Some Mod classics amongst the newly-released Icon Series clothing range by 66 Clothing. And more to come soon too.
I’ve been holding off a little on featuring this range to maximise the number of pieces being offered for sale. But if I leave it any longer, there might be some sellouts. So we’ll go in now, looking at what’s available and what will be coming during the rest of the year. Yes, this isn’t a finished range. And that’s a good thing.
Because it is very much an ongoing range, one that has been running for quite some time now, but always with a singular purpose. Remake clothing inspired by iconic pieces worn at equally iconic times of pop history. But all with a distinctive silhouette that’s the maker’s own.
It’s not a solely Mod range. But there’s a heavy ‘Mod’ presence within it and clothing that anyone interested in Mod might well appreciate, regardless of whether it’s been worn by the likes of Paul Weller or Steve Marriott in the past.
As I said, the range has been a success in the past, but it’s only in the recent past (and future) that the range has expanded considerably with a mix of new designs and the reintroduction of previously popular pieces.
And it’s also very well made. I’ve picked up a couple of pieces, and I also picked up a lovely striped t-shirt over the summer (which seems like a distant memory now). Some of the pieces aren’t cheap, but they aren’t up there with the designer labels either. But what you do get are quality garments that should see you through the long term if you look after them. And as limited editions, there’s also that touch of exclusivity too.
Anyway, enough of my waffling. The best way to talk about the range is to demonstrate what’s here and what will be here soon.
At the top of the page is the Solid Bond knit, which is based on a piece of knitwear worn by Paul Weller over the Jam and Style Council eras (hence the name). See the retailer’s site for a pic of Weller in the original. A classic old-school knit that works well for formal and informal, it sells for £86.
Talking of Paul Weller, the Boy About Town scarf is a 100% Scottish Lambswool scarf made in Scotland and based on one PW wore numerous times during The Jam era. £40 for that.
And yes, more Weller (as you work down the page). The Snap cycling-style top draws inspiration from the cycling top that Weller wore around 1981 in The Jam. A picture was used for the Snap Video Compilation on VHS and also for the tour programme. It’s a lovely thing (I have one) and sells for £72.
Away from Weller, the John Lennon Penny Lane College Scarf is made in England in wool and sells for £45. Everyone loves a college scarf, and this is a gem.
An older design being restocked (in two colours) is the Supersonic sweater, worn by Noel Gallagher back at Knebworth in 96. Not strictly Mod, but very much in the ballpark. £79 for that.
If you want to see more on these and the past designs, have a look at the 66 Clothing website.
But that’s not quite it, as more designs are landing this week and beyond.
This week (in fact, today), you can get the following four designs. The first with the number 7 on it is The Parklife, which was worn by Graham Coxon in the Britpop era. It looks very much like a top I had by Duffer of St George around that time, which is no bad thing. Below that and from a similar vintage (well, a couple of years earlier) is The Loaded, a design worn by Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream. Both are £38.
Rewinding a few decades is the David Watts based on a top worn by Ray Davies in the late 1960s. Finally, for this week, Nowhere Man is similar to a t-shirt worn by John Lennon in the Rubber Soul era. Again, both retail for £38.
If that’s not enough for you, how about a sneak peek at some designs coming your way in the coming weeks? I’ll be honest; that batch contains a couple of my favourites.
If you are a Beatles fan, a couple of new shirts will land based on designs worn by the band back in the day. I’ll add more about those nearer the time. But if you can wait until 28th October, you’ll be treated well to additional designs.
On that date, you can order two Small Faces-inspired designs and, specifically, a couple of knits based on prices worn by Ronnie Lane. I’ll go into more detail nearer the launch, but you can see both above, the white striped sweater and the blue long-sleeved knit.
But that’s not my favourite. That accolade goes to the wonderful Peter Tosh cardigan, looking resplendent here in purple. I’ve already got that marked for my Christmas list.
If you are an Oasis fan, a couple of designs also landing that might be of interest. The sweater worn by Liam Gallagher on the first tour and the ‘Look Back In Anger’ cardigan worn by Noel.
As I said, not all strictly Mod in inspiration, but a range very much of Mod interest and, I suspect, a range likely to prove very popular over the coming weeks.
A clothing line to keep an eye on.