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    VFG Fashion Parade

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Everybody Loves a Parade! This week: “Garden of Earth Day Delights” The VFG has a parade every day – a VINTAGE parade, that is! Each week the VFG seller members are invited to show off their vintage that fits a theme. Themes change from week to week, highlighting a theme

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    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Let your vintage lovin’ friends know: the 10,000th person to LIKE the Vintage Fashion Guild on Facebook will win this bounty of goodies: Prizes include: a new large VFG canvas tote bag; a new VFG coffee mug; two ‘love’ pencils; the book “Edwardian Fashion” by Daniel Milford-Cottam and the book

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    Spring 2014 Vintage Inspiration is here!

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    In spring and fall the members of the Vintage Fashion Guild round up modern fashion trends that seem inspired by trends of the past for our Vintage Inspiration feature. Ready to be inspired? Please step on in…

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Dale Hope

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New member Dale Hope is the author of The Aloha Shirt – Spirit of the Islands. Dale is working on an update to this excellent book, which he plans to have in print soon. Click here to go to Dale’s Amazon page The Aloha Shirt – The Aloha Shirt – Spirit of the Islands – by Dale Hope

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Spring 2014 Vintage Inspiration

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring 2014: Vintage Inspiration has arrived Each spring and fall the VFG sleuths out the historical influences on modern fashion – the Vintage Inspiration. This season we shine a light on the spring metallic trend with vintage clothing and accessories in pale gold, silver and shining pastels. Then we trot the globe to show you elements of vintage ethnic clothing from around the world. Vintage items in shades of navy blue anchor this year’s spring

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from a 1950s shirt - Courtesy of joules

Kahala

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kahala, the label of Branfleet Sports Wear, was founded in 1936 by George Brangier and Nat Norfleet. This company was one of the first to switch from making strictly tailor-made shirts to making them through a manufacturing process. The company’s official name was changed to Kahala in 1951 (though Kahala was used as their label name starting in 1936). Surfing legend Duke Kanamoku was associated with Kahala Sportswear (Branfleet) from the mid-1930s until 1943 as

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from a 1950s dress - Courtesy of denisebrain

Kahana

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kahana was one of the labels owned by the Oliver family of Hawaii. From son Gary Oliver: “They manufactured clothes here in Honolulu under the name Kahana Manufacturing. My mother was the designer and my father ran the business. They had a few stores in Waikiki and three were named after my sisters – Kathleen’s, Penelope’s and Valerie’s. Penelope’s stayed open through the 70’s.” See also: Penelope’s Written by pinky-a-gogo

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from a late 1940s shirt - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Kahanamoku

Monday, April 14, 2014

Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968) was an Olympic swimmer from Hawaii, who participated in four Olympic Games from 1912 through 1924 and won a total of five medals. He is considered to be the father of modern surfing, doing much to promote the sport and to mold the rules that govern it. In the 1930s Duke Kahanamoku began an association with Kahala Sportswear, a maker of Hawaiian shirts. In 1949 he had his name on shirts by

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from a 1950s hand painted rayon shirt - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Kawaihau

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kawaihau was in business at least from the 1940s. It is believed that this label was produced by the Hana Shirt Company. Very little is known about this company. VFG would appreciate any information you have about this company. Written by linnscollection

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