start not to care at all how they present themselves and that's a shame.  The key is always to feel good and look effortless.  That's where IH comes in.  I don't do Ivy anymore unless it's called for, like a college graduation scene.

As I see it Iron Heart is an effortless style rather than vintage style.  I like some brands a lot that are much more overtly vintage conscious---Trophy Clothing, Himel Bros, and even Dehon come to mind. They do some moto-culture Brando and McQueen but there's a lot that goes back further into Ametora.  Not all of what they do works as well (in my opinion) on an old guy like me as it does on younger gents.  Of course the whole Buzz Ricksons and Real McCoys are brilliant at what they do but at age 63 there is such a thing as too vintage. I will return to that.

And there is definitely too contemporary, too young.  I think it was @Giles who said that an old guy shouldn't be wearing skinny jeans and I would wholly agree though I'd say IH's 555 are not too skinny.  Most of what is considered contemporary fashion doesn't look very good on old guys and old guy fashion is often too square, too Dad-bod, just horrid---like J.Press or Brooks Bros., which has its own Japanese followings but makes you look like a cheap politician.

Too vintage includes all sorts of replica looks.  I wouldn't wear a Vietnam or WWII replica jacket---too close to worlds I came from.  Too much the 1930s iron worker on a sky scraper and you look like you are playing old man dress up.  But I also wouldn't wear a sweater with elbow patches because I already look far too much like a college professor (I am).  That same elbow patch sweater or baker boy cap looks very cool to me on you younger gents, but for me it's far too close to my actual stereotype.  So I don't do work wear that looks like it's 1950: that edge looks sharper on a younger man as I see it.  IH always seems to me the ground where any one of any age can stand. 

I have now had a lot of different looks for a guy who has had literally the same job for 35+ years.  Age appropriate reminds me sometimes to look but not to buy.

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Buying and Selling / IHSH-218 XXL and IHSH-33B XXXL
« on: September 09, 2020, 02:41:01 am »
I've slimmed down and these have been barely worn.  Washed but no signs of wear or fade.  Basically good as new.  I've included some photos for the P2P.  Shipping included in CONUS.  Postage elsewhere we can discuss.  Thanks for looking.

IHSH-218, XXL, the black Johnny Cash shirt.  This is so good I bought a new resize as soon as I could.  This one for $250.

IHSH-33B XXXL, the overdyed shirt that is likely my favorite from IH, and that says a lot.  This is a must imo.  I keep two, one for a tight fit and one as a layered. $225
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General Chat / Today, Home at Work
« on: July 11, 2020, 01:17:21 pm »
Many of us are working from home during the pandemic.  My own work life hasn't changed much---I'm an ex-moto riding Sanskrit professor and the most danger I face daily involves irregular uses of verbs.  But I have a very close pal who stewards a vast property that belongs to a famous national organization. The place is thousands of acres in the Arizona desert.  He does everything to keep the place fit---fixes its buildings, curates the land, and yesterday this is what he found in one of the toilets.  So what did you do at work today?"rattler.png"

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Buying and Selling / Brand New: IH-634S-21, tag 36, 32.5" hem
« on: May 26, 2020, 10:23:14 pm »
Brand new, not washed, not even tried on, but I did take off the tags.  (These were going to be a spare.)
IH-634S-21, tag 36, brand new, never worn.  Hemmed to 32.5". $275 includes the postage in USA. 

Happily consider trades for 33" tags, any fit but 666. 

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Buying and Selling / FS: IH-634S-21, 666S-14S, AND MORE, ALL TAG 36
« on: May 14, 2020, 10:51:55 am »
All of these jeans are for sale because I've lost weight.  (I would trade for TAG 32/33/34 depending on the measurement.) Price includes shipping in the CONUS.  If you are outside the US, we can work it out.  All are in excellent condition.  Really nice.  Pictures if you need them but I'm tell'in'ya' these were on rotation, looking great.  All hems are proper chain stitch on the old machines from IH or Railcar.

*IH-634S-21, tag 36, brand new, never worn.  Hemmed to 32.5". $275
*IH-666S-142-OD, tag 36, excellent to truly newish condition, one or two washes max.  Hemmed to 32.5. $225.
*IH-666S-21, tag 36, excellent condition, two washes. Hemmed to 32.5".  $225. SOLD
*IH-555-01OD, tag 35.  21oz. These are the overdyed dark blues.  Hemmed to 33.25".  Like new. $200 SOLD
*IH-555-03, tag 36, black. 21oz., washed twice, no signs of wear.  Hemmed to 34".  Nice selvedge. $200.
*IH-555S-14OD, tag 36.  Hemmed to 33.5.  Some SLIGHT signs of wear, but easily mistaken for new. $185
*IH-777S-14S, tag 36.  Hemmed to 31.2. 

thanks for the look

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Future and Planned Products / An Unmodified Type III?
« on: April 12, 2020, 11:35:20 am »
Is there any chance we'll see an unmodified Type III?  Any weight.  Asking for a friend.

