Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.
Nope. Honestly it was in the early 70s I first heard the term.
The funny thing is that you've now got me thinking as to whether I ever saw anyone wear a Harrington inside out 'back in the day'... and I can't shake the idea that I did see that on a couple of occasions. This is going to haunt me now.
Any idea what publishing company owned 'Target'?
About 1972 there was a TV documentary about Belfast's 'Tartan Gangs'. The lads wore what was described as 'an extreme skinhead style' and were pictured with wide, short jeans, boots, some of which were 10 ten hole Doc Martens and, yes you've guessed it, tartan scarves. I wore a tartan scarf myself for a while, following that. Looked good muffler style with a Levi Jacket. At college I became mates with a lad from Ballymoney and he told me it was not just the Loyalist lads who had tartan gangs (as shown in the programme) but the Republican kids also. They just wore different types of tartan. Bay City Rollers killed all that. Funnily enough I got my daughter to buy me a tartan scarf for Christmas and I wear it under a Levi jacket and, during the recent cold snap, with a sheepie. Elwood - no prizes for guessing which tartan it is!
Looks like possibly a leather harrington... ?
Re : Tartan scarf wearers, my mate lent me a brilliant book called 'Gangs of Dundee' (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gangs-Dunde...id=1366358404&sr=8-1&keywords=gangs+of+dundee) about Dundee gangs later 60's through to 80's who wore distinctive jumpers knitted in there 'gang colours'. Might have been mentioned on here before. A good read with a fair few mention of late mods and skinhead , the times back then etc. Im in the process of getting a similar inspired jumper knitted, completly black v neck with a single white band around right arm sleeve.
Re the 1967 Carnaby Street photo the no. plate on the Jag. suggests the date could be correct. Without being sexist, the guy has the look but his girlfriend doesn't quite 'match up'. Or maybe she does with some kind of quilted parka?
Back in '69, as we know, Brutus had a good range of tartan check shirts. There was a shop near Aldgate East station that sold the complete range of Brutus. At the time I thought Brutus was a Ben Sherman cheap knock-off and thought the material was inferior .I think they were made abroad which was a no-no for me (unless it was USA). I did however buy my first pair of Sta-prest from the Aldgate shop. If I had known the Brutus brand was created by East End boys (which I found out from this site,thanks) I might have bought a couple. I did like their patterns but not the design or length of the short sleeve.
The bird in the quilted anorak might just be walking by. Doesn't appear to be with him.
Sorry to be picky Bob, but that's a Triumph GT6 - the straight 6 2000cc answer to the MGB GT. Lovely car. Often considered a poor man's Jag! I used to have the Vitesse convertable with the same engine, chassis etc.
Don't think that jacket creases like a leather. Looks like a harrington collar (or a collar at least but possibly with stripes on the waistband - or his jumper it sticking out by a very consistent amount)
I stand corrected on the make of car. You are right of course. I like people to be picky so that we get it right. Your Vitesse convertable was a car I coveted but could never afford at the time.
If he is not with his bird then he should be with 1/2 dozen mates. That was the only option
While we're on the subject, I know most of you lads were too young for cars, but in the day, what was the car you really wanted or you saw older lads in? And I don't mean the Lamborghini Miura but realistic cars that young lads were driving / wanting. That's assuming of course, your dream machine wasn't a Lambretta.
Looks like his Mum!
Being 15 in 69 my dream car was the Lotus Cortina MK1 white with the green flash and with the 'new' disc brakes
Another favorite was the MK2 2.8 Jag especially in red. My girlfriend at the time her elder brother by 10 years gave me a lift home in his red one and all the time i was hoping that my mates were about to see me in it but alas no one at 1 am in the morning. At that age someone 10 years older and a bit of a lad with a red Jag was a person you aspired to wanted to copy when you were a bit older and with more dosh.
Ironically having owned more than a 100 motors in my life I never did get a Jag - probably best left in the old '50 things to do before I kick the bucket list'
That's an excellent choice then, roytonboy!
Quality car that Vitesse, buttons. Lots of style. Always used to fancy the TR5 and TR6 - never got remotely near either, so I'm not sure they count as realistic cars, well maybe slightly more realistic than a Lamborghini.
If he is out with his Mum, at that age, in Carnaby Street,in 1967, then maybe he wasn't as cool as we think he is! You might be right, his girl should look more like a young Lulu or Sandie Shaw. She is probably just a passer by.
I was a fan of the TR series of cars but never had the money for one. In 1970/71 when we started to get cars they were normally used Dagenham Dustbins (Fords). My mate had the MK1 Cortina in 1971 and I bought a MK2 1600GT Cortina in 1972. I bought a MK2 Capri in 1978. Some of our mates had firms vans and we used to pile in the back, suited and booted when we went out. My dad had a Ford Consul Classic and I always wanted a Ford Consul Capri.
I'm too busy looking at the GT6 on the left, and its leaving me a little breathless.
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