Saturday, January 31, 2015

Large Black Dog to Head Up Trailer Trad's New London Office

Photo credit: P.O. Palustris

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Trailer Trad Attire: Pointer is a breed apart

I'm shopping for jeans because my go-tos are being demoted. Lil' Bean is referring to them as dreaded 'dad jeans.' That's ok. I explained to her how difficult it is for a middle-aged man to strike the right note with jeans. Skinny, hipster jeans would work for perhaps five percent (including me) of the Dad demographic while looser fitting, faded favorites are scoffingly referred to as dad jeans or rejects from the 1990's. Don't even mention 'Dockers.'

So, what to do? Go to your roots. What forgotten brand sat, their beauty and heritage utterly ignored, on Southern States or Farmer's Coop shelves for decades as other trendier brands grabbed center stage? Pointer brand jeans have an absolutely impeccable pedigree, like a show winning Weimaranar.

You can still find old, vintage pairs in hardware and feed stores out in the country but I've heard that the L.C. King Manufacturing Co. is trying to build it's sales online to nonfarmers like Brooklyn hipsters to Japanese denim aficionados. I recently bought a bunch of cool, spankin' new carpenter's jeans out of an old store but I didn't get my size. Darn. However, these five-pocket jeans pictured below could be just the ticket. They are quite a piece of american textile history for the price of a pair of Chinese-made mall jeans. The pair below is:
*Constructed in Tennessee in the original factory that has made work ware since 1913
*Made entirely of American grown cotton
*Sewn with American made sewing machines
*Uses the holy grail of denim, Cone Mills Denim woven in their 1940's White Oak factory down the road a piece in Greensboro, NC.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Trailer Trad Collecting: French Cuisine Pickin'

The new year brought a couple of good picking opportunities lately. Lil' Bean and I scoured the estate sales this past weekend and we spotted some cool items. Among those were these nice, large frameable menus from Paris in the 1950's. These really evoke the golden era of travel and French cuisine. It's cool to think that these menus were hand lettered in 1954, ten years after that city's liberation!

The reverse features charming (if a little unusual) etching prints by Revon. These are pretty collectible and would look great framed in a kitchen. We were glad to pick them up reasonably.
Speaking of French cooking, My daughter has informed me that I have enough Le Crueset. She's wrong. -Picked up this little beauty in forest green recently....