Late Breaking News: Own Captain Kangaroo’s Jacket


May 21st, 2013

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This just in…

Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan’s memorabilia is up on the online auction block. Unfortunately, the bidding frenzy ends tonight, with some items ending momentarily. We are late on the take, but didn’t want to miss this opportunity to tip our hats for any last minute history collectors. With a screen-worn conductor hat AND examples of Keeshan’s screen worn red jacket, as well as his earlier blue jacket from the early seasons, pop culture intersects with fashion.

For the record, the Captain wore a size 40, and the coat was tailored by Chipp of New York & New Haven, a favorite of President Kennedy.

From the auction catalog:

Iconic Bob Keeshan screen-worn Captain Kangaroo red jacket from 1971, the first year the Captain wore red. Keeshan’s lovable character was dressed in a navy blue suit from the show’s creation in 1955 until 1971. Fire-engine red single-breasted jacket was custom made for Keeshan by John F. Kennedy’s tailor, Chipp of New York & New Haven. Chipp label is sewn into an interior pocket and is typed ”Robert Keeshan / 4/2/71”. Features brass buttons, charcoal grey lining and white braided cord trim along the edges of lapels and pockets. Approximately size 40. Dulling to white trim and buttons, else near fine.

The current bid, last we checked is at $2,363.

View the complete catalog HERE.

Robert Talbott: A Brief Bio


January 21st, 2010

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Robert Talbott was founded by Robert and Audrey Talbott in the 1950s. Audrey, prior to her marriage to Robert, was a clothing buyer. As a hobby, she created bowties for Robert and his friends. With her skill and Robert’s dream to manufacture a true quality product, Robert Talbott the company was born. By 1955, the business was a success and they were traveling the world for silk.

In 1958, the first Robert Talbott store opened in Carmel, New York with a second opening in Pebble Beach in 1968. 24 years later, in 1992, a Madison Avenue showcase store was opened. Dress shirts were added to the Robert Talbott line in 1990, which had been exclusively ties up until this point. Casual shirts and outerwear followed.

Today, Audrey Talbott has shifted her focus to high quality ladieswear and her eponymous line is featured at many boutiques throughout the country.

A woven SILK tie…square bottomed and skinny. Robert Talbott for Jacobson’s from the 80s…

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This bio that I wrote appears in the Vintage Fashion Guild label resource. If you are a trivia junkie or a fashion lover, you should check it out.

Reader Looking for Cavariccis, Size 34


August 4th, 2009

The subject of Z. Cavaricci pants from the 80s and early 90s have been a popular topic on this blog.  In fact, I would call the subject a reader favorite in regards to the reponse I have received.  I have received more email over it than any other topic.  Readers, can I count on you to help another reader?

Connie wrote me and asked if I knew the whereabouts of a pair of 34 waist vintage cavaricci pants.  She neds them very quickly for a party.  If you have anything like this, please leave a comment.   I have Connie’s email address and can put you in touch with her.  Style doesn’t matter.    Alternately, you can send a note to vintagegent @ gmail.com, and I will forward the information along to her.   Dig in your closets and see if you have anything for her to buy or borrow.

Jenny’s Back and More Expensive Than Ever


February 9th, 2009

867-5309.jpgThis morning, I recalled the auction a few years back, where someone was auctioning off their phone number.  The winning bidder would own the cell phone number and it would be ported over when they paid.   Who would bid a bajillion dollars for a phone number.  Well, since California 654 doesn’t mean anything anymore, of course it is 867-5309.  If you have this number, than you probably have been pranked by people singing to you or finding out if “Jenny Jenny is there.   Of course, this Jenny was wailed about by Tommy Tutone in some serious 80s perms.

Of course is Jenny Jenny, performed by Tommy Tutone in their 80s perms, ties, and t-shirts.

