Vintage Clothing: Never Been Worn!


By Abby and Elle

Midwest Manufacturing kimono

Brightly colored kimono from Midwest Manufacturing

If you love vintage clothing but loathe the idea that someone else’s body had been all up inside of it, you’re in luck.

Midwest Manufacturing Company is selling never-been-worn “American vintage knitwear.”

Their inventory is from dead stock and dates back to the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s (yikes, is 80s stuff really considered vintage?!).

The clothing, which includes skirts, dresses, tops, jackets and sweaters, was originally manufactured for a number of retailers that none of us can remember, but your mom probably would.

Go treasure hunting on their Etsy site. Don’t be alarmed at the limited inventory though. According to the site, they rotate their stock, adding new old stuff all the time. Happy hunting!

Soy Suits


By Abby and Elle

Last week we wrote about clothing made from hemp, and we promised to follow up with clothing made from soybeans. And, wow, is soy an amazing plant; it just might have more uses than hemp.

You can eat soy in a variety of forms, from edamame and soy sausage to tofu noodles (which, by the way, are super low in calories — yum!). But tofu clothing, really? Well, not tofu exactly; rather, soybean fibers, a natural by-product of food production.

Here’s what’s so great about soy clothing: Depending on how it’s woven, it can feel like cotton or cashmere. Clothing made from soy better protects you from UV rays, is more absorbent and dries faster than cotton. Soy clothing never shrinks or wrinkles, and never needs dry cleaning — a plus for the environment and your health.

Though there aren’t many shops that carry soy clothing, we uncovered some funky styles, below, from FairiesDance.com. Also, a quick search on Etsy turned up some winning styles — too many to show!

Soy Tank

Soy Tank from FairiesDance.com

Jumper

Soy jumper from FairiesDance.com

Peek-a-Boo Top

Soy peek-a-boo top from FairiesDance.com

Stay tuned for a post on fall hats. We’re paying a visit to Studio St. Marie in Rocky River to try on new hats and vintage hats that have been restyled, which is almost as good as being crafted from soy.