Archive for October, 2007
A little short notice, but if you are able to get to the John Smedley factory shop or you happen to be in London, the company is having a clearout of slight seconds and end of range items.
There are always classic knitwear bargains to be had, so it is well worth the effort. Details of the events below.
Saturday & Sunday 3rd/4th November:
John Smedley factory shop, Lea Mills Matlock Derbyshire DE4 5AG
Time: 10am until 4pm.
Prices from £10 for slight seconds and end of range styles.
Monday 5th November:
London College of Fashion,off Oxford Circus, central London
Time: 10am until 6pm.
Current season sample styles at clearance prices.
Browse the current range at the John Smedley website
The remaining members of The Who must be short of some Christmas spending money – launching an online subscription service for the band’s output.
For $50 (around £25), you get to become a ‘Wholigan’, giving you exclusive access to content, priority booking for gigs, discounted merchandise and access to blogs and message boards (which all used to be free incidentally). But on the plus side, you also get an exclusive, Wholigan-only 2-CD set of live rarities called View From A Backstage Pass and from 2008, access to every song in the Who’s back catalogue – and the option to download to an MP3 player. Oh yes – and a ‘Who’ email address of your own.
Good value? Depends how big a fan you are I guess. If you want the album, that’s about £12 worth, so an additional £13 for the rest. If you decide it’s worth the money, you can sign up from 5th November.
Find out more at The Who website
Might be worth nipping into your local Fred Perry shop this week, as the mid season sale has started and there’s a few interesting items there at markdown prices.
The bulk of the stock is still full price, but I noticed that the Italian-made knitted three-button polo shirts (with embroidered logo) are all marked down in all sizes, most at half price (£45). Some items seem to be marked down on the website too – couldn’t see the knitted polo shirts there, but I might just have missed them.
Either way, it’s worth checking the store if you are passing.
Fred Perry online store
Whilst out shopping today, I noticed (and indeed bought) TV Film Memorabilia magazine, which claims to be a publication for ‘fans of TV, film & collectables from the 1960s to the present day’.
And while not everything in there appeals, it’s certainly worth a browse, especially for fans of 60s TV. The current issue includes an extensive feature on The Avengers (and classic collectables and merchandise), vintage tie-ins from Adam Adamant, Monkees memorabilia, Batman vs The Green Hornet, a feature on 1967 and various buyer’s guides for vintage items.
It does occasionally go a bit too sci-fi geek for my own tastes (and there’s the worry that future issues might go a little too far that way), but this first issue is certainly worth a look in your local newsagents. It retails for £3.
Find out more at the TV Film Memorabilia magazine website
Mod favourites Gene Drayton Unit are out and about again, with two gigs in November.
On Saturday 3rd November, they play the Oval Tavern,131 Oval Road, Croydon, CR0 6BR. GDU will be doing two sets, on around 9pm,and it’s free to get in – as is the DJ support. For more details of that show, click here for more venue info.
A fortnight later on Saturday 17th, they’re heading off to Hitchin – Club 85, 74 Winbush Road, Hitchin, Herts, Hitchin, SG5 1PZ to be precise, supported by the Petty Hoodlums and DJs. £5 to get in, with the night running from 8pm until late.
Gene Drayton Unit MySpace site
Wandered into Ran in Manchester this weekend and noticed they had the Gabicci retro range cardigans in stock – and they also have them online.
The range is inspired by the ‘classic’ range of tops from years gone by (before the label became synonyous with Del Boy and pensioners), with the Wing Tip Zip Cardigan here typical, in camel, a substantial piece of knitwear with full zip and suede detailing.
Prices are around £70 for all the cardigans. You can probably still get cheaper vintage ones – but if you want new, they’re certainly worth a look.
Find out more at the Ran website
Aertex has added some new stock to its site, most notably new shirts, but most interestingly, some Gabicci-style knitwear.
This particular top is available in three colours – burnt orange, black and the stone featured here. The downside is what seem to be the wrong details on the site – this isn’t the ‘short sleeve knitted button through shirt with two front patch pockets’ as described.
As such, I can’t give you specific details on material or indeed price, though I suspect the £42.51 (excluding VAT) is correct. If you want one, drop them an email or call them to find out more – they are very easy to deal with.
View all the latest items at the Aertex website
Just had a cryptic email about a ‘new brand’ under the name of Wonder Wheel.
Know absolutely nothing about it, except for the ink to the website, which is in Italian and right now, only has fairly bland t-shirts in its collection section (although the link to the winter 2008 range isn’t working as yet, so more may follow).
Anyway, if you want to check out the initial stock and bookmark for future reference, check out the link below.
Wonder Wheel website
Barry Murphy returns once more trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 26th October to Thursday 1st November.
Highlight of the week
30 years after its first appearance on BBC’s Play for Today, Mike Leigh’s play Abigail’s Party gets the BBC 4 treatment on Sunday 28th October, with a night of programming celebrating this 70s suburban classic. As well as a re-showing of the original, a new hour long documentary explores the enduring appeal of the play with contributions from cast and crew. And if that’s not enough, Abigail’s Party Pack provides music and fashion tips for anyone wishing to stage their own re-enactment. Get some light ales – as a chaser.
Squire is releasing the fourth in a series of re-releases – The Fan Club Album – which is available on CD, as a limited edition hand printed and signed white vinyl LP and download!
Originally issued in 1982 as a Fan Club Members only vinyl limited edition LP, the record includes early Beatlesque songs, demos, alternate versions and a live side of tracks. The CD booklet contains pictures and letters from fans and there’s some bonus tracks tagged on too.
And if you want to catch the band, they’re currently playing live dates featuring songs from the four re-released CDs in Madrid on 17th November and London Dingwalls on November 22nd.
Find out more at the Squire website