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March 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm
He is right, thats the childhood of my parents).But not only import things were interesting in style reason, Soviet has many interesting things too)
This is great! Reminds me of my dad's stories of getting to know American soldiers stationed in Berlin in the 50s and thus being able to purchase Levis through the PX. Oh, the glamour of American jeans!
March 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm
What a dashing and rockin' man. Rebel-Without-a-Cause-esque.
March 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm
i LOVE this
March 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm
I love the irony of 'workwear' becoming this desirable and valuable as 'fashion'. True street style.
March 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm
i love rule breakers. amazing.
March 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm
Wow, beautiful story and beautiful photo as well. :) x
You come by your style naturally!
March 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm
Incredible. This goes to show the lengths people will go to ensure that their outside selves reflect the style that they host within. Amazing stuff.
March 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm
Perfect example of how style and class transcends social restraints.
March 28, 2010 at 8:56 pm
This whole project is amazing, wonderful. There is so much in these photos and their descriptions, much more than fashion, wonderful as that is.
March 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm
I really like this contest!!! It's awesome to see all these amazing old photos!!!
March 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm
great photo…and the story is as such!
March 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Wow, I didn't know jeans could be that expensive back then! xo
Oh! I recognized the spirit of the country and even before i read the story was almost sure that the picture was taken in Russia! Yes, the times all this rules in USSR were so unfair… Depressing…But people managed to dress fashionably! I wonder… was he looking at the river, Neva?.. The picture is beautiful. And yet it is somehow sad.P.S. – sorry for my English…
March 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm
This is an incredible idea. I enjoy to see all these old photos and read these stories.
March 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm
Me sorprende cada día más la historia de la moda, es tan literaria la narración de los sastres, la inventiva del diseñador principiante y el fotografo que capta el momento exacto que marca tendencia.
March 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm
Your retro photos are so great and the most wonderful thing is that they are inspiring! This one touched me because I live in Russia and can clearly understand how difficult it was to get smth like jeans! im not old enough to remember your father's time but from my childhood I had a lot of such "desired item" stories :) How come that your father was in St.Petersburg???
March 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm
incredible shot! interesting story, too. yes, it's amazing how people from the past manage looking stylish with resources that may be less than ours now.
Lloyd & The Tubsters
March 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm
That is so fascinating! Imagine going to all length to procure a certain item of clothing. Makes one wonder what they would go to the black market for if necessary.-Lloyd
March 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm
heaven, my favorite thus far.
March 28, 2010 at 11:26 pm
Being stylish with modest resources? Spending 90% of one's income on a pair of jeans does not suggest modesty.
March 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm
your father was from the USSR or he sold jeans to Soviets for $250?
March 29, 2010 at 12:18 am
March 29, 2010 at 12:23 am
Perhaps its his face or the background, but something instantly kept hold of my attention. I remember those days growing up when Papa would tell me how expensive and difficult it was to get a pair of Levi's in Krasnodar. There was just something romantic and rebellious all at once, yet somehow bittersweet. More pictures of Russians please!!! We all know of Italy and France, but seriously, how can you not include Moscow or Peters?!
March 29, 2010 at 1:49 am
wow! rule breaker and yet so Vogue! love love love!
March 29, 2010 at 2:39 am
Not dollars, rubles!Which is (and was then), much less than dollars, about 1:30
March 29, 2010 at 2:40 am
The style is amazing!!! P.S. He is on the granite embankment of Neva close to Kunstcamera (it`s behind him)on Vasilyi Insel.
March 29, 2010 at 2:57 am
I just love this picture! And what a great story. I 've been to St.Petersburg, Russia a lots of times and I love the city, and the atmosphere is really captured in this pic, a bit melancholic, and what a handsome man.Great! Best pic, gorgeous outfit. Love it.
March 29, 2010 at 3:00 am
It is usual story about jeans and USSR. :) averybody wants new fashionable jeans from foriegn countries. My father has the same story. And I agree with first comment: Soviet has a lot of interesting stories! And I've send you a story of my grandmother Nonna Sedova.Olga :)
March 29, 2010 at 3:29 am
oh this sounds so familiar to me, it was the same with my parents (i'm from Bulgaria). They also had to make a lot of their clothes themselves. People had to be a lot more creative back then.
March 29, 2010 at 4:37 am
Your father is very stylish! and the fact that he spent all his money to get the jeans reminds me of myself :)
March 29, 2010 at 5:39 am
Unfortunatly everything from foreign countries was banned in the USSR, specially if it came from the States,but somehow it was challenging to be in fashion under those circumstances..
March 29, 2010 at 5:55 am
Lucky for us Fashion is more "abordable" these days!….
