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post #18586 of 18710
The rags desperately needed a new dog to kick.unfortunately Glam rock was too diversified fo them.You could clearly differentiate your Bowie Boy from a Bolan,and a Faces ragamuffin wouldn't be seen dead in a pr of Jellies.So all these new looks were small tribes that were catered to by Kensington Market and Biba etc.
Too provocative for the majority,these styles were diluted and cherry picked,to provide a new mainstream uniform.
It would be around 75/76 that Fleet St would get to enjoy a truly new youth movement in Punk.One that crossed the Atlantic and was equally at home in Wardour St and The Bowery.
Mods looked to Miles,Glam to Bolan etc. but Skinheads and Punks ?it's well documented that Skinheads grew out of Mods,but there was no "Role Models" for either that I can recall apart from your mates? I have never researched it,but wonder if the early Rockers were following the look of Gene and Eddie or in fact had preceded it?
Edited by Gsvs5 - 8/26/14 at 12:03pm
post #18587 of 18710
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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

Incidentally, the Levi shop in Glasgow yesterday had suede Levi Trucker jackets with leather collars (Bluesbreakers Beano album cover) and black leather trucker jackets.


Do you recall what sizes and prices Paul?

post #18588 of 18710
M-o-M,if you remember,we never called ourselves anything like the Labels given(the originals called themselves Modernists)..Through the various stages we never said we were this that or the other.It was always names given to us.I never called myself a Suedehead nor did any of my Mates.We just wanted to smarten up,then we became "Smoovies" as printed in a Paper.
post #18589 of 18710
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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

Incidentally, the Levi shop in Glasgow yesterday had suede Levi Trucker jackets with leather collars (Bluesbreakers Beano album cover) and black leather trucker jackets.

I have got the Black Leather Trucker Jacket,but how much are the Suedes with Leather Collars??M-o-M.
post #18590 of 18710
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Originally Posted by roytonboy View Post
 

 

Ha ha! Very succinct.......   :) 

 

With regard to "gentlemen's shoes" , I always regarded loafers, in their various guises, as a bit 'girlie', I wouldn't wear them.

 

 

On the subject of what we wore;

 

AS SKINHEADS WE DRESSED IN:

 

Parkas (very early skinhead)

Sheepskin coats

All types of boots

Wing tip bogues - usually tan, brown or oxblood

Plain and candy striped BD shirts

Braces showing (or not)

V neck sleeveless pullovers - plain or fair-isle

Cardigans (not very popular by us)

Light coloured sta-prest trousers

Levi, Wrangler and Lee Rider jeans

Denim Jackets

(Denims could be bleached or unbleached)

Fly fronted macs.

 

I know in other areas that things like army greens, collarless union shirts and granddad vest were worn but I don't recall seeing any of those by us.

 

BOTH SKINHEADS AND SUEDEHEADS WORE THE FOLLOWING:

 

Checked BD shirts

Wrangler and Levi Jeans

Doc Marten boots

Harrington Jackets

V - neck long sleeve pullovers

Prince of Wales check trousers

Blazers

Oxford toe capped shoes

Long winged brogues

 

SUEDEHEAD CLOTHES

 

Crombie overcoats

Red socks (very briefly, other bright colours)

Two tone trousers ("toniks")

3 Button jackets (various colours)

Parallel trousers, gradually getting wider (various colours)

Plain, deep coloured BD shirts (red, black, navy, green)

Fred Perrys

Shetland Wool crew neck sweaters

Loafers - plain, tassled, fringe and tassled

Moccasins

(Shoes were predominantly black, occasionally ox-blood)

Polo neck sweaters (very late suedehead)

Wider jeans - "Skinners" or "Wrangler Bags" - again, late suedehead, usually worn by the young 'uns

 

Thus it can be seen in our area (N.W. England) that Suedehead was the look most influenced by the Ivy League style (not that we were aware of that at the time....)

 

Interesting comments coming in, folks. Like many of you, I don't think there was perceived to be a difference - note the commonality of clothes. (Ed. for me, your statement "seamless transition" was spot on.) I have no doubt, however, that the clothes stated above will not be entirely agreed on by everyone - again, the old time/place continuum will come into play. Brownie, I must confess that I can't recall seeing the term 'Suedehead' ever mentioned in the press. Of course,that doesn't mean it wasn't.........

