They are also 3 for £45 so get in there before summer ends.
Adaptor are minting out the sports tops like no-one’s business. Superb range of colours and I really like the way they decided to combine the stripe designs. Previously it was the case that you could buy one with a striped neck or one with a stripe down the chest. Now they are combined into one great look that couldn’t be more pop-arty.
They are also 3 for £45 so get in there before summer ends.
As usual, Adaptor have outdone themselves with a great selection for the new Spring / Summer season. Having met Paul (who is in charge of the designs), I am no longer surprised by the creativity and class of Adaptor’s various garments - his dedication to the Mod style, as well as various interlocking Jazz and other concepts come out clearly in every new line they release.
There’s a lot to swoon over this year too. However, my ultimate favourites have to be the two types of dogtooth suit that top the gallery on their “New In” page.
The first very nearly converted me to green. I’m not talking politically, but rather my usual aversion to anything involving the colour green. As a fashion colour, it’s just not something I get. What more can I offer here? I literally never wear green! But this one nearly convinced me. Far more up my street is the second dogtooth suit they’ve got here in cream.
But anyway, to my main point: the attention to style on these looks exceptional. It’s unusual, for instance, to have off-the-peg suits with a flap breast pocket, which is an excellent detail that would set this suit apart. Plus, what little we can see of the burgundy suit lining looks exquisite.
And, as regular readers will know, I’ve always been fond of dogtooth. It’s a classic Mod pattern that you can almost guarantee nobody else will be wearing (at least as long as they aren’t also Mods!). Plus, putting it with a more unorthodox cream (as opposed to the usual white) gives this suit an edge over its competitors, again updating it. So full marks for that.
I suspect they might not fly off the shelves per se (how many guys do you see wearing dogtooth suits around these days?), but I think the discerning Mod shopper will know s/he’s into something good with these ones. I'll look to comment on a few other goodies they've got later next week...
Took delivery of this beaut the other day from Adaptor’s cool new Get Up style range.
It’s essentially a kind of non-zipped turtleneck / cycling top type number, with a high collar, but short sleeved and otherwise quite light to wear.
I have one already in the old red style - they used to have two distinct types, one version with stripes around the collar and one version with stripes up on the front.
In this new design, they have combined both, which works really well. The colours (a slightly shifted palette compared with the summer set) and the positioning of the stripes also give it an intrinsically sixties vibe - it’s a well-designed warm weather top. My girlfriend described the overall colour as "rust".
Ok slight problem in that the warm weather is sort of nearly over, but I couldn’t resist the strong autumn shade.
Tbh I’m glad I’ve now got a variation to wear because I’ve definitely over-used my first one!
Go check it out.
This video is actually something I recognise from my visit to Adaptor / Get Up's warehouse a while back - they've got together a mood board of sorts and taken the colours for their new season from the dominant tones of that board. I already recognise the pale ivories and steel blues they're using in their Harrington collection from this very set of inspo pics!
Great way of doing things.
Adaptor have started stocking these new types of Chelsea Boots. Or maybe they aren't new - perhaps I've only just noticed them.
I have the John White Cheshire ones. I always thought the dark brown was an unusual and bold colour for Chelsea Boots. But these looks pretty cool too.
Especially the blue ones - a nice variation on a classic. There are also a strong set of patent leather ones.
This continues my bit about visiting Adaptor clothing’s showroom. Read the first post here.
As you can see here, they’ve got a nice area, stacked full of stuff. In the background shelves here, you can see the Get Up cycling-shirt style tops.
One of my favourite parts of my “tour” was when Paul showed me how he decided the colours for each new season, especially for their new Get Up brand. He had a set of old-skool photos in a collage (I’m not sure how he chose them, possibly by considering what they showed - a lot of 50s and 60s pics in there at least) and picked out the most dominant colours. Those colours ultimately became the flagship colours for the new season’s gear. To be honest, I thought this was pretty cool.
And Get Up is solidly Mod in my opinion, notably for injecting fresh style into some classic clothes. Take Oxford-style shirts; having scanned the shops and sites, it’s pretty obvious what all the usual options are. See sky blue, white and perhaps pink. Jump The Gun does a few bright ones. Ben Sherman is known for pastel colours. But at Adaptor, Paul’s system for designing the colour into the Get Up shirts brings out the more unusual shades; while I was there, I took note of a deep, sombre red, a plum purple and a denim-shade of blue. Not a huge deal perhaps, but the colour sets them apart from the run-of-the-mill.
Adaptor’s Get Up also do some other more unusual stuff like their knitwear. Art Gallery have a good line in cycling tops but Get Up have an answer. It’s like a cycling top, but has a semi-roll neck, no zip and an off-centre, stylish (and undeniably Mod) stripe down the front. Again, colours are always bright; unusual, but tasteful.
I suppose it's pretty obvious that I'd commend Adaptor and Get Up. They've got a great attitude to clothing, always pushing for the fresh and original, while infusing older stuff with new ideas. If you're not in the area to pay a visit, don't fear - their website is just as much a feast for the eyes as their showrooms!
Not sure when I first got interested in Adaptor. I think someone bought be an MA1 or something and I noticed the distinctive crosshair logo on the label and thought “hmm”.
Anyway, for some reason I visited the website, faffed around a bit and, because my old work suit was looking a bit tired, I bought a new black suit.
