Tag Archives: unisex

Riders on the Storm @TheJunctionFlea

The Eye of Faith @ The Junction Flea 2

The Eye of Faith had our trusty mannequin dressed very chic, and spanning the decades in a 1930s “SAINTS” basketball tank, beautiful 1940s baby mink fur wrap, and a 1950s black straw fedora for a look that reminded me of Paris (the kind of masculine and decadent look Galliano himself might have choreographed). Indeed, he looked quite dapper and was ready to impress in the sunshine for our very first ever outdoor Pop-Up at this month’s Junction Flea!

As usual, we met many fantastic and style-wise individuals, and saw many of our favourite recurring faces, and were able to send home many of them with some of our unique finds. Seeing as we do most of our business online, it is always great to have that face-to-face interaction, and also getting to know our neighbours and introduce them to our brand. That in itself is the most fulfilling thing about having our Pop-Ups, and we look forward to doing many many more (especially if the weather decides to cheer up!).

This month’s Flea came to be probably the most challenging yet, even as we were so excited to be setting up literally just down the street from our studio! It wasn’t the man-power that gave us issues, but a much greater force that we are all accustomed to, and even after thousands of years are not immune – the powerful force of nature!

The Eye of Faith @ The Junction Flea 1

Before Vintage Armageddon Struck!

Mamma had a bit of a temper this Mother’s Day (Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful Mammas!), as she wouldn’t give any of the vendors a break! We were lucky enough to have a tent, and the shelter of a brick wall which managed to shield us from the gusting winds, pouring rains, and hail storms which scattered themselves between beautiful blue skies and the warmth of the sun. Talk about fickle.

Like soldiers, we stuck it out until the bitter cold end, having watched dozens of vendors go down one by one and vying to pack up early and head for shelter. However, determination won, and we were able to make some brilliant sales and spark some new friendships along the way, as well. Very good.

Shout out to our vendor neighbours Brad at Fair Judy’s and Lisa at Partners in Crime Vintage for sticking it out alongside us. Way to go! We survived the “vintage apocalypse“, as it was becoming known . . . We’re looking forward to more fun and festivities next month at The Junction Flea! Having held our own this time around, here’s hoping Mother Nature decides to give us a break, a little.

The Eye of Faith @ The Junction Flea 3

If you weren’t able to make it down to visit us at The Flea, please check out the {SHOP} where many of our items have been uploaded, and many more to come in the next few weeks! We have been promising womenswear, and we shall deliver! And all you men dressing like boys, come check us out for something both fun and stylish, why don’t you?!

Bring the past back to life, and do your part to stop the excess waste of textiles and clothing our society is currently suffering from!

Enjoy the video!

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

+

Similar Stories:

Snapshots from The Junction Flea {April 2013} by The Eye of Faith

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-111

We had a great day at this month’s Junction Flea – the last at The Great Hall.

Next month will take place in the Lot at Indian Grove and Dundas Street West (which is just up the street from our studio)!
Be there or be square.
Here’s a few pics of our booth, if you missed it or weren’t able to come!

+

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-110

We brought our signature vintage menswear pieces, and some of our secret stash!! We hope to get most of it online by the end of the month, so if you got to rummage through the collection you got a bit of a preview of things to come!

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-Main

Paul looked great in Great Gatsby American Chic. Manning the booth.

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-7

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

-Albert Einstein

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-8

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-6

Some of our signature vintage fashion images made their way along with us, like the 1940s Rebel Skater Boy!

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-9

+

Shirts galore!

+

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-3

Nancy Wilson LP on the top there. Our fabulous urban chic style stunner mannequin!

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-8

Legendary Issues! Naomi, Jourdan, Lara, Natasha, Daria, Freja, Coco, even Faye – they were all with us . .  . Some of the most legendary photo shoots and fashion moments of the last 10 years, and more. We will be getting these online soon, too.

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-4

Everyone loved the knight’s helmut. You don’t see that everyday . . .

the-eye-of-faith-the-junction-flea-april-2013-5

We can’t wait for next month, where we’ll have even more stylish and mysterious goodies to share!

Wish you could be there, but thanks especially to those who were!

To learn more about The Junction Flea, click here for a link to their site!

Until next time!
Sincerely,

{theEye}

+

Visit us online TODAY!

Similar Stories:

+ The Case for Hawaiian Shirts + Vintage Fashion Inspiration {Spring/Summer 2013}

[image: fashion.grunge.style.]

The Case for Hawaiian Shirts really began when I was 8 years old and my mother brought home a Hawaiian shirt for me from her trip to Hawaii. I had begged her to grab me one while she was touring the islands for work. Seemed to me like the coolest thing!

It was a wicked print, nothing too crazy, pretty much an example of a classic Hawaiian shirt.

I remember my locker neighbour saying:  “Whats wrong with you?”

“WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!” is what I wanted to say, but I just shrugged and laughed her aside. She didn’t even have a sense about her as she was herself wearing something completely typical of the girls in my classes around these times…

She just couldn’t appreciate it the way I did. For me, it made me feel the most ahead of the game. I was different than the rest, and that’s always a good thing. For me, there’s just no doubting a really great Hawaiian Shirt.

