A guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do.
And when Topman are selling navy blue rollnecks for £25, a guy's gotta buy.
Great sizing and great look. I always associate it with the Small Faces.
Going to be outcast by the Mod Old Guard for descending to the High Street of course... but I think in this case it was definitely worth it.
As trailed, these are my fave bits from Art Gallery Clothing’s new season. They only got put up recently and it’s actually pretty hard to tell which ones are the new ones.
Not that this matters.
The whole range is pretty solid. I know Art Gallery Clothing for its bold, almost Pop Arty takes on traditional Mod wares and these new additions do not disappoint in that respect.
I love a cycling top in summer. They feel very Style Council somehow and these come in a good range of strong colours including royal blue and sky blue. Setting them apart from Fred Perry’s ones they also have a stylish French flag stripe down the left side.
Another strong take on a cycling top - this one with long sleeves. I suspect this might actually be an autumn option considering the price and the style, but I liked it so much I left it in this list. Still one to take a look at.
Classic Art Gallery here: bullish Pop Art colour scheme on a trad short-sleeved button-collar shirt. What more could you want for in the summertime?
A close brother to the Noddy, this one again is bold check, in a kind of old Ivy League style.
The one criticism I do have is that the new cycling tops are quite pricey. But then it's a pretty sick design so I'll probably fork out at some point...
Art Gallery are also a prime outlet for that eminence of Mod traditional footwear, The Bass Weejun loafer. I feel this is telling when one tries to decide which direction their inspiration comes from!
Last week I wrote a piece questioning why Merc’s SS16 seems to have made such a small impact and yesterday I reckoned Pretty Green was doing the best in terms of creativity.
It occurs to me that I may have been slightly too harsh on Merc and after a quick glance at their site, it turns out there are quite a few items which I quite like the look of in their new set. In this spirit, I’ve set a few of my favourites out below.
However, I would still say that Merc seem to have become obsessed with their own burgundy colour scheme. It seems to be everywhere. I like the idea of brand recognition and I like a bit of the burgundies every now and again when the blues are on holiday, but it seems a bit weird that the colour is so prevalent in their gear. Merc, if you’re listening - some oranges and yellows wouldn’t go amiss sometime.
1. Dalton trench coat
I really like the look of this - sharp navy coat with all the trimmings, including epaulets on the shoulders and a cheeky bit of tartan thread on the lapel.
2. Bellman shirt
Classic Merc gingham here - burgundy included, but nothing wrong with that. Nice little detail on the chest pocket, setting it just slightly apart from your average gingham.
3. Welor Geo paisley
“Paisley lite” on this one. Unusual polka style design but with floral swirls instead of dots. Blue buttons look good on the white and blue general theme (+ burgundy)
4. Paulus top
Choosing to pipe the collar and button strip with extra trim here is quite an old-skool design, one that designers should try more often. Makes for two cool variations on the Fred perry -esque polo.
5. Jobling top
Unusual for a polo to have vertical stripes. Again, good to see something new and fresh here, burgundy in tow.
6. Siegel polka dot
I’m always a sucker for polka dots and this is no exception. I suppose these are more pin-point dots, which is a great variation on a classic. Again, burgundy an option.
1. Pretty sound navy jumper from the new PG season.
2. One of the stronger numbers from PG’s new season.
3. Always wanted a pair of these. I also know a discount shoe shop near where I work. Anything off that hefty £185 price tag has got to be welcome.
4. Variation on a red, white and blue watch strap I already have.
5. I know we’re moving towards the warmer months but you’ve got to keep stocked up.
6. This one is definitely a wish - PG are moving on from their last season and this lot are sold out… Will they ever be seen again?
7. Again, one of the stronger numbers from PG’s new season.
8. I’m going to keep putting it on my list until I've got one…
Top picks for the Spring / Summer 2016 season so far.
Yes I know Pretty Green are dominating but they have got a fair amount of good stuff...
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