James Dean in Warner Bros Film ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

The worldwide trend for t-shirts was popularised in the 1950’s by the movies. Tough guy images created for James Dean and Marlon Brando made a white t-shirt under a black leather jacket a standard look for young men at that time. During the 60s printing techniques advanced and t-shirts took on a commercial aspect. Advertising films, music bands and policticians. Slogan t- shirts were also popular with the protest movement. Since then T-shirts have become a moving poster for whatever cause, brand or idol you want to promote.

When buying t-shirts online most of us know what we want, whether that is a particular print or style. However, when buying vintage t-shirts online it gets complicated! For example, construction, print type and fabric content can all help authenticate a vintage t-shirt. At Repsycho we want to help you find exactly what you want and understand precisely what you are buying, so we endeavour to explain honestly and in straightforward terms each item. Nonetheless some clarification may help- so here goes!

T-Shirt Styles

Crew neck, V-neck, sleeveless, short or long sleeve are fairly obvious- but some are less apparent.

A mounted collar is sewn onto the top of the t-shirt, rather than sewn under the fabric. Often mounted collars hold their shape better than sewn-under ones.

Raglan tee which often has different coloured sleeves to the main body of the shirt but most importantly they have acute angle shoulder seams.

A ringer tee has different coloured collar and cuffs made from a ribbed material. They offer a distinctively vintage look.

T-Shirt Print Types

Screen Print: An ink medium is pressed through a screen and onto the t-shirt. The prep and process is fairly laborious therefore many vintage screen printed t-shirts feature only one or two colours.

All-Over Print, Megaprint: Screen print that covers the whole shirt, front, and back. A megaprint typically means every inch of the t-shirt is printed on, including the collar and arms.

Heat Transfer Print/ Iron-on: A chosen print pressed on a blank t-shirt using a heat press. The prints don’t always stand the test of time, often fading or peeling.

Mullet: A t-shirt is one that features a small print on the front, typically over the left breast, and a large print on the rear aka a “back-hit.” They were named this as an homage to the mullet hairstyle.

Ink Print: Printed on demand by a machine, one at a time. A white, 100% cotton t-shirt is placed in the machine, and the print is directed by an image you provide.

Sublimation: A modern digital process of printing that first involves printing onto a special sheet of paper, then transferring that image onto another material (usually polyester or a polyester mix). The ink is then heated until it disintegrates into the fabric. Not really relevant in the vintage t-shirt market.

T-Shirt Construction

Circular/ Tubular Knit: Made from fabric knit into a tube shape. As a result, t-shirts made with circular knit fabric lack side seams. Side seams are a fairly recent thing dating from around the millennium.

Single Stitch/ Single Dingle: This refers to the finishing stitch commonly used in the construction of a vintage t-shirt. The finishing on the cuff, hem and shoulder of the t-shirt has a single line of stitching secures the fabric edge.

Double Stitch: This refers to a t-shirt that features more modern double-stitching, two lines of stitching on the cuff, hem and shoulder. This became the norm in the early 1990s.

Condition

Deadstock Vintage: Used to describe tees that became excess stock or were unsold. Often in excellent condition. However, sometimes storage conditions and being left unwashed can adversely affect their condition. Also, sometimes there is a reason they were unsold- damage or mis-sizing, check carefully.

Distressed/ Trashed: Describes the condition of heavily worn t-shirts. Usually tees in this condition are riddled with holes, seam separations, stains, and a faded print.

Paper-Thin: This usually describes a vintage 50/50 t-shirt that has been so heavily washed and worn that the cotton has diminished.

Bacon Neckline: When the neck of a t-shirt starts losing its form and becomes loose and stretched.

Pilling: Tiny bunches/balls of fabric begin to appear on a t-shirt- very common with blended tees but not too much of an issue.

Fabric Terms

100% Cotton: The entire shirt is made of cotton, sometimes preshrunk.

50/50: A t-shirt that is made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester.

Tri-Blend: Often refers to t-shirts made from cotton,

polyester, and rayon fabric. These t-shirts are durable and soft.

Rayon-Blend: Is a fabric that has rayon blended with cotton, also gives the t-shirt a softer feel.

Heathered: When different coloured fibres are combined to produce a speckled, subtle colour. Commonly used in tri-blend fabrics.

Code Nouveau cropped red leather jacket

Fashion of the 1980s placed heavy emphasis on cheap clothes and fashion accessories. Hair was big, make up heavy and visual style was everything- think Boy George, Adam Ant and Madonna. Apparel tended to be very bright and vivid in appearance. With trends spanning from ripped jeans and oversized jackets to puffball skirts and power suits, it was one of the most eclectic decades in fashion history.

T-Shirts and Sweats

Katherine Hamnett Slogan T-Shirt

In 1984 a music video by Wham! reinvigorated the iconic fashion tee- with its stark, black-on-white imperative, CHOOSE LIFE, designed by Katherine Hamnett. During the same year Frankie goes to Hollywood’s exhortation to RELAX cemented the fashion. Worn oversized and these tees quickly became a simple staple of everyone’s wardrobe. The basic t- shirt became a billboard for the slogan of your choice.

