I know this is not exactly Skinhead,but I would like to give an idea why I became a Skinhead. In `64 I went on a School trip to Carnaby Street(I think they would call it "Work Study" today).The Street was still the centre of Fashion-commercialism had not moved in then.I was fasc inated by the Boutiques,the colourful Clothes,the pretty Girls and the loud Music.The atmosphere was unbelievable.People darting from one shop to another with clothes over their arms-it was another world. I bought my first pair of Mod trousers then.They cost 84/-s,the money I had saved up from 3 Paper Rounds and the Saturday(and School Holidays`)job I had in my Father`s Butcher Shop.In `65,I went to work as a Junior in a "Gentlemans Outfitters".I was taught The Cloths and the Materials that went into making Suits,Shirts and Ties etc.Two of my Work Colleagues were Mods.Ian was a year older than me,but well up on the Styles,and Tony was a "West End"Mod-E-type Jag.,well cut Suits,manicured Nails etc.He had the "Works".One day one of the Owners came up to myself and Ian and said he wanted a" Young Set" Department-I think Tony put him up to it.We put our heads together and began making suggestions about what Clothing to put in-that would appeal to Teenagers.Shop Displays then were more decorative than they are now.We made it look like a Cave(Lighting,Paper mache etc.),to tie in with the Company`s Name Calder and Cave.It bought in the Customers,I can proudly say.It was through all this that I got really interested in Fashion.I later went into Shoes. I like that - very interesting! It's good to have some background, too. I think we should have more stories of how people happened upon Mod / Skinhead for the book: it expands the understanding of how it evolved and it would be fascinating to see if there is a common experience or thread to the tales.