March 29, 2010 at 6:01 am
Oh, this is so familiar because I;m from Romania, another ex soviet country and my parents also tell me about how hard it was to buy jeans or Kent cigarettes or even cassettes with foreign movies!:P
March 29, 2010 at 6:14 am
What a fabulous story!
March 29, 2010 at 6:19 am
I never knew your father was Russian! Cool.
March 29, 2010 at 6:23 am
ETA: D'oh! Vintage photo *contest.* I get it now.
March 29, 2010 at 6:35 am
That is not quite correct.The price of jeans was arounf 250 roubles (russian currency), not dollars! And the salary was also around 200-300 roubles.Noone made 250 $ in USSR at that time.
March 29, 2010 at 6:52 am
What a handsome father. That is cool, you have that fashion interest in common :-)
March 29, 2010 at 7:11 am
love the posts, those old photo's are just amazing. xx
March 29, 2010 at 7:16 am
Very nice pictures. Why do men don't wear hats anymore?
March 29, 2010 at 8:09 am
LOL, I think you should make it clear that the stories are not about YOUR grandma, grandfather, dad, etc, but that these are the stories of the people that sent you the photos. It took me a while to realize it, but then I thought your family can't be THAT cosmopolitic.
March 29, 2010 at 8:43 am
It can be a good social research – fasion in Soviet Union. How people managed to keep good cloth style in severe lack of this good cloth? By the way, did you hear about "stylyags" – Russian teddy-boys in 50s?
March 29, 2010 at 8:44 am
nowadays in moscow you can buy most everything but back in 70-ies and 80-ies people in russia had more style
March 29, 2010 at 9:20 am
The photo is beautiful – your father is so handsome – we wish we could have had his thoughts.
March 29, 2010 at 9:29 am
Very nice shot and really is very vintage indeed!
It like a movie poster or a photo for magazine… Just realized how movies successfully re-live moments from the past as it really is…
March 29, 2010 at 11:25 am
Timeless photo. Seems a man of renaissance that was not afraid of what is in store in the future–his head is held high and he leans waiting for God's next move. He is well-dressed and ready for action, could fit in most settings (fab trench and shined footwear (boots?).
March 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm
AMAZING! I loved this story.
March 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm
I LOVE your blog, and this is my favorite thing you've ever done!Going through my photos TONIGHT.
March 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm
I thought it was Clint Eastwood for a second. He has that, "Go ahead, make my day," look!
March 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm
Everyone is smoking in your photos.Look good and smell bad.
Two Many Kids
March 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm
I find the image and story very comforting and extremely familiar. There are many photos such as this of my family and many stories of obtaining designer jeans from marines at ridiculous prices! Not to mention the danger of the hunt and collection of the jeans!
March 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm
I watched "Hipsters", this amazing Russian musical this weekend at the Cleveland International Film Festival. It was about the underground movement of fashionistas (partiers as well) during the 50's in USSR. It really is amazing to understand what lengths people go to to express themselves, even in such a repressed society. Thanks for this one!
March 30, 2010 at 2:12 am
what a fantastic looking man, his style is so very rebel without a cause. love the 'tailoredness' of the jeans.
fondly,lady danger for
March 30, 2010 at 2:20 am
This made me smile : ) My parents have stories from the USSR, too, including some about jeans!This is a really evocative photo.
March 30, 2010 at 2:41 am
I was born and raised there. The clothing was as much of a deficit as were oranges and kiwi. I believe however that the more restricted a country is, the more flavorful the underground culture is.Love these pieces of your life.
March 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Very inspiring story and photo. In the 1970s, Yves St Laurent visited Moscow and gave the Soviet women some advice on chic dressing without access to western supplies. Interesting how people resist drabness!
March 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm
He looks very much as my father of that time in Leningrsd!
June 19, 2010 at 5:05 am
You are right about the current rate of ca. 30 roubles for one US dollar for today; however, in 1983 one Russian Rouble had a currency rate of ca. 3-4 American dollars:)
the rates has changed due to the massive inflation during the last 20-30 years.
mens western jeans
August 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm
What a nice photo! I would love to see those personally. My father was the only one who told stories to me about that.
August 30, 2010 at 9:03 am
These blokes look so amazing and super cool in these vintage pictures. It makes me sad these days that with so much more money and so much more choice than our grandparents generation had, people look, on the whole, so much WORSE. Perhaps with less cash to spend, people saved till they could afford stuff they really loved, and dressing smartly was part of showing respect for yourself and others.
November 10, 2010 at 8:32 am
wow, I was born in St.Petersburg in 1978!))) recognised Neva's embankment at first glance. i didn't know your father is Russian – surprise trait for your portrait)) your farther is sooo handsome and cool! his photo reminded me my farther – he had almost the same outlook at these times, stylish and classy ))) went to look over our old fotos…and thank you
August 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Very handsome father!!