Weekend Offender SS14

Weekend Offender SS14 is about streetwear subculture. The influences are all there in Indian ink, football, film, fads.

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Weekend Offender SS14

Jackets form the core of the collection, mod shaped in belligerent brights, and nautical themed in marine and navy.  The trademark doves are back and the range shifts from Harringtons to Bombers, from pastel to postal.

The hues follow Weekend Offender’s well beaten track, but there are new prospects in watermelon and eggshell to match your new imported Lambretta.

SS14’s knitwear is a nine man squad sporting stripes and doves. The colours are cricket crisp with a Pimms o’clock garnish.

Shirts make a showing as you’d expect, but this lot’s for the rude boys. Pattern wise, micro dots are the drug of choice and parrot print Hollywood is the exception to prove the rule.

Weekend Offender prove they’ve nothing lacking in the trouser department and the SS14 release brings sharp cuts and for the first time founders Sam Jones and Rydian Powell have elected  to add slim-fit denim to the firm. Just add brilliant white trainers if you want to put the casual back in football casual. Cotton trousers are another new addition and demonstrate just how far, in terms of production, this local hero has come.

As a whole SS14 is a weekend scuffle in Brighton, summer shades, but ready for rain.

Further investigation can be had by having a butchers at the new spring/summer collection at Indi

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RAINS DK

RAINS comes from the native and rainy nation of Denmark, where it rains 121 days of the year! So it’s very important to have the right outfit.
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RAINS focuses on the whole experience of looking cool and fashionable when going out on rainy days. Rains is a contemporary collection of Mod-ish, completely rain-proof clothing in a stunning selection of modern colours and styles, which is stylish yet practical.

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Ben Sherman

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Ben Sherman is a popular, stylish clothing brand dating back to the early part of the 1960s. They make clothing almost exclusively for men. They are perhaps best-known for mens shirts and casual clothing, but the range also includes suits and tailoring. Ben Sherman has a reputation for high-quality items and laid-back style. Based in Britain, they now sell their collections all over the world, and also have online stores covering the UK, mainland Europe, and the US.

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History of Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman was founded in Brighton in 1963 by Arthur Benjamin Sherman. Sherman was born in the seaside town and, after a time spent living in America and Canada, returned there and bought a shirt factory.

His clothing brand started when Sherman spotted a crucial gap in Britain`s fashion market. Fans of modern jazz were keen to buy American-style button-down shirts of the sort produced by companies such as Hathaway and Brooks Brothers and worn by the Ivy League set. This demand was fuelled by popular American jazz artists, who would visit Britain and perform while wearing these kinds of fashions.

As this style was not made in Britain and only available from importers, Sherman saw an opportunity and began making shirts himself. He used higher quality materials and workmanship to create a superior shirt which was available without going to specialist importers. Creating the Ben Sherman label, he enjoyed rapid success as the Mod movement, which was popular in Brighton, snapped up his items. Two years later he opened his first London showroom.

The success of the brand continued for the following five decades and up to the present day. In 2011, the brand went online with their international eCommerce store. Ben Sherman is now one of the most respected and popular menswear brands around.

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Ben Sherman Style

The Ben Sherman brand is admired most for its range of casual clothing. However, their tailoring is also very popular and well-respected within the fashion industry. While their suits and tailoring obviously look smart, they also have a cool and comfortable look.

With its roots in the laid-back, rebellious teenagers of 1960s Mod subculture, it is little wonder that Ben Sherman`s casualwear is laid-back yet stylish. Shirts and polo shirts are some of their most prominent product types. Through this, the company`s roots as a shirt factory and first steps with American-style Oxford Cloth shirts are still evident. Many of their pieces boast a vintage or retro look in line with the company`s early days, while others are more modern and up-to-date.

Most of Ben Sherman`s casual clothing carries the distinctive signature-style ‘Script’ logo. Much of it also carries the roundel which is the emblem of the Royal Air Force. This logo was popular with the Mod movement, who were Ben Sherman`s main customers when the brand started out. This fact has led the emblem to be referred to as the “Mod target.”

All-in-all, Ben Sherman is a brand with a cool, laid-back ethos. Although everything the brand produces embodies a casual and comfortable basis, they still manage to marry this concept very successfully with even their smart tailoring. For casual clothing, meanwhile, they are unmistakably relaxed and even sometimes rebellious. In spite of this, classic looks feature prominently. This sets them very much apart from other, more modern casual brands such as <a href=”http://www.hardcloud.com/brands/dc.asp”>DC shoes</a> which has its roots in the skateboarding crowd. This makes Ben Sherman a distinctive brand which appeals to a very wide customer base with a range of interests and styles.

