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Levis Innovation, 1960s Style: STA-PREST™ Clothing

From inventing the blue jean in 1873 to launching our Jacquard jacket in 2017, LS&Co. has always been an innovator in apparel. So it’s no surprise that in the 1960s we found a way to put a permanent crease into trousers — no iron required. The process was called STA-PREST™, and it was an immediate hit, becoming an iconic look of that era. Koret of California, a women’s garment manufacturer, first came up with the idea, patenting a system for permanent pleats in 1961. A finished product was coated with a chemical resin and a catalyst. Creases were made with a steam press and then the garment was baked (yes, baked!) in an oven at 300° Fahrenheit, triggering the catalyst...

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Is Carhartt the best workwear brand in the world?

There are other players in the workwear game, but few companies ever come even close to the iconic status that Carhartt has achieved in the popular culture, whether that be through their street-style innovations or the fact that they make great clothes for swinging a hammer when it’s really, really cold outside. Carhartt – History, Philosophy, and Iconic Products: The year 1889 was a time of steel, steam, and locomotives. It was also when Hamilton Carhartt & Company was founded by its namesake (known affectionately as “Ham”) and began producing overalls with two sewing machines and a half-horsepower electric motor in a small Detroit loft. Early failures led Hamilton to focus heavily on market research, and after talking directly with railroad...

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The Original Mountain Parka

With the Northern Hemisphere firmly in the throws of winter, you’re more than likely grabbing for the gear that will keep you warm and dry. As one clever soul once said, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing”, or something like that. You get the picture. Being caught out amongst a downpour on your morning coffee run or underestimating just how cold those morning frosts can be, categorically sucks. Chances are you’ll be feeling the cold and in a funk for the rest of the day. But if you did choose wisely, checked your weather app, picked you your go-to piece of outerwear and went head to head against the winter, it’s more than likely you’ll have...

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"Comic-slash-history books on acid"

Whether he accepts the accolade or not, Frodo Mikkelsen is a legend in the making. Still a few years shy of 50, the Copenhagen artist has achieved the pinnacle of what many fine art and graffiti-influenced forefathers often spend a lifetime attempting to balance— public visibility, respect from the streets, and recognition from the contemporary art world. Frodo has walked an incredible line. Some of his art resides in permanent collection at Metropolitan museum of art in NY, while other commissioned or self-propelled work graces walls from as far away as the Museum of Graffiti, Florida, Bergen kunstmuseum, Norway, and as close to home as, ARoS - Aarhus kunstmuseum, Denmark. While working with the artist in September, he was also...

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What is your favorite coat or jacket in movie history?

Here are some of our favorites: Rick Deckard's Coat in Blade Runner Blade Runner's unique flavor of cool is derived from its collision of the past and the future. Here is a science fiction tale set in the distant future of 2019 (ha) that is paced and told like a film noir torn out of 1940s Hollywood. It's very much a blend of instantly attractive aesthetics: a neon future where everything goes and a flashback to a time when the default clothing for any movie character was so much slicker and so much more stylish than anything we wear today. And while director Ridley Scott and his crew do a fine job of balancing these elements in every frame of...

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