What is the difference between Vintage and Retro Apparel?
At Wolfgang's Vault, Vintage Apparel is defined as a garment created for and made at the time of a particular event or performance. Most vintage apparel in The Vault comes from the archives of Bill Graham Presents (BGP). The archive was carefully managed by BGP from 1966 until our recent acquisition, and has been stored since the event with which it’s associated. Some of our vintage apparel comes from the home closet of the promoter, a stagehand or the photographer who shot the original event.
Our Retro Apparel is made from a vintage design and was produced subsequent to the original event or concert. Our Retro t-shirts are made using the finest jersey cotton giving you the softest, smoothest t-shirt around. The majority of our shirts are 100% cotton, with a few exceptions being a cotton-synthetic blend. These shirts are designed to fit like they did in the 70’s and 80’s, tailored to the body for a more youthful fit. Be sure to check out our sizing chart to help assure that you’ll get the perfect fit on the first try.
Do you have sizing charts for your apparel?
We have sizing charts for Retro Apparel, but not for Vintage Apparel. Scroll down to see these sizing charts. Please be aware, that every fabric lot and dye can produce slightly different sizing results and that the sizing charts provided are general descriptions.
How do your Retro sizes compare to other manufacturer’s t-shirt sizes?
For our standard retro t-shirts we recommend that you order a size or two larger if you prefer a looser fitting t-shirt, as they are smaller and more fitted than most apparel produced today. Our Full Cut t-shirts offer a bit more breathing room so with these you shouldn’t need to go up in size with these. The quality and feel will remain the same. As with any fine jersey cotton t-shirt (or cotton-synthetic blend t-shirt), you should expect your shirt to shrink by about 5-7% after its first wash and dry.
Why Don't You Post Vintage Apparel Measurements?
We do not give size dimensions specifically as each year and manufacturer brings style and sizing variations. Our Vintage Apparel is noted as (Vintage) next to the size, and was produced at the time of the event or concert with which it is associated. True to the era, Vintage apparel tends to be smaller in size (1 to 2 sizes smaller) than apparel produced today and may show the effect of 20 or more years of storage. All non-vintage t-shirts adhere to current USA standards of size.
How should I care for my Retro t-shirt?
We recommend that you machine wash Retro t-shirts in warm or cold water and tumble dry on a Low setting. As with any fine jersey cotton t-shirt (or cotton-synthetic blend t-shirt), you should expect your shirt to shrink by about 5-7% after its first wash and dry.
The following table outlines the measurements for each of our Retro sizes.
|Neck-to-Hem||23 1/2||25||25 1/2||26||27 1/2|
|IMPRESARIO TRACK JACKETS||S||M||L||XL|
|Neck-to-Hem||24 1/2||25||25 1/2||26|
|IMPRESARIO WOMEN'S TUNICS||S||M||L|
|High Point Shoulder Point||25 3/8||26||26 5/8|
|Bust 1" Below Armhole||14 1/4||15 1/4||16 1/4|
For an accurate Chest measurement:
Measure under your arms around the fuller part of your chest.
Bill Graham anticipated the national trend towards huge outdoor rock concert events that answered new industry demands: the bands' for maximum profit with minimum fan exposure, and the fans' for maximum band exposure at minimum cost. In 1973, Graham introduced San Francisco to his first Day on the Green at Kezar Stadium. The event, and the many others held at the Oakland Coliseum, was special and combined Graham's familiar balloons and posters with giant sets and urgent medical care for the sensorily-sated in a theatre-like atmosphere. Day on the Green became code for outdoor music immersion.
This item was part of Bill Graham's personal collection and shows some damage from the May 7, 1985 firebombing of his San Francisco office. The attack stemmed from Graham's open and honest criticism of President Reagan's visit to Bitburg Cemetery published in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Most of our Kid's t-shirts are Vintage t-shirts and are quite small compared to contemporary standards. In modern measurements, our kid's t-shirts approximate a child's size 6X.
All orders are shipped from our facilities in Reno via United Parcel Service (UPS) or United States Postal Service (USPS). If Standard Shipping is selected, your order may ship via UPS or USPS based on size and weight. With UPS we offer online tracking of your order while it is in transit to you, which includes insurance for the full value of your purchase. USPS shipments are uninsured and cannot be tracked.
All orders placed on this site are subject to product availability. Please allow ten days for our photographic prints to ship (these products are produced to order and require a high degree of printmaking skill and attention to detail). All other items are shipped within three business days of when your order is placed. We do not ship on Saturdays, Sundays or national holidays. All shipping delivery times are in addition to this order processing time.
If your order is going to be delayed due to out-of-stock items, weather conditions or any other factors, you will be notified by email within 48 hours of your order being placed. You will be given an approximate ship date at that time and will have the option of canceling your order, or retaining the order with its new ship date.
Depending on your location and the shipping service you selected, your order will take from one to ten days to be delivered once it has shipped.
We take great care to ensure that your order is carefully packaged so that it arrives in the same mint condition in which it left our facilities. Most historic series posters are of a size to fit in flats. Posters shipped in flats are surrounded by 2 inserts. Oversized pieces will be shipped in heavy-duty tubes.
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