Rothco’s Got the Vibe

VIBEYet another media appearance by Rothco, this time in hip-hop magazine, Vibe, in their “We Know What You’re Doing This Summer” style preview.

In the article, the Vibe style folks describe various personalities, the gear they’ll be wearing, their music, their activities, etc. For “The Philly Skateboarder” they picked the Rothco Vintage Infantry Utility Short as “the” garment of choice this summer. They found them at the website Army Navy USA, our good friends Simon and Dalia in Woodhaven, NY. The shorts are available in 7 colors in all, Khaki, Black, Olive Drab, City Camouflage, Navy Blue, and Army Digital Camouflage.

By the way, the Vintage Infantry Paratrooper Fatigue Shorts are just about the most comfortable and functional shorts I’ve every worn. I’ve got three or four pairs and I’ll be rockin’ them all summer.

Savings in Woodhaven with ArmyNavyUSA

R&S Army Navy Store, 91-13 Jamaica Ave. (718) 441-4670 (www.armynavyusa.com)

Inside ArmyNavyUSAArmy-Navy stores were once a staple in every Queens neighborhood. But owner Simon Strum, who has been in Woodhaven for more than 30 years, is now one of the last of these specialty stores in the borough. His store boasts a large selection and slashed prices. Battle dress uniform cargo pants, which can sell for $40 to $80, go for $24.99. They sell Levi’s jeans for $29.99. “This is a very practical store,” said Strum, whose inventory includes T-shirts, underwear and socks as well as an array of military insignia. “Whatever we carry, people need.” R & S Army-Navy¬† is now one of the last of these specialty stores in the borough… read full article

Messenger Bags: Why Messenger Bags are So Popular

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Over the course of the last few years, messenger bags have taken over, and not just with girls and women. Several boys and men were actually among the first to use messenger bags to help make their load lighter.

Whether you’re a teen or a terminally hip adult; male or female, you’re sure to appreciate the advantages that a good messenger bag has to offer, but you might be overwhelmed by the numerous styles available. Here’s a bit of information about these bags and why they have become so popular – as well as some links to some really cool messenger bag manufacturers.

Rothco 9148 Classic Heavyweight Messenger Bag

Rothco 9148 Classic Heavyweight Messenger Bag

What is a Messenger Bag?

The term “messenger bag” refers to bags that are styled after the ones bicycle messengers carry. They typically feature a shoulder strap so the bag can be worn across your body – in true messenger style – with the bag hanging down at your side or slung onto your back. These bags are usually rectangular in shape with enough space for magazines, courier-size envelopes, and anything else that a messenger might need to put into their bag. The closure of a messenger bag typically comes in the form of a large front flap that either closes with buckles, velcro, or other type of fastener. Messenger bags might also feature reflectors or reflective strips.

What Materials are Messenger Bags Made From?

There are as many different materials for messenger-style bags as there are items to put in them. Many feature bodies of waterproof material such as nylon or pvc, while others are made from cotton canvas and are similar in style to the old military-type messenger bags. I even managed to find some made from silk and velvet. And, while I wouldn’t recommend actually using such bags to cycle your goods through a rain shower, if it’s just looks your after, these messenger-type bags will fit the bill.

What Makes Messenger Bags so Popular?

Messenger bags define “hip” by being nearly an anti-fashion statement. They look casual and trendy all at once – and like a denim jacket or a concert t-shirt, they can actually become even cooler the older and more beat up they become. In addition to the fact that these bags are usually roomy enough hold a lot of stuff, their large, straight surface is the perfect canvas for pins, buttons, patches and other embellishments. This prime real estate will allow one to customize their bag to their liking – and custom is always cool, hence, so is the messenger bag.

In addition to the fact that these bags are usually roomy enough hold a lot of stuff, their large, straight surface is the perfect canvas for pins, buttons, patches and other embellishments. This prime real estate will allow one to customize their bag to their liking – and custom is always cool, hence, so is the messenger bag.

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TOP RATED: Rothco 8444 Military M-65 Field Jacket

Rothco 8444 Black Military M-65 Field Jacket

Rothco 8444 Black Military M-65 Field Jacket

The Rothco 8444 Black Military M-65 Field Jacket is a top-rated favorite amongst our online shoppers. The M-65 Field Jacket is made to military specifications to guarantee the quality worn for years by U.S. troops around the world. It comes complete with a removable built-in liner; concealed hood; heavy-duty, brass zipper; snap-up storm flap; waist, hood and bottom drawstrings; 4 snap-up pockets; hook and loop fastener cuffs for attachment to gloves; epaulets; and is made with water-repellent polyester/cotton twill. The M-65 is made in the following colors: Olive Drab, Camouflage(Camo), Black, Blue, Khaki, Woodland, Digital, Vintage, Foliage Green, Sage.

“Awesome jacket and warm and removable liner a plus…just like I remember”
Keith Varcoe, Location Unknown

“Too cool! Better than GI.”
Perry Hutchison, El Paso, TX

“Very happy with this jacket. First off the price is right at Army Navy. Be aware that this is a pretty heavy jacket. With the included liner I’m confident I would be comfortable in below freezing temps. Even without the liner the jacket will keep you warm on cold days. It is very well made and I couldn’t be happier with it. Make sure you get a size small they do run big.”
Erim, CA

“The jacket was exactly what I expected. Although they do come a tad bit large, I still ordered my normal size.”
Bob, Location Unknown

“Great jacket, perfect for fall without the liner, warm enough for winter with it in. Runs a size larger than advertised, so order a size down from normal.”
Craig, Location Unknown

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