Not come across these guys before, but it looks like their site has a strong selection of goods - more on them later in the month!
Pretty Green have got some mint new parkas. They have a nice furry hood and come in a few unusual colours too. Also quite well-priced compared to previous parkas!
It’s the time-honoured question, but I still am not sure about El Ganso.
It’s definitely all Ivy League / preppy style, but it’s annoyingly not quite Mod. Here are some things I’d change if it was up to me:
We’ll have to see. I still can’t help going in there though.
Noticed this on Atom Retro earlier - classic Ivy League look, verging on the professorial.
As an addition, you can see it has a little button that allows you to fold in the lapels and create a kind of madras style, stand-up collar. Very sharp. Although also annoyingly out of stock in my size.
Important thing here too: it has three buttons. Not unusual for Atom Retro obviously, but very difficult to find outside the Mod fold!
Art Gallery clothing have gone all in (6m) for Autumn.
Art Gallery always come across to me as a small, boutique shop, mostly internet-based with some outlets in unexpected places. Their range is limited but practically unique, favouring wild and unusual new shirt patterns over generic classics. That said, they also stock some old favourites like a sky blue now and then.
I’ve no idea whether they really are some small quaint little shop or an offshoot of a multinational brand, but it is true that they usually only bring out three or four new shirt styles every six months or so, and they don’t waste their time churning crap. A lot of effort seems to go into balancing every design just on the line between seriously retro and actually quite modern. Not only this, but their stuff is also relatively well-priced, with a shirt going usually for just under the high street price of £55 (including delivery). They’re also quite strong on their knitwear, which is quite reminiscent of something the Small Faces would wear on an off day. And that can only be a good thing.
Anyway, here are a few favourites from the new set, so go and have a look and see what you think..
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.
It’s Luke Campbell MBE of 2012 Olympic boxing fame.
Initially I was asking who the hell this was, but the more I learn, the more realise he’d make a strong face of the brand. And they’ve dressed him up real good in this pic.
Well I guess if Bradley Wiggins has already been snapped up...
Apparently not soon enough for Pretty Green.
This is their new "Lowry" roll-neck sweater in recent arrivals and it couldn’t have been launched at a worse time. I don’t know what it’s like anywhere else, but the mercury topped 27 degrees C yesterday here in London.
Having said this, it does look pretty neat - I like what they’ve done with the sleeve cuffs and it’s only natural that a big brand prepares in advance for the next season. I hope they come in more colours too, but in a few weeks maybe. Unfortunately at the moment just looking at a picture of this one is making me sweat.
Next time you pay a visit to the legendary street in this part of London, this handy map should tell you the shops worth visiting in between all the slightly less appealing stuff. Scroll down for a key, of sorts.
[Bear in mind that this is ongoing, so if anyone desperately wants to add anything for consideration, especially anything I've stupidly left out, leave it in the comments]
From left to right:
Update: I forgot to add the website to this post and, given the obscurity of the company, this makes them tricky to find. Here it is: www.lebird.fr
My dad visited Le Mans the other week (the flash git), but he did not send me pics of cars. Instead, he stumbled across a stall selling what I can only describe as boutique Harrington-style jackets. Appropriately these groovy items are referred to as the T Bird.
Now some of these are quite zany, although I could potentially see myself wearing the blue and seersucker striped one. Interestingly, the one in the pic my dad sent actually seems to have fabric buttons on the collar, while the website version does not.
They ain’t cheap, but if you are looking for something a bit unusual that will set you apart in the short bomber-style jacket stakes, make sure you check out their website. Might need to brush up on your French a bit first though.
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!
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.
Art Gallery Clothing, which I know many of you dear readers recommend (apparently they do 3-finger button down collars, which I must say is quite unusual at the moment), have released, nay unleashed, their second half of their Spring / Summer line.
As usual, heavy on the knitwear and the casual tops (and nothing wrong with that), but they’ve also put out a couple of extra shirts to sweeten the deal. And it’s not like they just dash this shit off the presses in their spare time - as with the Noddy (my current favourite), the patterns are bold and unusual.
Another strong showing from a strong brand and, as you dear readers can see, prices are decent! I might get myself a navy Zack just to see what all this new knitwear fuss is about.
Modern Classic Clothing are pushing out some new Harrington jackets. They’ve ditched the traditional red tartan and put in a slick-looking “madras” lining. No doubt some people might kick off over the usurping of the famous tartan and they aren’t cheap either… but I personally quite like where they’re going with this - I’m willing to pay a little extra for that creative streak.
It’s another ingredient to add to the melting pot of where the hell I’m going to get my next Harrington. Definitely something I’m going to consider.
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