{Donna Reed + Montgomery Clift, “From Here to Eternity” [1953]. }

{Michael Pitt for Prada S/S 2012 by David Sims}

Lately there’s been a huge influx of Hawaiian and tropical shirts in both runway shows and magazine editorials – it seems the world is finally catching on and getting a little more in tuned with not just my drift, but the truth of the whole matter.

The case for Hawaiian and Tropical print shirts is that they are as much a classic staple in ones wardrobe as other pieces heralded as being part of our sartorial lineage.

There is plenty of mythology revolving around the the true origin of the Aloha shirt (as they are also called) that range from birth in the Philipines to the islands of Samoa.

Until the early 18th century, kapa was the main currency of many islands of the South Pacific. Kapa was a simple patterned cloth found in the South Pacific made from pounding and dyeing the bark of a mulberry tree. These prints later made a splash again in the 1950s.

However, it is safe to accredit much of why we still sport and wear these styles to the craftsmanship and entrepreneurial efforts of one, Musa-Shiya the Shirtmaker. Throughout the 1920s and 30s, Musa-Shiya was one of the top Japanese tailors in Honolulu, who profited from his made-to-order custom silk shirts made with colourful and bright Japanese fabrics with Western-style tailoring.

These shirts helped tourists visiting the island make that final transformation to truly being on vacation, taking it easy, and saying goodbye to the stresses of the mainland. Forget your troubles, come on be happy!

Soon after other Japanese tailors were doing the same, and quickly the demand for these tailored tropical refuges only began to soar. The 1953 film, “From Here to Eternity” would pretty much seal the deal with stars such as Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and even Frank Sinatra sporting the casual cuts of florals and tropical sunsets.

+  +  +

From here on out, it pretty much has become the go-to expression of ease. Picking the right pattern is about 90% of the magic. There must be literally thousands, if not millions of different Aloha prints floating around in this world, and not all of them good. The key is equal parts colour as it is pattern – make sure both are really slamming. Compromise on this and you could really fall flat.

FIT would be another major point. So make sure it fits to your liking. If you’re feeling a little more lax and party you may want to embrace some volume (think Sean Penn as Spicoli from Fast Times, or Johnny Depp in Fear & Loathing) or you can keep the cut classic and simple with a bit more of a tailored look to emulate classic stars like Clift, Sinatra, or Delon. Either way – you’re pretty much laughing …

{After World War II, a gradual change in aloha wear took place with the breakdown of rigid dress requirements for business attire. The business tie and jacket certainly were not comfortable in Hawaii’s summer climate. In 1946, the Honolulu Chamber of commerce appropriated $1000 to study aloha shirts and prepare suitable designs that clothing businessmen could wear.}

And just in case you’re unsure, check out our pics of style stunning inspiration that ranges from the {PAST} to {PRESENT}. So take a look, and decide your {FUTURE}…it’s calling!

All year round, these shirts takes you where you want to go!

It’s time to declare the Hawaiian Shirt an equally valuable piece of everyone’s wardrobe. It’s a defining piece with the magical ability to transport us from our everyday, and for those dedicated followers of fashion these pieces are definitely gaining visibility.

This is what I’m saying! If you don’t look back, you can never go forward! So hopefully you appreciate this menagerie of the exotic and wild! Check out The Vintage Hawaiian Shirt for more history, and a look at the web’s most impressive collection of them!

Don’t be stuck staring at your everyday checks, plaids, and plain…carry on the {TRADITION} and accelerate the past!

Take a look at some of the pieces in the +SHOP+ that can help you bring this look to life!

il_570xN.440097832_4hd9

Crazy Tropical Tiger All Over Graphic Print Cotton Summer Shirt – 

SMALL {$20}

P1016633

Mystic Mayan Prophecy Vintage Bugle Boy Shirt –

SMALL {$18} 

[SOLD]

P1016574

1970s Typographical Graphic Print Surf Shirt – 

MEDIUM {$18}

[SOLD]

P1015441

Phantom Floral  Hand-Blocked Cotton Surf Shirt

MEDIUM {$20}

P1016531-1

Ocean Mists 1970s Graphic Print Surf Shirt

MEDIUM {$20}

P1017652

Aloha Joe Authentic 1950s Graphic Tropical Print Hawaiian Shirt

{$40}

P1016396

“Paradise Lost”, 1950s Hawaiian Shirt with Cut-Off Sleeves

SMALL {$18}

P1016042

Embroidered Silk ‘Hollywood Babylon’

Art-Deco Asian Metallic Surf Party Shirt

– MEDIUM {$35}

il_570xN.439752522_r106

‘The Tree of Life’ 1970s All Over Wildlife Animal Graphic Print Shirt

LARGE {$30}

Knights of the Sandcastle- Sears Hawaii 1960s Graphic Floral Surf Shirt

Rare 1960s SEARS HAWAII Vibrant Frond Beach Party Surf Shirt

MEDIUM {$45}

Dreamweaver - 1970s Ralph Lauren Pscyhedellic Equestrian Wave Warrior All-Over Graphic Surf Shirt - The Eye of Faith Vintage Menswear

Dreamweaver 1970s Psychedelic Equestrian Vivid Ralph Lauren Graphic Print Beach Shirt OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Paradise Hawaii 1960s Classic Tropical Floral Graphic Beach Summer Shirt

MEDIUM {$60}

SMALL {$90}

Don’t forget to LIKE us on FACEBOOK,

& FOLLOW US on TWITTER

for all your vintage musings

from {theEye}!