Ironically, there is yet another auction for the phone number.  The one that I recall (which was for the 212 New York area code) was shut down because it was determined the number was actually owned by the phone company and could not legally be sold.  However, this auctioner had that base covered by also including the DJ business that the number belongs to in the (201) area code.    In fact, it just ended here at a price that is ludicrous for a phone number but may not be all that bad for a successful business, perhaps.

Don’t remember the song, well here are the lyrics and the song and if you are not carefully will be drilled into your head sometime today. Of course, this performance was a few years after “Jenny” took the world by storm, and the world moved on from matching shirts and socks to matching shirts and shoes. Oh yeah! Though if you were the white T-shirt type and followed this, everyone would point and say you were wearing “grandpa shoes,” as wearing sneakers was cheating. You would have to do loafers or wings.

Hey…
Jenny, Jenny who can I turn to
You give me something I can hold on to
I know you’ll think I’m like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall
Jenny I’ve got your number
I need to make you mine
Jenny don’t change your number
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)

Jenny, Jenny you’re the girl for me
You don’t know me but you make me so happy
I tried to call you before
But I lost my nerve
I tried my imagination
But I was disturbed

Jenny I’ve got your number
I need to make you mine
Jenny don’t change your number
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)

I got it (I got it), I got it
I got your number on the wall
I got it (I got it), I got it
For a good time call

Jenny don’t change your number
I need to make you mine
Jenny I’ve got your number
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)

Hey…
Jenny don’t change your number
I need to make you mine
Jenny I call your number
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)

Jenny, Jenny who can I turn to
For the price of a dime
I can always turn to you
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)
8 6 7-5 3 0 9 (8 6 7-5 3 0 9)

As you see, not too much happens. But isn’t that the case of many 80s songs. One may argue that it is not true, that Duran Duran became somehow involved in the French Revolution except with more leather jackets per capita than what existed back then and that John Mellencamp toured the whole US of A, but that is false because it only appeared that way in the MUSIC VIDEO.  If you actually sit and listen to the song with no images of the MTV videos in your head, you will agree with me.   The counterrevoltionary situations only are merely are open for wide interpretation and the man formerly known as Cougar just said that America is “Something to See, Baby,” and should have been hired for a time share company that enticed people to sign up for a tour rather than actually saying that he danced across the country with his guitar.

Cavariccis: Akber Stops By


January 25th, 2009

Despite the selection of vintage ads and features of midcentury and antique clothing, the most popular posts on this blog statistically are those that mention Z. Cavaricci pants from the 80s and early 90s.  I don’t know why.  Perhaps there wasn’t anything exactly like them at the time or since.  At any rate, Akber, friend of The Daily, mentioned the modern line of Cavaricci, and the unfortunate situation of menswear not being included.

He writes:

I think we need to petition them to bring the men’s styles back as well. They will bankrupt me happily as long as I can get some cav’s on my bod. 

cavaricci20092.gifWell, Akber, ladies Cavaricci pants were out in the 1980s as well.  However, most of them were not a whole entirely different style.  They appeared as though a woman raided her brother’s or boyfriend’s closet, but just sized for her.   For the most part, anyways.   Now, the maker just has a ladies line thus far.  The company may feel that they have “been there, done that” and do not want to retread the same ground again, making yoked, high waisted, pleated pants for men.  At any rate, I commend your decision to take matters into your own hands by petitioning the company.  I am not sure what level of mail they would need to receive, or how many financial affidavits they will need to ensure  that the letter writers will actually buy.

In the meantime, I have several suggestions for you.

1) It is very common for designers to team up with Vogue or Simplicity and release a sewing pattern based on a similar design to a popular item.  Afterall, I have seen a pattern for Hammer Pants.   You might want to keep an eye out for something similar.  The item may not be carried at JoAnn’s, etc, but you might find them on the internet if they indeed exist.

2) Buy Vintage Cavariccis where you can find them.

3) Encourage others to read the Daily, and to link back to it.  Maybe the more people that read the Cavaricci Category of this site, the more people will bring them out of their closets and offer them for sale to people who would appreciate them.

In the meantime, hang in there!

