August 4, 1994
After more than a century of girding the loins of American male athletes--and giving its name to those who wear it--the jock is slipping. Although the jock alone may be an endangered species, it's still issued by many college and pro teams. And protective cups, both hard and soft--with cup supporters that, with any luck, keep them in position--have never gone out of style in contact sports. But novel fabrics and designs have helped to create a new generation of athletic underwear.
November 19, 1985 |
Before we all start heaping abuse on Jan Stephenson, the golfer, for her cheesecake calendar, let's understand one thing. Jan willingly posed for a 1986 Jan Stephenson calendar, sure, but she had no idea the Dunlop golf ball people were going to use the pictures where she seems to be wearing no clothing. Such as the shot of Jan in a bathtub, her body strategically covered by golf balls. "When I saw the calendar I said, 'Surely this is a joke,' " Jan said. "I couldn't believe it."
June 15, 2013 |
This year marks the 100th birthday of the T-shirt. Maybe. It's clear the simple little garment has been around for many, many years and rose in popularity just as fashion was losing some of its starch. But no one knows exactly when the T-shirt as we know it was born. What we do know is that in 1913, the U.S. Navy brought tees into public consciousness in a big way when it ordered a "light undershirt" for sailors to wear beneath their uniforms. Americans were likely taking their cue from European soldiers who had begun sporting lightweight cotton undergarments. But online T-shirt maker CustomInk, for one, has seized on the Navy's 1913 endorsement of the garment to trumpet the T-shirt's century mark, as well as round up its own list of iconic T-shirts through the ages.
November 2, 2012 |
Dark-and-edgy teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. is putting its own spin on underwear. The City of Industry company is testing a new lingerie brand called Blackheart and launching five stores in the Southland and Texas this month dedicated to their undergarments. Billed for "girls who rock and roll," Blackheart is going for a slightly older crowd than Hot Topic's typical teen shopper, the 18-to-30-year-olds who care about sexy undies but reject more preppy outlets like Abercrombie & Fitch and J Crew.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1994 |
A girls soccer coach broke into the homes of teen-age players to steal their underwear, police said Tuesday. Luis Castellanos, 19, was ordered to appear June 8 in Pasadena Superior Court for arraignment on seven felony counts of residential burglary and 12 counts of receiving stolen property after a Tuesday hearing in Glendale Municipal Court. Castellanos, who has pleaded not guilty, is being held at the Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
June 15, 2008 |
Forget about buying dad a tie for Father's Day. What he really needs is underwear. A recent survey for Jockey International Inc. found that more than a quarter of men say their shorts are at least 4 years old. Their underwear is anything but under-worn -- 77% admit that their undergarments aren't in good shape. Nearly a third of the 500 men in the telephone survey by Kelton Research say their old boxers or briefs no longer have elasticity, while 15% say they have underwear that doesn't fit and 14% say they keep pairs that are covered in holes.
January 6, 2008
In the early '50s, I was a Korean War vet, attending college and supplementing my income as a male model in Chicago ("Tears and Roebuck," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, Dec. 9). I was one of those "underwear" guys, appearing in the Sears catalogs. There is a reason that the male models in the print ads appear to be eunuchs. All male underwear models were required to wear dance belts under the briefs or shorts being modeled. When worn, this impossibly snug garment obscured any bulge the model possessed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1992 |
Two months of negotiations between the city of Brea and the owners of a lingerie boutique went asunder Thursday when a judge ordered the shopkeepers to stand trial on charges that they run an illegal peep show featuring scantily clad women. Judge Stephen J. Sundvold ordered Hassan Halabi and Nabil Abouriche to return to Municipal Court in Fullerton on Monday to stand trial on 288 criminal misdemeanor counts.
April 12, 2008
If Dean Wormer of "Animal House" were a Los Angeles hockey fan he would have said, "Every Halloween the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode. Every April, the hapless Kings rebuild." Mike Kichaven Sherman Oaks