Archive for December, 2010
If you have a love of hip French cinema of the late 50s / early 60s, this Nouvelle Vague silkscreen print by Andy Smith might well appeal.
Obviously inspired by the late 60s Parisian street protest posters that we have featured previously, the print here features the names of cinematic giants Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer and is sized at 62 x 46cm, as well as being limited to just 45 – each signed by the artist.
If you want one, you can secure one online, priced at £45.
Find out more at the Soma Gallery website
Via Retro To Go
If the more obvious mod events don't tickle your fancy this New Year's Eve, The Lurid City features some familiar mod names, but with something slightly different.
Taking place at Balls Brothers Wine Bar, 158 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4LN (opposite Liverpool Street Station) on Friday 31st December 2010 from 10pm until 6am, it promises a 'night Of hot jazz, R&B, early soul & rock 'n' roll from the 40s to the 60s'. Or alternatively, …'Visualise A Night Reminiscent Of A Harlem-Esque Jazz Club In The 1940's, A Los Angeles Film Noir Scene From The Early 50's, revolving Around A Blues 'N' Rhythm Soundtrack. Incorporating The Feel Of A 50's and Early 60's Chicago Blues Joint And An Underground Soho Speakeasy Club With Early Soul Sounds, With Added Rock 'N' Roll Craziness!'
DJs are Liam Large, Snakester, Jake Vegas, Michael J., Paul Hallam and Dr. Strange. Also Jake Vegas' Monkey's Uncle Orchestra with Exotique Teaze Dancing From Raven Isis And Luna Rosa are thrown in. Advance Tickets £15 From wegottickets.com Or In Person At Flashback, N1 8LR Or Email [email protected]. Cost on the door is £20.
I mentioned this briefly on the Facebook page, but if you missed it, there's a guide to decent men's clothing deals in the sales over at His Knibs.
It's an 'as we find it' guide to any online stores we find, ideally with some 'classic' clothing at knock-down prices.
Plenty more were added yesterday, with more to be added today.
His Knibs website
Yes, another sale – this time at Baracuta.
Following the well-trod path of heavy discounts, Baracuta's clothing range has really been cut in price, so have a browse round that. You'll even find Harringtons on the cheap, some ridiculously so.
If you love a blue check (or any colour of check), the G9 slim fit jacket above has been discounted from £165 right done to £39. Yes, you did read that right.
Browse the Baracuta sale
If you've not seen it yet, the Fred Perry sale has just started, with much if the range for both men and women knocked down in price online.
50 per cent off in most cases, so it's worth buying up and putting some gear away for when the weather breaks. The Fred Perry bomber jacket is a case in point. Perfect wear for the spring, it has those tipped cuffs and collar, the Laurel logo and full zip front.
Usually priced at £125, it's in the sale for £62.50.
Fred Perry sale online
End Clothing always has a good end of year sale – and the current one has just started.
Some cracking mod-friendly gear is knocked down in price, the likes of Baracuta, Adidas (including the Craftmanship Samba trainers and Gazelle OG to name just two) and A.P.C, as well as Pretty Green, if you're partial to that, Fred Perry, Levi's, Lyle & Scott, Lacoste amd many more hugely discounted.
Pictured above is the Adidas Rom OG in white and navy – they're available right now for just £45. Stock is limited as ever, so get in quick or be disappointed.
End Clothing sale
After falling out of favour for big city gatherings and clubs, it looks like mod rallies are making a bit of a comeback, with Friday Street doing their bit with the Ayr Bank Holiday Rally.
As you might have guessed, it's taking place in Ayr, over the early May Bank Holiday weekend of 30th April – 1st May 2011.
All details and the flyer are online in the events section now – if you want to get into the hotel, you might want to think of booking now.
Friday Street Ayr Mod Rally details at Modculture
This was flagged up on the forums and is certainly worth mentioning to a wider audience – Les Mods, a French documentary about London mods from 1965.
This is a rough translation of the write-up:
Discover the new English youth in the district of Hammersmith, London, particularly 'mods' or new dandies or mavericks. The interviews from youths are about drugs, the police, politics, racism, and society in general, which alternate with concert footage of The Who on a small stage in London. There's also an Interview in French with Kit Lambert, manager of the Who, about the Teddy Boy movement, rockers and mods.
Worth it for the visuals and the smattering of English you'll capture, if you don't have a working knowledge of French.
Les Mods mini movie online
Slightly related to the last story, at least in terms of brand. But this is a classic at a reduced price, specifically the Baracuta G9 Slim Fit Made In England Harringtons, which are marked down in the sale at End Clothing.
There are various ones marked down, all limited stock and variable sizes, including black, dark navy and tan. There's also a couple of the limited editions marked down too – including the dry wax and the houndstooth Harrington.
Prices are between £83 and £105, marked down from up to £175. Not exactly a winter coat, but in a matter of weeks, you'll be glad you picked one up.
Find out more at the End Clothing website
Hmm…here's something you'll probably have strong opinions about in one way or another – Baracuta starting up its own desert boot range, going by the name of Alliance.
Newly-launched with three styles, there's the one above with leather upper (it says, looks like suede), crepe sole, a hand-stitched upper, gold branding and a 'Baracuta Fraser tartan sock'. Alternatively, there's a suede version with leather detailing pictured over the page and a 'waxy' leather upper you can see on the site in a tan shade.
Not sure what these really bring to the table, aside from a slightly more pointed toe, especially with a £90 price tag. But with Baracuta desperate to expand away from the Harrington, it's not exactly a surprise to see it expand into footwear.
Find out more at the Baracuta website