Just a side note.  I am sure you are tired of seeing the same Cavaricci.  If my dedicated readers happen to have one from “back in the day” to send me or will lend me use of a graphic of one they own, please feel free to comment and let me know.

I’ve Got a Brand New Pair of….Roller Skates??


December 18th, 2008

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“I rode my bicycle past your window last night.
I roller skated to your door at daylight.
It almost seems like you’re avoiding me.
I’m okay alone, but you got something I need.Well, I got a brand new pair of roller skates,
You got a brand new key.
I think that we should get together
And try them out you see.
I been lookin’ around awhile,
You got somethin’ for me.
Oh! I got a brand new pair of roller skates,
You got a brand new key…”

Do you remember the song “Brand New Key” that was first recorded by Melanie and then covered a million times?  I think it was also on the Sony and Cher show.   I somehow don’t think the song will come back again as a hit because kids just don’t have any need for a roller skate key because they have wheelies.  Well, be on watch, wheelies:  There is a brand new mode of foot transportation that has been invented and they are called Orbit Wheels.

Do you know how some people answer those quizzes that ask you what animal you would want to be if you could pick?  This is for those people who answered “fiddler crab” and love seeing the world go by sideways.

Well, with those you certainly couldn’t enter the world roller skating championships. I doubt if that still goes on these days. Maybe it just happens in New Zealand. Who knows. At any rate, in 1981, Billy Richardson & Holly Valante were the world rollerskating champions.

I have been taken to task on my skepticism on the popularity of old school skating. There is actually an entire forum dedicated to skating. In fact, I stumbled upon it by searching for Richardson and Valente who gave their red jumpsuited and skating skirted all. People on the forum referred to it as “our sport,” so I guess I stand corrected. It is good to know that regular ol skating is alive and well and not everyone has been sucked in to the latest thing. Maybe when I have kids someday, metal skates will be big again and Melanie will get lots of royalties.

Mr. T’s Fashion Show. Yes, You Heard Me Right.


December 4th, 2008

Since winter will be fast upon us….if it is not “officially” winter where you are, it unofficially is because there is snow on the ground…you must be thinking of spring clothing, right?   Wrong, unless you are in the fashion world and already know what the hot color for Spring 2009 is (YELLOW) and are thinking in terms of Fall 2009.   In otherwords, it is possible for you to be thinking about fashion shows.   There are many people whose names are but one word and you know who they are….Kate, Donatella, Marc, et al.   There is probably one name that is more widely known than them all.  That is “T,” or MISTER T to YOU.  That’s right, more households in the world know who Mr. T is than Spade, Moss, Versace, or Jacobs.

What is my point?   Did you know that at one time the fashion world AND Mr. T were somehow intertwined?  Yes, it has burned a hole in my retina way back when, and I present it now to you.  Before watching “MR. T’s Fashion Show,” make sure your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is not in your hand and is safely on a flat surface so you don’t get it up your nose or spit it at anyone by accident while chortling in either recognition because you dressed like this, or because of the complete absurdity of Jeff’s dancing.  I nearly lost my Rock and Rye over this one. Maybe if I get my own show, they will put an animated frame around my face and put my name in big letters next to me so you know who I am, just like Marta gets. Count how many of these items were in your closet…be honest now:

Freedom to Hammer


September 17th, 2008

Recently, a young man from Miami was temporarily jailed with wearing pants that were too low in public.   They were super baggy, and road way down and his underwear was showing.  No large amount his derriere was showing (allegedly), but the arresting officer decided that his attire was inapropriate.     The court ruled that fining, requiring community service of, or imprisoning someone based on their Hammer pants was unconstitutional.

One issue with baggy pants these days is not about freedom of expression, but because the authorities know all too well that some people go into stores with their out of season winter coats and broad legged pants to hide shoplifted items.   Either way it was determined that even though it may be a crime of fashion, people can’t be arrested on pants alone.