‘Stack ’em High’ Sweatshirt Design by Keith Haring

A natural extension of the expressive t- shirt was an explosion of designs for both tee and sweat shirts. Many have become extremely collectable, Keith Haring’s pop art designs enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity.

1980s Sportswear

ADIDAS Sports SHORTS
ADIDAS Zipped Colour Block TRACK TOP

There are several fashion trends which are synonymous with the 80s; maybe the most enduring was the advent of sportswear as a fashion item. In 1981 Olivia Newton-John had a hit with Physical and frankly I blame it all on her- it was all lycra, headbands and leg warmers thereafter! Fitness and body sculpting was a popular leisure pursuit and the clothing in which to pursue was a big market. Sports sponsorship and product endorsement became the norm instead of the exception, everyone wanted to wear their favourite sporting icons style.

Power Dressing

Glamazon Print Design BLOUSE
J A RESORTS Sequinned JACKET

Naturally, working women had to look the part, and they did so in menswear-inspired power suits. Instantly recognizable from their extended shoulders, an effect achieved by the large shoulder pads in the lining of the jackets and an oversized boxy look. For the summer shoulder pads in blouses were perfectly acceptable and bold prints too. Roll up your sleeves and get in the yuppie swing. Shoulder pads invaded all areas of 80s fashion so it was virtually impossible to find a dress or jacket without them.

1980s Jeans

EVISU Selvedge Jeans
PULL & BEAR Women’s Blue MOM JEANS

The 1980s were the decade for designer denim, with Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein leading the pack. Designer jeans came in many colours, patterns and styles. There were wide leg jeans, stretch pull on jeans and coloured jeans. Jeans were normally flat fronted but in the 1980’s pleated fronted jeans were very much a thing. Acid wash or stonewash jeans, previously only worn by subcultures like punks, entered mainstream fashion in the mid ’80s. But the predominant jean style of the decade for women was high-waisted with a straight or tapered cut. Oh and dungarees too!

Large Jumpers

Another very popular look was to pair an oversized sweatshirt or sweater with a pair of leggings. Luckily, there is such a large selection of legging styles available now that finding the perfect 1980s style is not difficult!

Jumpsuits

The jumpsuit, which started gaining fashion momentum with the disco movement of the 1970s, hit peak fashionability in the 1980s. Women in the ’80s could choose from a wide variety of styles, from casual to dressy, from colourful to sparkly!

1980s Dresses

Tiered Peplum Dress
RADLEY of LONDON Wrap DRESS
YOUR SIXTH SENSE Peplum Belted Maxi DRESS

Dresses are a great source of 1980s inspiration. Fishtails, peplums, wrap overs and – I may have mentioned- shoulder pads, all featured heavily in many creations of the day. Flounces and bows the bigger the better and asymmetric lines were very typical too.

ETC.

Another key look from the 1980s is the hair. Big hair was popular- heaped perms, backcombing and hairspray were big business! Equally popular was the more manageable Princess Di sweep, women wore short styles too, ooh and don’t feel shy about tying a scarf round your head either. Gloves with or without fingers, worked as a great canvas for your chunky bangles. Large earrings -dangling or not but big either way- and necklaces were all popular – guitars not obligatory!

At Repsycho we stock many 1980s items, browse instore or online for an authentic yet affordable look, please get in touch if you need advice.

There are lots of preloved and vintage boots out there waiting for a new owner. Buying second hand can save you a lot of money, give you an item that’s unavailable elsewhere and provide some cool, individual style. In our experience at Repsycho there are a few brands which seem to last and adapt well in the vintage and preloved market.

Dr Martens

DMs SOLOVAIR 11-Hole Steel-Toe BOOT

Dr. Martens aka Doc Martens, Docs or DMs are iconic boots – well known as a very comfortable and stylish boot. They appeal to people who have their own individual style and self-expression. Dr. Marten boots are unique because of their air-cushioned sole, soft leather, durability and quality.

In 1945 a German soldier who wanted to make his army boots more comfortable developed a new boot design. British shoe manufacturer R. Griggs Group Ltd. bought patent rights to manufacture the shoes in the United Kingdom. Griggs anglicised the name, slightly re-shaped the heel to make them fit better, added the trademark yellow stitching, and trademarked the soles as AirWair.

DMs Viviana Women’s Leather BOOT

The first UK Dr. Martens boot came out on April 1st 1960, style 1460 – still in production today. By the early 1970s, Skinheads and Mods started wearing them, and by the late 1980s, they were popular among Punks and members of other youth subcultures. They enjoyed a resurgence in 1990’s as the New Mods and Indie fans adopted them as the footwear of choice.

DMs Pascal Di Paulo BOOT

Today Dr. Martens footwear are available in numerous styles of boots, shoes and sandals. Worn by the rich and famous as well as the more ordinary, enjoying popularity throughout the world. Affordable, versatile, timeless—Dr. Martens has it all!

