Made by the defunct New York textile company Davis and Catterall from the l920s–1970s, Elephant bandanas have been highly collectible in the Japanese vintage market for decades—not only for the beauty of their prints but also because of their significance in worker, cowboy, farmer and rebel culture.
Collectors of Elephant bandanas note that the Elephant logo went from trunk down to trunk up during the ’50s to make the brand’s logo easily identifiable as an elephant when compared to the many other animal bandanas during that time period appearing on the market.
Collectibility is often dictated by the print, logo version, condition and color, with sun-bleached blues, polka-dot and advertising variations being the most collectible. Check out the book series by Kazuhiro Hirata, created by the creative director for the Japanese clothing brand Kapital (our designers love their stores), carried at 1040 Madison Avenue.
(post by Jamie Sabuda)
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