R.C.M.’s Reproduction Vintage Menswear Compendium

It’s no secret that I like vintage clothes; I have a modest collection of them, but often I opt to save the irreplaceable antiques for special occasions, and use more replaceable vintage styled modern garments for everyday wear.  Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find those esoteric styles, most of what you’ll find at your local department store conforms to the modern fashion trends of low-waisted slim-fit slave labor made rags.  In my never-ending search for alternatives, I’ve compiled the following list of websites offering vintage styled clothing for men.  I’ve included everything I can find in this list—some are top-notch, high quality goods, others may be less so—you’ll have to use your own discretion.  I can’t vouch for the quality of most these products, as I have only sampled a few thusfar.  It isn’t my goal to build any of them up, nor to tear them down, only to put their names all together in one convenient place.  By request, the locations of each are listed by their ISO two digit country codes, and can easily be searched using your browsers “find” feature (typically “Ctrl+F”).

If you happen to belong to the feminine persuasion, I’m afraid I can’t offer much help, except for the sources listed here that cater to both sexes (and there are a fair number of those), but I can tell you that reproduction vintage for women seems to be more prevalent than for men.  I’d recommend giving it a search on Google, someone else has probably made a list like this for ladies’ wear.

20th Century Chap: UK – A British company producing vintage-esque clothing for men in styles of the 1920s to 1940s.

65 Shillings: UK – Producers of menswear styles dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, offering some quite nice looking products.

Adjustable Costume: JP – Primarily vintage workwear inspired garments from Japan. Lots of great looking styles.

Aero Leathers: UK – Scottish producers of fine World War II era style leather jackets and a number of other garments.

Angels Wardrobe Supplies: UK – A costume company offering various garments of antiquarian design. Being a costumer, their quality may be less than some of the finer tailoring firms on this list.

At the Front: US – Reproduction World War II military uniforms including United States and German issue gear.

Bronson Mfg. Co.: CN – Chinese manufacturer of vintage-style workwear, offering some exceptional designs. Contrary to some reservations about dealing with China, I have heard positive things about them.

Bykowski Tailor & Garb (Formerly Dandy’s): US – Vintage inspired men’s clothing in a modern fit. Also a brick-and-mortar store in Austin, Texas.

Cad Zoots: US – 1940s and 1950s style gabardine and Western shirts, endorsed by Billy Bob Thornton.

Chester Cordite: UK – “Classic noir styled vintage menswear.” Very nice looking 1930s-40s style suits and spearpoint collar shirts made by (guess who) Chester Cordite.

Darcy Clothing: UK – Formerly the Vintage Shirt Company. English makers of superb vintage styled garments of many types, with styles ranging from the 1940s all the way back to the sixteenth century! I personally recommend their spearpoint dress shirts.

D.L. Cerney: US – Producers of probably the finest 1940s style gabardine shirts in the modern world, among other garments. To my knowledge, their brick-and-mortar store shut down several years ago, and I’m not sure of their current status, but they appear to still be in business.  I highly recommend them.

Freddie’s of Pinewood: UK – In their own words: “1940s and 1950s jeans and casualwear for men and women.”

Heyday: UK – Late 1940s and early 1950s styles for the (always well catered-to) “rock ‘n’ roll” crowd.  Located in Great Britain.

Historical Emporium: US – Formerly Gentlemen’s Emporium.  Catering primarily to the steampunk crowd, they offer all sorts of Victorian and turn of the century style. Much of it seems on the costumey side, but some of it seems practical enough.

History Preservation Associates: US – Retailers of fine military and workwear styled garb from such makers as Buzz Rickson, Eastman Leather, and Sugar Cane.

J. Peterman: US – Not so much “reproduction” per se, but many of the clothes they have to offer are inspired by vintage designs. Quite decent stuff.

Johnson Shoes: UK – Makers of vintage style shoes in many different styles for men and women. They offer wide sizes, which is great if you have feet like mine.

Juke-Jive: DE – Wonderful looking 1930s and 1940s styled men’s clothing. Their website’s all in German, and I can’t understand more than your basic “shirt”, “pants”, and “cheese-bread” in that language.

Knickerbocker Mfg. Co.: US – Makers of garments similar to those made by Old Town in the UK, but made and sold in the States, and with a somewhat wider array of products.

Kurtz Clothiers: AU – “Tiny Pipe Brand” shirts made by one of the world’s foremost vintage menswear aficionados. Although I don’t own one myself, they are highly recommended by those who do.

Levi’s Vintage Clothing: US+Worldwide – Vintage styled clothing from Levi Strauss & Co. Most of it seems overpriced, and some of the stuff they make is just bizarre, but a few things look great.

Lofty Opus: KR – Korean manufacturer of remarkable 1940s styled clothing, with a particular western bent.

Luxire: US/IT(?) (made in India) – Maker of affordable custom shirts and pants. Not vintage styled exclusively, but they specialize in 1930s style spearpoint collar shirts.

Magnoli Clothiers: NZ – Custom tailored and made-to-measure suits and other garments specializing in 1930s belt-back styles. Located in New Zealand, but they outsource their production to various other locations.

Mamie Blue: FR – Located in Paris, France, they offer a number of 1920s styled garments, particularly their “Retro Sport” caps, as well as some pants and spats. I can personally vouch for their caps.

Mapledoram: UK – Reproductions of British CC41 suits and shirts at very low prices. I’ve heard some positive things about the shirts, no idea about the suits, but they all look quite nice.

