The Chambray Shirt: Why Every Man Needs This All-American Staple

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Have A Merry All-American Christmas

Have A Merry All-American Christmas


There is a reason we perform every single Christmas tradition we know today. The Christmas Tree. Hanging Stockings. Christmas Cards. Carolling. Santa Claus. Gift Giving. Egg Nog. The Yule Log. They are performed every year to remind us of the reasons of why we celebrate the season. These traditions, customs and legends are symbols of desirable qualities that embody the spirit of Christmas. They each hold a story behind them that tells about goodness, righteousness, integrity, honesty, morality and uprightness. These wonderful activities, songs and stories are actually inherited from cultures all over the world. Yes, American traditions are a rainbow of culture and it’s difficult to say which ones are uniquely American. Christmas in America is celebrated differently from family to family. The traditions that are followed and passed on from one generation to the next are totally dependent on the cultural heritage of family members. However, despite the variety of cultures and nationalities, there is an ideal Christmas tradition that seems to be accepted by many families and that is the habit of sharing the season together. Sharing food, laughter, good memories and gift-giving – these are central to the All-American Christmas celebration. This book will help you appreciate Christmas traditions as celebrated in America. We hope you will discover the true meaning in each one of them and in so doing your celebrations may be even more meaningful this year. Wherever and however you celebrate the season … may the spirit of Christmas be alive in your life. Have A Merry, Merry Christmas!

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Another terrific season of college football is in the books and it’s time to hand out some awards with our inaugural All-America team.



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This New Sneaker Collaboration Is as All-American as You Can Get

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From Marilyn Monroe to Madonna, Here’s a Brief History of the All-American Denim Jacket

If jeans are as American as apple pie, then denim jackets are the vanilla ice cream on top: cool, classic, and always appealing. And while Proenza Schouler, Valentino, and Rachel Comey may have all sent their own trendy iterations down the fall 2015 runways, the denim jacket had already been trending for, oh, just 130 years or so.

The first denim jacket was created circa 1880 by denim legend and Levi’s founder Levi Strauss. Strauss is credited with designing the first-ever jeans in 1870 as a durable, breathable utility garment for cowboys, railroad engineers, and miners to wear during the gold rush out West. Soon after the runaway success of jeans, he gave the world a top to match and dubbed it the Triple Pleat Blouse.

We spoke with Tracey Panek, a historian at Levi Strauss & Co., who said that the denim jackets were ideal for laborers. “Our denim jacket was incredibly durable for various types of manual labor,” Panek said. “The horizontal seams holding down the pleats could be removed to give the wearer extra room.”

While the Levi’s denim jacket has evolved since then, the functionality and innate coolness of the piece has earned it the status as an all-American rebel’s outerwear of choice. “By the ’50s, wearing denim was often associated with juvenile delinquency,” Panek said. “Jeans were even banned in some schools, and denim became the nonconformists’ uniform of choice.” From James Dean’s iconic denim-jacket clad character in Rebel Without a Cause in the ’50s to Rihanna’s deconstructed versions today, jean jackets buck convention, express individuality, and epitomize anti-establishment cool.

Here’s a timeline of denim jackets that will inspire you to pull yours out right now.

levis-denim-jacket-1800sCirca 1880: The original Levi’s Triple Pleat Blouse designed by Strauss. One unique feature of this jacket is the vertical grain of the fabric. Its name is derived from the three pleats that run on either side of the center front.

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1955: James Dean captured the angst of American youth and style in Rebel Without a Cause.

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1961: Marilyn Monroe is known for her glamorous red carpet gowns, but her off-duty looks—which included jackets and all sorts of denim— were just as compelling.

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1962: Rock ‘n’ roll and denim went hand-in-hand starting in the ’60s, as epitomized by this street style shot in Zurich.

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1970: It model of the decade Veruschka in a denim jacket and jeans.

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1971: John Lennon wore lots of denim jackets in the ’70s with flares, T-shirts, and always a quirky touch, like this flower boutonniere. Here he is at the Cannes Film Festival.

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1980: Big shoulders and boxy silhouettes ruled the ’80s, and a 20-year-old Sarah Jessica Parker was on it with her oversize jean jacket.

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1984: Bruce Springsteen’s all-American denim wardrobe on the Born in the USA album made everyone want to dance in their jean jackets in the mid-’80s.

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1991: Geena Davis’ jean jacket in Thelma and Louise was likely the least obvious indicator of her character’s disdain for authority.

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1992: Claudia Schiffer defined ’90s denim with her sultry Guess campaigns.

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2001: Madonna, a fan of the denim jacket in the ’80s, got sleeker for her Ray of Light video with denim-on-denim— and very little underneath.

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2001: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake expressed their young love with matching denim at the American Music Awards, creating an image now seared into the pop world’s subconscious. Note Justin’s one-button denim blazer.

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2013: Miley Cyrus used the jean jacket to segue her from sweet Disney star to the edgy Miley of today.

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2013: Few can go from couture pouf dresses to shredded denim, but Rihanna certainly pulls it off with aplomb.

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2015: The Levi’s Trucker jacket, derived from the initial 1880 style, continues to be a classic, and the brand offers many variations on it. The latest is the Commuter, designed for those who commute to work by bike. It features reflective zip tape and ventilations to keep cool.

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2015: Designer Rachel Comey is known for her inventive plays on denim. For fall, she reinvents the denim jacket by adding shearling and zippers for a moto feel.



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