Category Archives: fashion

Cleaver Penis Pants

The 1960s revolutionary Eldridge Cleaver had a troubled youth in LA, but a rape spree earned the 18 year-old a long sentence to San Quentin and Folsom prisons. His book SOUL ON ICE was published by Ramparts Magazine. Controversy followed his stating that he initially raped black women in the ghetto “for practice” and then […]

$148 LEVIS by Peter Nolan Smith

My mother dressed my older brother and me in jeans for most of the 1950s and early 1960s, however when the hippies adopted the tough western trousers as part of their unofficial uniform, Cardinal Cushing of the Boston diocese banned Levis on his evening rosary program. A fierce Catholic my mother obeyed the Pope’s representative […]

Colonel Tarleton’s Boots

Banastre Tarleton’s family’s fortune was founded by his paternal grandfather’s dealing in the slave trade. The shipowner’s grandson blew through his inheritance on women, wine, and cards. With his last money Banastre purchased an officer’s commission in the 1st Dragoon Guards. Tarleton served throughout the American Revolution with the notorious British Legion. He spared no […]

No White After Labor Day

Fashion has long dictated that no one should wear white after Labor Day. The tradition started in the Gilded Age and many modernists of mode deem that the ban was instituted to separate the elite from the hoi polloi or lower classes, however the real reason was probably that at the end of summer people […]

Blue Valentine