Author: How vintage filmmerch got cool

As I examined my wardrobe during some recent spring cleaning, I thought about which clothes attract the most attention from random strangers. It’s not my pair of perfect mid-century French army trousers, or the Needles mohair cardigan I somehow grabbed at an excellent price. It is, on the other hand, the death knell Jackie Brown shirt I picked up at a thrift store. When I’m wearing it, someone pauses to (correctly) tell me it’s one of Tarantino’s best films. The two second places in the category “clothing most likely results in a stop-and-chat” are my Seinfeld a sweatshirt resembling something Jerry would have worn while making a table, read in 1991, and a ball cap embroidered with the phrase “A Film By Nora Ephron.”

I am obsessed with such a promo swag and it fills an ever larger part of my closet. Some of it is vintage, like one allegedly authentic crew jacket from Spike Lees Do the right thing. But a good piece is new, made by similarly obsessed fans who recreate or invent retro looks from, associated with, or influenced by large and small screen favorites. I ran then the account Miscellaneous in scene sold long-sleeved shirts printed with the title card of Joan Micklin Silver’s romcom from 1988, Crossing Delanceyand bought one hat, produced this year, with the logo of the Albert Brooks classic from 1985, Lost in America. If anything looks like it could have been handed out at a 1996 Planet Hollywood premiere party, count me out. I call it auteurcore and it seems to be everywhere now.

Samuel L. Jackson and sin Jackie Brown hat.

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Eloy Lugo, who runs the auteurcore brand Human boy worldwide, feels the same way. The Los Angeles-based music publicist has long been obsessed with promotional swag and memorabilia, and much of the equipment he and his wife Ali Koehler put out is a reflection of hours spent on eBay looking for old hats, jackets and other wearables. from various movies and series. They made mine Lost in America hat, but I also made their shirts for the 1978 movie Friends, as well as -one Larry Sanders Show tee. They curate carefully hip,, classic,, the cultor nostalgic movies and series for their if-you-know-you-know quality, but also duplicates an epoch-specific look and feel. “The idea is to copy the fit of a vintage shirt,” says Lugo, “as opposed to the modern fit, where shirts are very thin and long with small sleeves that only fit a certain kind of body.” Human Boy Worldwide designs shirts “so you do not sacrifice comfort while getting a more forgiving boxy fit.”

Auteurcore is a new niche for authentic bootleg ethos. It’s not necessarily a great money maker; people who design, sell or trade in these items often do so just because they want to see shirts and hats with their favorite movies or show logos on. You will rarely read the words “authorized merchandise” on these offers, making Instagram something like a Grateful Dead party, but for cinephiles. Instagram account Director fitswho has sold shirts associated with Paul Thomas Andersons Licorice pizza and Brian de Palma’s classic from 1984 Body doublehave recently taken a detour to auteurcore cosplay: they have recently recreated and sold a USC Cinema hat as the one Steven Spielberg played on the set in the 80s and 90s. Even brands like Kith have gotten started: Their latest Fight your enthusiasm and Goodfellas collaborations were sold out in minutes. And the Petrified Good brand recently unveiled a vintage Patagonia “crew jacket“Whereupon they sewed a patch with the logo of the overlooked Martin Scorsese classic from 1985, After hours – which you can pair with other Petrified Good-wear, such as a cap adorned with an old Apple logo and some Baggies embroidered with a “Neil Young and Crazy Horse” emblem.

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