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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    I had time to kill in Glasgow yesterday, and I spent a lot of time browsing in the clothing shops. I noticed the following:

    1). A lot of the 'name' stores are selling their 'take' on the Harrington. Largely these are shmatter, and you would get a better looking one on line or down the market.

    2) 'Next' have, amongst their shirts, a plain white and a sky blue with button-down collars you can get three fingers under. However, they don't look 'soft-roll' to me. Ignore the ones shown on their web site, which are slightly different in the collar. They also have a white spear-point, but it has a collar-pin and corresponding holes; that's all right if you want that touch, but I'd much prefer a straightforward spear-point.

    3) 'River Island' has a surfer jacket in navy with slightly contrasting navy collar and cuff. You'll find it among their other bomber jackets, most of which are shiny and tacky. It still isn't quite the same as the surfer jackets we had back in 67, but it's the closest yet.

    4) Just about every shoe department has more brogues and loafers than you can shake a stick at.

    5) This season's jackets seem to be very preppy tweed versions of the two-button, short-arse suit-jackets we've been seeing around since the clothing industry decided to save money by saving cloth by making bum-freezers 'trendy'. However, this means the high street 'look' is getting a kind of anorexic Ivy League feel to it. In 'John Lewis' I found a tweed jacket by a Dutch company called 'Scotch and Soda', that actually had three buttons and was slightly longer. I tried it on. Well, it wasn't exactly bad, but it's necessary to size up to get a fit. Add to that the fact that the cloth isn't exactly the kind of tweed I'd expect in Scotland. My conclusion is that at my age if I wear a tweed jacket I look like an old bloke in a tweed jacket, so if I was looking for an Ivy League style tweed jacket it's worth taking the trouble to look for a well-made one out of decent cloth.
     
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  2. Botolph

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    If I were looking for Ivy-style tweeds, I'd go for J. Press or O'Connell's. Both the real deal as far as Ivy goes.
     
  3. yankmod

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    I have,over these last 3 years been tempted to produce a list like the one above.The fashion designers in NYC live in the Hipster Billyburg hood (cause they heard it was cool) and so they were exposed to all the variations of Hipster from all the SubCults of the past.So,they been liftin' shit off the streets and stockin' the Malls etc. with 'em.Noticed Levi's are producing a Retro Hip Hop Baggy style now.Looks like Skinny Jeans are on the way out again.Most of yuz on here should be glad to see the back of 'em I expect.I will just go back to sewing my "Drainies" myself.Cause I'm a Punk for Life.
     
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  4. Soul Vision

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    Cheers EW, all I could work out was the ones on the right did have a bit of a platform look to them...coupled with what look like pretty flarey trousers that really is a naff look...funny thing too is the guy on the right looks like he has turned up his trousers.
     
  5. Donkey Jacket

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    Can vouch for online, recently got a olive green harrington from jump the gun, my old one is going to a charity shop.
     
  6. Soul Vision

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    Speaking of 'boot boys' were any of them the younger brothers of originals? I haven't seen too many photos of them except for album covers although there are a few about...

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  7. Man-of-Mystery

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    Scruffy cnuts! :D It's interesting to spot the actual items of clothing left over from the previous phase of the 'look'. You can spot a Harrington, a jacket with thin 1960s lapels, the old denim jacket fastened at the second button from the top, DMs of course...
     
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  8. covskin

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    When I started secondary school in 1974 it was pretty clear that bootboys were most strongly represented in the top year aged 15 or 16 so they could well have been younger or later skinheads in their time. I remember some of them making fun of an older bloke still a skinhead as we waited for a bus like they had moved on and he hadn't. I had a bit of a mouth on me so they adopted me as a mascot lol, getting me (a little 11 year old) to hit people they didn't like and so on. They all wore crombies but that was probably a fitting in with school uniform thing. Think they wore a flared stapress in grey with front-opening pockets and many with DMs. Serrated red hankie on a card in the top pocket of the crombie! In hindsight they were quite heavily suedehead still, just with terrible hair, though I never heard that word until years later. The look in the photo above I associate more with blokes in pubs, a slightly older age group.
     
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  9. flyfronted

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    I was born in 58 and to young in 68 to be a proper skin but by 72 had a paper round and jumped into the ' smoothie , boot boy ' look . Rupert trousers , Topper shoes , Crombie , Penny collar shirts then a mad 'northern ' jean called 'Skinners ' big flappy fuckers that never caught on down south - Oxford bags , Stars and Stripes long slevve t shirts , satin bombers from kensington market and Jumbo cords with beaten up DM's that were paint sprayed in your teams colours .. football jumpers also a big thing .
     
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  10. Clouseau

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    M-o-M posted a long time ago the "Smithies" picture. But i don't remember if we already had the text that comes with the photo.

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  11. flyfronted

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    They look Northern / Midland boot boys . Londoners never wore trousers that wide .
     
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  12. Man-of-Mystery

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    Yes, I think we did have it before. I seem to remember remarking that the journalist had put 'caff' (which is a short way of saying 'café') when I thought it should have been 'gaff' which means someone's house. I think there is one instance in the article where 'gaff' is correct, and one where 'caff' is. A bit like when that foreign journalist interpreted 'We hate greasers' as an expression of prejudice against Italians. Has anyone on this thread who comes from London ever heard the police referred to as 'codgers'? Or is this another misinterpretation by the journo?
     
  13. Aces and Eights

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    Not heard the police referred to as that - just old people ie 'some old codger'
     
  14. flyfronted

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    maybe the hack misheard ' Cozzers ' . A term still in use in London in the 80s .
     
  15. Bob the Badger

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    For the Police we used the term Old Bill amongst ourselves and Coppers to others. Never heard the term Codger applied to The Rozzers or Cozzers.
     
  16. covskin

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    Haha...Filth, The Pork, Titheads, Plod. There must be others.
     
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  17. Mr Knightley

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    London Meet-up 26 November - update

    Hello gents, as you know the Look Goes On posters had a London get together in July and we have put another one in the diary for 26 November. Last time we met near Liberty but this time the feeling is we should include a visit to John Simons in Chiltern Street. I had a very quick scout around last Friday for a pub to meet in and suggest we go for the Metropolitan Bar at 12.30 right next to Baker Street station (where I imagine most of us will come into). It's only a JD Wetherspoon but should be ok as a meeting place.

    So far I believe the following members are coming:
    @Clouseau
    @Man-of-Mystery
    @Aces and Eights
    @browniecj
    @covskin

    I think @skinny legs may also join us.

    Look forward to it.
     
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  18. yankmod

    yankmod Senior member

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    I like your Blog.Looks good and numerous pics of Audrey Hepburn.Can't go wrong with Her.
     
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  19. Donkey Jacket

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    Does anyone know any decent selvedge denim jeans at a reasonable price? ive been looking at Levi 501 selvedge jeans but the quality of Levis is pretty dire these days, and of course they are cut differently to original Levi's.
     
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