Blast From the Past
This L.A. Brand Sells Vintage-Inspired Clothing Without the Vintage Smell
There are few things cherished like vintage clothing. But those who’ve ventured into Goodwill know it’s hard to get the fit right, and your beloved thrift-store find might smell a little funky to the rest of us. That’s not to say there’s not a time and place for such excursions — who doesn’t love a good deal? But let’s just agree that sometimes new interpretations of vintage designs are better than the originals, even if they’re more expensive.
Enter Runabout Goods, a Los Angeles-based brand riffing on vintage styles. The brand focuses on leisurewear staples from the ’40s and ‘50s and updates their fit for modern times (read: they’re trimmer). If you’ve wanted to try a Ban-Lon polo or rugged henley, Runabout’s versions are among the best on the market. The former swaps out rayon for acrylic yarn, preserving the garment’s fitted look while improving upon the feel. The latter has a handsome chambray placket and flatlock stitching that enhances its rugged profile, and it’s easy to imagine someone 50 years ago wearing one off-duty. Ditto their printed popovers, which feature deadstock 1960s fabric that puts other Hawaiian shirts to shame. If you’re heading on vacation soon, buy one and wear it unironically.
If you can’t make the trip out to Los Angeles, Runabout Goods’ online store is fully stocked with garments at reasonable prices. Almost nothing exceeds $200, so you can make a whole new outfit from their garments that draws on the styles and prices of simpler times.
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