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post #1786 of 2739
That description reminds me of early/mid-80s 1 button leather box jackets in grey or burgundy as worn by the occasional 80s mod (and others!).

Time for an update myself I think. Latest purchase is a couple of plain white twill shirts, just TM Lewin nothing special but importantly non-buttondown and non-oxford.

Decided after all that a denim jacket is not for me, I'm not fat by any means but Lee 101 like a lot of stuff now fits much too slim. On balance I am not fond of contrast stitching on denim jackets anyway but would think again if the stitching was dark blue so receding more into the background. Would look good as a contrast when the denim fades too I think and non-yellow/non-orange stitching would be a nice nod to the early 80s. So stuck with harrington+ma1 when everyone seems to be wearing one, as skinnylegs pointed out a few months back. Noticed racks of grey sweatshirts appearing too, bollocks!

Still disappointed about not getting the Solovair shoes I ordered. Turns out they are product code L4-996, tried a pair somewhere else and the upper/last is as fine and un-clumpy as I thought but these ones had big-lugged commando soles which don't really work on a shoe. A normal air-cushioned sole is quite enough thanks.

Noticed a strangely ok-looking cross of desert boot/monkey boot/dm boot in the Dr Martens shop today and also enjoying the exposition of the mid-70s on the other thread. Near coming of age for me so plenty of knowledge but also plenty of gaps.
Edited by covskin - 4/3/16 at 8:21am
post #1787 of 2739
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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

On a recent trip to Southport along with Mrs Mystery and family friends, we dropped into what was essentially a handbag shop at one end of Lord Street. They were having a sale, and Mrs Mystery was looking for a new bag. As well as handbags, they had a few items of ladies' leather clothing, and, to my surprise, a small rack of gents'. On that rack were a couple of leather blazers, black, tailored, three-button, flap-pocket, brand name 'Aviatrix'. I tried on the size M, and of course it was too small, but Mrs Mystery and her style-conscious friend agreed the style was totally 'me'. The shopkeeper had just sold the last size L. The sale price was £50...

So basically, that was the one that got away.

However, I recall that in the 1960s, leather and suede blazers were a mod item. Do any of you wear one, I wonder?

Check out my blog (address below) I did a post on this a couple of months ago. I have them in black, royal blue and scarlet red.

I also had a charcoal faux suede blazer. It's was made of that polyester stuff that looks very convincing even up close, and has got to be easier to clean than real suede. Anyway unfortunately this was acquired during my late-nineties buying spree when three button jackets were readily available. Upon reflection a few years later I realized how I'd fallen for the then current trend of tube-shaped jackets which fit poorly with overly built up shoulders. It's too bad as I had a couple of suits in great fabrics that I got for great prices but all that stuff got culled several years ago when I learned more about tailoring and realized how poorly they fit and looked.

My black leather blazer is a bit like this and could probably benefit from some tweaking but I rarely wear it now so not sure if it's worth the investment. The red and blue ones were MTM.
post #1788 of 2739
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Originally Posted by covskin View Post

That description reminds me of early/mid-80s 1 button leather box jackets in grey or burgundy as worn by the occasional 80s mod (and others!).

Time for an update myself I think. Latest purchase is a couple of plain white twill shirts, just TM Lewin nothing special but importantly non-buttondown and non-oxford.

Decided after all that a denim jacket is not for me, I'm not fat by any means but Lee 101 like a lot of stuff now fits much too slim. On balance I am not fond of contrast stitching on denim jackets anyway but would think again if the stitching was dark blue so receding more into the background. Would look good as a contrast when the denim fades too I think and non-yellow/non-orange stitching would be a nice nod to the early 80s. So stuck with harrington+ma1 when everyone seems to be wearing one, as skinnylegs pointed out a few months back. Noticed racks of grey sweatshirts appearing too, bollocks!

Still disappointed about not getting the Solovair shoes I ordered. Turns out they are product code L4-996, tried a pair somewhere else and the upper/last is as fine and un-clumpy as I thought but these ones had big-lugged commando soles which don't really work on a shoe. A normal air-cushioned sole is quite enough thanks.