Sorel Boots

NL 2429 Joan of Artic BOOT

Sorel are well known for their quality winter boots; they have grown in popularity in recent years as their designs have become more fashion orientated while retaining the functionality we expect from Sorel – they call it ‘function first fashion’.

NM 1573 Chesterman Chukka

Founded in Canada, SOREL was originally a line of winter sport/work boots introduced in 1962 by the Kaufman Rubber Company of Kitchener, Quebec, they became its most successful product line, combining expert craftsmanship with protection against cold and wet climates.

NL 1460 Tootega BOOT

Columbia Sportswear bought the Sorel trademark in 2000 and since this time it has been developing very successful fashionable ranges. It has been expanded to include nylon outerwear and other work-related garments as well as slippers, sandals and trainers too.

Harley-Davidson

D95433 Hiker

It’s no surprise that Harley Davidson Boots and footwear are not made by the bike manufacturer but by Wolverine Worldwide, who also make footwear for other brands such as Hush Puppies and Merrell.

94167 Distortion Skull Biker

The boots are heavy duty and well-made of good quality leather but are genuinely stylish too! The boots all have the Harley Davidson name embossed on them somewhere and often bear the eagle logo as well. From a large embroidered eagle to a lace toggle, the detail of design is excellent. Harley Davidson boots and shoes also come in a massive range of styles for women and men- so if it’s a Harley you’re looking for there is one out there for you!

UGG Vintage and Preloved Boots

When surf culture became a worldwide trend in the late 1990’s the footwear naturally followed, they symbolised a sporting but cool, relaxed lifestyle. UGG Australia exploded onto the fashion scene, popularised by celebrities, they rapidly became the casual footwear of choice.

Classic Tall

Classic UGG boots are plain with no adornment, made of sheepskin with no frills, pull on and flat. Available as a short or tall boot originally only available in a couple of colours.

SN 3319 Ariani Suede Fringe Ankle Boot

Obviously, the popularity of this unspectacular boot drove the development of the basic design, more colours, buttons, bows and zips, then embroidery, sequins and crystals! Interest grew and the development continues today. There are enough different styles and shapes to suit every taste- yes, even great men’s styles if you look!

SN 5189 Ranier Boot

UGGs are incredibly durable boots, shoes, slippers and sandals, they feel plush and cosy, they also feel well made. Recollecting their origins and the vibe that made them popular, today it seems that they still have the whiff of the surfer, relaxed, cool and hip!

Durango Vintage and Preloved Boots

DB510 Black Harness BOOT
RO3455 Women’s Red Leather Short BOOT

Durango are a great make of western boots -hardwearing and stylish. Founded in 1966, Durango have developed a range of western boots for men and women- casual, workers and some more ‘exotic’!

Hunter Boots

W23616 Original Tall Gloss Welly

Originally made in Scotland by a producer of tyres, golf balls and rubber flooring as well as wellington boots, Hunters have become synonymous with the ‘green welly brigade’. For many Hunters were considered the footwear of the more affluent, they have been have been tried, tested and developed during two world wars and by several members of the royal family!

W23758 Women’s Original Short WELLY

Hunter boots have enjoyed a renaissance following radical changes, bright colours, interesting textures and cute children’s boots as well as links with the RHS and appearances at London Fashion Week and of course the odd celeb snapped wearing them at Glastonbury have all added to a new attitude to the Hunter boot.

Obviously, there are many more great brands out there – we’ve only mentioned a few. Others well worth a look include Chippewa, Frye and Ariat. At Repsycho we stock various types and brands of footwear, usually they are used items that we check carefully for damage and described honestly to ensure we you can buy from us with confidence. But it is a quickly changing picture, much of the footwear we stock is very popular and therefore moves quickly- best advice is – if you like it, buy it!

We all know that there’s a world of preloved and vintage clothes waiting for us with unique and affordable bargains. Yet many are unsure about purchasing second hand boots and shoes. As experienced used footwear providers we know there are a few pitfalls but there are also numerous positives too. Finding reliable providers is probably key. Hello!

Always bear in mind you are looking at used and sometimes quite old items therefore they may not be perfect or pristine! Sellers are people too- they are not usually trying to trick you, just make an honest living.

Soles and Seams of Preloved and Vintage Footwear

Check the soles – if shopping online check there is a clear photo or ask for one. Examine for signs of uneven or especially heavy wear and consider whether they need repair and if so the cost.

Also make sure the sole to upper seam is intact. Harder online but inspect the stitching- is it broken or does it look scuffed or damaged? If you’re instore examine the joint, the main areas likely to be weakened are at the ball of the foot and around the heel.

Inner View

What about the internal condition of the shoe? A dirty shoe is cleanable, innersoles replaceable but damaged inner heels or worn linings are basic no-nos. Many online sellers do not post photos of the inner shoe or boot- it is quite a tricky shot to take well! But they should confirm in the listing that the footwear is intact internally.

