Little Milton aka Milton Campball (left) formed Bobbin records in 1958 with Bill Lyons in St. Louis. Milton had a recording rejected by Mercury records the same year so looked to start his own label for his releases. Lyons was the manager of St. Louis radio station KATZ and produced and co-written the record with Milton. The track, I’m A Lonely Man was released in 1958 becoming a local hit....
Parnes Name Game Makes Fame
A very young Clive Powell before going on to find success as Georgie Fame. The name change was given to him by his then manager Larry Parnes. Parnes was manager to a host of British Rock n Roll stars during the late 1950’s and 60’s. His first starlet was Tommy Steele (real name Hicks). Following this success he renamed a number of young singers who all went on to become stars. Marty...
Novelee Vague Jazz & Scooters. Les Tricheurs
French New Wave film, from 1958, Les Tricheurs. Fashion from France, scooters from Italy and a jazz soundtrack from American players. Paris being a magnet for many of the American jazz and blues players, the Verve sound track recorded in Paris features Oscar Peterson, Roy Eldridge, Stan Getz, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Gus Johnson. Does film get any more Modernist?
Coleman Coat. The Cut & Trim Way.
Bespoke topcoat by Coleman & Son, London rd. Leicester. Made in a nice Wool/Cashmere mix cloth by Guabello of Biella, Italy. Working cuff, horn buttons, velvet collar, full canvas. Mr Coleman has done a sterling job on this coat, tip top craftmanship. Of course Bespoke doesn’t come cheap so unless your names Bunny Rogers its better to go for a “cut & trim”, this envolves...
Soho Jazz 1958.
The Way We Wore.
"‘The sense of being perfectly well dressed gives...
Berg & Berg 2012
Berg & Berg have put their new collection for spring and summer on their site. Hand made Pocket squares and ties made in Italy in cotton, linen and silks as well as scarfs and socks. Some really nice garb on offer again. I really like the linen ties, perfect for the long summer nights. http://www.bergbergstore.com/
Pennies From Heaven.
My shiney new Hudson penny loafers by Cheaney. Goodyear welt leather sole and fully leather lined. Hand crafted in calf, the shoe envolves nearly 200 stages of manufacture by some of the 120 skilled workers employed on the shop floor and takes about 6 weeks to complete each pair. The shoe is part of their leisure collection. I managed to get these online from Robinsons Shoes, Carrickfergus,...
Coffee In Soho 1959.
You’ve read about them. The modernists of the late 50’s, hanging out in the coffee bars and jazz clubs of Soho. Wearing the lastest fashions of America and the continent, checking out french movies and the colour codes of Vinces and the Soho gays for inspiration for modernism in attire. A generation of youth creating their own fashion before teenage fashion was thought of and Carnaby...
Scene Club DJ legend Guy Stevens.
Levi Vintage Clothing 519's & T-shirts 2012
LVC has been around for a while now reproducing garments from their archives using quality fabrics that are finished to a high standard. This season sees the 1960s Bedford 519 in light colours added to their range as well as a number of 60s designed T-shirts. These proved popular amongst the students of Ivy colleges and British Modernists alike. Again the Modernists would look to America for...
Johnny knew a thing or two about style. At the moment my English tailor, Mr. Coleman, is making a Kid Mohair suit, after that I’m going for something along these lines. A three piece single button lounge suit with velvet collar is next on the list.
Forget that over the top 4 button DB jacket. This is how it should be done.
Burger with your RnB?
Another atricle by Austrian David Robinson. David reviews the sound and history of Adelaide band The Kingbees. The Kingbees In the early eighties many young Adelaide bands had turned to punk or new wave for inspiration. Shoulder pads, white sandshoes and the odd dab of eyeliner were common. Others embraced pop-rock sounds in the manner of better known bands such as Mondo Rock and Australian...
Campus Colours. →
Style and colour tips for Ivy campus fashion 1962.
Before they were called modernists they were called Toni Boys. Drinking coffee in Soho, wearing gay colours in Ivy and Italian clobber and listening to Jazz. All things modern and bright.