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Grizzly Adams. Autumn/Winter '13

You don’t have to be a survivalist to dig Grizzly Adams, the legendary 19th Century mountain man who talked to the animals way before Dr. Dolittle.

We have chosen Grizzly as our theme for the Autumn/Winter 2013 Prps collection, partly because of Dan Haggerty’s beard in the mid-1970s TV series – well maybe not really the beard, but the freewheeling yet capable spirit behind the beard.

Naturally, the TV plot was de-fanged compared to the real fate of the original Grizzly, whose actual career was as out of control as a bear tackling an ornery alligator.

 A nasty skirmish with one grizzly bear as a teenager left him permanently scarred, and Grizzly beat a retreat into the family shoe business. But the call of the wild was too loud and he headed off for the great outdoors  -- he hoped, for good. A final fling with the regular world ended badly when his entire stock of shoes was burned in a fire. Yet Grizzly remained undaunted and kept bouncing back – mining, hunting, ranching –  but being repeatedly fleeced by unscrupulous conmen. When his luck hit rock bottom, Grizzly spent a winter alone in the freezing desert. He was saved by those early shoemaking skills and began making moccasins and the crude but dashing buckskin garb popularized in the TV show, which informs our latest Prps:Goods & Co. (Minus the fringes.)

 Eventually Grizzly had his own animals act in Dr. Barnum’s traveling shows and became a celebrity showman. Basically, he branded his eccentric lifestyle and sold it as live mass entertainment; a sort of live reality show. Grizzly Adams never stopped hustling and re-inventing till the end – even though he rarely found a human he trusted as much as a good grizzly.

 And so we give Pr(O)ps to Grizzly Adams, who ultimately wound up being like our Cherub – bruised but not broken..