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Buying and Selling / IH-526J-142OD Size XXXL
« on: April 12, 2020, 01:09:28 am »
I've worn this jacket only a handful of times.  It is indistinguishable from new.  I've a ton of weight and this one is just too big.  So, yours at almost half price: $225, postage free in the USA and we'll work it out for abroad.  PayPal friends and family or Venmo only, please.  The jacket measures as it is listed on the website to the millimeter.  If you REALLY need pictures we can do that but it's as described yo.

Send me a message, this is a good deal.  I want another one, sized to XXL, or I'm open to a trade too.

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General Chat / Official Amecaji Holiday Today
« on: April 03, 2020, 04:51:41 pm »
Well, I just made that up about it being an "official holiday..." but today, April 3rd, is in fact The Wild One's birthday, Marlon Brando.  A lot of things go into...what do we call this? Heritage style, moto stylin'?  Wild Oneness?  It's somewhere around the Japanese term Amecaji/Amekaji.  But Brando set the early standard, at least for movie stars and such.  Anyways, happy Wild One Day."v1.bjsxODAyOTA7ajsxODM2MjsxMjAwOzMwMDA7MTUwMA.jpeg"

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Other Brands and Shops / Matsuda
« on: March 29, 2020, 07:46:49 pm »
I was delighted to hear from @Danny RnH that Rivet & Hide is now carrying Matsuda glasses.  Here's to R&H for their good choices. The photo here shows a history since the dark sunglasses here I purchased in 1986.  Mine are all RX.  Matsuda sorta' spoils you like Iron Heart---the workmanship is really that good.  Sometimes you really get what you pay for.  I mean those glasses are 34 years old and I have worn them hard.  Others are newer.  The M3061 is my current favorite  because it has cable ends that wrap gently 'round the ears perfectly, like the way a UHF fits right.

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Going, Going, Gone.... / FS: Flat Head Delraiser Horsehide Jacket 46
« on: February 26, 2020, 08:04:53 pm »
It's too big for me, my error.  Wore it twice or so.  Really, it's new.  This is the Self Edge version, size 46, and it matches their chart perfectly for sizing.  Retails for $2250.  Your here for $1700 plus shipping.  My bad choice, your steal.  I'm going to eBay for more but IH Forum warrants the good will.

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General Chat / The Literary Hobo
« on: November 26, 2019, 05:03:29 am »
I was reading Faulkner's great work Light in August yet again.  And I thought this passage described some of you fellas decked in workwear sartorial splendor.  In truth, it's just a beautiful piece of writing and I thought it might interest a few here---since we care how hobos look.

"He looked like a tramp, yet not like a tramp either. His shoes were dusty and his trousers were soiled too. But they were of decent serge, sharply creased, and his shirt was soiled but it was a white shirt, and he wore a tie and a stiffbrim straw hat that was quite new, cocked at an angle arrogant and baleful above his still face. He did not look like a professional hobo in his professional rags, but there was something definitely rootless about him, as though no town nor city was his, no street, no walls, no square of earth his home."

Faulkner, William. Light in August (Vintage International) (p. 31). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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Going, Going, Gone.... / IHSH-216 Brown Heavy Moleskin CPO Shirt/Jacket, XL
« on: November 15, 2019, 11:42:10 pm »
Okay, so this XL is just a wee bit too small for me.  I have worn it not even three times because, well, the fit isn't for me.  It's such a beautiful piece I've been thinking that someday I will be smaller but it's unlikely---gravity and age winning even with all my best efforts at exercise and diet.  So, want a pretty much perfectly new shirt, absolutely indistinguishable from new?  Retailed for $355.  Here for $250 with postage included unless it's, like, Australia, then we can just talk it over, okay?  Here's the original link, of course.  https://www.ironheart.co.uk/extinct/ihsh-216.html

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Any chance we'll see the 14oz Selvedge Denim Modified Type III Jacket (IH-526J) in Super Black?  My professional life allows me to go full tuxedo and this would be just perfect.  Just saying no to tweed in my old age.  And if this has been asked or is elsewhere, apologies for not seeing that post first.

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General Chat / John Wayne's Cuffs in Stagecoach 1939
« on: September 30, 2019, 04:28:01 am »
I've been watching the John Ford and Howard Hawks films, both the westerns and the noir.  And I couldn't help but notice that the Ringo Kid aka John Wayne had tall cuff on his jeans.  Mighty fine, I say.  Also the real guy who leapt from the top of the stagecoach and onto the horses was named Yakima Canutt and he was one very badass cowboy.  Check out the pictures."cuffs.png""Yakima_Canutt_Stagecoach_as_Wayne.jpg"

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General Chat / The Levi-Strauss Patent for Rivets
« on: March 10, 2019, 02:23:02 pm »
You fellas might have seen this a million times.  I came across it looking at nuthin' when I should be working. 
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