Look For Wear

Examine carefully for worn laces, eyelets and buckle attachments- they may indicate excessive wear which is not immediately apparent or simply indicate added costs of replacement or repair.

Sizing of Preloved and Vintage Footwear

Sizing policies vary. Bear in mind most sellers are quoting the labels of the item. We often find labels that are not consistent, use a comparison table to check, if you are unsure and ask questions.

Returns Policies

Many second hand and vintage outlets do not take returns, you have the opportunity to examine the item at length instore- use it! If you are buying online make sure the returns policy is clear, if there is no opportunity to return the goods- don’t buy them!

At Repsycho we check all footwear before we sell it. Instore we always encourage customers to try on and examine the item. When listing online we try to describe the item fully and honestly so you can make a confident decision.

Unbranded Leaf Shaped Side Plates

When collecting vintage homeware there are a few areas that deserve a second look. Sometimes the best find is the unknown. Whether it’s a beautiful plate, a delicate glass or simply some cute cutlery the joy of finding something you like is immense.

Vintage Ceramics

Eastern European ceramics have a special vibe – it’s difficult to quantify. Like the Singing Ringing Tree, its clearly different and this is where the excitement begins. Sometimes its awful but it can be absolutely your thing. Taste is different for everyone- no one is telling you this is a good piece, a famous make- its down to you alone.

An Espresso Set, A Small Jug, A Hors D’Oeurve Tray,

Ceramics by less famous makers can also be a complete bargain. Once in France we found a fabulous set of dishes at a vide grenier. We bought them at a reasonable price and later found out they were a known brand. Nonetheless we bought them because they were amazing and we loved them.

Vintage Homeware Glasses

Vintage glasses are a joy. They come in so many shapes and forms. With coloured designs or more delicate etched ones. With jugs, in sets or on their own. Many are so beautifully fragile it is quite scary to handle them! Should you cherish them in the safety of a cupboard or a box or enjoy them as they were designed to be used? Your choice – the really appealing thing about these items is that they are not priced out of usage.

Vintage Homeware Cutlery

Cutlery can be a great item- I’m not necessarily talking about traditional silverware. Vintage cutlery can take many forms and again it depends on your own particular taste. I was given some cute knives as a gift and am looking for some forks or spoons to use with them. This is a little side eddy it is very easy to fall into – I have so many condiment pots without their partner!

Vintage Ornamentals

Finally ornaments, tiles and dishes are an area which is found readily at car boot sales, brocante and in all good vintage shops. They can be extremely good value and add a little individual spark to your home.

Tankard and Lidded Pot, Tile Wall Hanging, Dish/Ashtray

When we are finally allowed to get out there and have fun again keep your eye peeled for these little bargains. Once the mass produced for high streets all over, they have survived and as such deserve some love! In the meantime please browse our website. or our ebaystore.

So here we are again, contemplating a few more weeks/months of restrictions and wondering where it all went Schitts Creek! Now while pyjamas and sweatpants- anything elasticated really- may be the choice of many to accommodate that post-Christmas paunch and lockdown malaise, we must remember there are times we will definitely need to look our best. So here are some options to keep up with lockdown fashion.

Cool Sportswear

Obviously, sweatpants, tops and sportswear are a really popular choice, practical as well as being cosy too. Most of us have them and have had them for many, many year- maybe it’s time for an update?

Examples of sportswear for sale at Repsycho
FRED PERRY Track Bottoms, UMBRO Shell Tracksuit, ADIDAS Ventex Sweatshirt

This pair of FRED PERRY Reverse Tricot Trackie Bottoms are slightly cropped, with a tapered leg and an elasticated ankle -perfect for wet walks. Also has elasticated waist with drawstring which will accommodate any amount of lounging around, and side pockets too. We also has a vintage ADIDAS sweatshirt which is a Ventex original circa 1970-80. This gorgeous top has pockets in the side seams- always a bonus! In very good used condition and retains shape and fab colour- a great item! For those who want to go full athlete this super cool, vintage UMBRO shell tracksuit from the early 90s is a stylish look. Logo shape panels across the centre feature shadow print branding in heat transferred print for extra detail. Similarly, really nice stand out white taping around the funnel neck, sleeves and outer side of the legs adds style. Also features classic 90s zip up ankles.

Vintage Inspired Dungarees

Have a look at our Vintage Inspired range of clothing, we stock some great items but for living in lockdown fashion surely a comfy pair of dungarees are the ultimate must have?!

Run & Fly brand vintage inspired dungarees

We sell a range from Run & Fly. The designs are pretty cool- the more recent designs are a zebra print in stretch twill, leopard print cord and for the more cosmic among us an ‘Outta this World’ design of planets stars and rockets.

Lockdown Fashion Cosy Knits

Winter is the season of jumpers, cardigans and sweater vests. We stock a range of vintage and used knits- jumpers and cardigans, as well as a number of vintage inspired designs all worthy of the lockdown fashionista.

