Enjoy - perhaps don't go up on your own roof today if you've had the snow...
Quite an early one - 1962 - but these guys are looking pretty sharp. Nice tie pins (in the pic below)
Enjoy - perhaps don't go up on your own roof today if you've had the snow...
Jumpers (or in the American, sweaters, which is somehow cooler) need to be kept fresh and actually only have a lifespan of a few years if we’re being honest. After a while even the neatest V-neck sweat can start to droop a bit and not look quite as sharp around the neck as it once did.
For the best effect I always go with as shallow a V-neck as possible. This one here from Merc - called the Corby - is a case in point. Nice shallow, sharp V-neck, great colour and a slim fit. Perfect birthday present!
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I've probably posted this before but it is so iconic that I can't do without it. Got back from Greece last week - which has that Mediterranean vibe - even if my heart is in Italia.
Something a bit unusual from the boys at Baracuta. Going beyond the standard one-colour Harrington, they’ve come out with these new designs for the Spring – consisting of what they call “reversible” embroidered, as well as some striped versions - which are I believe 20% off in the sale.
I especially like the "reversibles" because they have a contrast colour on their collars and which also replaces their usual tartan lining. The effect is quite striking and - I would say–- very pop arty. Pete Townshend would probably approve, but I know I do.
I’m not sure if I’d wear it reversed though – the other side has a huge Baracuta logo on the back of it which changes the look completely into something akin to a Hell’s Angel. Not ideal.
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It's the question that no-one is asking, it's the question we could all do without knowing the answer to:
Which version of Seven Days Too Long is best?
Answer: it's the Chuck Woods one, but I like the homage paid to the song by DMR.
So in my previous desert boot post I no doubt enraged puritans by saying go to M&M to get your desert boots.
I stand by this, although I personally would probably go more middle of the road (Loakes) just because I like to be certain of these things.
Anyway, for anyone who doesn’t know what I’m trying allude to here, the “only” desert boot according to some people is somewhere between the Clarks original and the H1 by Hutton. The legend is conflicted as to which is superior.
Both of these are set out below, for you extra-boojie people, hell-bent on recreating the 1960s (which is fair enough). I’m unfussed personally and I like a bit of colour in my life (which Clarks does lean toward), as long as that classic design is paid homage to.
For those of you who are literally blind, I am going to draw attention to a new thing popping up on my site now - an invitation to preview my new website, which will do this kind of thing for you - i.e. find you your classic sixties stuff online. There's a free trial so don't kick off about it, just do me a favour and have a little look - you'll find these on there... and more.
I appreciate that some of you are going to be shaking your heads at this one, but I would point out that on Sunday afternoon, the sun was low in the sky, beaming an orange haze through my bedroom blinds and all I could think of was how great it would be to get a new pair of desert boots.
Well I hope all you captains of hindsight out there are smiling to yourselves because now obviously the temperature has plummeted like an anvil in a Looney Tunes sketch, and gone straight through the floor.
So anyway in anticipation of the upcoming spring (which is definitely coming, I am told) here is a nice selection of desert boots and where to get them. Puritans will kill me, but I will address their concerns in a future post
As the time swings around to Spring again, it's going to be all about this kind of music I'm afraid. There's just something Oasisy about summer sun.
Would you believe I used to use this as my alarm clock back in the day. I got a fancy new alarm clock for Xmas one year and this was the CD in the thing which started up every morning before school right before 6:45am. Or swimming before 5am.
Things were tough back then.
This is actually a pretty decent song that I have been allergic to ever since that time simply because it had a kind of Pavlov's dog terrorising effect on my brain (as alarm clocks tend to after a while).
Lesson: never put your favourite song as your alarm clock.
Having a bit of Sta-Prest revival at the moment, but always felt like if you really want to look your best, probably leave the Sta-Prest behind and get some actual suit trousers. That's even if you're not actually going to wear them as a suit.
They just have a different feel, either heavier or lighter (depending on the fabric obviously) and if you're feeling boujie, could even get them tailored with some nerdy Mod details like step-bottom (or "stepped hem"? I'm not sure what you'd call it) or epaulets on the cuff. Keep the shirt sort of neutral and it can be a good look.
On this subject, Adaptor have a set of two-tone trousers kicking around at the moment, the fabric of which is apparently "woven exclusively for Adaptor, and is available nowhere else!"
Feast your eyes. They've got burgundy/gold and blue/gold two tone, but with the important addition of a nice covered button flap-pocket.
As per their tradition, Art Gallery Clothing are pushing out some delights for those more connoisseur of you this season. It's still a bit chilly out so be sure to stock up. I have to say, this is probably the widest range of colours in roll-necks I have ever seen from a Mod shop.
