Thursday, May 22, 2008
We knocked our site of Commission last night trying to upgrade some software. Deludged with mail throughout the night informing us our site was down, as any link that was clicked on, users got the following bright white nearly naked but rather blaring page with these words:
---- begin error message ----
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
---- end error message ----
Oh, it was nothing that YOU did by clicking on the site, the problem was clearly at our end. You did not cause the error. We thought we could interpret what seemed to be some relatively simple instructions and upgrade our shopping cart software to address some minor bugs and NOOOOOOO... we put 'er down. By the time 11 pm rolled around, we knew it was a case of having to wait rather sheepishly for technical support to come to the rescue the next day.
We're all about empowerment through trying things. Common mantra being, "I think I can... I think I can..." the fact is, some things are better left untouched while you're thinking you can. Try thinking you can wait.
Anyway... we got technical support working on cleaning up the atrocities we have committed upon ourselves and the site was working again before many of you even knew it was down. Throwing money at certain problems tends to do the trick.
Yeah, we'll still collectively sing the mantra, "I think I can... I think I can..." but, the next time we get that feeling when it comes to technical aspects of the DressThatMan.com ecommerce site... we're gonna change our tune to, "I think I can delegate this task to the appropriate technical group."
We've learned a valuable lesson, and we've duly spanked ourselves in the process.
Listen up. Save your ass.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
DressThatMan.com is all about providing top quality original vintage clothing for MEN who aren't afraid to be the center of attention - especially 1970's style. We dare you to attempt to be nonchalant and go grocery shopping in these threads. Please take lots of photos if you do. Especially of the amused shoppers that will surely be staring. Of course... you'll need a photographing friend along to lag behind and record the details. It could be fun, man. Really. People need reasons to smile. You could be the IT guy that accomplishes that task. Spread the love.
We do not recommend applying for a bank loan in these clothes, but then again... if your banker possesses that 1970's era disco soul... it could give you just the advantage you need.
Go wild. Release your inner disco man!
Friday, May 02, 2008
The term “vintage” has different connotations to different people, but here at DressThatMan.com we’re talking specifically about Men’s Vintage Clothing. And, we consider true vintage clothing to be mens fashions that were manufactured in the past – up to 1980.
We’ve notice a surge in modern day manufacturers in using the word vintage associated with their clothing. Modern vintage style clothing being manufactured today, certainly isn’t the true vintage we are offering on our website.
Without naming names, there are several modern day clothing companies that, for example, that are selling what they call “vintage” denim jeans. Most often, these jeans have a distressed, worn appearance. Apparently, the marketing wheels behind these companies feel that by making their jeans look “old” it’s OK to call them vintage. Yes, it’s somewhat misleading – but, it’s a marketing tactic that isn’t particularly unusual when the sole objective is the sale.
The word vintage according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, clearly refers to the year a vintner harvests and produces wine from a vineyard and a period of origin and manufacture, length of existence meaning age.
A pair of genuine vintage denim Levi Bellbottom Jeans from the 1970’s is not at all like modern day “vintage” style clothing. For one, the heavy denim was originally manufactured in San Francisco, California USA. Initially rather stiff, this extra heavy-duty 100% cotton denim from Levi’s is not being reproduced today. People who lived in the era and owned a pair of these original jeans know exactly what we’re talking about. And they will recall that these jeans took some time to break in and they would outlast any pair of jeans offered in the market today. The shrink-to-fit denim would take a very long time, and many, many trips to the washing machine and dryer to gently fade from their original indigo blue color. These were the superior Levi jeans, which are today classified as genuine vintage 1970’s Levi’s. Sought after by celebrities, collectors and vintage purists today because of their age and high quality construction.
The vast majority of shoppers at DressThatMan.com do wear the vintage clothing they purchase. Granted, there are some collectors who will buy deadstock (unworn vintage) clothing for display publicly or privately, for nostalgic reasons or to hold onto as a potential investment. We also have many Hollywood and Theatrical costumers and department heads who buy genuine vintage to outfit or, as a guide to reproduce clothing for film, theater and print.
We try to make it clear on the website exactly what vintage means, but we consistently get inquiries which make it clear to us that some people don't understand exactly what vintage clothing is. "Can I get this shirt in an XL?, Can I get 10 of these bellbottoms in the following sizes... Can I backorder this sold item? When will you be getting more of these suits in? etc. True vintage is an original article of clothing that was manufactured decades ago in a particular era. Therefore, these items have a limited supply unlike modern day manufactured clothing.
The best advice we can give you is: If it says VINTAGE on the label…… it ISN’T true vintage.