- Oct 9, 2017
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I think that is probably the case with Smedly's, but can't be sure. Though I have read in several books and articles, where the originals talked about buying Smedley tops. I bought my first Smedley in 1986 from a shop in Leeds a mid grey knitted long sleeve polo, still got it but alas doesn't fit anymore, over the years their product range has grown from being very traditional in styles and colour, to more modern fits and patterns. I guess their "look goes on".Yes, indeed and that's a part of the attraction for me. But they are not cheap and I wonder, when people say Mods wore them in the 60's, whether it was more of a Smedley-style top rather like 'Crombie' meant any coat of a certain design. I started buying JS around 1980 IIRC.
Interestingly the name Long Johns derives from their knitted long legged underwear.