Noticed a strangely ok-looking cross of desert boot/monkey boot/dm boot in the Dr Martens shop today and also enjoying the exposition of the mid-70s on the other thread. Near coming of age for me so plenty of knowledge but also plenty of gaps.

I bought a Lee Riders jacket two or three years ago, i must say i like it very much and it's bigger and longer than the usual Levi's trucker. The stitching is dark orange so you don't notice it much. Now i don't know the actual model, the problem with Lee Europe is that they change the fit/look of their clothes almost every year.

 

On the DM subject, i treated myself with the new Penton bar loafer in black, with the thin air sole (like the Steed). Not MIE, but i really like the look and it seems of good quality.

post #1789 of 2739

A chocolate Brown suede Blazer (In various incarnations) has been a wardrobe staple of mine for as long as I can remember.

post #1790 of 2739
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Originally Posted by Thin White Duke View Post


Check out my blog (address below) I did a post on this a couple of months ago. I have them in black, royal blue and scarlet red.

Thanks Duke, checked it out.

By the way, folks, still nada on the email alerts.
post #1791 of 2739
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by covskin View Post

That description reminds me of early/mid-80s 1 button leather box jackets in grey or burgundy as worn by the occasional 80s mod (and others!).

Time for an update myself I think. Latest purchase is a couple of plain white twill shirts, just TM Lewin nothing special but importantly non-buttondown and non-oxford.

Decided after all that a denim jacket is not for me, I'm not fat by any means but Lee 101 like a lot of stuff now fits much too slim. On balance I am not fond of contrast stitching on denim jackets anyway but would think again if the stitching was dark blue so receding more into the background. Would look good as a contrast when the denim fades too I think and non-yellow/non-orange stitching would be a nice nod to the early 80s. So stuck with harrington+ma1 when everyone seems to be wearing one, as skinnylegs pointed out a few months back. Noticed racks of grey sweatshirts appearing too, bollocks!

Still disappointed about not getting the Solovair shoes I ordered. Turns out they are product code L4-996, tried a pair somewhere else and the upper/last is as fine and un-clumpy as I thought but these ones had big-lugged commando soles which don't really work on a shoe. A normal air-cushioned sole is quite enough thanks.

Noticed a strangely ok-looking cross of desert boot/monkey boot/dm boot in the Dr Martens shop today and also enjoying the exposition of the mid-70s on the other thread. Near coming of age for me so plenty of knowledge but also plenty of gaps.

 

Are you moving away intentionally from aspects of the Look?  By coincidence two of my recent shirt purchases are Charles Tyrwhitt, both light cream end-on-end fabric and non-BD.

 

One of my all-time favourite items was a Wrangler pale creamy beige needlecord trucker jacket.  This was around 1966.  Not sure about that style today.

 

I agree that everywhere you turn now people are wearing watered-down versions of the Look - bollocks as you say:D

 

I should be interested to see a picture of those crossover boots.  How are you enjoying the Desert Vulc?  My finger keeps hovering over a pair whenever I am online.

 

I just purchased another shirt for the new season - a FP x Nigel Cabourn polo from End.  Made in Portugal.

 

 

post #1792 of 2739
So, Wednesday is charity shop day.

I was only thinking the other day how much I would have liked a pair of basket-weave loafers back in the day, and today I stumbled across these. Okay, they're a bit lived-in and they're only Claudio Conti, but they're quite... um... cute. Size 41, so not my size.

The other pair in today were Samuel Windsor 'monk shoes'.



post #1793 of 2739
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

So, Wednesday is charity shop day.

I was only thinking the other day how much I would have liked a pair of basket-weave loafers back in the day, and today I stumbled across these. Okay, they're a bit lived-in and they're only Claudio Conti, but they're quite... um... cute. Size 41, so not my size.

The other pair in today were Samuel Windsor 'monk shoes'.