Examples of vintage and used knitwear available to buy at Repsycho.co.uk
Adidas Sweater Vest, MQ Polo Neck, FILA Crew Neck Sweater,
Cowichan Style Cardigan

This 1990’s Adidas sweater vest is in 3 vibrant shades of blue horizontal stripes and a ecru block. From Mary Quant a women’s loose polo neck knit in a boxy style with dolman sleeves. Also featured is a great crew necked knit by FILA in navy blue with red and white striped trim. It has a ribbed neck, cuffs and waistband and the brand logo on the left arm. A shawl collared, zip up, Cowichan style, chunky knit cardigan in cream is a gorgeous and comforting addition to any lockdown fashion ensemble. Certainly vintage – the metal Lightening zip would suggest 50-60s. Features cartoon style vintage cars on the front, back and both sleeves. Two pockets- finishing flags- and ribbed cuffs and waistband.

Repsycho also stocks various retro inspired items from Run & Fly. Examples below include a quirky Fox Head and T Rex design to the front. Also a very cute Run & Fly women’s cropped jumper with a vintage vibe. Black, crew neck, long sleeved jumper with a bold white and yellow daisy print to the front and arms. Also available as a cropped cardigan. It’s full of funky character!

Examples of Run & Fly brand jumpers
Vintage Inspired Jumpers by Run & Fly

Winter Coats and Jackets

Often the cold weather just makes everyone want to curl up on the sofa but don’t forget our only opportunity to get out of the house and be seen is the daily exercise hour. Its cold out there so depending on your activity choice we have a couple of ideas to make everyone’s head turn as you stroll/power walk/cycle/jog past.

Examples of vintage and used coats and jackets
FILA Sport Legacy Puffer Jacket, Women’s Wool Coat, Classic Double Breasted
Pea Coat, Kappa Puffer Jacket, Campitello Cycling Track Jacket,
Fjällräven Kodiak Parka

Stay super toasty in this FILA Sport Legacy fully zipped, hooded puffer jacket in light sage green. With removable and sleeves for an optional gilet- ski inspired with super warm 80% feather down. Repsycho also have this women’s stylish wool winter coat in black. It has grey trim and four black toggle buttons. Also featured here is a classic double breasted Pea Coat with a deep collar, anchor buttons and two handwarmer pockets. Very smart! Don’t miss this Kappa fully zipped, fleece lined and insulated puffer jacket in black. In stock we also have several 70s vintage winter training cycling track jackets. This one by Campitello is in black acrylic blended fabric with red showerproof polyester on the front and shoulders. The last of the octet is an original Fjällräven Kodiak women’s black hooded padded parka will keep you warm in even the harshest winter weather.

FEIT Handmade Hiker Boot, TIMBERLAND Classic Boot, IRISH SETTER
Chukka Boot, SOREL Joan of Artic Boot

Lockdown Fashion Occasional Occasions

Finally, let’s think about enjoying a few more formal occasions, it might be fun to make an occasion, maybe mark a birthday or just try dressing for dinner! In this event we can help with a range of cocktail dresses, suits or maybe just a groovy shirt.

Dress from Radley of London, Double-Breasted Men’s Suit, Trouser
Suit designed by Janice Wainwright

Here is a fabulous original 1980s dress from Radley of London. Long sleeved with a high puff at the shoulder, a wrap over V-neck bodice. There is a tie belt and the skirt is gathered at the waist creating plenty of drape. The fabric is in crinkled, electric blue- quite stunning. Just the thing for a Dynasty evening! Also featured is a 1960s double-breasted men’s suit in the rarely found, regency-style. Also included is this amazing trouser suit designed by Janice Wainwright for Simon Massey. It consists of a tunic style top with a long pointed collar and flared trousers in ecru.

 Vintage Inspired shirts by Chenaski and Relco
We stock a range of amazing, Vintage Inspired shirts by Chenaski and
Relco– just the thing for a special evening in!

Whatever you do to get inspired about lockdown fashion, a new outfit can lift the spirit- hopefully Repsycho can help, check out our website! We will continue to list and supply while stock lasts, stay safe.

Those of us who grew up before designer denim was a thing would often form a loyalty to one label and stick with it. For many, denim was the clothing of the rebel and the rock star, as well as the cowboy. The three big US denim brands developed in different regions and this has, to some extent, defined their success and coolness!

The value of vintage denim is a phenomenon which has been illustrated by a recent Guardian story . It tells of a chap who ‘excavated old denim in abandoned silver mines in deserts across California, Nevada and Arizona. Used by old miners to lag pipes and block holes, these vintage denim pieces (some dating back to 1873) have been sold for up to $100,000’.

Levi Denim

Levi’s is an iconic brand, maybe the coolest of the lot and as such, it is clearly the Californian brand. Best known for its jeans and jackets the company was founded in 1853 by Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco. They have since become one of the most recognised clothing items around the world.

Modern jeans were primarily confined to the working west, cowboys, lumberjacks and railroad workers. By WW2 hardwearing blue jeans with rivets were declared, in the US, an essential commodity for those in defence work. Between the 1950s and 1980s, Levi’s jeans and jackets became popular among a wide range of youth subcultures, including greasers, mods, rockers, and hippies.

