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Photos, Menswear, Handmade Books, Whatever comes up.
Family photos from way way back. #wayback #family #1900’s #menswear #womenswear #mensstyle #pine #vermont #newengland #coveredwagon #enfieldcottage #oregontrailswag #drivingcap #usa #picnic #ancestry #suitup #suiting

Family photos from way way back. #wayback #family #1900’s #menswear #womenswear #mensstyle #pine #vermont #newengland #coveredwagon #enfieldcottage #oregontrailswag #drivingcap #usa #picnic #ancestry #suitup #suiting

1000yardstyle:

J. Crew Summer, Men’s street style, London
Over the last few weeks I photographed some stylish London gents who where wearing J. Crew. It’s fascinating to find something so familiar from the States take on a new, maverick American cool in the context of the very british London.

#london #cityboy #jcrew

1000yardstyle:

J. Crew Summer, Men’s street style, London

Over the last few weeks I photographed some stylish London gents who where wearing J. Crew. It’s fascinating to find something so familiar from the States take on a new, maverick American cool in the context of the very british London.

#london #cityboy #jcrew

1000yardstyle:

J. Crew Summer, Men’s London street style


 




#jcrew #menswear #1967mustang #indyboots 

1000yardstyle:

J. Crew Summer, Men’s London street style

 

#jcrew #menswear #1967mustang #indyboots 

epauletshop:

Gitman Vintage Star Print shirt. Check the little flags on the collar liner :-)

I must have this.

epauletshop:

Gitman Vintage Star Print shirt. Check the little flags on the collar liner :-)

I must have this.

thousandyardstyle:

London Fashion Week Street Style, The Americans

Thanks for these great shots, man!  jcrew #Ludlow 

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Levi’s Made & Crafted

Last night I washed my jeans for the first time.  Well, I shouldn’t say ‘washed’ but rather rinsed.  In the shower - just water, no soap.  Levi’s Made & Crafted in the U.S.A. 12oz Japanese Indigo Red Line Selvedge Denim.  As I write this they air dry in the bathroom and I contemplate the two years flushed out of them, bits of homes passed, friendships forged, growth gained, and adventure committed to memory.  Bittersweet it is to have a fresh start and to remember our travels together.

Summer 2013

Summer 2013

Enfield Cottage Lavender Floral Tie

Enfield Cottage Lavender Floral Tie

Enfield Cottage U.S. Navy Digital Camo Tie

Enfield Cottage U.S. Navy Digital Camo Tie

Enfield Cottage Indian Madras Tie

Enfield Cottage Indian Madras Tie

 

 

Airing out my new, vintage waxed-cotton, Ascot brand motorcycle jacket. Fits like a glove!

Props to anyone with info on the brand: Ascot Leather Goods PTY. LTD. Melbourne, or with tips to get the “old man stench” out. Tag reads, “Hang on line and wash with garden hose.”

Airing out my new, vintage waxed-cotton, Ascot brand motorcycle jacket. Fits like a glove!

Props to anyone with info on the brand: Ascot Leather Goods PTY. LTD. Melbourne, or with tips to get the “old man stench” out. Tag reads, “Hang on line and wash with garden hose.”

Interview W/ Jim Wetzel of Space 519

On November 1, I had the opportunity to check out Space 519 and sit down with Jim Wetzel, the co-owner/co-mastermind of his refined general store.  

Space519

Teaser:

Dustin: So what is your background in?

Jim Wetzel: Retail for a million years.  When I was 15 years old I lied about my age to become a stock boy at this women’s boutique in Old Orchard.  It was crazy… I was in the mall with a friend and she was like, “Oh let’s go in here!” and I was like, “This is so cool!”  They had all this cool women’s stuff and, I don’t know what possessed me, I just went up and asked, “Are you hiring?”  They gave me an application and I came back and was like, “Wait a minute… I’m not even old enough to get a job.”  I lied.  I said I was 16.  I was 15.

D:  Do you have a system to prevent bringing work home all the time?

JW:  If you ask any entrepreneur, it’s why they’re an entrepreneur.  Because there isn’t this moment of ‘shutting it off.”  And that’s what you like about it.  You find some inspiration of some sort, then you get geeked about something, and then you have this conversation…  When you’re an entrepreneur you’re more passionate than a business owner.  You’re never completely satisfied.  You’re open and you’re cooking and it’s all good.  And then you’re like, “I want more.  I want to do more.  I want to do this somewhere else.  I want to do another concept.”  That’s an entrepreneur because you just can’t get enough.

Space 519 carries an impressively curated collection that fuses High-Fashion Women’s Street-wear and Jewelry, a comfortable yet delightfully edgy Home-wares section, some unexpected vintage Men’s Watches & accessories, and an impressive collection of Men’s Apothecary.

Check out Space519 here or at 900 N. Michigan Ave, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.

Looking forward to what you guys do next!

Preview:  Some highlights from my first line,  DL for dustinlee.

*3 Piece Seersucker Short Suit

*Destroyed Indigo-Dipped Seavees

*Ex-Pat CPO Jacket

*Indigo Short-Sleeve Oxford Shirt

*Reverse Banker Oxford Shirt

*Hand-finished Indigo Henley w/ Custom Harvest Vest

*Vintage Naval Jumper

*Over-sized Indigo Shetland Wool Sweater

Shot on Thanksgiving by my girl.