Howard Tate. Soul Legend.
Howard Tate never really recorded enough. With a voice to melt an iceberg the Philadelphia singer gave up on studio work in the 70’s for over 10 years and had to wait for over 40 years to achieve acclaim for his recordings. The Fabulous Hoplite looks at the career of one of souls great voices. Born in 1939 Howard Tate was the son of a minister in the Baptist church and began singing in...
Mer Les Tricheurs.
Novelee Vague Breathless!
Français n’a jamais été mon meilleur sujet à l’école. Mon ami Mark bonne, désolé Marc, parle un français parfait. Peut-être que des thats pourquoi il a recueilli les Vague Nouvelle du cinéma français de la fin des années 50 et 60. Samedi soir dernier, j’ai regardé Breathless (1960) avec Jean Seberg, actrice la plus sexy. Peu importe mon français n’est pas assez bon pour...
Interview with Robert Orbach From the V&A archives with added picture power! Robert Orbach (pictured right with a hat wearing Jeff Dexter) worked for John Stephen in Carnaby Street and was a Director in the pioneering shop ‘I was Lord Kitchener’s Valet’ on Portobello Road and in Soho, selling iconic vintage military jackets to Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix. He took over the...
Brioni. An Inside Story.
Hobes 111 model.
I’m really digging these shoes by Hobes, great shape and sole. Think they’d look pretty dam fine with Levi’s or cords. Theres surgery needed on the label on the heel though. I use a razor blade to remove stupid flappy labels on the outside of garments. I don’t know why companies put these labels on their products. Nobodies thinking they look better with a label on. ...
Marc Guyot. A Paris Match
Dean Swift is planning a trip for his wife to Paris in the summer. The city of romance. So what has lover boy got lined up for his loved one? Here the Dean reveals how to get some clobber in your wardrobe while keeping the woman of your dreams happy. Marc Guyot. A Paris Match The Missus wants a long weekend in Paris this summer. It’s somewhere she has always wanted to go. I can’t say I...
Ivy Style Across The Land →
A guide to what was hot and where in Ivy clothing in 1962.
A Guide To Sicilian Sartoria.
Had an email from my mate Claudio, a heads up for this book; Sleevehead’s guide to Sicilian Tailors. Written by Juhn Maing, owner of the Sleevehead blog . Mr. Maing is clear about who the book is aimed at and offers suitable (get it? suitable) advice to anyone thinking of purchasing it. His honesty is refreshing, the knowledge he shares is drawn from first hand experience and offers tips on...
Dean Swifts Strides.
Dean Swift has been banging on for the last couple of weeks about Gunner Øye, Bogstadveien, stocking PT01 trousers this season. When he’s not been talking about his PT’s hes been raving about his Valentini’s. We asked Swifty to give the lowdown on what you get for your money from these Italian trouser makers. Both the brands offer a great slimfit cut in fab fabric’s. If...
Not too sure who the jackets by; Looks a bit Dougie Hayward 60’s stylee on the shoulders though. Tasty whoever made it.
New Years In Soho
Jazz, dancing and the dangers of coffee making! An insight into the jazz scene in Paris in the late 1950’s and a Parisian’s New Years eve spent in Soho. Reproduced from the blog Recollections Of A Vagabonde with the very kind permission of the author. Christmas 1959 - New Year 1960. I went to London for the Christmas vacations when I was 13 ½ years old in 1953, and had a great...
Big shout to those who sent me emails, messages on FB and here about the John Lobb comp result that I put up yesterday on APRIL 1ST…GOTCHA!
GQ John Lobb Competition Winner.
I got a letter from GQ magazine yesterday telling me I’d won the John Lobb trolly dash comp in last months issue. Two return tickets for B.A to Paris and a night in the Hilton before being driven to Lobb’s Paris shop where I’ll get 2 minutes to fill a supermarket trolly with as many pairs of shoes as possible.