Tuesday, 24th Sep 2013
Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Elaine Constantine has compiled an illustrated history of Northern Soul movement in a new book. Sitting alongside shots from Northern Soul - The Film, the book features many personal snapshots and stories from the legendary music scene. Whilst the rich cinematic stills hold the book together thematically, it's the unique material compiled from the 60s, 70s and 80s that are key to the book's authenticity and depth.
Speaking of the book, Constantine says: "this project has real lifelong soul fans and active scene members at the helm, so rest assured it will be an excellent complement to the film and a worthwhile study of our beloved scene in its own right." Born and raised in Bury, Lancashire, the photographer and filmmaker has been featured in The Face, i-D, Vanity Fair and Italian Vogue, often using friends and street castings as models. Northern Soul - The Film is due to be released soon, featuring Steve Coogan and Ricky Tomlinson.
'Northern Soul - An Illustrated History' is available now.
Monday, 23rd Sep 2013
We are pleased to introduce a new and on-going project with established British headwear manufacturers, Failsworth Hats.
Exploring both the company's extensive archive and expertise, we have recreated a series of authentic styles personalised with Fred Perry details.
Failsworth Hats was founded in Failsworth (north Manchester) in 1903. The regions links to hat making stretch right back to the 15th century, when local farmers would craft hats to supplement their income; the onset of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries saw this small cottage industry in the north-west of England grow to be the global centre of hat production. And to this day the company manage the design and production from their Failsworth base.
‘back in the day(1920s) you wouldn’t walk down the street without a hat on for fear of being the odd one out, a man never left the house without a hat, regardless of his class’ Eric, Manchester
There was a period of time that hats were viewed as essential, like a pair of shoes or a coat, it wasn't until late 1950s when people started taking a much more casual approach to dress that the popularity of headwear began to dwindle. Hats were dropped by the mainstream and became statement style for the minority.
The Pork Pie aptly named so due to its resemblance to a Pork Pie dish, was originally designed as military hat and became popular amongst jazz and blues musicians of the 1930s, 40 and 50s. It first exploded onto the UK streetwear scene in the 1960s courtesy of sharply dressed Jamaican Rudeboys, who would finish their slim suits and loafers off with a Pork Pie. This look was a significant influence at the time, and the hat grew to be synonymous with the British ska revival scene. The iconic 2Tone records emblem famously featured the 'Walt Jasco' figure dancing (skanking) whilst donning a Pork Pie.
The narrow brimmed Trilby with its distinguished tilt to the front is perhaps one of the most iconic hat shapes of the last century. Named after the of George de Maurier’s novel ‘Trilby’ where it first appeared, it was glamorised and promoted by the stars of Hollywood throughout the 1920s,30s and 40s, revered by actors and musicians alike, from Humphrey Bogart to Sammy Davies Jnr. Alongside the Pork Pie, the shape was popular with mid 60’s, R&B loving London mods, who would team the hat with sharp suits and slim fit Perry shirts.
This season’s hats produced in winter twill fabrics according to a 1930s archive styles have been finished with a diamond print lining in port and white. A top finishing touch to keep any outfit looking sharp.
Wednesday, 18th Sep 2013
Dartmouth Films has worked with director Fred Burns to present a new documentary on the legendary punk band Johnny Moped. The film Basically, Johnny Moped will premiere at Koko, London on Thursday 19th September and includes a special one-off performance from the band.
Featuring interviews with Chrissie Hynde, Shane MacGowan, Don Letts and Billy Childish; the documentary has already made the official selection for the acclaimed Sheffield Documentary Festival. Speaking of the band, MacGowan says "‘all the gigs were amazing, they were the most exciting band since the Pistols, The Damned and The Clash". Tickets are available for Thursday's premiere at KOKO here.