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

  1. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Distinguished Member

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    I know this is 'up West', but I'm looking at it and thinking "How drab this isn't, compared to my local High Street today!"
     

  2. Bela Kun

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    Speaking of drabness... Do you know the Jam song 'Carnaby Street' (1977) where Weller bemoans how it "ain't what it used to be" and has become a "mockery"? From today's point of view it's hard to fathom what he meant as Carnaby Street still seemed in rude health at the time:
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    1978

    Now it's just a bland high street with fashion chain stores.
     

  3. Thin White Duke

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    I first saw Carnaby Street on a rainy morning around 1980 on a day trip to London from oop north. It was crap. There were the huge signs ‘Carnaby Street Welcomes The World’ suspended at either end and a greasy spoon - Chubbies or something - down at the bottom end. There were a couple of identikit Mod shops and Shelleys Shoes that sold Jam shoes.

    I was back a couple more times in subsequent years. Drab.

    I was there in December 2008 and it was quite decent then. The quality of the identikit shops was much better - Merc, Lambretta, Sherry’s round the corner and a couple of other places with some half decent clobber among the schmutter.

    I’ve since heard that Lambretta is rubbish and Merc has gone. Sherry’s has gone downhill since Darren left. What else is there? I wouldn’t mind a stroll down whenever I make it back home for reference, but I’d rather visit Adam of London and a couple of other spots if I was pushed for time.
     

  4. Bela Kun

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    Merc: gone

    Lambretta: might have been good before my time. Or maybe Lambretta is just not to my taste.

    Sherry's: overpriced items such as their own sta prest, which are of very flimsy/dubious quality. Plus hilariously overpriced items such as your favourite footwear, Grafters monkey boots, at £69.99 (you can get them for £35 from Blackmans off Brick Lane).

    Ben Sherman, Dr Marten's & Levi's flagship stores - none of which are of interest given these brands' recent output.

    Oi Polloi (off Carbnaby St) - very small selection of the jeans they have online; apparently their Manchester shop is better. Son of a Stag off Brick Lane is a more serious shop for 'denim nerds'.

    That's it. The only shop of interest near Carnaby St is the LVC store (which is seperate from the Levi's flagship store).
     

  5. Clouseau

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    You forgot the Bass Weejun store, (more or less) in front of Oi Polloi IIRC

    There is also a Baracuta and a FP shop not far in a street parallel to Carnaby street (newburgh street i think, don't know if the shops are still there, they were two years ago).
     

  6. Bela Kun

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    Yes, you're right - I actually got a really nice pair of GH Bass smooths in that shop last year (I'm not a loafer type). Let's just say there isn't anything in Carnaby St - just chain stores, but no boutiques with any kind of interesting concept.
     

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    Imagine it though, any 'name' shops would be well past their prime, trading on past glories, selling 70s gear, wondering how it all went wrong, bitter, angry people...
     

  8. Thin White Duke

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    Well the wheels of fashion turn and they have to move with the times or get left behind. The fella running John Simon seems to have carved out a niche for himself that’s lasted through the decades.
     

  9. Clouseau

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    You mean the fella called John Simons ? :-D
    He did indeed, but at the same time i think that he could have earned much more money, he preferred to stay a modest shopkeeper (to his credit) while he could have probably aimed higher.
    i remember that the first time i went to his Covent garden shop (i didn't even know who he was, i just passed by the shop and there were nice stuff in the window display) it just looked like any small shop. Apparently he was big late 60s at the time of the Ivy shop etc, and i think he even had two or three shops at the same time then.
    The guy is famous now, he even sales stuff online to the Americans now, which is the icing on the cake when you think he is the one who imported Ivy style to England. He is regularly mentioned on this blog for example, and on other Ivy resources too !
    https://oxfordclothbuttondown.com
     

  10. DonkeyJacket1

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    I rarely get stuff from the big retail chains anymore, not a fan of the corporate environments in there stores and it just feels a bit tacky, much like the products.

    Nothing better to me then looking in a charity shop and finding a great deal or looking in some smelly old surplus shop or vintage shop.
     

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    Off topic, but am I the only one that misses the old Fred Perry ‘outline’ laurel? The one that used to be on the jumpers before they changed them to the one used on the tennis shirts? It’s truly a thing of beauty.
     

  12. Parker

    Parker Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Has anyone seen the Rudeboy movie? (sorry if discussed already)

     

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    It's been fun to watch the big interest for the Friday Challenge - Album Cover. But there is still time for more submissions, the deadline is on Sunday. Time to step-up!
     

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    You've missed Mark Powell tailoring you makes suits for Weller / Martin Freeman / the Lee store that does a 'vintage ' range / Cinch ( levis vintage newburgh st ) Red wings store ( big fave of mine ) The End are also opening up a store in soho this week im told
     

  15. Thin White Duke

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    Yes you are probably!

    I think the embroidered laurel looks better than the stitched on ‘badge’ one, if that’s what you’re on about. The stitched on one seemed to appear in the late seventies or early eighties IIRC, and the embroidered one seemed to be a bit more of a classic / retro / vintage look.

    Back then FP we’re making a lot of arcrylic jumpers in that skinny fit ribbed version but we always went for the smooth knit ones as they seemed more classic. Don’t put them in the drier - no amount of ironing will ever get those wrinkles out!
     

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