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Posts written during 'February 2013'

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A 60 Second Guide To: Paisley

This season, an eye-catching miniature paisley pattern enlivens classic styles across the men’s Authentic collection. Originally used in Iranian and Indian design, the twisted tear drop pattern made its way to British shores by way of travelers and soldiers during the early 19th century. Men would return from foreign lands with patterned gifts, woven in rich silks and cashmere. 

Paisley Print Oxford Shirt

Paisley Print Oxford Shirt - click here to view

Noting the popularity of the exotic designs, British textile merchants were eager to reproduce the patterns closer to home. The town of Paisley in Scotland, which was famed for its textile manufacturing (and incidentally had been home to the Stewart family, after which Stewart tartan is named), became a key producer of the design which fittingly adopted the town’s name. In the early days paisley fabrics were intricately produced on weaving looms, however this timely system was soon dropped in favour of printing. The new speedy and cost effective production methods led many designers to use the distinctive tear drop design in their work and in turn cemented its place in British design.

Paisley Print Shirt

Paisley Print Shirt - click here to view.

The pattern was notably favoured by the mods during the 1960s and famously made its way onto the iconic Fender Telecaster guitar during the 1970s.

Modernised and simplified for spring 2013, the geometric pattern looks striking printed across the three button shirt and the woven Oxford style. The small scale two-colour teardrops create an almost polka dot effect when viewed from a distance, adding flashes of maroon and yellow to blue based fabrics. Elsewhere in the collection it brings a distinctive edge to both footwear and accessories.

The Spring 2013 men's Authentic Collection is available online and in Authentic shops now.

In Focus - The Ray Leather Shoe

This season, our men’s Laurel Wreath Collection is complemented by a new selection of footwear. A key style is the Ray shoe - infusing classic British styling with contemporary design, timeless leather Oxford brogue uppers are offset by thick gum coloured soles, complete with over-sized hand stitch detailing.

Ray Leather Brogue

Ray Embossed Leather Shoe - click here to view

A delicate embossed pattern brings depth and texture to the traditional style, whilst thin waxed cranberry laces add a hint of colour. Finishing touches include a soft leather lining, our signature Stewart tartan insole and a Laurel Wreath embossed leather tab to the heel. Team with slim trousers, a graphic-detail knit and this season's made in England raincoat.

See the full men's Laurel Wreath Collection online here, or use our Shop Finder page for your nearest location.

Johnny Marr - The Messenger

Rough Trade East are currently playing host to a new exhibition by musician Johnny Marr. The Messenger offers an intimate look at Marr's musical career, with a selection of unseen images, guitar picks, handwritten lyrics and notes available to view for a limited time.

Johnny Marr 1

Having worked with an unparalleled roster of bands from The Smiths and Modest Mouse to The Cribs; The Messenger falls alongside the release of Marr's first solo album of the same name. Head over to Fred Perry Subculture for more info on the new release, including the video for new single Upstarts along with UK tour information.

'The Messenger' exhibition will run until Sunday 3rd March 2012. Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, Old Truman Brewery, City of London, E1 6QL

www.roughtrade.com