For years I have searched for this photo. For years, people thought I was completely bonkers. I would describe a double-breasted suit, whose jacket buttons were an inch or so apart, rather than the usual five or six.
My dad (at one time a veteran skinhead) was sceptical.
My friends laughed.
My tailor said he had never heard of such a thing.
People doubted my memory, but I insisted that I had seen this style on Ronnie Lane and that he had pulled it off exceptionally well.
Distinctive without being outrageous. Unusual without looking ridiculous.
But, in about 2007, I had a blue suit crafted to a similar design by an Italian tailor off Carnaby Street. Dad was impressed. Friends were stunned. The tailor seemed proud of himself.
I’ve not worn it for a while… but it might be time to get it out again…
In the meantime, enjoy this gem.
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!
I know they're technically not Mod, but we're all like it nowadays...
Having said this, I personally prefer the album track.
Great pic of Steve M. in his pink jacket. Unusual design - high lapels, four buttons and buttoned-up pockets on the chest and sides. The picture is crap quality of course, but it looks like the material may be slightly striped too.
There is also the glimpse of a knitted tie, tie pin, and an interesting looking belt there as well.
A while ago I was trawling through the usual places on the hunt for something cool and Mod when I stumbled across a reference to Gabicci on the big site for Mod togs, Atom Retro. In case you don’t know, AR is one of my favourite sites, acting as a sort of ebay or discount place for all kinds of clothes. What I like most about it is that among the usual off-season Mercs and outlet Ben Shermans, they always have a fair number of unusual odds and ends tucked away from relatively unknown suppliers if you look hard enough.
Anyway, check it out the site if you don’t know it.
One of the names that crops up a lot is Gabicci. Their polo shirts are usually pretty distinctive and stylish, with contrasting patterns on the collar and front chest pocket or with button-down collars. They make a striking change to the (classic, but) usual Fred Perry single-colour styles.
Their proper website was down for a while, but it’s now open again.
And it’s a goldmine for anyone who’s got "too many" Fred Perry shirts.
A collection of bios from my most recent twitter followers. Some of them funny, some profound, but all of them are sound...
This is where i'm supposed to put a bit about myself. Well. Age (varies). Hair colour (varies.) Hobby(varies). Style(ALWAYS) :)
books rock and roll skateboarding mods * my blog is dead long live my blog
1/3 Joe Cocker, 1/3 Michael Buble, 1/3 Posh Mod who loves Northern Soul, Reggae & Motown. Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/0VrGkvjuRb8cZu2Iou1G48 ……
If you could see through my eyes, you would get a big surprise, Things you haven't noticed before, things you haven't seen I'm sure. The Creation…
"londoner with other bits from the four corners of the world please don't follow me coz I won't follow any one"
"Probably v uninteresting but my gosh.... Music, clothes, football and promoting the local new music scene. Keep on keeping on!"
"Why in life do I get bronze"
"Miserable yet quite entertaining. Lead Guitarist in The Velveteens."
"Baldie, soulie, Stretford Ender, Lambretta owner, wearer of checked shirts, 80s modernist, enthusiastic drinker of red wine, maker of beautiful children."
"Walk Like Brown. Stare like Gallagher. Dance like Mozza. Dress like Weller. Live Forever."
Great pic of the Who here in full (I assume dressed by someone else) Mod get-up.
Always impressed by Townshend's cufflinks - that large French cuff with a suit jacket is something I aspire to.
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