Classic Levi’s Ads Through the Ages

Introducing out latest blog feature! Each month we’re going to be taking a trip down memory lane and looking back at some classic retro TV ads that hit our small screens duruing our childhoods.Few things are guaranteed to make you feel old like getting nostalgic about old TV adverts. These are the kinds of things you often don’t even know that you remember, but having been aired in between your favourite after-school shows they slip into your sub-conscious only to make you feel old in the future.

Some adverts become legendary and some brands are better known for their advertising campaigns than others. Believe it or not the classic jeans brand Levi’s have been airing TV ads since way back in 1966, so lets take a trip back and see just what Levi’s brought to the TV table.

How many of these ads from them can you remember?

Good Morning World, 1974
A campaign for Levi’s “youthwear” features a boy and his dog having a much sprightlier morning than any I remember when having to be up early. Any 70s kid are bound to remember this, but whether you can or not, rest assured you won’t get that song out of your head any time soon.
Best bit: the dog’s ears!

Laundrette, 1985
Aired in the 80s but with a distinct 1950s setting, this featured a young chap who simply couldn’t wait to shrink his jeans to fit. Set to Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’ he has quite an audience in the laundrette. Levi’s themselves found sales grow by 800% after this campaign. WOWZA!
Best bit: has to be the pulled up white socks….just because.

Brad Pitt for 501s, 1991
Just having been released from a dusty desert jail minus his trousers (for some reason!), a twenty-something Brad Pitt is given a pair of Levi’s by the beautiful brunette who has come to collect him. 1991 doesn’t sound so long ago until you glimpse how young Brad Pitt looks here…prepare yourself people.
Best bit: seeing the smug look disappear from the prison guard’s face.

Flat Eric, 1999
A puppet made by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for the Sta-Prest line, Flat Eric broke the golden Levi rule of never using an idea more than once and appeared in a series of adverts. C’mon, hands up who had a Flat Eric toy?
Best bit: Flat Eric grooving along to Flat Beat.

Can you remember any of these? Which adverts bring back memories for you?

xoxo

Shop Junk Food’s New Muppets tees at TruffleShuffle!

Our beloved LA label Junk Food has bought out a brilliant new range of tees inspired by the Muppets!

Cute and quirky with songs to match, they’ve been responsible for over three decades of children’s entertainment that isn’t just for kids.

Starring the likes of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Rowlf the Dog, The Muppet band and Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem, their mix of sophisticated puppetry and music can’t help but make you smile and Junk Foods fun and funky designs are the perfect tribute.

Ladies Charcoal Muppets Dr Teeth Electric Mayhem Slouch Triblend T-Shirt from Junk Food £27.99
Ladies Charcoal Muppets Dr Teeth Electric Mayhem Slouch Triblend T-Shirt from Junk Food £27.99

Sure to go down a storm with any fan of Jim Henson’s lovable creations, click the graphic below to shop the full range!

Muppets t shirts from junk food

Return to the Goblin City, our new Labyrinth collection!

It’s been an exciting week here at Truffle Towers, mainly thanks to the long awaited launch of our brand new, official and exclusive range of Labyrinth T-shirts. It’s something we’ve wanted to be able to represent on the site for what feels like years so getting the opportunity to work closely with the amazing Jim Henson Company to create our very own tribute range has been totally awesome in every way. We’ve been tweaking and perfecting this collection over the last few months so it’s been such a great feeling to finally unleash the tees to all you TruffleShufflers and we are so happy with the fantastic response they’ve all received!

As one of the designers of the range, it was a great experience to return to the fantastical world of the Goblin City and really get under the skin of one of the all-time ultimate 80’s classics! We started with David Bowie and his genius turn as the Goblin King Jareth and we were of course inspired by his outrageous fashion (those skin tight leggings made a particularly big impression…) and the ultra catchy song from the film (Dance Magic Dance!). After playing with lots of ideas, we plumped for a really cool flyer style design for what would clearly be the coolest club night in the world! Check it out below….

Ladies Dance Magic Dance Labyrinth Poster T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune

We also had to feature Ludo, the bumbling best friend we wish we all had, and of course that cute cheeky worm who was always around to say “Ello!”

Mens Ludo Friend Labyrinth T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune, Just £20

Although we knew you guys loved the worm as much as we did, even we were surprised by just how much – this design pretty much sold out after 24 hours on the site and has even been snapped up by the fabulous Una Healy from The Saturdays who even tweeted a pic of her wearing it!

Una looking fab in our Worm tee!

We also had to pay homage to the films strangest pairing, with the slightly twisted love interest between Sarah (the heroine of the film) and Jareth the Goblin King. For this tee we just had to use imagery from the stunning and surreal ballroom dance scene, as that was one of the key points (and my favourite moment) from the whole film. Here’s the video for anyone who needs a recap…

And here are the men’s and ladies designs…

Ladies Jareth and Sarah No Power Labyrinth T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune, just £20
Mens Jareth and Sarah No Power Labyrinth T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune, just £20

The final tee added this week was the ultra classic Labyrinth movie poster, done in a great vintage distressed style and perfect for anyone who had the same problem as me in trying to choose which one to go for! A real classic, I wore mine for an evening in the pub last week and had 4 people come up to me to show their  appreciation so it’s a real talking point! Don’t know about you but just seeing this movie poster makes me want to see the film again…..

Ladies Labyrinth Movie Poster T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune

Arriving stylishly late to the party is Hoggle, Sarah’s devious guide to the maze,  who ultimately comes good at the end of the film.  This tee is anything but horrible though and will be available to order on the website very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

With so many interesting characters and magical moments it was a real pleasure to put together this collection.  We can already tell you guys are enjoying the tees and we hope it helps to bring back many great memories of the magical goblin city.  We would love to hear which tees you guys like the most and what are your favourite characters and moments from the film?  Get in touch fellow Labyrinth fans…