Vintage. American. Workwear. Are there three more beautiful words in the English language? I can't think of any offhand (although 'Fish and Chips' has a nice ring to it too).
It isn't surprising that designers return to the fields and garages of America again and again for inspiration. American workwear speaks of everything that is good in design. Clothes of the highest quality, the greatest functionality, made of the most simple materials, and accessible to the masses.
It sounds like a modernist manifesto, but there's nothing dry and minimal about workwear. A Pendleton wool shirt may be constructed for warmth and efficiency, but the colours of the plaid make it as beautiful as it is practical. An embroidered overall may act as a mobile advertising hoarding, but it also brings a simple garment alive.
Even tiny details like buttons and labels are filled with inspiring design elements.
If you're really interested in finding great pieces of American vintage, then Dave White of Ragtop Vintage is the man to go to. One of the most well informed vendors of Americana in London, Dave is a true aficionado of the genre, always guaranteed to have a few treasures from the 40's, 50's and 60's for you to marvel over and be tempted by. If you like your clothes filled with history, integrity and style - you can do no better.
Ragtop Vintage is available at Spitalfields Market every Thursday, and at Broadway Market on Saturdays.