+

Stay Style {WISE}, kids!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

+

Similar Stories:

New Finds from THE EYE OF FAITH!

Hello friends, fans, and followers!

As you may, or may not have noticed, we have opened up a site on ETSY, which has been very good to us thus far, so we have started stocking it with E.O.F. EXCLUSIVE pieces that you can find only on our ETSY SHOP! Very exciting . . .

Take a look at a few of the things we’ve pulled for you!

Vintage POLO by Ralph Lauren Striped Ivy-Style Oxford Shirt – SMALL { $48 }

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rare Vintage Sergio Valente Mint Green and Ivory Spring Jacket – MEDIUM

{ $40 }

il_fullxfull.432819918_eif8

Vintage Chemise Et Cie “Day Dreaming” – Provocative Pin-Up Photo Graphic Shirt – LARGE

{ $58 }

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Large Original Painting of Male Figure in Surreal Landscape – “Cave of Desire” by Aaron Robert Duarte – 31 1/4″ x 39″ – Contemporary Art

{ $780 }

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Paradise Lost- Vintage 1950s Bad Ass Rockabilly  – Hawaiian Shirt with Cut-Off Sleeves – SMALL

{ $24 }

Indeed, not your average vintage finds. That’s because each piece has been hand picked to ensure only the best and most relevant pieces make it to the +SHOP+. We love the thrill of the hunt, and when we get our hands on pieces like these, we know that we definitely have something special.

So why don’t you help us out, and bring the past to life with your new purchase directly from your one and only – The Eye of Faith!

ESCAPE THE EVERYDAY . . .

Until next time,

{theEye}


Similar Stories:

august sander

E.O.F Snapshot of the Day {March 6, 2013}

syracuse university - 1949 - lisa larsen

+

“So funny, I could DIE!!!”

{ “Syracuse University , 1949” – photograph by Lisa Larsen}

+

Similar Stories:

+21 SWEATERS+ from THE EYE OF FAITH

Lucky number 21, it seems…

Do you have what it takes to make it through those long, cold, fall, and winter months? It may be all sunshine now, but you know that it is coming. I can hear it’s whisper just softly over the wrestling hum of the passing trains…

There aren’t many lucky people out there who can decide their own fate. I’ll take it that you are a lucky one who can…

The mall may me overflowing with stock, but something deep inside of you can’t commit spending another hour roaming its glass walls and shiny floors. Nothing seems to stand out anymore. You think you might need a coffee. Try to commit once more, and no, you’re back to the beginning again.

That combative force is trying to tell you to be free. Believe in me, you have to be free.

Now, in honor of the Fall we have permitted 21 new looks to our collection of stuff in the {SHOP}. What better for the months ahead, than to have for yourself the perfect sweater. A truly versatile article of fashion clothing. If you’re smart about it, a good sweater is something that can truly last a lifetime. If you haven’t been truly concentrating, you might trick yourself to buying a piece that isn’t ready to last even a year.

It’s one of those things, but we were committed to not only find some select pieces which stand the test of time for their inherent style, but also ones that have shown they have held up over the many years with hardly a trace of wear. Guaranteed if it has lasted between 30-60 years, it is most likely going to last another.

If you’re like us, you believe a great stand out sweater can really make an impact, and it’s important to have a lot of them. You can dress them up with a pair of nice pants, or be really casual in jeans…you can layer shirts underneath them, heck, you can even layer knits on top of each other! The combinations really are endless….

There’s a fascinating article about knits for men at Clothesonfilm. Check it out to learn more about the history of knitwear, and how sweaters were used to create the perfect anti hero of Tom Hardy for the film “Lawless“. (click here)

And ladies, don’t be shy either! A sweater is a sweater. If you like it – go for it! Go big or go home.

Speaking of going big, we naturally don’t expect you to have to go over the top with your budget when it comes to looking good. That’s the great thing about vintage! You can really find some great things out there – best part is we make it easy to look good and save. Each sweater ranges in price from $24 – $60.

We’re also running a promo for 25% OFF ALL SWEATERS until the 10th of October. So best check out the ones you like now, because who knows where it might be going. Use code SRETAEWS when you’re ready to CHECK OUT!

So whether you want one or them all, we definitely believe we have +21 SWEATERS+ that really say F%#^$@ ! It all comes back to what we were saying with having choice. You make yours.

<<CLICK ON HERE or ON BOWIE to {SHOP} NOW!!!>>

+

Sincerely,

{theEye}

+

Similar Stories: