Archive for September, 2009

Wrangler Blue Bell Trevor jacket

by Modculture 21 September, 2009

It dates back to the late 40s, but was still a staple into the 50s, 60s and beyond – and the Wrangler Blue Bell Trevor cord jacket is back on the market with a serious attention to detail.

The Blue Bell range has been remade by Wrangler in Japan, with each piece handcrafted on original denim looms, complete with the original details of twin chest and handwarmer pockets, vintage logo and adjustable tabs to the hem.

£140 secures you one.

Find out more at the Hip website

Mikkel Rude 60s-style shirts

by Modculture 21 September, 2009

There's a lot of choice when it comes to buying a 60s-style shirt these days – and you can add Mikkel Rude to that list.

According to the man himself (a long-time mod), the shirt range os one design in 9 different 60s-inspired fabrics, all with v-cut sleeve, button on the rear of the collar, box pleat and darts, with one distinctive detail of its own – a very pointed button-down collar (as well as the fabrics, all exclusive to Rude).

The shirts are available in very limited numbers and will be sold in the coming months in Oi Polloi in Manchester, American Classics in London, Storm in Copenhagen, Flying A in New York and Martin C. in Paris. Or you can pick one up online – yours for £65.

Find out more at the Mikkel Rude website

Max and the Lost Note kids book

by Modculture 18 September, 2009

Mod-related kids books, who'd have thought? But there is such a thing, or at least there's Max and the Lost Note by Graham Marsh.

Pitched as the kids' book that adults would read, this 32-page hardback book is the work of Graham Marsh, the man behind The Cover Art of Blue Note Records. He's still ploughing a similar furrow too, this time with Max, a sharp dresser, piano player and Vespa rider, who hangs out in Kitty's Place searching for a 'note', aided by singing group The Felines and Long Tall Dexter, Double Bass Sam, and lots more feline musicians.

So don't expect War and Peace, but if you want a hip children's read, this one is available via publisher Frances Lincoln and of course from Amazon from 1st October, priced at £10.79.

Find out more at the Amazon website

Moss Bros Lambretta advert

by Modculture 18 September, 2009

Apparently this commercial presentation was only filmed this week, Moss Bros deciding the best way to get some attention for its clothing would be to get a load of Lambretta riders to cruise round central London wearing said suits.

Oh yes – and the riders got to keep the suits after apparently – for better or worse! Check out the video below.

Raf Simons X Fred Perry Harrington

by Modculture 17 September, 2009

The Raf Simons collaborations have certainly been a love/hate thing (especially when you take the price into account), but the Raf Simons X Fred Perry Harrington jacket is pretty classic stuff.

It's a slim-fit Harrington in a 'metal-inspired charcoal colour' with contrast copper zips and buttons, along with a metal Laurel logo that's sewn into the jacket.

Very limited, it sells for £310.

Find out more at the End Clothing website

Shag's Hipsters and Jetsetter prints

by Modculture 17 September, 2009

Two new prints from everyone's favourite mid-century inspired artist, Shag's Hipsters and Jetsetter.

Both new prints are the latest additions to the LA-based artist's A to Z series, H for Hipsters is obviously inspired by the Rat Pack, an eight colour serigraph that's sized at 12 x 14 inches, signed, limited to 250 and available now for $110.

J for Jetsetter is a 10 colour serigraph, also sized at 12 x 14 inches and also signed and limited to 250. Price again is $110.

H for Hipsters print at Shagmart

J for Jetsetter print at Shagmart

60s-style dressmakers wanted

by Modculture 17 September, 2009

We're looking at doing a 60s-style dressmaker feature soon, so could do with your recommendations.

We've already got a few names in the frame, but if you've had dresses made by anyone recently and were happy, let us know who and we'll compile a top five for a feature on the site.

Obviously featured will be Dadadie Brucke (pictured above), but to make sure the article offers a cross-section of dressmakers, we want as many  companies as possible to choose from.

Contact us about 60s-style dressmakers

James Ashcroft shirtmaker, Manchester

by Modculture 17 September, 2009

Shirtmakers are as rare as hen's teeth, so it's always nice to get a recommendation – which is what we have for James Ashcroft.

The shirtmaker is based in Ardwick (just behind the Manchester Apollo), specialising in bespoke shirts for both retail and the film/TV industry (especially 'period' shirts). Everyone is measured, the shirts are cut by hand and sewn with traditional methods by people with years of experience.

Fabrics are available there or you can nip down to the shirting warehouse (in Nelson, Lancashire) to pick up some directly. What we don't know is the price – you might want to contact them about that first before you make the journey via the website. Oh yes – the person recommending claims he has 'never seen the quality and care in items like this or the range of colours and fabrics. So it does sound promising.

Find out more at the James Ashcroft website