Ravi Sehgal Bright Red Velvet Jacket

From green to red. Taken on the same day as my His Lordship green velvet jacket — and how unattainable such an intensity of sunlight now seems — here are some photos of a bright red velvet jacket. The velvet is softer than in the green one, as can be seen from the way the pocket hangs. And once again, the jacket is from an exotic location. Thailand this time: the label says "Ravi Sehgal Bangkok / Since 1976 / www.ravisehgal.com". As there's a web address, this must be recent, at least by the standards of vintage clothes.

Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket
Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket
Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket
Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket
Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket
Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket
Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket, showing label

Ravi Sehgal is still going, with a website at the same address. Most garments on the site are less colourful than my jacket, though Ravi does display one rather fetching pink suit. Click the thumbnail to view it in his Instagram account at full size:Wayback
Man wearing pink jacket and trousers

His Lordship Bright Green Velvet Jacket

I haven't posted any clothing photos for a while, so here are some taken last summer. Several years ago, I was walking over Magdalen Bridge, and saw a student wearing a bright green velvet blazer with grey edging or piping. It wasn't in any college colours as far as I could tell: just an unusually vivid two-colour velvet. I liked it, so I was pleased when two years or so later, the owner of Unicorn pointed this one out to me. No edging, but the velvet was the same vivid green. There are several photos below, showing it under different early-morning lights. The label says "Exclusively styled for you By His Lordship, Wellington, New Zealand". It's the only clothing I've ever seen from there.

His Lordship green velvet jacket
His Lordship green velvet jacket
His Lordship green velvet jacket
His Lordship green velvet jacket
His Lordship green velvet jacket
His Lordship green velvet jacket
His Lordship green velvet jacket
His Lordship green velvet jacket, showing label

天宝工 TianBaoGong Peacock Kimono

Before diverting into style transfer, I posted some pictures of this flower-decorated kimono top. Here's another with a rather different design. Like the first, I bought it from Unicorn. It was longer, but to my non-Chinese eyes, that made it look like a dressing gown. So Unicorn shortened it for me by folding up the excess material into a hem, and sewed on a popper to close it at the waist. The result is a decorative summer top, with colouring nicely matching the Linaria growing on the wall.

TianBaoGong peacock kimono

TianBaoGong peacock kimono, showing label

TianBaoGong

TianBaoGong peacock kimono, showing pattern

TianBaoGong peacock kimono, showing pattern

Unlike with some of the clothes I've shown, I'm pretty sure that the manufacturers of this one are still going. Searching for the Chinese characters in the name, aided by Purple Culture's mouse-written Chinese input program, I found this site: https://tbg1688.1688.com/. The page mentions the Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery Factory, and that 天宝工 or TianBaoGong is its brand. Judging by the photographs, Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery make a lot of designs. This is one, and shows a kimono very similar to mine as it was before being shortened. Part of Tian Bao Gong web page, showing a similar kimono

Wallis Brightly Striped Linen Blazer

This light linen blazer from Unicorn is one that I've worn a lot this summer, when I've needed to take the chill off mornings and evenings. I like its cheerful colours.

Wallis striped linen blazer

Wallis striped linen blazer, showing yellow stripe

Wallis striped linen blazer, showing stripes

Wallis striped linen blazer, showing label and purple lining

Wallis striped linen blazer, showing purple lining

Wallis striped linen blazer, showing purple button

Wallis still exist, but they don't make such colourful clothes any more. I know this, and I know the blazer is 24 years old, because yesterday, someone told me how nostalgic it made her feel. She'd bought such a jacket, exactly the same style and size, when her now 25-year-old daughter was one year old. She'd loved it — but somewhere along the line between multiple house moves, it got lost. And Wallis discontinued the line.

Which is a shame, because I'm sure people would buy it. A few weeks ago, the owner of a stall in the local market told me that a lady saw me shopping there the previous week. A few minutes after I'd left, she asked him, should he see me again, to ask me whether I'd sell her the blazer.

Agnès b. Blue with Yellow Bubbles

The sunlight is at its most intense, so this seems a good time to show off some brilliant yellow, made all the more vivid by contrasting it with blue. Like the Cyrillic-lettered top on my last-but-one post, the garment here is from Unicorn. Also like that top, it's slightly too short for me, otherwise I'd have bought it to cheer up the oncoming winter. It's an Agnès b. cropped jacket, made from a blue backing containing densely packed raised yellow bubbles. When viewed in the sunlight, the result is dazzling.

Agnes b blue cropped jacket with yellow bubbles

Agnes b blue cropped jacket with yellow bubbles, showing detail of bubbles

Agnes b blue cropped jacket with yellow bubbles, showing detail of bubbles