Still wearing this. Just had its first wash.
I've been getting cotton ties instead of silk or wool. It has a more casual look and less sheen. Most options are from The Hill Side and Apolis. Nice flat block colours.
This is a Nigel Cabourn cotton tie. Surprisingly thick but still forms a manageable knot.
via Lofgren Speedway
Freewheelers Neal Cassady Salt & Pepper Mock Twist Chambray Shirt. (Via Lofgren/Speedway)
This shirt is nicer than I expected. I hope it doesn't shrink too much because the size is perfect.
I like watching old martial arts films - Shaw Brothers etc.
So, I was finally watching the Lone Wolf and Cub series recently - I had been meaning to watch it for years.
In the second episode "Baby Cart at the River Styx" there is a scene that talks about indigo, and shows vats and dyeing.
Ogami Itto was the Shogun's executioner. He was framed by the Yagyu clan, and has fled the capital with his toddler son, Daigoro. Now he is working as a sword for hire.
In this scene, the Awa clan that produces a highly valued Indigo using a secret recipe wants to hire Ogami Itto. They need him to battle some powerful foes who are helping their enemies to get the details of their secret dyeing techniques.
I've manually added the subtitles from an SRT file, so they're not quite right. I might fix them up when I'm not busy.
Japanese appreciation of aspects of culture that would have been lost if not for some neurotic obsession.
I'd also suggest that that some of the worlds biggest luxury brands (ie. Rolex and Louis Vuitton) would not have survived the 80s/90s if not for the Japanese market's obsession with them.
I hadn't actually seen or handled cotton on the plant before. They're more interesting than I expected.
Levi's custom made jeans (via JC)
It sounds kinda cool to have a custom fit, but I prefer the idea that you're wearing a standard production model and having the denim shape to you.