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There were some quite good bright colours in Harrington jackets at that time. Most went for blue or black in our area but I had a bottle green one and my mate had a fantastic lime green harrington. In the knockoff harringtons I liked the pale blue ones which I dont think Baracuta produced.
Thats interesting that knockoff Harringtons with the thick tartan lining were being produced in the USA. I can understand the warmer lining thing in a cold climate. The first made in USA harrington I saw in the UK in 1970 had no lining and was more like a golf type lightweight jacket.It was lemon coloured and I wanted it but shoes and shirts came first.
I bought a Baracuta Harrington from the Squire Shop in 1969 and so did my mates. We laughed at others who wore 'knock-off Harringtons because we were into one-upmanship. But then we didn't call ourselves Skinheads. The 'correct' tartan lining was everything. We even used to watch Peyton Place (in black and white) to see what Rodney was wearing so that we had an idea of what was Ivy. When I bought my first Baracuta I was upset that it was 'Made in England' and thought J...
We used to call them 'Initialled Blazers' and generally they were our own initials. The more elaborate badges were decorative with no specific meaning. I found the pattern book for the badges in a drawer at the shop and the manager was only too pleased for me to go ahead and order them.I order about six the first week and within a few weeks we were ordering many more. The orders had to be sent away and came back a week later.Ilford Palais was where we paraded ourselves in...
Returning to the wearing of blazers here is my blazer badge (and receipt) that I wore on a dark blue blazer, centre vent (7 inches?) with three silver buttons, patch pockets, medium lapels. I worked in the shop that supplied badges to East London/Essex borders. The fashion was short lived (3-6 months). The receipt shows the badge was bought by me 14/03/1970 and cost 10 shillings and  eightpence (I got a discount for being staff). I sold many of this style of badge....
Sunglasses don't often get mentioned but back in the late 60s many of us had them as an accessory. I had several pairs similar to the above only with a gold frame.They had to be polaroids and some of us that took up fishing found them useful for that purpose. I don't remember wearing them down at the seaside on our bank holiday trips, probably because accessories were kept to a minimum, in case of a ruck.They were also an item that could be easily nicked or forgotten in...
Was there some Mod/scooter thing going on yesterday afternoon? About lunchtime along the A12 there were about 50 scooters in a procession heading out into Essex. It looked pretty impressive but the riding skills of some of the 'old boys' looked dodgy, to say the least. Recently I have noticed locally some kind of mini revival going on amongst teenagers. Last week in my local park I saw a 17/18 year old wearing the best sheepskin I have seen in the last 30 years. The right...
I find the FP large logo particularly offensive but it doesn't surprise me. All the 'Brands' today ( Smedley, FP, Lacoste, Baracuta, Levi, Ben Sherman, Dr Martens, Clarks etc,etc) seem to exploit their Brand' and their past and instead of sticking to the basics (good cut or fit,quality materials, made in UK or original home etc) which IMO they initially got right they attempt to reinvent, manufacture overseas (but keep quiet about it by emphasizing the British,UK, USA etc...
Cerneabbas. You have jogged my memory re FPs. The FP site claims that it was West Ham supporters that first asked for tipped collars in the WHU colours but I thought this was a myth. My cousin part of the mid sixties North Bank claims it was true however, and he even has a Made in England FP in the colours today. The only polo shirt you could buy as a kid was a FP and my mum bought me and my brother FPs to go on holiday in the early '60's. I have a holiday photo with me,...
That Crombie coat would have been almost a weeks wages back in 1968. I used to shop in a Debenhams store down south at that time and in 1968 bought a fly fronted navy mac and a paisley Tootal silk scarf. Not bad for a 15 year old!
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