Though maybe not an icon of cool, Bing Crosby was said to be a Levi’s lover and was even gifted a specially made denim tuxedo by the company.

Levi 501

Levi’s popular shrink-to-fit 501s were sold in a unique sizing arrangement; I can clearly remember myself and my siblings excitedly taking turns to sit in the bath to shrink our new Levi’s– closely overseen by our mother. The company still produces these unshrunk, uniquely sized jeans today although, thankfully, preshrunk ones are also available!

Aided by a popular TV ad campaign in the 80s, involving a launderette, a bag of stones and an attractive male model stripping down to his boxers, Levi jeans enjoyed a massive resurgence in popularity. For a long time, the only jeans to be seen were 501s. Levi’s range encompasses denim jeans, jackets, footwear, clothing and accessories – vintage versions of which are a collector’s heaven.

There are many, many online resources which explain the intricacies of selvedge seams, rivet placement, stamping and brand labels. If you think you have an old Levi item, it’s worth looking them up!

Wrangler Denim

Wrangler jeans are one of the most recognisable names in denim jeans, jackets and casualwear. Its distinctive W stitched into the pockets makes it stand out from the crowd. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Wrangler clothing presents as workers clothing, maybe less hip than Levi’s but certainly stylish as well as being tough as old cowboy boots!

The Blue Bell Overall Company first made Wrangler Jeans. They employed Bernard Lichtenstein, a Polish tailor, who worked with cowboys, to help design jeans suitable for rodeo use. Subsequently several well-known rodeo riders were convinced to endorse the clothes. The story goes that the Blue Bell workers took part in a contest to give the jeans a brand name. As a result the winning name was Wrangler, synonymous with the name for a working cowboy.

Working Cowboy Denim

The Wrangler Jeans featured several innovations: strengthened seams, rear pockets positioned for comfort in the saddle, ‘no scratch’ rivet pocket reinforcement, a zipper fly, and use of a strong tack in the crotch instead of a metal rivet – that last one seems obvious! Future designs included creating jackets and shirts to suit the needs of working cowboys – to address performance, durability and comfort.

The functional design still plays a big part in Wrangler clothing designs today, which now also include t-shirts, shoes and accessories. However, they now are also stylish and modern to appeal to a wide variety of people – not just cowboys!

Lee Denim

Lee Jeans is a legendary American denim brand that has been creating genuinely iconic jeans, jackets and retro clothing for over 125 years—initially based in Kansas and prominent in the East and Midwest. Certainly Lee Jeans has a lower profile than the other brands; however, this very understatement makes them a more original choice – the brand of the individual.

The company was formed in 1889 by Henry David Lee producing dungarees and jackets. Later in the 1920s, Lee introduced a zipper fly and continued to expand. During the next two decades, the company became one of the leading manufacturers of work clothes in the US. In 1954, Lee expanded into casual wear – a development which continued into the 1970s, when Lee shifted focus from the workwear business and began catering to fashion cycles.

Lee designed the 101 Cowboy Pants in 1932, which evolved into Lee Riders, followed by their iconic 101J jean jacket and old blanket-lined, corduroy collared Storm Rider Jackets. The slimline 101J’s fit was short and attractive, giving Lee sex appeal!

Star Appeal

Furthermore Lee was the denim of choice for many film stars – James Dean clearly wears Lee in Rebel Without a Cause, and many photos show Steve McQueen was a fan too.

An early example of product placement was evident in a 1963 critically acclaimed film called Hud, where the wearing of Lee clothing seems to have been a prerequisite!

Repsycho regularly stocks vintage and used denim items, when we first began as market traders, denim was our main line – indeed 501s have consistently been among our best-selling items for over 30 years.

Vintage denim clothing is adaptable, sustainable and just plain wearable; Levi’s, Wrangler’s and Lee vintage denim are all of this and cool, too – and worth its weight in gold!

At Repsycho we have a soft spot for all things sportswear, after all, that’s how our online business began. So, you can be sure when buying any item of sportswear from us we have scrutinised it, admired it and described it with great interest and a little envy too because really, we’d like to keep most of it for ourselves!

Young Max and Louis wearing football shirts
Young Max and Louis wearing football shirts

Our very first online sales were of vintage football shirts. As a family with four football fanatics in it, they were always somehow appearing in the stock- it was but a short step to deciding to sell rather than hoard them. We now boast a large selection of football shirts, both club and international as well as great vintage ones, many from amateur clubs. Did you know that in the 60s and 70s many amateur players wore the same shirts as professional clubs? These shirts provide a fascinating sports history and are becoming very collectable.

Also, in the ‘early days’ we often found US sportswear was popular, the college tees and sweats and also the mesh tops worn over padding by ice hockey & US football players. As with the football/soccer shirts, we have a love for vintage amateur and college sports tops as well as the big brand, big bucks NFL, NBA etc. tops as worn by the big stars. You can find all types on our site – well made, durable and kinda cool too!

