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What does Vintage mean? You see a lot of websites throwing around the word “vintage”, but what does it really mean.
The origins of the word are actually tied to winemaking. In the mid-14th century, the yield of wine from a vineyard was called its vintage. Later this word came to mean the year the grapes in a particular wine were grown. In the 1880s it began to mean “being of an earlier time”. And in 1928 it was first used to refer to cars.*
Nowadays when we talk about vintage clothing, we typically mean clothing that was made in another time period. Strangely, the word “vintage” tends to mean 20th century, while 19th century clothing tends to be called “antique”. There is a definite connotation that “vintage” is something that can still be used and “antique” is something that you keep in a box and show to guests if the subject comes up. Your mother’s wedding dress is vintage; your grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s is probably antique.
At Reconstructing History, we use the words “vintage tailoring” to refer to the tailoring techniques of years gone by and the styles that go with them.
When you buy Vintage Tailoring from Reconstructing History, you buy a garment that not only has been made to your precise measurements, but a suit of clothes that are hand made to fit you and only you. The materials are the best in the world. The sewing work is better than any stitching you have ever seen. The garment is durable and long-lasting. You will have this suit for decades and you are happy because you love wearing it. It makes you feel like a million bucks, and it costs much much less than that.
Don’t try to fit into your clothes. Make your clothes fit you! Buy Reconstructing History Vintage Tailoring.
* Online Etymology Dictionary: http://www.etymonline.com
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