Larry has the best "rugged" 20's - 50's collection, but Brian definitely has the best 50's collection in the US. Take my word for it. However, Larry did break the sound barrier on Hawaiian shirts and will probably spend the most to get something he wants.
Try sending an email to Rin and see if he'll sell you one. I think the distributor is the guy selling the book. Could be they are shelling them out to try and recover some of the $ for the Inspiration show?
Hey, I ran across this post. Great photos of women working on the subs and workwear in general. Is the person who writes a Continuous Lean on the Fedora Lounge?
BTW, I like the red chambray, but I'm still not sold on the $100 price tag from a large store. Although the red would look great on my guy...
I would like to find some nice chambray to sew with, I'm wondering if anyone has sourced it?
"The bigger the trousers, the stronger the man", as carpenters like to say.
Two factors are at the source of the baggy velvet trousers known as the largeot – first, flottard trousers, which were in fashion in the first half of the 19th century, which led to the wearing of so-called "hussar"-type cavalry trousers. The second factor was the adaptation of these types of trousers to carpentry work and to labourers.
Adolphe Lafont can be considered the father of this traditional garb. He was a tailor from Lyon who patented the first brand of French clothing in 1896. His first piece of clothing was the largeot worn by the "coteries", i.e. by compagnons in the building trade. Its particularity lay in its characteristic shape. Either it flared at the thigh and tightened at calf level (the so-called "demi-hussard" model), or it was very flared at the thigh and even more so at calf level, but tight around the ankle (the "demi-balloon" model). The largeot was made of very rugged Cosserat velvet, which has an impressive 650 g per sq. metre, or of moleskin.
More than a piece of clothing, the carpenter's outfit is nearly a house.
These trousers are monumental, and a coating of bone glue on the inside further reinforces their stiffness. A joke from the period had it that, thanks to their largeots, those who worked in construction could still stand upright even when completely drunk. This piece of clothing should never be washed, but only beaten and brushed. It is adaptable to the various positions of a carpenter working on a roof. – carpenters need ample trousers to be able to squat down, but ones that are tight at the ankle so they don't trip. The piped pocket on the right thigh holds a folding ruler, a pencil and a gauge. A strap in the back is used to hold a hammer, while the gusset pocket holds a piece of chalk for making lines and even a clove of garlic for soothing insect bites.
In addition to the largeot, a carpenter wears a coltin – a jacket that closes at the neck – and sometimes a vest.
More than a piece of clothing, the carpenter's outfit is nearly a house. In any case, it has taken on a emblematic significance for young compagnons on the Tour de France, who have elevated this garment to the level of ceremonial outfit, often completed with the walking stick and guild scarf.