Matt Deckard Apparel: US – Spearpoint collared shirts and fine suiting designed by the enigmatic Matt Deckard.

Mattimore Harness: US – Custom made boots and shoes, specializing in Civil War styles (as their URL would indicate), but also offering a wide variety of styles from American Colonial era to modern, with sections dedicated to the turn of the century, WWI, the swing era, and WWI. Handmade in Laramie, Wyoming. I can’t vouch for their quality personally, but they look nice and if their prices are indicative of their quality, they should be quite decent.

Mister Freedom: US – Some kind of highfalutin California affair. Some of the stuff they sell looks very nice, but prices are quite high. You can afford it if you’re Johnny Depp.

Monsivais & Co: US – Fine vintage styled caps and neck wear in a circa 1920s fashion made in Los Angeles, California by Damian Monsivais. Great stuff, I highly recommend their products.

Morellos: UK – London based company offering reproductions of 1950s styles including gabardine shirts, belted “Hollywood” jackets, and the sought after “Gaucho” shirts made by La Riviera.

Muffy’s: US – The foremost purveyors of 1950s style saddle oxford shoes, for men and women.

MyBabyJo: US – Retailers of garments aimed towards the rock ‘n’ roll types for men and women.  Apparently defunct as of 2019.

N.J. Sekela: US – Primarily offering nineteenth century fashions, this dry goods purveyor also offers a small line of 1940s reproductions.

Oldfield Clothing: UK – Producers of 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s style trousers, shirts, knitwear, caps, and more cut in the British manner. More affordable prices than some.

Old Town: UK – Makers of plain clothes in old fashioned styles, rugged and dependable. Located in Norfolk, England.

Ol’Woogies: IT – A full line of men’s garments from Italy, mostly in a 1940s to ’50s style, everything from caps to shoes. Some really nice looking stuff. A few things for women, too.

On the Sunny Side: NL – Classic and jazzy styles for men and women made in the Netherlands by Sunny van Zijst.

Paradirama: FR – Purveyors of a wide variety of vintage styles modeled after those of the 1930s through the 1950s, for both men and women.

Penahaus: NL – Makers of vintage styled shoes and more, for men and women, including copies of the Talon “Shu-Lock” system.

Penman Hats: US – Fine felt fedoras custom made to order by John Penman.

Prohibition Clothing: US – A full line of 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s inspired clothing for men, plus some styles for women.

Re-Mix Vintage Shoes: US – Makers of (you guessed it) vintage inspired shoes, styles for men and women. They make some nice looking cap-toe spectator shoes.

ReVamp: US – Reproduction vintage clothing for women and men alike, ranging in style from 1910s to 1950s. Made in California by Annamarie von Firley. Many of their clothes tend to be of the “Hollywood” style and a little on the flashy side (not that that’s a bad thing.)

River Junction Trade Co: US – A dry goods store located in McGregor, Iowa selling Old West style garb and more for men and women, including some originals. Really neat stuff they’ve got there.

Rocacha: UK – A British operation offering zoot and other suit styles, pants, and shirts. I can’t vouch for them personally, but I’ve heard secondhand positive remarks on them, and their prices are not terribly exorbitant.

Rockmount Ranch Wear: US – Purveyor of good, old-fashioned, American-made western shirts since 1946, many of which are still essentially the same as the ones they sold way back then.  Still family owned and operated by the grandson of its original founder.

RRL: US+Worldwide – Ralph Lauren’s line of vintage styled clothing. High prices, but seems to be of high quality in my limited experience, and some very nice styles. Generally Western and workwear influenced.

RVC: NL – Repro Vintage Clothing. Makers of primarily 1950s style men’s and women’s clothes located in the Netherlands. Nice looking stuff, but I’ve never personally done business with them, so I can’t speak to their quality one way or the other.

SJC: UK – Small runs of vintage styled clothing including denim, footwear, and more, mostly in a 1940s and earlier fashion, made in England by Simon James Cathcart.

Some Like it Holy: UK – Interesting vintage inspired fashions for men and woman from an equally interestingly named company. Their spearpoint collar shirts look very nice, and the prices aren’t bad.

Sterkowski: PL – Hats and caps at unbeatable prices, made in Poland. Their caps look quite nice, and while their fedoras are not made to vintage proportions, the price ($62.00 for a fur felt hat) is unbeatable. I have heard positive things about them but cannot personally vouch for their quality.

Vecona Vintage: DE – 1920s to 1940s styled clothing for men and women from Germany. Nice looking styles, for sure.

Vintage Silhouettes: US – Fine custom made hats by Art Fawcett, who specialized in 1930s styles prior to his retirement in 2020. Just about universally hailed as one of the finest hatters of the modern day, and I can vouch for their excellent quality personally.

W Durable Goods: US – Fort Worth, Texas store specializing in leather working, which they do in-house. They also have a variety of other small classic accessories and whatnots.

Wellema Hat Company: US – Felt hats masterfully crafted by proprietor Cody Wellema in Altadena, California, dedicated to preserving the art of hatting. Also offers blocking and cleaning services.

What Price Glory: US – Purveyors of reproduction militaria and military issue clothing from World War II and earlier, but some of their stuff works just as well as civvies, and at great prices. Seems to be of fine quality.

If there are any others that I have overlooked, and I’m sure there are, please comment, and I’ll add to the list.  Also, if you are the proprietor of any of these fine establishments and wish to offer me free or heavily discounted products for purposes of review, by all means, please do!

Originally published on Old Time Blues on May 29, 2016.

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