I’ve been trying to get details of this for weeks, but have just hit brick walls. Thankfully, there are now some preview details of Paul Weller’s new clothing label, Real Stars Are Rare, online.
It looks an interesting range too, as you might expect. The collection has been designed by Weller in collaboration with Phil Bickley, owner of the Tonic menswear store in West London.
According to the initial write-up, there is no ‘considered demographic’ (so don’t expect some recreation of 1964 here), with the initial selection using ‘the best possible materials and fabrics’ for a collection that mixes formalwear with ‘sharp’ casual wear. So 33 gauge wool Merino knits and super fine kid mohair jackets and trousers, with a colour palette of purple, indigo, plum and bright blues alongside rich, chocolate tones and cool greys.
According to Paul Weller:
‘The name comes from a line I heard somewhere: ‘REAL STARS ARE RARE… they only come out at night.’ Make of that what you will but I like it and there’s a lot of truth in it!’
‘Through music and clothes I was able to peek at new worlds and ways of thinking, imagining, new prospects and possibilities.’
‘Clothes and music, music and clothes, for me they go hand-in-hand. They’ve helped shape who I am.’
‘Creativity doesn’t always have an intellectual side. Often it just feels right. When we considered colours I often found myself thinking ‘yes that just works’.
‘I wouldn’t buy a coat because it happens to be cold. I’ll buy it because I love it.’
‘We’ve got big ideas and plans. This Autumn/Winter launch collection is just the start.’
As a guide, the first range will include a car coat for outerwear, single and double breasted jackers, slim boot cut trousers, a tapered trouser, a star crew knit, a tipped crew knit, a dress short, button-down shirts, a short-sleeve Henley, a star t-shirt, ties and pocket squares.
All look to be at the premium end of the market, so you might want to get saving if you want to invest heavily. If you want a look at the range, there range, there are some images here, but there’s also a video below, which perhaps gives you a better idea of what’s coming.
No news of when these are being offered for sale, but as it’s an autumn / winter 2014 range, you are probably looking at some months yet. In the meantime, keep an eye on the website.