For an alternative mid-century style, check out this new book Tiki Pop: America imagines its own Polynesian Paradise by Sven Kirsten.
These Epperson day packs are bags for real adventurers. Rather than being decorated with embroidered badges gathered from Scout activities or trips around the world, these bags proudly sport vintage Nasa patches.
Reorganise your workspace and add a splash of colour and style to your desk with this Classic American School Bus Pencil Pot from German designers Werkhaus.
This vehicular icon comes as a kit for you to assemble yourself in a few simple steps. It's made of sturdy mdf board printed with high resolution digital prints and coated with a UV curable coating to ensure the bright "school bus yellow" doesn't fade. It measures 22.5 x10.5cm so it ought to provide ample space for all of your desktop clutter.
The bus costs 14.90 from Little Zebra here.
The name Three Potato Four may sound familiar as we featured their collaboration with Pedlars last year. They specialise in American, industrial-style vintage that's carefully collected, presented and sold through their website. They've teamed up with Urban Outfitters in the US (though sadly not the UK) to produce the 3-P4 range.
The eight piece collection reproduces some of Three Potato Four's favourite vintage pieces, such as the chalkboard pictured above. With its retro typography, the chalkboard echoes the style of a found piece. The other objects in the collection share the same look, so you get patterned milk bottles, planters in the shape of old filing drawers and an industrial-looking clock.
Prices start at $9, with this chalkboard costing $39.
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Tammis Keefe may not be a household name, certainly in the UK, but in the 1940s and 1950s the American designer was responsible for many popular and cheerful textile designs. Michael Miller have now reissued some of her most distinctive designs for fabric and Fifties enthusiasts.
Fifteen designs have been reissued in total, selected from the work of the prolific designer. The playful Alligator cotton shown above is illustrative of Keefe's style which, in turn, was very typical of the period. Other designs are based around cats, birds and owls.
The fabrics are available from a range of sellers on Etsy, with prices starting for around $8 a yard.
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Looking for some authentic 1950s fashion advice? You may want to pick up a copy of The Art of Being A Well Dressed Wife which was written in 1959 by American fashion design Anne Fogarty.
The book is being reprinted by the V&A as part of their series of retro style guides which also features works by the likes of Dior, Hardy Amies and Edith Head. It details what to wear on every occasion, from travelling to entertaining to sporting events – even how to match your car to your outfit!
The book is cloth bound and contains both Fogarty's original illustrations and period photographs from John French. Offering a fascinating, if somewhat terrifying, insight into the period, it's surely the ideal gift for any retro bride-to-be.
The book is available for £6.49 from Amazon