In the second installation of my Seatown travels last month, I present to you the famed pushers of mid-century American athletic garments, Ebbets Field Flannels. I popped by their retail space on Occidental Avenue in downtown Seattle, just a few steps away from Qwest Field. Founder Jerry Cohen has been running the genuine sports throwback industry for some time now. EFF wasn’t created to produce an urbanized rendition of the throwback; Cohen has a pure affinity for vintage sports apparel and the craftsmanship behind it. Using original materials and manufacturing techniques, Ebbets has managed to reinvigorate all those old nostalgic memories for a new era of customers. Like a kid in a candy store, I was lucky enough to have finally visited EFF in the flesh to see their wide array of vintage flannel jerseys, jackets and ballcaps.
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Vintage stadium signs adorn the shop walls of Ebbets Field Flannels. Stadium status garments piled and hung everywhere.
Vintage team jersey flannels from 1880 to 1971 line the upper walls of the store. All original wool blend materials, lettering and patches. I wanted them all.
Jerry and the team specialize in reproducing this stuff to a tee. But the shop’s also propped with plenty of old-time memorabilia like gloves, baseballs and old blown-up photographs of the ballpark.
Flannel jerseys for days. This is what a throwback should look like.
Signed, sealed, delivered, it’s yours.
These headpieces are what I came for. Every cap comes fitted and has a soft, unstructured crown made of broadcloth wool. The crowns come a bit higher than usual but that was easily resolved by soaking them in water and popping them in the dryer.
Historically inspired hockey sweaters with authentic cresting and the whole nine. Ebbets also recreates old varsity clubhouse and grounds-crew jackets using 100% virgin wool, leather pocket treatments, satin lining and button fronts.
When it comes to traditional uniforms like these, the EFF guys are truly the best at what they do. If something’s not in stock, no fear. Garments can be made to order just for you and sent out in only a matter of weeks.
Ebbets Field Flannels
408 Occidental Ave. South
Seattle WA 98104