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Fashion for the preservationista

September 27, 2010

Darlings, don’t we all need one of these for those days we’re stomping through the countryside doing windshield surveys?  Or hacking through the landscape on horseback scouting a rare extant example of a Dutch barn?  Or maybe just because it’s called a National Historic Landmark blazer?  This would go great with my Wellingtons…..

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  1. September 27, 2010 5:57 pm

    Haha, I love this! So funny. Not that I would buy it (or could buy on a preservation salary) but it made me laugh. Is this a common theme for that company?

    • Sabra Smith permalink*
      September 27, 2010 6:11 pm

      Dearest, once upon a time there was a quirky catalogue that used historic provenance (real and faux) plus wild, worldly travel details to create a relevance for its clothes in a world of malls and oversized shoulder pads. Youngsters like you probably consider the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” to be retro at this point (or equivalent to old-time stuff like the magna carta), but after the character of Elaine lost her publishing job, she worked at J Peterman, crafting more and more outlandish provenance for the sartorial splendor found in the catalogue pages. I thought that J Peterman itself had become a relic, but my boss discovered this treasure online — apparently the Hare & Hounds set have been loyally ordering all this time and you can still order a frilly dress for sipping vino in Paris or an eye-catching pantsuit for the next time you pilot your plane to Singapore.


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