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Thursday, 21st Aug 2014
Pictured above, “Amy Winehouse” by Horace Panter
The Amy Winehouse Foundation has recently launched a new and innovative project, targeted towards young people from the Borough of Camden that aspire to work in the music industry. The Foundation strives to help young people in need, already giving support to many young people through various schemes and programmes.
Camden Music Works – supported by the Amy Winehouse Foundation - sees 10 young people aged 18-24 who are not in full-time employment, education or training, embark on a 6-week long scheme designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to gain a successful career in the music world.
The scheme has partnered with iconic labels and companies such as Camden Lock Market Ltd, Tower 47, MTV, Island Records and Black Butter Records - home of Fred Perry Sub-Culture alumni Clean Bandit, Gorgon City, Bi-Polar Sunshine and Joel Compass.
With this project, The Amy Winehouse Foundation hopes to open barriers for individuals by gaining the right experience to increase their chances of beginning a career in an industry they are passionate about.
Camden is an area of London that has strong links with the music. Going back to the mid-60’s, a disused railway yard was turned into a counter-culture landmark - the infamous Camden Roundhouse – still very much a relevant music venue today.
Over the course of a decade, the Roundhouse became a significant venue for UK underground music events, as well as staging some of the most experimental, controversial and memorable performances of the 60’s. Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols are just some of the acts who performed there.
The following decade saw a number of new venues spring up, including several that continue to this day. “Dingwells” (1973), “The Music Machine” (aka Camden Palace) (1977) and the “Electric Ballroom” (1978).
Meanwhile, pubs like “The Falcon”, “Dublin Castle”, “Monarch” and “The Hawley Arms” also began putting on gigs. Amy Winehouse herself was a regular at both the Monarch and the Hawley Arms, where she often performed or played DJ sets. These venues and their openness to music continued to cultivate and diversify the Camden underground music scene.
New audiences were flocking to Camden with the likes of “The Underworld” - a predominantly punk, metal and hard-rock venue and the “Jazz Café” (1990), which was one of Amy’s favourite venues to perform in. Her love for Jazz and Soul were prominent in her music, influenced by Dinah Washington and Thelonious Monk.
In the 70s and 80s, Camden Lock Market was a mecca for subcultural clothing. From Punk to New Romantics, Mod to Skinhead, Camden immediately stood out from other London markets for its eclectic personality that ran counter to mainstream fashion. The stalls have expanded and diversified with time and still provide some of the most individual clothing Britain has to offer.
Camden’s deep music and counter culture heritage make it a natural fit to cement Amy’s legacy and nurture a new generation of musicians. Especially, as the area was so close to Amy’s heart.
Thanks to Horace Panter – www.horacepanterart.com
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Thursday, 14th Aug 2014
As part of our men’s Sports Authentic range, we recently launched a new collection of archive-inspired track jackets (See the range online here > http://bit.ly/1lDbEtf)
Inspiration for the collection came from the Britpop movement of the 90’s, taking inspiration from the Britpop bands of the era such as Blur, Pulp, Elastica and Oasis amongst others.
As a brand Fred Perry also has its own unique heritage and history surrounding the track jacket. Fred Perry started producing track jackets as part of our main sportswear line in the 1970’s, where they quickly found popularity as a casualwear item alongside being used as a sports jacket.
By the 1980’s the track jacket had become an essential piece of casual clothing, seen all over the country from nightclubs to tennis courts to terraces.
When designing the new Sports Authentic track jacket collection, we delved deep into the Fred Perry archives - alongside taking inspiration from the 90s Britpop movement – looking at past designs to ensure the new collection stayed true to the roots of the brand.
Here are some images we found from Fred Perry Sportswear catalogues, originally from the early 1980's. Whilst our design remains authentic, perhaps it’s a good thing our marketing has moved forward somewhat…
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