The Shawl Neck sweater coat – DEHEN1920 – now and then

the Shawl neck sweater coat is one of the longest running items of the Dehen1920 collection. 100 % worsted heavy wool. Still great after all those years.

from the current collection, colour Navy.

as featured in FREE&EASY, latest issue.

Cadets at Westpoint Military academy wearing Shawl collar sweater coats. Class of 1938. All photos courtesy LIFE Magazine.

Inspiration 10-12 Feb

In case you will be in L.A. this coming weekend: go visit Rin Tanaka’s INSPIRATION which will be held aboard the QUEEN MARY in Long Beach. Lots of vintage clothing collectors & exhibitors, manufacturers of genuine and authentic products from the US, Japan and Europe will exhibit there. Our friends Andrea and Mirko from SPORTSWEAR-REG. will show and James will be there with DEHEN1920 collection. Langlitz Leathers, The real McCoys, Himel Bros Leathers, Heller’s cafe, Archival clothing, and, and, and… Lots of friends, freaks & followers will fly over from cold, cold Europe. Great location, massive show, superb atmosphere. And then you can go to the Rose Bowl Flea market on sunday. Freedamn heads unite again!

ticket seekers at Rose Bowl stadium warming up, 1951.

Car Club Coat – Dehen1920

The Car Club Coat (also known as the Clicker Coat) is the longer version of the Varsity jacket mostly worn by team coaches, team guides or club members since the late 1940ies. It has a front closure with snaps, rolling knit collar and knit cuffs and 2 slanting pockets, no leather sleeves. It plays a leading role in George Lucas’ epic movie  American Grafitti, 1973 where it is worn by the gang members of the Pharaohs, a gang of greasers who coerce Curt (played by Richard Dreyfuss) through an initiation rite that involves hooking a chain to a police car and successfully ripping out its back axle. Very funny scene.

Beau Gentry as Ants, Manuel Padilla jr. as Carlos, Richard Dreyfuss as Curt and Bo Hopkins as Joe Young, American Grafitti, 1973.

“You know Gil Gonzales?… Well you oughta. He’s a friend of ours and that’s his
car you got your butt parked on.”

listen at 00:21

“We are out of gas and we are out of money too.”

Manuel Padilla jr. as Carlos.

a year later as Squirt in Happy Days, sporting another Varsity jacket

Dehen1920’s version of the iconic Car Club Coat, from the current collection. Available in Maroon, light grey and Charcoal.

special edditon with leather at pockets and chainstitch logo on chest.

Decoration sample in showroom of head office, Portland, Oregon.

director George Lucas on the set wearing a Varsity jacket too.

The car was a 1951 Mercury with a chopped top. In the 1980ies is was owned by Brain Setzer of the Stray Cats for a while.