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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.
Yes, I see what you mean about the buttons. I'm a bit on the slender side myself, so it sits okay on me. That being said, I leave the bottom two buttons undone anyway.
I think its a fair point Basset.
Could be a case of the devil being in the detail perhaps? i find a lot of modern clobber like that, take the humble v neck jumper, theres loads around nice colours fabrics etc, but on many the v opening is so shallow that you struggle to get a shirt collar inside it, then again could be me double chin
Interesting if a bit vague. And I'm sure he could have found a picture of a Florsheim wingtip to go with it if he'd had 20 seconds of spare google time.
A link from that page about gangs, mentions a few traditional bike gangs in the US, then has a couple of lines on English gangs and says ....
"UK Street Gangs
The Aldenham Glamour Boys
They attended Aldenham Boys Club in north London and fought turf wars with the likes of the rival Highbury and Somerstown mobs. They wore imported Levi’s and silver spray-painted Doc Martens, loved Jamaican ska and became a top skinhead firm of the early Seventies. At least four members of Madness were AGB."
I have always thought that Suggs from Madness gets it about right
'The thing about the wing tip is that they’re great for a big bloke as they never look silly,” adds Suggs. “They are the proper shoe for the proper man because we’ve got no time for this effete pointy or square toed slip on Velcro fastening nonsense or even those big designer orange fake brogues. We need proper footwear. Classics. I don’t want to look like a fashion victim. I need something I can wear with Levi’s 501’s, chinos or a nice suit. If I buy a pair of shoes I want them to last. Gimmicky shoes never last but these have been around for over 100 years so they must be doing something right.”
Not like that Robert Elms who 'changes with the wind'.
This is from a game that I attended. I was in the North Bank where the 'ugly crowd scenes' mentioned at the end of the article took place. The writer says 'that the advent of hooliganism reached east London'. I think it was around before then as the violence was expected, by the boys on the terraces, if not the police..I remember the violence but also George Best who 'played a blinder' and got a standing ovation from everyone.
I read a book about the 'red Army ' at that game in 67 and it stated the scruffy red army had 'taken ' the north bank but they were under constant attack from a large gang of west ham in pastel coloured trousers and smart shirts .
Kid in a cardigan - 1971.
FR link: http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/ba...k/Memory/7963b392-d9fe-41a2-9bfe-a13600ec3374
The Red Army got to the game early as the gates used to open between 12 and 1pm. I also got there early with my mates to get a good position in the childrens' enclosure. Many of them took bottles and pints into the North Bank and later used them as weapons. The West Ham hardcore also got to Upton Park early and followed their usual practice of a lunchtime drink in the Boleyn pub. The North Bank boys arrived just before kick off and charged the Red Army but were greeted with bottles and glasses thrown into the rafters. Glass showered down on all of us.We could see the battle unfold from a high position. There were repeated charges from West Ham but the Man U kept their position behind the goal. The police were caught off guard and it was a general free-for-all. It was the only time I saw the North Bank taken and to add to the insult Best played brilliantly and we were thrashed.
It was true that we were more smartly dressed,however.
Advice needed in 1970 i was 12 and not a chance in hell my old man could afford a Crombie coat for himself let alone me ( those jeckyle n hyde's from the markets looked so wrong ) so i have never actually owned one . Fancy treating myself to one this year .. now does the ones pictured here look ' to long ' . Im a short arse and dont want to end up looking like one of the Ant hill mob .
Back in the 60s before they became popular we had our Crombie made at our local tailors..they was heavy wool, three flapped pockets and breast pocket...fairly narrow lapels...the coat was well waisted and knee length, fly button of course. Lining was mostly Dark red and the tailor would give you a bit of scrap lining to make a hanky.
Once they became popular you could buy them off the peg and down the market.
Even when the skinhead fashion had ended we still wore our Crombie to football as a warm Jacket..I remember going to Everton away in 71...most of us was wearing Crombies...the Scousers mugged a few lads for their crombies on the way to the ground..
What worth noting Crombie is the company that makes the coat...I never saw anyone with a genuine Crombie ?? in saying that....we would never had known that Crombie was a coat company back then.
These days I have a Paul Smith, Made in Italy...Crombie...well smart and fcuking useless in the winter no warmth,
Some present day Skinheads go to Adams in Portobello Market...They do a nice Crombie at a cheap price.
I've got the one pictured, beautiful piece of kit. I'm 5'10" and have a 30" trouser inseam, and the coat's hem just hits the top of my kneecap. Looks great on, though I had to shorten the sleeves by an inch.
One thing about the Retro Coat is that there is no ticket pocket. The Covert Coat goes over the knee and HAS a ticket pocket.
Where abouts is Adams ?
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