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    Caroline
    11 Sep 2020
    11:06am

    That LL Cool J.portrait is so damn good!!

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    LisaR
    11 Sep 2020
    2:38pm

    Thanks for such a great collection of links.  I used to shop at the Century 21 in Bay Ridge with my Nana whenever I visited her growing up. It was one of her favorite stores and we found some incredible bargains there. Like other commenters, I’ve been feeling much nostalgia lately for 80’s fashions and have been scrolling through online photos of favorite brands and stores from that time, including Esprit (loved the article and such fun to be reminded of those bright geometric sweaters), T. Edwards, Naf Naf, Ton Sur Ton, Papagallo (for their flats and Bermuda bags), Benetton (where I worked in high school), Swatch watches (my favorite smelled like mint!), the Guess jeans with ankle zippers, dressing like a dancer even though I wasn’t one (ripped sweatshirt a la “Flashdance,” dance pants, leg warmers and real ballet slippers), neon everything…there was also a brand that made matching  rugby shirt  and athletic-type pants outfits (stripes on the shirt matched a thin side stripe on the pants) that were incredibly popular at my Junior High, but I can’t remember the exact name…something like Sweats B’chego? — anyone remember them?

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    Ginny
    11 Sep 2020
    2:38pm

    Why? So many times you link to articles that require a subscription- ex vulture, ex nytimes. Can’t read them . Disappointed

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      heather
      11 Sep 2020
      5:12pm

      One can generally read several articles per month from both of those sites for free.

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    Tahe Z
    11 Sep 2020
    11:27am

    OH MY GOSH!!! I ‘m so happy you shared the Esprit article (and that you loved it!). I’m the one that facilitated that whole thing. One day, I was looking up #vintageesprit and #vintagebenetton on Instagram and came across Esprit Flashback. That pic of the black sweater with multicolored geometric designs on it was my beloved sweater from 8th grade. As I was scrolling through her site, I saw a post asking if anyone knew of an archivist she could talk to and although I’m not one (I’m a paper conservator), I could put her in touch with a couple, and could also talk to her about preserving her collection. We ended up having an almost 5 hour zoom chat! It. Was. Awesome. Michelle is a fabulous woman and she is the right person to have this collection in her care.

    On a separate note, I love that LL Cool J artwork and I hope you get it. Are you aware of the Universal Hip Hop Museum? They are trying to raise money to build the museum and already have the site which is in the Bronx (birthplace of Hip Hop). It’s really exciting stuff. I got to speak to them just the other day about their collections. https://www.uhhm.org/

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      Kim France
      11 Sep 2020
      12:12pm

      Very cool!

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    Shara Witkin
    11 Sep 2020
    11:15am

    Esprit! Oh my goodness. I have not thought about that in ages. Loved Esprit and going to the factory outlet in SF was always the biggest treat.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    12 Sep 2020
    1:56am

    The photographs of the orange skies are rather eerie, and a very visible warning of the urgency of climate change. I remember the Esprit catalogs fondly and I had quite a few pieces of clothing from the brand and even recall getting my hair cut like one of the models. They were really social innovators! And, as if I haven’t tried enough new recipes during quarantine, I’m going to try the corn salad (Do you use raw corn, Kim?)

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      Kim France
      12 Sep 2020
      11:12am

      Yes I do use raw corn, Val. The acid in the tomatoes “cooks” it.

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    Kate
    11 Sep 2020
    9:21am

    Hi Kim! I just wanted to share with you that when you type a “g” into any of my devices, girlsofacertainage comes up. I am grateful every day for your funny, smart, nostalgic, at times heartbreaking, and always enlightening content. Your like that friend who makes me a better person whenever I spend time with her. Thank you!

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      Kim France
      11 Sep 2020
      9:23am

      Aw thanks, Kate! What a lovely sentiment.

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    deb
    11 Sep 2020
    6:05pm

    What a great collection of links! LL to Esprit to Metropolitan and corn and Century 21! This was a great post to read today — and I needed it. The kid started virtual learning this week in school and it was RUFF. Thanks for some much-needed joy today, though I know not all of these were about happy topics. Appreciate you.

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    Bobby
    11 Sep 2020
    11:58am

    I don’t believe in God, but I have to say the pandemic and the pictures of the wildfires are making me wonder if we’re in endtimes. I mean those pictures — Biblical is the only word. I cannot imagine what those people are going through.

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      Wendela
      11 Sep 2020
      3:57pm

      I’m living in it and it is getting very hard to keep morale up here. The day without sun was surreal and unsettling, and the month of bad air quality (we already can’t spend time in public indoor spaces and now outdoors is unbreathable?) has been rough.and even so the fact that my community has not had to evacuate means we are among the fortunate! It has been beyond devastating for many. On that note, Kim, I’d love to see a post about “music to keep up morale” or something like that. I know you did some posts about favorite music/song lists in the past. Would you consider one to list songs that boost spirits? Maybe people could chime in in the comments too. Thanks from a west coast fan!

