For the June 2012 issue of Lightning magazine the editors put together a very special feature on “Real Workers” in celebration of the true craftsman and laborers that inspire denim design today.
Few magazines capture the essence of Americana and heritagewear much like Japanese publication, Lightning. This month’s edition takes a detailed look at “Real Workers” style, chronicling it from the early origins of traditional workwear through to the craftsmen and artisans of today. The issue is full of denim inspiration with archival images of manual laborers and blue collar workers, from early 1940s miners and farmers to 1960s mechanic looks, with each section detailing the uniforms worn by each of the respective trades and crafts. Must-have workwear items like the cover-all, apron, painter pants and chambray shirts are highlighted with detailed styling tips, while intimate shots of contemporary craftsmen in their respective workplaces guide you through the perfect worker style.
Another particularly charming article documents the Buddy Lee story, chronologically itemizing the iconic doll from its initial union-alls looks in the 20s through to the worker style of the 50s.
Lightning is sold in specialist magazine outlets, but you can also order through the magazine’s website.