I Guess This is Vintage Now??
This is a vintage—by which I mean circa early-to-mid-90s—Jandd Mountaineering (made in Santa Barbara, CA) backpack that I carried through the end of high school, throughout college, and into my early years in graduate school.
Once, I even had a hand-scrawled note left on my bicycle in Ann Arbor, MI by a fellow grad student who was convinced I’d stolen it from him because he knew how rare they were—especially in the midwest. He even offered to let me return it to him with no questions asked.
He noted that his particular pack had a unique stain in it that could prove beyond a shadow of a doubt his certainty that I’d absconded with his bag at some point. He also left his email address should I be so bold as to contact him. I emailed him back immediately (from the computer center, phones couldn’t do that sort of thing then…) letting him know I’d be happy to meet and have him examine the bag to his heart’s content, certain as I was that I’d purchased it myself. It was both the last time I heard from him, and the last time anyone has accused me of stealing a sweet out-of-production Jandd Mountaineering backpack.
Vintage Polo Ralph Lauren Necktie
Blue, Orange, and Brown.
Pocket Square: Vintage 1954 Calendar Hanky, thrifted $2
Jacket: Brooks Brothers, thrifted $15
Shirt: Brooks Brothers University Stripe OCBD, thrifted $3.50
Rx Sunglasses: Lookmatic “Ricky,” review here