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Cool And Comfy In the High Country:
Vintage Skivvies Lets It All Hang Out

By S. Clayton Moore Fashion Show, Gallery Sovereign, Boulder, CO.
April 24, 2003. 
Boulder, Colorado, is normally a laid-back oasis of hippies, health nuts and other horrors, but last month, a vintage fashion show laid bare the hip and hot underbelly of the Rocky Mountain Region. Vintage Skivvies, a collection of men's underwear designed after styles dating back to the early 1900s, was featured in a high-fashion runway show with stunning models, eclectic artwork, and the very cool vision of the company's founder and chief designer, Eric Baird.

The event was held at Gallery Sovereign, a large and eclectic art gallery on Boulder's famed Pearl Street Mall. Music was provided by DJs PJ Stroller and Sex Clown, who converge jazz, funk, trip-hop and ambient music into a unique collaboration they call "four-on-the-floor progressive tek-funk." While visitors waited for the show to start, gorgeous models flitted about backstage like butterflies, trading barbs, cigarettes, and underwear at a furious pace.

Shauna Fitzmorris, a regional fashion consultant and one of Denver's most stylish mannequins, provided dozens of male and female models for the show. "It was an evening of enjoyment from the 1940s World War II-era that could engulf all of history," Fitzmorris said excitedly following the event. "We were able to pull it off in this great art gallery in Boulder, one that shows an eclectic style of humanity as well as expressive growth. I think Vintage Skivvies complements the place nicely because it's all about bringing the old into the new."

Eric Baird introduced Vintage Skivvies just last year and the line has really taken off. The company's award-winning site,, includes a glossary, a history of the science of underwear, an ad gallery dating back to the turn of the last century, and a live auction of vintage items from the owner's own extensive collection. The site has more than 150 pages of content, 2,600 pictures and receives over 2 million hits a month.

"[The show] went phenomenally, but I wish it had lasted longer," said Baird following his foray into runway presentations. "I wanted it to last about an hour and it felt like it lasted ten minutes." Still, there's little doubt that Baird's unique fashion niche has legs and will endure far longer than his first event, as his work continues to inspire discriminating ladies and gents.

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