Lady Levis®

Jeans had been around for sixty years before it occurred to anyone that women might like to wear them too. Designed as tough workwear for miners in 1873, they had been swiftly adopted by cowhands and other chaps in the American west as comfortable, practical clothes. That’s not to say women didn’t wear the men’s…

Vivien of Holloway

In the unlikely event anyone’s wondering what I wear when I go dancing, allow me to froth about  Vivien of Holloway – clothes made physically in London, 2016 but spiritually about 70 years ago in Hollywood. You’re met at the door by an immaculately-dressed lady, straight out of Mad Men, wielding a tape measure. This is…

Vintage-Hunting in the USA

American Retro and Western classic memorabilia have a big following here in Britain – we love to collect everything from 1950s kitsch – gumball machines and carnival glass – through to gambling memorabilia and pyjama-party chintz. Much of what’s available here, though, is either replica, tatty original or very expensive. It’s hardly surprising – dealers…