Frankly, I was blown away - Adaptor suits are fucking great. I genuinely thought the one I bought looked better than the one I’d had tailor made only five years before. Okay so this might be because I was still a noob at the time. It was essentially based on a Merc suit.
But still. With covered buttons, a very short “bumfreezer” jacket and a great-feeling material, Adaptor suits are fab. I might even go as far as to say they’re the best I’ve bought. I liked them so much I bought a second one. Within six months.
Plus they’re only £220.
Anyway, continuing this saga, the guys from Adaptor invited me up to their showroom for a more general look.
And in summary, the place is epic.
It took me a while to find, being hidden in Unit 13 (un/lucky for some?) on the Mead industrial estate, but once I did find it, Phil and Paul gave me a tour.
If you’ve ever seen the film of the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there’s a scene where Arthur Dent gets shown around the planet factory. It felt like that. Like “this is where the magic happens”.
The place is choc-full of Mod goodies. Shelves of shoes, rows of suits, as well as pegs of all kinds, covered in a vast array of multicoloured scarves, ties, jumpers and shirts.
So far, so much what you’d expect from a clothes shop.
But there is something striking about Phil and Paul’s attitudes to the business.
Of course they were all into the 1960s style clothes. But, Paul was adamant that Adaptor was not a vintage shop. Having worked in the more mainstream fashion world, Paul’s plan at Adaptor is to run it like any other modern menswear brand.
Everything is new. It’s not used or second-hand. The guys work hard putting together new looks and styles to keep things fresh. Paul himself takes a role in designing some of the stuff, always striving to emulate the essence of Mod, rather than literally replicate. The business looks forward, not backward, taking the spirit of Mod to new heights.
And, while this may not be to everyone’s taste, it was totally in line with what I and many others think about how Mod ought to be. As Paul himself said, the style has always been open to new concepts and it seems like Adaptor reflects that well.
I’ll continue my story in the next few posts!
Adaptor have these bomber jackets in navy suede.
They ain't cheap, but I might look into them for something a bit different...
I bought these a while back when I stumbled across them on the Adaptor clothing website.
Having ordered them, I actually put them in exile for the Winter (worried about fucking them up in the rain). I had temporarily forgotten them, but they have undergone a resurgence in my wardrobe very recently, to be worn last week and have someone on the tube come up to me and ask me where I got them from.
Yes they are that epic.
And the more I think about it, the more they are genuinely the best thing I think I’ve ever bought. They are the perfect colour. A dark, red-brown shade with slightly lighter stitching that looks fab with a blue suit or with jeans. I’ve quite often seen light tan-coloured patent leather Chelsea boots, but they just seem a bit bright for a dark suit and at a glance, it looks like you could be walking barefoot. A look I wanted to avoid.
The boots have a slight heel. Always useful for a short guy. And the desert boot-suede is also much less formal than ordinary Chelsea boot leather when worn with jeans, yet still looks good with a suit.
So they ain’t cheap at £120 on Adaptor's site and £130 on amazon (made by John White Cheshire), but if you want to buy something a bit special, these are the clogs you want.
I spent a long time researching these boots to make sure I picked the right ones and I think I did well. There are slightly cheaper versions in places like Ted Baker and Top Man, but they never quite got the right colour.
Accept no imitations.
Although we’re told don’t judge a book by its cover, those of us of the Mod ilk know that more often than not, what you’re wearing is the face you present to the world, so you might as well make it look good and perhaps a bit distinctive.
Nowhere is this easier to do than in the kind of shirts you wear. There are a billion combinations of colours, patterns and styles that one could look to for a distinctive look, but in this post I wanted to highlight something in particular that I thought was slightly missing its niche from the market at the moment and that is the military-style shirt.
“Style” might be a strong phrase. A shirt with any other pattern can be military style, but I would usually describe it as a shirt that is one colour, with epaulets on the shoulders and two front flap-pockets.
They're pretty rock 'n' roll and also, IMO, a good look for hot weather. Think Michael Caine, or Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
I always browse the usual clothing sites in my free time (/ time I’m wasting) at work just to see what goodies are bubbling away beneath the surface. This is usually quite rewarding, because I tend to just drift through the sites from page to page, clicking on links that I might not normally pay any attention to, just to see what’s there. On Thursday, for instance, I was excited to see Adaptor had a few very bold polka dot numbers from Relco. Likewise they have a bit of paisley. Then I went to DNA Groove and Art Gallery just to have a browse and there are some serious checks and stripes going on in those places. At the moment, my favourite is the Noddy from Art Gallery, great colours, strong pattern. Then to Ben Sherman of course, where they can always be relied on to produce a powerful no-nonsense Oxford that always goes well with a jumper or suit.
But of a “military style” there is nothing to be seen.
It doesn’t have as strong a popular tradition as some of the other styles, but it was a thing. They were prominently worn by the Who some of the early pictures (especially Keith Moon), as well as by the Creation on the cover of their How Does it Feel to Feel record. If anyone’s got any other band examples, I’ll be happy to post.them here.
In the 2000s, DNA Groove had a good series of smart shirts with their classic collars, but with epaulets on the shoulders and a distinctive button style. They also had contrasting colours. All the ones I’ve got are ones I’ve designed myself on iTailor.
But I guess the only conclusion can be that this type of shirt just doesn’t sell as well as I think it should!
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