Baggy, saggy pants are nothing new.  About eight years ago a young boy ran past me and tripped.   His friends all laughed that his size 52 jeans he wore cinched in to create a baggy look on his 30″ waist frame caused his mishap. Of course we also remember the 80s.  The trend just hasn’t died.

mc_hammer_pants.jpgThe original “Hammer Pants” that MC Hammer popularized were wide legged and baggy to exaggerate dance movements, but they had one important detail seperating them from what kids wear today:   The waist band fit you.

There was no clue from casual observation what Mr. Hammer’s favorite brand of underwear was, nor if he was a boxer, briefs, or boxer-briefs man.  The world didn’t know and Mr. Hammer felt that was a little too much information, I would presume.   He was too classy for that.

In the “middle years” of baggy saggy pants, wearers would buy pants 12 sizes too big and would consciously look for underwear that would look okay being seen.  They might put some fancy boxers over their regular underwear, much like a lady would wear a camisole, to prevent plumber butt.

That led to fashion swinging the other way, and women started wearing lowrise, skintight jeans that looked wrong for their figure.   That is when the ladies got in on the visible underwear trend that wasn’t very becoming, until things swung back the other way again, bringing us to the holdouts that insist on cinching their clown pants.

These days, MC Hammer has hung up his dancing pants and is a minister who mentors young people.  Maybe he would do a mall tour a la Tiffany to reach out to young people on the dangers of knocking your teeth out from tripping over your britches.

I am not in the “too old to be trusted” category, at least not yet.   I admit to being sucked into fashion in my teenage years that made one look like they just rolled out of bed (but I actually did shower.) , but I will keep my underpants to myself, thank you very much.

Buying Z. Cavaricci


August 30th, 2008

This site has received more comments, and I have received more mail over one subject leaps and bounds over any other   .

Last October, I wrote about Cavaricci pants of the 80s and early 90s.  It was a little tongue in cheek, I will admit.   I just had no idea the following the pants had, nor how fond a very alrge number of people are of them.  It definitely has been an education over the past ten months of hearing from you, my faithful readers.

Many questions were asked about where people could buy the clothes, and I replied that it was really hit or miss.   I have compiled a list of Cavaricci currently around the internet.

dsp_cavaricci_1214966751.jpgZ. Cavaricci shirt offered on ebay by Christina Joy Boutique.  It is  a size small,and is available for immediate purchase in the ebay store.  Price is $35.00 or best offer.  Remember your manners.  ”Best Offer” doesn’t mean 5% of asking price.

Check it out HERE

Alohalowrider has a pair of 34″ waist Cavaricci pants (not pictured).  Unfortunately, they are not in the mint condition that some of you seek.  The pants are wrinkled (an easy fix) but they also may have small stains here and there.  So buy them for nostalgia or to kick around, but not “night out” pants, but perhaps with a cleaning you may uncover a gem!  Auction is ending in 3 days.   There is $25.00 Buy It Now or a $15.00 starting bid.   They may not be a bad price if you are looking to try them on for the memories.

There is a pair in better condition over at Trocadero, offered by seller Matinee New York.  The waist is listed at 33″ and the price is $100 plus shipping.  Condition is Very Good to Excellent.  Checkwith the seller for more clarification.   (Pants pictured below).   If I see anything else, I will let you know.   Or, if you have anything up on a website, write in.    There are individuals who are eager to capture their late 80s and early 90s fashion memories.

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More Cavaricci from the MailBag


June 30th, 2008

I recently got a note from new friend of VG’sMD – Akber.  He wrote in response to “Cavaricci Redux

I really like the style of Cavaricci Menswear, and would like to see someone bring back the style. I feel that this Style has been totally underrated and misrepresented. I also would like to see banded collar shirts brought back as well. Plus in warm climate areas, I would like to see the usage of breathable fabrics, which also should not require Dry Cleaning. Wash and wear is perfect

With the amount of mail I have been receiving about said pants and clothing, it seems like I should change the name of this blog to the “Z Cavaricci presents VintageGent’s Menswear Daily,” as the subject is where the bulk of our mail comes from.

neimanbandedcollar.jpgAkber, you are half in luck.  Banded collar shirts are in style, as a matter of fact. This offering, at left, is at Neiman Marcus. There are surely interpretations available at a variety of price points.   I spied some available in a variety of fabrics, including cottion.  Unless, of course, you were referring to a Nehru collar, or the less formal modified crewnecks.

