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PUMA: The 80s Era

PUMA: Puma AG Rudolf Dassler Sport, officially branded as PUMA, is a major German company that produces high-end athletic shoes, lifestyle footwear and other sportswear. Formed in 1924 as Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik by Adolf and Rudolf Dassler, relationships between the two brothers deteriorated until the two agreed to split in 1948, forming two separate entities, Adidas and Puma. The company is known for its football shoes and has sponsored acclaimed footballers, including Pelé, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, and many more. Puma is also the sponsor of the Jamaican track athlete... Read More

Nicole Farhi

The French Designer: Nicole Farhi’s was born in 1946 and is a French fashion designer of Turkish descent. She started her career as a freelancer in Paris, before moving to London in the 1970s to work with Stephen Marks on his French Connection label.  Their professional relationship resulted in a personal relationship, and they had a daughter before separating. She is now based in London. It was Paris was where she wanted to go to study, where she had spent summer days with her Turkish aunts, whose style was so... Read More

PETE THE PENGUIN

Penguin Originals Abbot Pederson a salesman and enthusiastic golfer working for Munsingwear in America was killing time in NYC in 1955 before a meeting and on a whim bought a stuffed penguin he saw in a shop window. Affectionately naming him Pete, he took him to the meeting. The cocktails flowed on the flight home and enthusiasm getting the better of him, Pederson managed to knock poor Pete’s head off. With the help of the seductive stewardess Pederson removed his tie and wrapped it around the penguin’s neck, saving him from... Read More

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QPR: THE PREMIERSHIP

Queens Park Rangers are finally back into the Premier League after a lengthy 15 year absence. The West London club clinched promotion back to the top flight by winning 2-0 at Watford to win the championship after a quiet astonishing season seeing them only lose eight games in the entire season. The exciting skills of Moroccan playmaker Adel Taarabt, who racked up an incrediable 19 goals this season is just one of the success stories of the Championship and surely a key in QPR’s return to the top flight. The... Read More

SEBAGO X VANE

Sebago X Vane Design Collaborations and Offspring While Docksides themselves haven’t changed, they have inspired collaborations, such as with design collective Vane New York City, as well as the popular Paris retailer, Colette. Sebago even partnered with Vane to launch their first pop-up store in New York City. The release of two Field Exo Boots from the Vane X Sebago Dark Forrest Collection. Both shoes are hand sewn double quarter boots, with waxed full grain leather upper, oiled and waxed tin cloth outer quarter all on a low-profile Vibram rugged... Read More

HERITAGE RESEARCH

Made for someone individual: Heritage research had collection that is homage to the returning servicemen who fought in World War II. The ravages of this conflict had taken its toll on some more than others, and many disaffected young men returning after the war found themselves unable to re-assimilate with society – they were lost.The camaraderie and feeling of belonging that came from being part of a military unit and wanting, and so, for some it was replaced by taking to the road with other like-minded types, in cars and... Read More

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