Archive for January, 2011

Fred Perry short sleeve tartan shirt

by Modculture 24 January, 2011

I could pick holes in this design – and I probably will – but the arrival of this Fred Perry short sleeve tartan shirt is certainly worth mentioning.

Let's start with the good – it's a classic short sleeve shirt in a tartan cloth, that cloth being an Italian Albini cotton fabric. If you like the cloth, you might be sold on the design already. But on the downside, the collar looks a bit tame, the hem is a bit odd and the 'classic fit' of this limited edition looks a little wide online. Then again, that's perhaps personal taste.

The price might have an impact too – you are looking at a hefty £99.90 for one – the price of two Brutus shirts with a tartan design. See the back over the page.

Find out more at the Hanon website

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The Story of Northern Soul book

by Modculture 24 January, 2011

Hitting the doorstep with a reassuring 'thud' this morning was a fairly hefty book, going by the name of The Story of Northern Soul by David Nowell.

Published by Portico and now on the shelves (virtual or otherwise), it's essentially an updated version of the long out of print Too Darn Soulful, kicking off with the mod clubs of the 1960s, working its way through the northern scene as it developed, throwing in some anecdotes, photos and flyers plus, in this new version,  a chapter covering developments and changes since 1999, when the original book was first published.

As I said, it's just landed, so no review as yet, but one will follow soon enough. If you want it now, Amazon is selling copies of the 330-page book for the price of just £7.67.

Find out more about the book at the Amazon website

Barons Court All Change – cult 1960s Terry Taylor novel gets reissued

by Modculture 23 January, 2011

Big thanks to Paul Stevenson for flagging up the reissue of a book I’ve been chasing for a long time, but so far, a copy of Barons Court All Change by Terry Taylor has eluded me for a reasonable price. Not for much longer though, as the book will be reissued in November this year via Five Leaves Publications. Rather than me paraphrasing, I’ll copy what Paul sent across. Continue Reading

Fred Perry Cycling polo shirts

by Modculture 21 January, 2011

Here's something you'll love or hate – although for me, these Fred Perry Cycling polo shirts work in some of the colours on offer.

Shown off at a Berlin trade show, this mix of polo shirt and cycling top is set to hit the shelves in the autumn of this year, offered in a range of colours, all with zipped collars, but with slightly different detailing for each.

See over the page for a couple of examples. No word on price etc. We'll keep you posted if we see or hear anything more.

Fred Perry website

Via Selectism

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Gainsbourg DVD reviewed

by Modculture 21 January, 2011

We have mentioned it before, but now the DVD (and Blu-ray) of Gainsbourg is out to buy.

If you are considering buying or renting it, feel free to check out our review of the release, which tracks the legendary Fremchman's life from his childhood in wartime Paris through to his final years, passing through a succession of scandals, beautiful women and some great music too.

The review is online now, with the DVD available to buy for around £9.99.

Gainsbourg DVD reviewed at Modculture

New Fred Perry x Tootal scarves

by Modculture 20 January, 2011

Not the first time they've collaborated, but these three Fred Perry x Tootal scarves are all new, albeit vintage-inspired designs.

The scarves are two-sided, made of a mix of wool and silk, with tassle detailing and Fred Perry branding. With the three scarves, you get an option of a geometric and stripe design, a paisley and stripe option or polka dot design.

Check out the retailer's site for a close-up of those patterns. If you fancy one, £49 is the price for these limited editions.

Find out more at the End Clothing website

New Jazzman Records 45s

by Modculture 20 January, 2011

Some new 7-inch vinyl reissues from the Jazzman label are on the market, which may or may not appeal.

The first is a cracker, Lee Moses' version of Reach Out, I'll Be There on the Jazzman label, with Day Tripper on the reverse. It's drum-tastic. Second of the bunch is Six Degree South, Loving You is Too Far Out Pts 1 & 2, which is described as an 'impossibly rare and highly desirable funk 45 out of Texas with an earthy combination of sultry female vocals, dark psychedelia and rough n tough street funk.'

Finally, the Jukebox Jam label offers up Chris Powell's I Come From Jamaica b/w Country Girl Blues. That's described as 'a wild Carib-Jazz flavoured RnB gem flipped with a big and brash big city jump blues number!' All are in limited numbers, so get in now if any of those float your musical boat.

Jazzman Records website

Clarks x Loopwheeler desert boots

by Modculture 20 January, 2011

Here's something for the 'how much?' brigade when they make it the UK in small numbers. I'm talking about the Clarks x Loopwheeler desert boots.

It's the classic Clarks desert boot with a makeover – the suede upper being mixed with a Japanese knitted fabric made on a machine called a Loopwheel. Apparently this isn't a quick (or cheap) job, so you'll pay for exclusivity, as well as the time and effort.

The end result is a two tone boot with custom insole and tags, but keeping the crepe sole. Plus of course, it's a limited edition. Expect to see it in September of this year, where it will sell in Japan for a whopping £160 (equivalent). Stock is also likely to be in Selfridges, as well as Colette online. Another desert boot shot over the page.

Loopwheeler website (Japanese – but with lots of images)

Via His Knibs

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