Tracksuits were traditionally the domain of the sportsperson, but since the 1970s & ’80s, they have grown in popularity as a fashion garment. However, there is a whole debate around the subject. It is quite common to have track tops, less usual to have full suits. Yet, we have several club trackies, some fantastic 1970’s tracksuit tops, quite a lot of 1980’s-90’s shell suit tops and we even have a few more modern ones from the 21st century available.

If there is one sport that has a totally cool profile, it is tennis. Tennis clothes have been developed as a fashion commodity for many years – Rene Lacoste and Fred Perry in the 1920-30s began the trend. At Repsycho we sell vintage tennis clothes of all styles and brands for a snip. Our stock includes shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, vests and frilly knickers too. Most of our shorts are branded ones; for instance, Adidas, Lacoste, Fred Perry and Nike. We also sell gear which has been tennis star branded with their logos – e.g. Becker, Lendl and Edberg.

As well as the tennis variety, we also stock numerous types of pre-loved shorts: athletics/running, football, table tennis, boxing(sometimes) basketball or just general sporty shorts.

Brightly coloured sports branded t-shirts are popular at the moment, some of the graphics are great, and they are a bargain secondhand item!

Recently we have been stocking a range of racing sports brightly coloured clothing -bike and motor racing and particularly NASCAR has evolved into the most popular sports in the world and the associated clothing style is a growing fashion.

Cycling has become an extremely popular sport in the last few decades, and at Repsycho we have been lucky to obtain some really great, but rare, vintage acrylic cycling tops, and training jackets. Many (but not all) emblazoned with club names and sponsors. They in really great colours and the winter training jackets have a showerproof covering to the front and shoulders to combat road splash as well as rain!

We stock numerous other sports clothing including branded sweatshirts, trunks, sailing jackets and athletics vests- as and when available. However, the nature of the secondhand/vintage market means each item is usually a one-off, and we get frequent enquiries asking if we have an item in a different size. Generally, it’s a no, but it is worth keeping an eye on the site if you’re looking for something specific.

A clothing rail full of knitwear and jackets

We seem to be at the time of year when we need to review our wardrobe- a great time to create some new looks and update our outlook. The nights are drawing in, Boris is still pathetic, and we are looking at six months of restrictions.

However, this could be just the time to move into a positive phase; don’t let the news/temperature/restrictions stop you from being the funkiest dresser in the queue.

So, whether you favour the biker vibe, bohemian chic or have a more classic taste this year’s trends have got you covered!

Two young girls wearing winter coats
Two young girls wearing winter coats

Until the end of the 20th century, fashion was dictated by the catwalks of Paris, rigid adherence to the styles of the design houses was required- if they said mini, everyone wore a mini regardless of chunky thighs!

Today fashion has a less dogged approach to the styles and trends, and we are able to dress to suit our own tastes- however, there is usually some conformity when it comes to ready to wear clothing- last winter the shops were full of animal print, tartan and tiers.

This year things to consider if you’re looking to impress as a fashionista include a few themes.

Fringing is back! Rihanna appeared on the cover of September’s Harper’s Bazaar spinning a fringe-embellished, margarine-yellow coat from Bottega Veneta with a fringed Daniel Lee dress beneath. Fringes on coats, dresses and jackets and obvs capes and ponchos. Fringing is good.

Actually, it does make you feel quite Elvis- give it a go!

Leather is not a material that really goes out of fashion, but oversized, structured coats were popular in collections this year- think The Matrix, develop a problem with authority and start glowering.

Several styles seemed to be hungover from last year, maybe the lockdown has encouraged frugalism in designers, but capes, wide belts and big bags all return for another season- I know capes again- woohoo!

Nerdy knitwear is a good thing! Cardigans and sweater vests are dropping its previous reputation this autumn, as many of the biggest labels included the preppy knit. Warm and cosy – a reassuring cuddle in an uncertain world.

Unrelenting black dresses have returned- hurrah, everyone likes a little black number! Moody and sexy, head to toe black were everywhere with some sequins (Valentino) and leather was thrown in, not forgetting thigh length boots (Alexander McQueen) if they take your fancy!

Now the only thing that can vaguely approach the black dress is, of course, the red dress. Popular amongst designers this autumn, whether its lace, vinyl or sequinned, is a bold splash of head to toe bright red, for those exuberant days!

Check it! Be it tartan, plaid, gingham or houndstooth, checks have featured on every autumn catwalk forever, but this autumn, they were punchier than usual. Layer checks to add more impact.

Voluminous sleeves add structure and poise- ok for the catwalk but for an everyday look puffed sleeves do the same job and are totally in!

Patchwork clothing figured quite prominently in several collections (Tom Ford, Marni, Tod’s). Patchwork is a bold look and looks best with monochromatic pieces to ensure it stands out. It’s fun, it’s adaptable, and it’s a little kooky, win, win, win!

