Category Archives: Apparel

STEVE MCQUEEN’S LAST OUTFIT

Blog post from April 2009. McQueen blogs are played-out. This look deserved a spotlight though.

“I came here to drink, not to talk.”

Writing about Steve McQueen’s vice grip on style is, by and large, done to death. He was, in base terms, a man incapable of looking like shit onscreen. But contrary to everyone else’s opinion, his getup in ‘Bullit’ (as detailed in the US poster copy, “You look at the Italian shoes and the turtleneck and you have to wonder…”) isn’t my thing – too streamlined. Despite the forward-thinking opening titles, soundtrack and car chase (though I’m a ‘To Live & Die In LA’ man when it comes to vehicular action), it fell beneath some gritty thrillers from the following decade like ‘The Laughing Policeman’, ‘The French Connection’ and ‘Black Sunday’ in my underage estimation, all of them introduced to me by my father.

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DJ MURO & SOME OTHER STUFF

Blog post from April 2009.

4 days between blogs. Lazy. I’m afraid I had to take some time out to ruminate over the fact I found myself attracted to a heavily hyped spaceshoe this week. I never saw that one coming. I’ve also been guilty of hypocrisy too – after damning the unavailability of good US-made heritage ranges outside of Japan a week ago, I’ve also been celebrating the fact that the far east still holds gems you just don’t see elsewhere. I’m not just talking retro Danner Mountain Lights in all their Vibram Cristy soled glory and Cushman sweatshirts – that’s covered to death on the studious looking neo-hype sites – I like the bits that defy the homogenised online community.

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CHAMPION USA


Borrowed from http://xshirtsx.blogspot.com

Blog post from March 2009.

Champion apparel (even including locally, in early 1991, suede mid-cut footwear) is something I could eulogise about for a long, long time. Before you make the assumption from this and previous blog post, that I’m stuck in the past, honestly, I’m not. Not too much anyway. I’m not firing screwfaces at everything that’s released in terms of shoes, music and apparel either, but we are living in an age of mediocrity, elevating the mundane and poorly executed way beyond its deserved position.

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THE SLOW DEATH OF THE EAGLE CLOTHES FACTORY


Borrowed from http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com

Old blog post from March 19th 2009.

Since Google and LIFE teamed up, offering a search engine within an engine to browse their vast visual history its ensured an easy way out for lazy bloggers like me looking for great shots to pass on to you, the reader, in an attempt to look learned. Given the quality and scope of their pictoral work, pretty much everything archived carries a certain class and resonance.

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FISHTAIL PARKAS

Blog post from March 2009.

The dumbing-down of mod and modernist styles to sledgehammer out the original refined mindset into little more than Vespas, Weller and Fred Perry is a disgrace. To skim over the surface defeats the intent of the ‘movement’, with its ultimate attention-to-detail – a perplexing mass of US, Italian and British elements, side or back vent suit decisions, specific hem measurements, and oddball evolution from coffee sipping, Marcello Mastroianni-admiring, Grant Green LP buying and Camus-browsing, to amphetamines and the ultimate embrace of handpicked musical and narcotic elements of Soho’s gay scene. A cliquey evasive, slippery assemblage, dodging pigeonholes, and subtly rebuilding whenever anyone thought they’d cottoned on.

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10 RAP NEW BALANCE REFERENCES…


Blog post from March 2009.

Hip-hop and sports footwear are practically related. I’m not enough of a tracksuited, beatboxing, uprocking doofus to proclaim them the ‘fifth element’ of the culture because, well, that’s irritating bollocks, but they’re pretty incestuously linked across-the-board. As a result, I gave into a to a Ghostface ‘Beat The Clock’ style self-challenge to out-nerd anything I’ve blogged so far.

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DEADWOOD STYLE

Blog post from February 2009.

Most of the time my aspirational gaze is set on the big screen rather than the small one when it comes to outfits I’d kill for, but over theyears I’ve wished I could rock a handful of styles – Hawkeye’s side-parting, dog tag and army jacket player status (I carried a childhood preoccupation with ‘M*A*S*H’ after discovering I was named after the actor that played the sensitive Cpl. Walter Eugene ‘Radar’ O’Reilly, Gary Burghoff – my dad joked that he also considered the show’s occasional writer Thad Mumford as a possible inspiration too, but I think this is a lie) and ‘Howard’s Way’ ladies’ man Ken Masters who rocked a pastel and Sperry look that screamed baller status.

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LOCAL PRODUCE

February 2009 blog-moan. FACT magazine went online only about a month ago. Dark days, even for freebie press.

A self-confessed yankophile, I’m not qualified to blog. I pay more attention to what’s going on in the US than I do outside the window. It’s a nasty habit. The UK has done great things to advance the cultures we celebrate (I’m loathed to use the term ’street culture’ but I guess it’s a neat enough summary) that an off-the-dome listing wouldn’t do justice.

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ASPIRATIONAL APPAREL

Blog post from February 2009.

Without dwelling too much on an argument that’s been e-debated to death, I want my kids and my kid’s kids to be as inspired by hip-hop attire as I was. How much importance should we place on apparel and footwear? A lot. Case study- I lost respect for Guru when I clocked him wearing cropped trousers and adi Goodyear shoes at London’s Jazz Cafe a couple of years back. That and Solar’s beats were the nail in a solo coffin. Yeah, I’m shallow, but it finally split the solo artist from the Gang Starr years in my psyche.

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