 

I remember those Shetland wool sweaters , they had to be neat fitting and short , in that they stopped just about the waistband of yer breeks. You could find them back then but they don't seem to exist now. .

post #18591 of 18710
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Do you recall what sizes and prices Paul?

I tried a couple on.

Sizes are the usual S, M, L, XL, but you need to try on an individual jacket to see if it fits.

The leather is about £285. I wonder what that would be in 1968 money? The suede is more expensive - £300plus. Frankly, the old 2nd hand Gap suede trucker I have suits me better for colour, but it is a lovely jacket.
post #18592 of 18710
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Originally Posted by browniecj View Post

M-o-M,if you remember,we never called ourselves anything like the Labels given(the originals called themselves Modernists)..Through the various stages we never said we were this that or the other.It was always names given to us.I never called myself a Suedehead nor did any of my Mates.We just wanted to smarten up,then we became "Smoovies" as printed in a Paper.

It always seems to be the youngsters joining in who use the labels.
post #18593 of 18710
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Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

I tried a couple on.

Sizes are the usual S, M, L, XL, but you need to try on an individual jacket to see if it fits.

The leather is about £285. I wonder what that would be in 1968 money? The suede is more expensive - £300plus. Frankly, the old 2nd hand Gap suede trucker I have suits me better for colour, but it is a lovely jacket.

To be honest,they are not bad Prices-in `68s money(skys the limit).If I remember correctly they were something like £8/10 gns,back in the day, if you could get them. baldy[1].gif
post #18594 of 18710
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Originally Posted by browniecj View Post

To be honest,they are not bad Prices-in `68s money(skys the limit).If I remember correctly they were something like £8/10 gns,back in the day, if you could get them. baldy[1].gif

Here's the link to the suede jacket on the Levis site:
http://www.levi.com/GB/en_GB/men-clothing-jackets/p/723330036

The leather is like the pic below, but with a red tag. Very soft leather. My daughter was with me when I tried it on, and she said it suited me. I have to say it's a pretty slim fit.

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TBH I would have killed for jackets like this back in '68. I had no idea where you got them - I had never seen them in the shops.

I recall that you had to be hard to wear a leather Levi jacket, because greasers objected to you wearing leather unless you were one of them - they would jump on you, give you a kicking, and relieve you of it! One bloke in Blackpool who had a leather was Dave Lee, and he was as hard as nails.
post #18595 of 18710
Re my post above. I clicked on the link for the suede jacket and got a 'Sorry that item is no longer available' message. What???

I did manage to find a pic of it in my browser history (see below). I think that apart from the constantly-selling jeans, Levis do one-offs - limited availability specials - and you have to be quick of the mark to find them. So if anyone is looking for a modern version of something like this (rather than a vintage original) I think a visit to your local, big-city Levis outlet is in order!

post #18596 of 18710
I like the leather version , tho' I don't ever recall seeing one of them in actuality. .

I do recall when you were considered a bit hard if you wore a Levi's jacket . My Buddie and l attempted to get into a cinema , back in the day , whilst I was sporting a brand new Levi's and he had a corduroy Lee Cooper one on . The film was Papillion and I was keen to see it ( you know a prison drama) , the lady in the ticket office was having none of it and then a doorman chap appeared and just stood shaking his head . .
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post #18598 of 18710
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Originally Posted by browniecj View Post


Good looking Shirt-would be interested in other Colours.

sorry post went somewhere else so:-

 

Would be very nice as a pullover short placket shirt

post #18599 of 18710

This pic was posted a while back.The Skin on the Right is wearing a Levi's Trucker.Can't tell what material.Anyone?

I think the Photog was Havin a Larf  juxtaposing The Skins against the Krishnas

post #18600 of 18710
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Originally Posted by The Saint View Post

I like the leather version , tho' I don't ever recall seeing one of them in actuality. .

I do recall when you were considered a bit hard if you wore a Levi's jacket . My Buddie and l attempted to get into a cinema , back in the day , whilst I was sporting a brand new Levi's and he had a corduroy Lee Cooper one on . The film was Papillion and I was keen to see it ( you know a prison drama) , the lady in the ticket office was having none of it and then a doorman chap appeared and just stood shaking his head . .

I remember these businesses that apparently didn't want to make money. Is that cinema a Tesco now?
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