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        Mamavalveeta03
        12 Sep 2020
        2:04am

        Thinking about all of you West Coasters and trying not to worry. My husband used to fight forest fires professionally, so he’s still into keeping up on the suppression news and old friends in the biz, so it’s a frequent topic in our house.

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    Mae
    11 Sep 2020
    12:32pm

    I was in my twenties in the 1980’s, trying hard to look like a professional while being profoundly in love with Esprit clothing. (Any Denverites here remember the shop La Boca in Cherry Creek? They carried Esprit. I spent entire paychecks there.) I had a wool “zoot” kinda suit (oversized blazer with baggy trousers), black with chalk pinstripes, that was an office workhorse for many years. Love this memory.

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      EmilyTL
      11 Sep 2020
      2:07pm

      I grew up in Boulder (now back in Denver via NYC) and was a tween when I carried my Esprit canvas tote as my book like every other lucky girl in my class. My parents never took me to Cherry Creek back then, so I unfortuantely don’t remember La Boca. I had to settle for the Boulder Crossroads Mall (since gone). There was a store that carried Esprit where they would pay teens to stand like mannequins in the front window for an hour at a time. I wanted to be one of those girls more than I can say. I have been going down Esprit, Benetton, Swatch, and 80’s Guess rabbitt holes lately. I think my nostalgia has been turned up to 11 in the COVID era.

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    Lynn in Tucson
    11 Sep 2020
    12:11pm

    I was lucky enough to visit the enormous Esprit outlet store in San Francisco a couple times as a teen. I went with older girls who could drive, so I felt fancy and sophisticated. It was a trip.

    Did you know that Doug Tompkins amassed quite the quilt collection? https://worldquilts.quiltstudy.org/amishstory/discovery/espirtquiltcollection

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    rachel in berkeley
    11 Sep 2020
    1:18pm

    Growing up in rural New Hampshire in the 70s and 80s, the Esprit catalog was my portal to another universe. Now I live in outside the city that formed it and I still own the navy blue cotton beret I ordered (by mail) around 1983. I haven’t worn it years but I can’t let go. If I ever do, I know where I’ll send it.

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      Jeanne
      11 Sep 2020
      3:33pm

      Wow you’re so right. Those photos of their catalog brought back so many memories. The pictures evoked such energy and joy. I also still have an Esprit item saved in a box somewhere. It’s an oversized striped shirt and pleated gray blue pants. I saved them eons ago, along with a bejeweled collar bar pin and a walkman so I could wear them for 80s themed parties. So Molly Ringwald!!

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      Tara
      11 Sep 2020
      6:04pm

      I graduated high school in 1984 in small-town Kansas and I had so much mail-order Esprit. It was such a link to the outside world. My prom dress was a black, angora sweater dress with a deep v back. I thought I was so chic!

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        kimbersam
        12 Sep 2020
        12:27pm

        Well, you were chic! Esprit and Benneton were out of my parent’s price range, but I used to collage the ads on my wall and I, too, copied one of their haircuts (asymmetric bob). For high school, I used to cobble together a Flashdance look with sweats sources from the local flea mart. Once I hit college, I shredded and safety-pinned the sweats for my interpretation of punk.

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    MKW
    11 Sep 2020
    10:17am

    Iowan here… so alway appreciating corn and tomato recipes this time of year. We are eating and relishing this salad (ignore the steak part of the recipe):
    https://www.bhg.com/recipe/beef-kabobs-with-corn-and-orzo-salad/

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    Heather
    11 Sep 2020
    1:23pm

    Love all of these links and comments. Kim, I also hope you nab that LL Cool J print; it’s great.

    I would love an open chat on people’s best Century 21 scores. I remember a similar thread when Loehmann’s closed, and it was a lot of fun to read others’ memories of going there with mothers, grandmothers, buying prom dresses, etc. (I don’t share these memories unfortunately — I grew up in the sticks with no Loehmann’s — but it was lovely to live vicariously through the memories of others). I could be totally wrong, but I always imagined that Century 21 was where you graduated to after Loehmann’s, where folks in their 20s and 30s would go to buy work clothes or to score some super fab, impractical club wear?

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      EmilyTL
      11 Sep 2020
      2:12pm

      Century21! I bought so much there in my 20s from the one destroyed in 9/11 (ugh 19 years ago today). I still have a velvet Betsey Johnson dress that I won’t part with. So much Nostalgia today. I think recurring Nostalgia Chats would be wonderful.

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    Jax
    11 Sep 2020
    7:15pm

    Oh dear lord, Biggie’s crown!!! Salt n Pepa’s Push It jackets!!!

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    Caroline
    13 Sep 2020
    6:04pm

    Just made the corn salad. It’s crazy delicious..Holy smokes!

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    cw
    11 Sep 2020
    8:12am

    In the past few days I’ve received photos from friends and family from California, Oregon and Washington state. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the devastation. If any GOACA live out west PLEASE take care and know there are many of us back east thinking of all of you.

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      y.k.
      11 Sep 2020
      8:45am

      yes, photos from SF i’ve been seeing are frightening.

      thank you for the Esprit link (i loved loved Esprit, i remember the ads w/ much affection) & the Twitter link- gave me my first laugh of the day.

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