They aren't cheap, but if you think they're expensive, you obviously haven't heard of John Smedley.
Something a bit special for you guys today.
Brought to my attention last week were these guys - Heavyball. Bit of ska, bit of Mod going on here (at least in the look) and that classic, slightly bouncier 2-toney sound you might have originally associated with the Specials... but slightly happier. They are from Nottingham, but nowadays they can be found kicking around London... like everyone sensible... [here comes the abuse]
They are a bit zany, but then I personally don't think you could pull off the ska style without a bit self-awareness nowadays. Anyway if you want more, go to their site here.
A couple of nice little new things on the Pretty Green website today. You can probably tell I’m getting a bit pissed off with the cold months now. It’s about time we moved on to a bit of sunshine and spring, but not before we've had a few weeks of dark and stormy and these two seemed appropriate for the season.
Anyway first ting is this paisley collar polo. They’ve got them in navy and sky blue, but I’m erring towards the navy personally. This is classic PG – I don’t know why nobody else seems to be getting involved in the paisley polo collar game. There are only so many Fred Perrys one can wear without it getting a bit tedious.
Second is this understated long-sleeved polo. I see long-sleevers as a bit special compared to your standard polo, simply because you see very few around. It’s also a great combo of navy and dark orange.... a strong contrast.
As usual PG are a bit pricey compared to your standard high street polo shirt fare. But sometimes it takes just that little bit extra to be able to stick your head up higher.
It has the edge, you know? It’s not beige like Ben Sherman can occasionally be. It has style that’s worth the price.
Avid fans are going to hate me for this one.
I actually genuinely enjoyed 22 Dreams as an album and it has some great atmospheric tracks on it (i.e. Weller playing piano), some absolute stompers (i.e. Weller playing guitar) and some strange but interesting stuff (i.e. a guy reading aloud while vaguely musical things happen in the background).
However, I would say this is probably the last banger of a song the great man accomplished. I realise some of you will probably question my taste after this. Most people stopped listening when the Jam broke up and the most hardcore probably still listen now. Drawing the line at 22 Dreams is a uniquely TC position I think
I don't listen now to his recent stuff except to the occasional single - the guy has left orbit as far as I'm concerned. Which is good, because it answers the lifelong question I had about how new kids are supposed to get into the charts if the old guys haven't died yet, which was never an issue until now. And I bet he doesn't care either. Wins all round.
Anyway, 22 Dreams seems to bring together all of the themes from his previous bands - the Jam, Style Council and his solo stuff and make it into a very listenable package.
This post is going to kick it all off (so to speak). So I’ll get in early with the excuses:
I know some people don’t think tassle loafers are proper Mod shoes. This has been debated in various places.
The results are inconclusive as far as I can see. If you could go back in time and take a look, see what Mods were wearing in the 1960s, I’d go by that metric. Although to be honest, if you had a time machine you’d probably have bigger fish to fry.
I’m sceptical because from what I do know, the shoes were first brought out in America in the mid-1950s, following a guy named Paul Lukas’ request for a tassled version of a kind of laced moccasin - which sounds horrific. Anyway, spotting the demand, the two companies he approached (Lefcourt and Morris) started making a slip-on version with tassles. By 1957, Brooks Brothers (of shirtmaking fame) wanted to get in on the act and ramped up production.
This is all interesting, but basically I think it’s just a tiny bit too late for the original Mods in England. If we go by the usual assumption that English fashion looked to the American Ivy League for inspiration and was a few years behind, I reckon there’s only the slimmest of chances these would have made it to England in time for the early 1960s. Happy to be proven wrong of course.
But anyway this is all irrelevant because culturally, tassles are all part of the Mod wardrobe now anyway, regardless of when they were adopted, which brings me onto my latest acquisition:
Recently got these beauties from IKON footwear. That’s from their IKON Original line.
They are the Selecta style, in Bordo, which is the classic tassle loafer style you’ll all recognise - tassled frill fringe and the knotted leather “laces” on top. They do another one called “Quad Punch” but that’s without the frill fringe and has pin holes instead.
Turns out “Bordo” is basically oxblood, but the style is a kind of burnished effect, as if they have been polished in certain places and left darker in others. Anyway this gives the shoes a nice stylish edge over my brother’s (which are also oxblood, but all one uniform colour).
In addition, while these ones are actually lower priced than your Loakes, they also seem to be a lot sturdier and very well-made – the leather is tough and doesn’t give the impression that it’ll all fall apart if someone accidentally steps on your toe. Which, frankly, with some of the cowboys out there, can sometimes be a problem.
They were a snip at £80 from a trusted brand. I’ve had a pair of black desert boots from IKON before so I can certainly say they deliver! Although I suspect now I’ve blabbed about them they might try to put the price up, so get them while you still can!
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