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THE 1,000 MILE BOOT

WOLVERINE: More than 125 years ago, Wolverine founder G.A. Krause built a company on a dream of creating finely crafted footwear. Now Wolverine is honouring its heritage by introducing a collection of boots and shoes inspired by Wolverine’s original designs. In the year 1883 when the company now known as Wolverine World Wide, Inc. was founded on one man’s belief that great things were possible. Today, more than 125 years later, they know great things are not only simply possible; they are achievable when dedication and determination lead the way. Since... Read More

A RUDE DESIGN

Mod friendly heritage shirt maker Mikkel Rude was born in Copenhagen in 1968. He got into punk, mod and 2-tone around 1979 and then became a skin in 1981. Since 1981 Mikkel has been dedicated to what he describes as “the clean-cut British look” Mikkel Rude After school he spent 6 years in the army before starting his own business, a clothes shop selling Freds, Bennies, Harringtons, DMs and Crombie’s, as well as new British Labels. His inspiration originally came from a few London Clothes shops back in the early... Read More

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HARRINGTON: THE ICONIC JACKET

BARACUTA: THE HARRINGTON JACKET The original Harrington design appeared in the 1930s, Credit for the jacket’s then distinctive—now iconic—styling goes to creators John and Isaac Miller, the owners of the now famous Baracuta company It was initially called the Baracuta G9 by its and became particularly well-known for the quality of its raincoats called the G9 which length is particularly well-suited to playing golf hence the G. The moniker ‘Harrington’ didn’t appear until the 1960s, when Ryan O’Neal starred in 60s soap opera Peyton Place as Rodney Harrington, and regularly... Read More

SOCK IT TO ME

SOCKS: Now if you didn’t know a sock is an item of clothing worn on the feet and the foot is among the heaviest producers of sweat in the body, (and I bet you didn’t know that!)  As it is able to produce over a pint of perspiration per day. Socks help to absorb this sweat and draw it to areas where air can evaporate the perspiration. In cold environments, socks decrease the risk of frostbite its name is derived from the loose-fitting slipper, called a soccus in Latin, worn... Read More

IT’S IN THE BAG

BARBOUR BAGS: This design of bag has been used in the transportation of mail and goods by numerous types of messengers including pony express riders, postal workers, and messengers on foot. The design of the modern messenger bag traces its origin to the utility linemans bag of the 1950s. Now many Fashion brands have begun creating updated and stylized versions of the bag using high quality fabrics. Namely the one were going to talk about Barbour who has introduced the man bag style to the fashion crowd. John Barbour, the... Read More

PRETTY GREEN?

I’ve got a pocket full of Pretty Green: Liam Gallagher was born in Sepetmber 1972, an English musician and singer songwriter, formerly the frontman of the 1990s band Oasis and now currently the band Beady Eye.Gallagher’s erratic behavior, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press. He remains one of the most recognizable figures in modern British music. Gallagher was born in Manchester and is the third and final child of Irish parents Thomas and Peggy Gallagher. Thomas was often violently abusive to... Read More

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JACKET IN!

The Denim Jacket We all have great memories of at some time in our lives wearing a denim jacket. Whether from the 60s, 70,s or an 80’s child. When men wore denim matching their acid was jeans and thought they looked so cool! Well denim has been in American usage since the late 18th century. The word comes from the name of a sturdy fabric called serge originally made In Nimes France, by the André family. Originally called serge de nimes, the name was soon shortened to denim was traditionally coloured... Read More

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING

THE DESERT BOOT Today we endorse the desert boot. Specifically, the Clarks desert boots. It was introduced in 1950 by shoemaker Nathan Clark. Since his humble beginnings in 1825 in Street Somerset, the Clarks boot had a simple modern style with plantation rubber crepe sole and two eyelets for laces. And in the 60 years since Nathan Clark sparked a revolution in Desert boots himself inspired by this crepe-soled footwear, that his World War II military buddies bought in the dusty bazaars of Cairo, and though it debuted in peacetime,... Read More

BOOKWORM

BETTINA RHEIMS AND SERGE BRAMLEY’S  “ROSE C’EST PARIS” Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly’s “Rose C’est Paris” is both a photographic monograph and a feature-length film on DVD. This extraordinary work of art, in two different but interlocking and complimentary formats, defies easy categorization. For in this multi-layered opus of poetic symbolism, photographer Bettina Rheims and artist Serge Bramly evoke the City of Light in a completely novel way: this is a Paris of surrealist visions, confused identities, artistic phantoms, unseen manipulation, obsession, fetish and seething desire. Equal parts erotica, fashion shoot,... Read More

Morning Out with the Buyer :

10:04am – ‘Stuarts London Buyer’  sets off for a meeting to view a new collection. Common People. “Common People” is a brand that isn’t about following the usual trends, instead the designs have been referenced back to the 60’s. The connection to the likes of Steve McQueen, Crosby, Nash, Young are all names given to the footwear. Each an iconic style and with heritage.  The Buyer happily informs me. (Sorry to keep saying ‘The Buyer’ , but he didn’t want his name mentioned. All very top secret …lol  I am... Read More