The Iowa State – Oklahoma basketball game last night saw the Cyclones squad win 77 – 70 after being down as much as 21 points in the second half. The win tied an ISU record for largest comeback in school history and marked the latest entry in the annals of Hilton Magic.
After the game ended, Lori and I conceptualized some different ideas of how we could commemorate this game, but one thing stood out to us. For large portions of the second half, ISU point guard Monte Morris played like a man possessed, slicing through the Oklahoma defense to make impossible shot after impossible shot while absorbing brutal blows from the stout Sooners front line. When not scoring, his defense also sparked some other fast break baskets. It was all very eerily like another former ISU guard: Deandre Kane, who also favored acrobatic layups while flying into the crowd.
It quickly became clear to us that unbeknownst to anyone watching the game, at some point in the second half, when things looked the bleakest, Monte was visited by the spirit of Deandre Kane who was checking in on his former pupil. So we decided to illustrate that magical moment:
In 2013, when we created our initial Pendleton Woolen Mills stadium blanket with Iowa State University, we came across blanket savant Barry Friedman who is considered the foremost expert in Indian trade blanket collecting circles and serves as a vintage blanket consultant for Pendleton. We interviewed him about his classic 2002 book Chasing Rainbows and at the time, he was close to publishing a highly anticipated followup called Still Chasing Rainbows, which came out this past March.
Thought we would share a couple of neat photos of Jack Trice that are floating around in various archives. Jack was quite the star player at East Technical High School in Cleveland and was often mentioned in news accounts of the day. Years of digging through newspapers have unearthed some high school pictures and we wanted to show some off. The first one shows him in the process of pancaking another unfortunate victim during an East Tech practice.
The other one is one of our personal favorite photos of Jack, showing his beaming personality coming through.
A brief note–we will be “going dark” for a couple of weeks so we can spend time with loved ones. Just like with Black Friday, we are making a conscious decision to not participate in the shopping frenzy that we feel often overshadows the true meaning of the season. The last day to order from our site for Christmas shipping is Friday, December 19 by noon. Any orders placed after that time will not be shipped until January 6th. Enjoy the holidays everyone.
Help us celebrate the very belated anniversary of Kagavi in conjunction with the launch of our USC Trojans Pendleton blanket. Lori and I have been living in Seal Beach for a few years now and we love the warm sense of community that is prevalent within Old Town. When we started Kagavi in our garage with nothing more than a dream, we felt very fortunate to be able to do it here in Seal Beach.
Our projects have all featured products made in America out of sustainable materials and we are also big believers in shopping locally and supporting the community we live in. Now that we finally have a project that is relevant locally (not Iowa-related), we thought it was time to give back to Seal Beach. We also are considering some Seal Beach projects for 2015.
Shawn Dickinson is a California cartoonist who has worked with a wide variety of interesting clients such as Fender Guitars and snowboarder Shaun White’s clothing line. His distinctive style has been inspired by a mixture of SoCal influences from early vintage animation, especially the Max Fleischer Studios, to Ed Roth/tattoo artists to comics. We first saw his work in a Popeye art show at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles and thought he was a perfect fit for this project. Find his site here, his Facebook here, and you can also visit his Esty page to see more work for sale.
We asked Shawn to be the second artist for this project and he created a great painting and answered some question for us below.
Once again, Lori and I are proud to reveal our limited edition University of Iowa stadium blanket created by the venerable Pendleton Woolen Mills, influenced by the greatest players and teams in Hawkeye football history. Read on to learn more about the inspirations behind this project, which marks our third blanket with Pendleton.
The long process of comprehensively researching the Roaring Twenties period of college football for our custom Pendleton blankets means we accumulate hundreds of interesting historical images. With the USC – UCLA football game coming up this weekend, I thought it would be fun to look at some rare artifacts from USC football history, primarily from the Howard Jones era. When Jones moved to Los Angeles for the 1925 season, his reign as the Trojans coach started a Troy dynasty that has continued to this day.
Since USC is such a prominent football school, artifacts are a bit easier to find. In our previous USC story about the inspirations behind our limited edition Trojans Pendleton blanket, we discussed the two football uniforms in use at that time. The first one, which we called the vertically stacked VY design, was worn in the mid-1920s, but another design, the vertical three friction stripes, was worn towards the end of the decade.
We hoped to find an existing jersey from this period, and it ended up coming from the Newport Sports Museum collection, which founder John Hamilton made the difficult decision to close permanently earlier this year. In a new SCP auction starting this week, there are many incredible pieces of Troy history from the museum collection being offered for sale. Many of the items are from 1929-31 USC All-American quarterback Gus Shaver’s days with the school. Significant football jerseys from the 1920s and 1930s are pretty rare and it was a treat to see these items. (Photos below are from the SCP Auctions catalog.)
Lori and I are proud to reveal our limited edition University of Southern California stadium blanket made in collaboration with Pendleton Woolen Mills, influenced by the iconic Trojan football teams and traditions of the Roaring Twenties and beyond. Read on to learn more about the inspirations behind this project.
Our latest Pendleton Woolen Mills stadium blanket celebrates the iconic USC Trojans football teams of the Roaring Twenties that started the Troy dynasty. We are really excited about this project and will share the exact inspirations behind the blanket design very soon. Stay tuned to Kagavi and Fight On!
Earlier this year, we shared two significant pieces from Jack Trice’s life: the first photo of Jack in game action and an important football jersey from the infamous 1923 Minnesota game. Both of these finds came from the estate collection of Iowa State football captain Richard Ira “Pep” Young, who graduated from ISU in 1924 with a degree in civil engineering.
Ira Young was the ideal homegrown Cyclone student-athlete who played three sports during his time in Ames. He graduated from high school in the small town of Jefferson, Iowa, directly west of Ames on Highway 30. When Ira entered Iowa State College in fall 1920, he became a pledge of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity and these bonds endured for the rest of his life. As a junior in 1922, which was Coach Sam Willaman’s first year at Iowa State, Ira’s fine football season led the team to vote him as the captain-elect for the 1923 season. Ira capped his Iowa State career with multiple letters in football, basketball, and tennis.
We have been fortunate enough to acquire Ira’s entire estate and can’t wait to share it with all of you. Here’s a look at some other key pieces.