Until next time,

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Paintball: The Sport of Gentlemen


May 19th, 2008

I added a new category to the blog called “Repository of Useless Information.” No, that is not my middle name, although some may think it is. I love trivial facts, and there will be some trivia to be gleaned here before the post is over. I’ll be adding more to the category from time to time, so read it and be prepared for your next party.

In my aimless wanderings, I stumbled by an online paintball store.  It made me marginally nostalgic for participating in laser tag birthday parties, as at such parties we were imagining or hoping that we were really playing paintball. We weren’t interested in hunting. We didn’t want to harm animals, we only wanted to hit eachother.  Although laser tag gave us that feeling that we were actors in the “Tron” movie of our youth, it lacked the requisite supplies and messiness.  We would also argue the fact that the sensors fired by accident and would argue and cajole our way back into the game.

There is no “gray area” with paintball. The paint makes several things irrefutable. Firstly, the fact that you are “out”. Secondly, the Tippmann x7 sniper paintball guns and others firmly indicate to your friends that you are in fact an “army guy,” or a special opps person. With laser tag, half the time is spent arguing because they can’t tell that you were obviously supposed to be Luke Skywalker, and there can only be one Luke!

What is the point of all this?

Did you know that paintball wasn’t just a 1980s invention? Paintball actually originates in the 1940s from the forestry industry. Something was needed to mark trees a little more clearly and efficiently. Thus, the paintball gun was born.

I wonder who the first person was who decided to shoot their buddy to find out if it hurt or not. The recipient of the blow would have probably been the one decide that you need some sort of tactical vest or face protector. Well, maybe that person didn’t think of that, as their thinking cap probably wasn’t ready for the adventure of creativity. They probably were just complaining about how much it stung.

Of course, paintball didn’t make its way into bachelor party outings or corporate events until after 1981. Thus, it causes us to associated the activity with modern life, versus something gentleman and ladies in the middle of the century would have thought about doing after their weekly bridge game.

That’s the historical Tippmann for the day. I mean historical tip, man.

Until Next Time,
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From the Mailbag: Buying Retro Cavariccis


April 21st, 2008

Jason read a recent post “Cavaricci Redux,” and was inspired to write in:

I have been looking everywhere to buy a pair of
80’s/90’s Mens Z Cavaricci pants.

Do you know where I may find some?

Thank you ,

Jason

Dear Jason,

In my opinion and observation, the style of Caviricci pants that you speak of have not “come around again,” so to speak.

The upside is that not “everyone” is looking for them just yet, so you won’t have as many people fighting you for them! There has not been a Hollywood Star or a musicians who has decided to wear them and create a trend for them.

The downside is that you won’t find that locating a pair is very easy. They are a little “too new” just yet for vintage shops and websites looking to stock them, aside from maybe if the store owner is about my age and buys them because they can’t believe that they saw a pair. Local auctions that will sell “lots” of vintage clothing consider them “just old clothes.” People aren’t fighting over them yet, but on the other hand they are “not coming out of the closets” where they have been forgotten to be offered for sale.

Don’t despair yet. Another note is that because this style didn’t “work” for everybody, there would be an equal number of people who would have put them back in the closet unworn or after just one or two wearings, so the ones that you find might be in “like new” condition. The other half, of course, wore them incessantly!

My best advice would be to keep checking Ebay. Reason being is that when no one else is selling them, people sometimes “test the water” by “trying” something on ebay first to see if it is worth putting something in an online shop.  Or it may be something their customers wouldn’t normally buy. I have seen jeans in smaller waist sizes show up there periodically with the same high waisted style as the dressier pants.   Also, your neighborhood consignment shop may carry them.   It may be dicey as some consignment shops will carry anything that is in top notch shape, but some may reject clothing that they don’t fee is “in style” this minute.