The basket weave loafers take me back MoM. I recall they became popular around my way in 1971. Pity about the size...
post #1794 of 2739
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Originally Posted by Mr Knightley View Post

Are you moving away intentionally from aspects of the Look?  By coincidence two of my recent shirt purchases are Charles Tyrwhitt, both light cream end-on-end fabric and non-BD.

One of my all-time favourite items was a Wrangler pale creamy beige needlecord trucker jacket.  This was around 1966.  Not sure about that style today.

I agree that everywhere you turn now people are wearing watered-down versions of the Look - bollocks as you say:D

I should be interested to see a picture of those crossover boots.  How are you enjoying the Desert Vulc?  My finger keeps hovering over a pair whenever I am online.

I just purchased another shirt for the new season - a FP x Nigel Cabourn polo from End.  Made in Portugal.

Nice looking polo, I imagine it feels substantial like the old stuff. Fred Perry with no piping has been on my 'replacements' list for a while.

No buttondown is just my preference, lots of stuff I wouldn't wear now (or ever). Good to dilute as well as to condense things I think. All those buttons, loops and so on to what purpose? Plus I have a big short neck anyway!

The desert vulc are great, just what I was looking for. Same-colour upper and sole is now available online in the UK somewhere and much cheaper too.

From a google I think the Dr Martens I saw were a 'church', sand suede like a desert boot, air cushioned sole like a dm boot, 'm' like a monkey boot (but with the excessive lacing reined in a bit). Too like a desert vulc for me to be interested but not bad all the same. Probably nothing new anyway, I'd not set foot in a 'Dr Martens' shop before last weekend.
Edited by covskin - 4/6/16 at 12:15pm
post #1795 of 2739
Please forgive the diversion...





I finally found a pic' of these. We called them crossovers, I remember them being a lot better looking than these (may be mistaken obviously) but the first pair of leather shoes I was keen on and proud to wear. Mid 70s?
post #1796 of 2739
Yes, I remember those Cleav. Came in different coloured leather I think too, maroon/green type colourings in the crossover. From 1974 it says here

http://www.solatio.co.uk/

Crossovers and boxtops apparently, though I only knew the latter as 'basketweave norwegians'. Go start a new menswear trend Cleav!
post #1797 of 2739
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Originally Posted by covskin View Post

Yes, I remember those Cleav. Came in different coloured leather I think too, maroon/green type colourings in the crossover. From 1974 it says here

http://www.solatio.co.uk/

Crossovers and boxtops apparently, though I only knew the latter as 'basketweave norwegians'. Go start a new menswear trend Cleav!

Thanks Cov, don't remember the boxtops. great link, though sure some things are left where they are!
post #1798 of 2739
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Originally Posted by Mr Knightley View Post

The basket weave loafers take me back MoM. I recall they became popular around my way in 1971. Pity about the size...

I can remember variations on the 'basket weave' theme in the NW in 66-67. I saw the occasional mod in totally basket-weave shoes, but more often I saw loafers and 'Gibsons'* with a basket-weave apron.

* I know that at the time in the NW we used the term 'Gibson' totally wrongly, to mean a lace-up shoe with an apron like a loafer.
post #1799 of 2739
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Originally Posted by Mr Knightley View Post

The basket weave loafers take me back MoM. I recall they became popular around my way in 1971. Pity about the size...


Still can't do the monk straps. I've never dug them enough to buy them and I think their appeal to me has been further sullied by too much iGent/web-sartorialist drooling.
Gotta say though, I'd wear those basketweaves during summer. Pretty cool stuff.
Edited by Botolph - 4/7/16 at 9:39am
post #1800 of 2739
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Originally Posted by covskin View Post

Noticed a strangely ok-looking cross of desert boot/monkey boot/dm boot in the Dr Martens shop today and also enjoying the exposition of the mid-70s on the other thread. Near coming of age for me so plenty of knowledge but also plenty of gaps.

I think you are referring to this one

'Church' are DM actual version of Monkey boots. (leather or suede) 

 

I've still  got an old pair of 'traditional' (without air sole) Monkey boots. I only wear them on rainy days.

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