In this famous picture "Lunch atop a skycraper" some workers are supposed to wear Red Wings, i think the "Iron rangers" type. Some friends of mine got them, they are good looking and sturdy, the leather and color are great. Not cheap though.
The Chocolate Brown with Dark Brown/Black Reverse were more popular locally to me.
Great story Elwood......There is an intro to a Roxy Music track (Live is the Drug ) where you hear the sound of someone walking down the street ,on a gravel driveway I think? I always picture a guy in a sharp grey sharkskin suit and black Florsheims.
Mr Knightley,I listened to ( some ) of this,I didn't like the talking or the music in the first 10 minutes,so I went onto 1hr 23mins.....what a charming lady,she spoke so well and was still so enthusiastic about the subject,the downside to me was the idiotic comments from the "interviewer",why don't clowns like this pipe down and let the person being interviewed talk ?
I think that it would be so interesting to hear that lady interviewed properly and to answer selected questions from a wider audience,I thought that it was great that she and her husband were doing their own thing before they became aware of Mods in their area.....thank you for providing the link.
Yes, good interview apart from the interviewer, I agree. One thing I do agree with him about though is just how stunning Gill looked in the early 60s! I also like his take on Modernism as a dynamic rather than a revivalist concept.
Gill is a friend on Facebook, so I might see if I can persuade her to join this forum. I have told her about us and she is happy for me to post her pictures here (I think I have put one or two up of her and Del).
The amazing thing is that they were far-sighted (or vain - and why not!) enough to capture almost every new outfit. Now they have catalogued those pictures, Vogue cuttings, pieces of material, etc, etc and made a little Mod museum.
If you guys haven’t seen it check out their story on Jack That Cat Was Clean blogsite:
Interesting interview of Gill Evans. So before Modernists there were Continentalists...
I red the other day in "Le Monde" an interesting article called "Avec les vieux minets" . I translate a little portion:
"A few days ago there was a free distribution of Champagne in the street, just on the front of the Renoma shop. The Renoma company was celebrating it's 50th birthday. The party was in the shop's basement. On the door there was a press-cut from 1964 where you could read: "There are 2 or 3 mercedes, one Ferrari and one Triumph outside the shop. Inside, boys, very neat, got longuish and curly hair in the neck, and a nice sun tan. Maurice (Renoma) is preparing a dress for B.B..."
Two old ladies who used to work in the shop, remember their clients : Jackie Kennedy, Mick Jagger, Brigitte Bardot... And they speak of their usual customers back then: les minets, like those from the Drugstore gang.
The Minets came tonight. They are in their seventies now, but they still got style. No question for them to be dressed like everybody. Maurice (Renoma) is very smart. he's got a black fitted jacket. He could have wore the same in the sixties. It's just a matter of style".
Not Cheap but ive had my Wings for 12 years and they will out live me . A red Wings shop has just opened up in Soho and they resole for £60 .. amazing boots
There's almost too much delineation here. People tend to erect Chinese walls round these groups and in fact things were just a tadge more fluid. When I wasn't yet in my teens I saw teddy boys gravitate from drapes and crepes to Italian "bum-freezers" and winkle-pickers. Some went eventually towards the rockers, some towards the mods, but then the guys from another town that you might have fought at the beach weren't a lot different from the guys in your school or workplace that you actually got on with. The beatniks started in the 1950s; many were jazz fans, and a lot of those would have gravitated to modern jazz and a "cool" way of dressing, and maybe eventually towards the mod scene. The guys singing in your beatnik clip were singing songs by Leadbelly and Willie Dixon, which the mates of the guy who lived next door to me (a couple of years older than me) were listening to on their record players - and they were early 60s Northern mods. Some of the mid 60s beatniks on your clip would have gone on to become hippies...
Ok your right about that, I do realize that you can't really put it in some sort of black & white picture. And that people tend to move more fluidly as you put it. Still isn't it so that Hippie as a culture wasn't exactly an entirely new Phenomenon. That's why I mentioned the Beatniks, since as a culture it was kinda similarish. The complete newsreel does show mods, rockers and beatniks.
I've seen them in person and worn daily by a friend of mine. Def worth the money.