Happy hunting, and I will keep an ear to the ground if I hear any news for you.

Caviricci Redux


March 31st, 2008

Quite some time ago, I wrote about Z. Cavaricci pants. Let’s take a trip back in time, shall we?

I had a bad flashback today. I read an article that mentioned Z. Cavariccis. For those that want to forget, Z. Cavaricci created a men’s style in pants that in the late 80s to early 90s. Many a young man who I knew wore them. I am asking whoever made themselves in charge of looking at influences from the 80s to overlook this one when designing next season’s clothing.

They were high waisted like tux pants, but the belt loops were a bit lower, at the natural waist. The legs were pleated, and what made them veer way off the track of a classic trouser, was that they featured a deep “v” front yoke. It caused the legs of the pants, because they were pleated but flat acrossed the stomach and groin area, to pleat out even farther. On the tall, gangly, and knobby kneed gent, it was actually flattering because the pleats laid right and it made his legs look more proportional. You noticed the guy’s overall ensemble.

But on everyone else…it was “Here comes pants.”

If you were stocky, or were fit but were more muscular of leg, the pleated legs brought a strange adaptation of puffed out harem pants to mind or made one look bowlegged. Of course, this was overcontrasted by the virtually flat triangular yoke covering the stomach to the top of the groin area, appearing like a virtual “directional arrow” towards something that I am sure the designer could not have realized, or the joke was on the wearer that their whole…um… “area”… was being pointed to. The finishing touch was to buy them long and cuff them.

The rear of the pants had little style, most of the budget had been put into the front.
I have no photo to show you. I could not find one anywhere. So you may just have to take my word for it!

Well, flash forward to this week, when an alert reader sent me the following image:

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The shirt is hiding just how high the waist band is on the man, trust me. There is a distinct possibility that I am remembering them in a far more heinous light than they actually were. After all, they were tumbled around in my distant memory, most likely hopped on by Q-bert and pummeled by a few 1980s professional wrestlers I recall from sitting like a pretzel on the living room floor. Those guys are really heavy and I wouldn’t want to whack them in their center of gravity.  All of these years, they have been tripping around in my cob webby mind each time I sleep or stand.  Those pants would surely be flattened or severely mangled by now. I will go with “theory B,” a model of perfect proportions just is able to carry off the look more so than pre-growth spurt teenage boys.

Here Comes Pants!


October 2nd, 2007

I had a bad flashback today. I read an article that mentioned Z. Cavariccis. For those that want to forget, Z. Cavaricci created a men’s style in pants that in the late 80s to early 90s. Many a young man who I knew wore them. I am asking whoever made themselves in charge of looking at influences from the 80s to overlook this one when designing next season’s clothing.

They were high waisted like tux pants, but the belt loops were a bit lower, at the natural waist. The legs were pleated, and what made them veer way off the track of a classic trouser, was that they featured a deep “v” front yoke. It caused the legs of the pants, because they were pleated but flat acrossed the stomach and groin area, to pleat out even farther. On the tall, gangly, and knobby kneed gent, it was actually flattering because the pleats laid right and it made his legs look more proportional. You noticed the guy’s overall ensemble.

But on everyone else…it was “Here comes pants.”

If you were stocky, or were fit but were more muscular of leg, the pleated legs brought a strange adaptation of puffed out harem pants to mind or made one look bowlegged. Of course, this was overcontrasted by the virtually flat triangular yoke covering the stomach to the top of the groin area, appearing like a virtual “directional arrow” towards something that I am sure the designer could not have realized, or the joke was on the wearer that their whole…um… “area”… was being pointed to.  The finishing touch was to buy them long and cuff them.

The rear of the pants had little style, most of the budget had been put into the front.
I have no photo to show you. I could not find one anywhere. So you may just have to take my word for it!

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