K-Way Waterproof Jackets

The K-Way jacket is a lightweight completely waterproof jacket that folds away into its own pocket to become a small hip bag with a snake belt! A blend of timeless classic jackets, new seasonal styles and cutting-edge fabrics. ImageImage

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From simple zip-up windbreakers to upscale trench coats, the perfect K-Way to look good and stay dry, and an absolute bargain at just £49!

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K Way Claude Yellow

K-Way Leon Black

K-Way Leon Black

 

Gabicci Vintage-For Mods Past and Present

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Gabicci has played a huge part in music and youth culture since 1973. It has been worn by the likes of The Specials and Bob Marley and, more recently, by Labrinth and Maverick Sabre.

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The definitive Gabicci look incorporates Italian-inspired style, authority and a touch of class, with a keen attention to detail and originality. Unique fabrics, buttons and linings, and especially the iconic heavy gold metal ‘G’ are symbols of Gabicci Vintage.

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The soulful look is as strong as ever, with a new generation seeking out heritage and revival brands. With the revival of the Mods, Rude Boys, Northern Soul and Acid Jazz the demand for Gabicci is at an all-time high.

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The collection pays homage to its Mod roots, with button-down collars, 3-button jackets and suede Harrington jackets, a perfect match with your Lambretta or Vespa. Gabicci Vintage is all about individuality and attention to detail, which is what makes this retro menswear collection so authentic.

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Delicious Junction Shoes-Mod Retro Style

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Inspired by popular British culture around the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Delicious Junction shoes are designed with a nod to the past but are very current, with a definate modernist twist. The relationship between music, style and popular culture is at the very heart of the Delicious Junction collection, so whether your allegiances and interests lie in the sharp detail of The Mods, Northern Soul classics, uplifting Two-Tone or SKA, a Skinhead silhouette, Scooter boy or Suede Head (or you just love wearing great shoes) then you will enjoy the Delicious Junction Shoes collection, especially the best-selling style the Delicious Junction Rude Boy Tassel Loafer.

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Rude Boy Tassel Loafers

Delicious Junction offer a superb selection of mod retro shoes, with brogues, loafers, chelsea boots, bowling shoes, desert boots and other modern styles.

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Crowley Suede Desert Boots

Delicious Junction brings a superb selection of exciting new and heritage styles to your wardrobe. The relationship between music and fashion is at the very heart of Delicious Junction, inspired from subcultures that have developed in the UK since the late ’50s & early 60’s, right through to today’s modern retro heritage trends.

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Delicious Junction Chelsea Boots

Delicious Junction is a culmination of a passion for great footwear and a love of Mens Mod Fashion and the British music scene, with a fine selection of mens tassel loafers, brogues, desert boots, bowling shoes, chelsea boots and many other mens retro footwear styles.

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NEW Crowley Camo Desert Boots

The Crowley Desert Boot comes in a wide selection of colours

Bass Weejuns Mens Loafers

George Henry Bass started making shoes way back in 1870 in Maine, USA. The Bass Weejuns shoe started life in 1936, based on a Norwegian Mocassin shoe. The Bass Penny Loafer became popular with the Ivy League set in the 1950s and 1960’s when stars like James Dean started wearing them, and then Michael Jackson wore them with white socks in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Bass Weejuns were very popular with the 60’s Mods and the 70’s Northern Soul scene, and continue to be the mens loafers of choice today.

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The Larson is THE classic Weejun penny loafer with polished brush-off leather upper. This iconic look features genuine hand-sewn true moccasin construction and leather outsole. Cushioned insole for all day comfort. Fit: True to Size. The original beef roll BASS WEEJUN

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The Larkin

The Bass Larkin Tassel Loafer is a classic loafer with polished brush-off leather uppers and genuine hand-sewn true moccasin construction and leather out-soles.

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Brutus Shirts and Jeans Re-Launch

04-3401_505-01British heritage brand Brutus is to launch 4 new heritage check shirts every 6-8 weeks, followed by a major relaunch of their iconic Brutus Gold Jeans line.

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Brutus Trimfit shirts, the mens mod retro brand favoured by mods, skins and suedeheads in the 1960’s,70’s and 80s were relaunched  two years ago and have once again grown in popularity due to their original styling, with 3-finger roll button-down collar and slim-fitting darts. The brand has recently been worn by celebs such as Miles Kane, Labrinth and Plan B.