Vintage outfits in the Repsycho store
Vintage outfits in the Repsycho store

The most important theme, of course, should be the eco value of your clothing, Oxfam has repeated their Second Hand September campaign this year, and the talk of eco-solutions in the fashion industry is continuing to gain momentum.

New clothes, even those made from sustainable sources can lose their eco value depending on labour conditions, worldwide distribution and the obscene cost of advertisements. Vintage is a fantastic green alternative to the moral conundrums of keeping up with the trends.

Repsycho store front
Repsycho store front

Just a few of the many trends for the Autumn/Winter season 2020-21. Most of the pictured clothes were available in-store at Repsycho, Bristol or online at Repsycho.co.uk at the time of writing. We have a varied and everchanging stock- before you buy give eco vintage a try!

Vintage clothing is brilliant, but for some it’s just too much hard work. Locating, fixing, cleaning, then it doesn’t bloody fit! Well, whatever your nut loaf with true vintage shopping, vintage-inspired clothing could be the answer.

Why Buy Vintage-Inspired Clothing?

Vintage-inspired clothing is exactly that, contemporarily made clothing but using the styles of the past- primarily the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The advantages are numerous.

Usually, vintage inspired items are spanking brand new- if you like that sort of thing!

Vintage-inspired clothing is more readily available than true vintage.

Vintage-inspired clothing has modern sizing- phew!

Obviously, with modern fabric comes modern care instructions!

The really amazing vintage-inspired piece will match a great vintage style with a really cool pattern design. Perhaps something which would not have been popular in its original era but looks unique now- a modern take on a classic style.

This is the great type of vintage-inspired clothing we like to stock at Repsycho. We’ve listed some of the brands that we have on offer below!

Run & Fly

A British brand based in Leicester, England. Known best for their iconic dino pinafore. The collection includes, sweet knitwear, cute dresses and cool shirts as well as many other fab items in a variety of designs and colours!

This brand utilises amazing retro prints of dinosaurs, buzzy bees, animal prints and flamingos to name only a few of their unique design repertoire! Run & Fly are a vibrant company, producing their clothing in England and mashing contemporary and vintage styles in an exciting and quirky modern twist. Run & Fly is full of funky character!

The Pete Chenaski Experience

As its name conjures up the idea of Jimi Hendrix and psychedelia, the clothes of the Pete Chenaski Experience deliver! The brand has a range of shirts that cater for all needs. Whether you want a cowboy shirt, a seventies shocker or a party frill this brand has something to please all.

Many Chenaski items are limited edition – making them quite exclusive and helping to ensure a unique look for their wearers.

Madcap England Clothes

During the 60s and 70s, Mod clothing was neat, sharp and above all hyper-cool. Madcap England specialises in vintage-inspired clothing from the Mod era. Creating a stylish and colourful brand which is unique without being outlandish.

The collection includes quality, knitted polo shirts as its cornerstone, as well as smart jumpers, hip shirts, cool t-shirts and more. Madcap – named after Syd Barrett’s first solo album, ‘Madcap Laughs’ from 1970. Madcap clothing- not just for Mod’s!

Relco Vintage-Inspired Clothing

Relco began as a specialist Mod outfitter during the sixties with sharp, neat designs. Since then has developed to include more cool, retro and vintage-inspired styles including Punk, Ska and Skinhead styles.

Relco has a well-earned reputation for quality and stylish designs and products. At Repsycho we stock jackets, shirts and braces which are so exceptionally well made we will be expanding our range very soon!

Real Hoxton London

As its name suggests, Real HOXTON London is a quality brand based in East London, concentrating on retro styles from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s- with a modern edge.

Repsycho stocks a few lines from the Hoxton range which includes classic Monkey Jackets and some cool hooded raincoats.

Ada Binks Acrylics

Ada Binks is a unique jewellery and accessory brand based in Brighton. They supply retro-inspired statement pieces and limited-edition ranges made in a variety of colourful acrylic.

In-store, we stock a range of Ada Binks beautifully crafted dangly earrings and studs which complement both retro and contemporary clothing.

Maz Accessories

One of the UK’s largest hat suppliers, provides a finishing touch to an outfit. At Repsycho we stock top hats and fiddler caps for that extra bit of swish to your look.

Revive Vintage-Inspired Eyewear

Repsycho stocks Revive Eyewear in-store, providing cool glasses for men and women in a range of vintage style designs that will give your look the edge this summer!

Grinders Shoes & Boots

The Grinders brand came to major prominence during the late 80s to early 90s. Their boots spearheaded the new ‘work and utility’ street look which eventually ended up on the fashion catwalks!

Grinders street boots of today were originally worn by Skin Heads and then by Punks in the UK, who often only owned one pair of boots. Grinders had to be capable of withstanding anything the elements could throw at them, and yet still be comfortable enough to wear all day, every day!

Today Grinders boots and shoes continue to be made to that high standard, they are unisex, stylish and hard-wearing.

At Repsycho we keep our eye out for great vintage inspired brands and new lines from our regular suppliers. Therefore our range frequently changes and updates. Stay up to date with our new stock instore or online.