Archive for November, 2010

Miss Selfridge Petites shift dress

by Modculture 30 November, 2010

A 60s-style number, with enough detailing to make it stand out from the crowd – this Miss Selfridge Petites shift dress.

New in and in what's described as a camel colour. it's got a classic sleeveless shift dress shape, but with the added detailing of that collar with trim, three button neck, thew 'bow' and of course, those two lower pockets.

Available online (and probably inshore), you can pick one up for £40.

Find out more at the Miss Selfridge website

Thanks again to Karen for the tip off.

Hip City Cats NYE in Southend

by Modculture 30 November, 2010

If you happen to be in the Southend area on New Year's Eve, check out Hip City Cats.

DJ Scully will be joined by Dean Chalkley, Si Cheeba, Skinhead John and Chad Fredrick for some vintage R&B, northern soul, boogaloo and ska at the Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend, running from 11pm until 5am.

No word on cost, so presumably it's free. To find out for sure, email [email protected] for more details.

eBay watch: London Dossier paperback

by Modculture 29 November, 2010

Not really a useful travel guide in 2010, but back in 1967, Len Deighton's London Dossier might just have got you around the world of 'swinging' London.

Deighton was asked to produced a contemporary travel guide for the city and in turn, used writers who were part of the London 'scene' to write it. It's interesting as a reference guide to an era and well worth reading – a record of an era long past…when 22 was 'old' for a mod (claims the book).

The cover is interesting and often the most damaged over the years. This eBay copy has a crease on the classic keyhole design of the cover, but at least it's still in one piece. It hides a picture of Twiggy, you know. £7.99 is the current price of this one, or there's a 'buy it now' of £9.99.

Find out more at the eBay website

BrandAlley – 'mod' labels discounted

by Modculture 29 November, 2010

I know I've just featured a recent addition to the John Smedley range, but I'm going to mention the label again, as part of a wider story about BrandAlley. But if you want to get a bargain, you might have to be quick.

I might be slow on the uptake with this site, but BrandAlley basically does limited time clearance sales on men's and women's brands, plus homeware. Relevant to this site right now is a sale that ends today of John Smedley gear (last 'season' I think, but as it's Smedley, not an issue), plus some Baracuta Harrington jackets and some other gear that might be of interest (Sebago, some designer pork pie hats, Ray-Ban etc). The Harrington pictured above is marked down from £180 to £79 for example, with Smedley knitwear getitng as low as about £40.

Downside? You have to sign up and register, but that's free and you only do it once. Once you're in, click on 'private sales' section of their site to see all ongoing sales, but note that sales start and end all the time.

BrandAlley website

Update: We've just been told of a similar site called Secret Sales, which apparently also has the occasional Smedley clearout. Had a look and not one now, but there's a major Penguin clearout there, if that floats your boat. You'll find that site here.

John Smedley Continent polo shirt

by Modculture 29 November, 2010

If it's cold outside, your mind might be straying towards the world of knitwear. If so, John Smedley has a fine selection as ever, including this John Smedley Continent long-sleeved polo shirt.

A timeless design, the kind of thing that has done well for John Smedley for many years. And if it ain't broke, why fix it? Take your pick from 15 colour options for the merino wool finish, with detail kept to an absolute minimum – that three-button collar is all it needs, not a logo to be seen. Unless you look in the collar.

It retails online for £137.

Find out more at the John Smedley website

Via His Knibs

“Baracuta”