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The first four of the new heritage check shirts will be introduced as early as next week, with more styles to follow.

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Brutus Jeans were hugely popular back in the 1970s, when they sold over 5 million pairs a year, outselling Levis and Wrangler! The new line of jeans will be available in slim and regular, in a number of colour wash options, using high quality Japanese denim, and will be priced at £65-£85.

Mod or Modernist?

So you’re a mod huh? Still stuck with the same old style and fashions from decades ago? Being a mod, or modernist (to give it its full title) is all about the present and of course the future but let’s not forget about where it all started.

Way back in the day when mods ruled first time around a few familiar labels were very prevalent on the scene, Ben Sherman, Levis, Brutus and Fred Perry to name just a few. All of these brands have survived the test of time, they are cult classics worn for decades in varying styles but never straying too far from their well-sewn mod roots.

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Mens mod clothing needn’t be stuck in the 1960’s, or late ‘70’s revival though, it’s a gradual evolution into the style of the moment and there are plenty of goodies around to let you show your individualism, without looking like a thousand other wannabe’s. Knitwear, checks, stripes, paisley patterns and button down collars are still big business and although things have moved on the 1960’s influence is still as big with designers as it’s ever been.

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Staple items for the mod are of course still in demand; parka and Harrington Jacket sales are at an all-time high, riding on a wave of Beady Eye, Weller and Stone Roses fervour for the younger mod, or nostalgic rejuvenation for the older generation who have rediscovered the mod culture all over again. It doesn’t have to be original musty military wear though; the modern take on this mod classic is an alternative choice and you don’t even need to own a scooter to wear one. Polo shirts are another classic and you don’t have to stick to the same tried and trusted brands, there’s plenty of choice if you want to be different. Desert Boots and Loafers are must-have items. They’ve been worn for almost half a century, their style is timeless and they still look as good today with a nice pair of well cut jeans as they did back in the day. Immerse yourself in the heritage fashion of yesteryear, re-designed and styled for the mod of today…

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IVY LEAGUE -The Timeless Look

With it’s roots set in top American College life, the Ivy League has influenced, inspired as well as innovated countless subcultures in the UK. Its peak of popularity is generally thought to have been between the mid 50’s through to the late 60’s, the basic Ivy League look can be traced back as far as the very early 1900’s.

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The name Ivy League was bestowed upon eight colleges in the North Eastern part of the United States, each renowned for sporting prowess, as well as high academic achievement. Amongst that particular elite are America’s most prestigious – Harvard, Yale and Princeton. The origin of what became the Ivy League look can be traced back to 1902 when entrepreneurial former Latvian national Jacobi Press opened his first gentleman’s outfitter outlet on Yale campus under the simple name of J. Press. Longest running American menswear chain-store, Brooks Brothers also had, and continue to have, an influence on the Ivy League style.

Button down collar shirts, plain, striped and patterned. Natural shouldered jackets, usually three buttoned, with casual trousers such as sta prest and chinos, with penny loafers as the chosen footwear complete the basic Ivy League picture. Polo shirts and  cashmere knitwear are often adaptations to the look. While those exponents of the Ivy League look with argyle socks and bold striped college (or sports club) block striped ties.

In Britain, America and elsewhere the basic Ivy League look has been adapted and adopted. The roaring twenties saw boating blazers, smart men’s attire worn with a casual look and two tone shoes. As the 60’s arrived a sizeable part of the Ivy League look was taken by Mods and mixed and matched with Italian cut clothes. Later the suedehead and the skinhead ( hard mods), would revisit and revive similar elements, albeit in a slightly more regimented manner. Soul boys of the early seventies frequenting clubs in the North of England, such as Manchester’s Twisted Wheel, The Torch in Stoke On Trent, Wigan Casino and The King Moro in Sheffield, drew heavily on the Ivy League look. Blazers sporting a club badge, a button down collar shirt with block striped tie and highly polished leather soled shoes preceded the more functional 70’s all-nighter ‘uniform’ of bowling shirt or vest, wide, baggy trousers and leather soled shoes. Even in the 80’s the Ivy League look was worn by the Football Casuals on football terraces all over the UK.

Big screen productions like the 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, is the best example of the on-screen Ivy League look. McQueen’s character Frank Bullitt is cited by many as being attired in the epitome of the definitive Ivy League look and style.

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