Thursday, February 28, 2013

life, lately

1. Doris Day record 
2. a walk with Max
3. 1930s Japanese boro at Inspiration LA
4. sleepy Boulder pup
5. old movie watching on a Sunday
6. current favorite suede jacket

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

warpy check

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, early 1900s

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

while we were out

beads from the Gem Faire in Costa Mesa and book cover designs from an antique market

Monday, February 25, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

while we were out

pattern hunting at the Long Beach flea

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


René Gruau Unpublished sketch for Lido 1965

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


George Walton, 1930 (design for tapestry)

Monday, February 18, 2013

two men in Watts, 1966 + vintage swatch from our collection

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

happy birthday abe

I can't help but post this correspondence between 11 year old Grace Bedell and Honest Abe in 1860.

Dear Sir
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin's. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York. 
I must not write any more answer this letter right off, Good bye.
Grace Bedell
Lincoln's response:
Miss Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss 
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received — I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters — I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age — They, with their mother, constitute my whole family — As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now? 
Your very sincere well wisher,
A. Lincoln

He allowed his beard to grow out shortly after  her letter and was elected America's 16th president a few weeks later. Coincidence? I think not ;)

Monday, February 11, 2013

inspiration LA

I was able to make it to Inspiration LA last weekend. Collectors selling to collectors = $$$. 
It was fun to grab a beer and take it all in.
Here are a few photos I was able to snap along the way... from our instagram.
 1930s Japanese boro cloth
Eastern European jacket

Did you guys do anything fun over the weekend?

The Paris Review, 1972 + vintage knit stripe from our collection

Friday, February 8, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

be a man...

shave with an axe.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

color combo

Romanian poster, 1969

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

vintage stripe from our collection + a young Grace Coddington, 1966