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Tuesday, 23rd Sep 2014
National hero and British sporting legend, Sir Bradley Wiggins has now collaborated for 6 seasons with Fred Perry - creating together a stylish collection that heavily references Bradley's cycling heritage.
The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection - now in-stores - features both new and reworked favourites offered in vintage inspired patterns and colours. Hints to his love of 60s style can be found in slim-cut turtle neck knits and retro sports track jackets.
Bradley was involved in every step of the design process, with inspiration taken from classic cycling jerseys, and pieces found in the Fred Perry archives.
Currently undertaking an intense training schedule, we met up with Bradley for a catch-up, and to hear his thoughts on his collection, music and of course, cycling...
When we first met in 2012 you mentioned you were nervous about whether people would take to the collaboration or not, the collection has since gone from strength to strength. What are you most excited about seeing in your next collection?
For the next collection, I am most excited to see the kids range
We’ve just produced the first Bradley Wiggins Kids shirts together, you said you bought your first Fred Perry back in 1989 when it was a slightly left-field choice, are either of your children into the Laurel Wreath yet?
…which brings me onto the answer to the next question. My son Ben is very into the Laurel Wreath already. My little girl pinched his parka so I'm guessing she's next
Pictured above, the Bradley Kids Shirt from our current collection
Is there anyone in particular whose style inspires you at the moment or who you’d really like to see wearing a Bradley Wiggins Shirt?
I'm always looking a at loads of different style icons if you like from many different eras. There's not really anybody in particular that I style myself on, I take many differ elements and do my own take. I would've loved to have seen Steve Marriott in one of my shirts.
We really enjoyed your BBC 6 Music special with Paul Weller, could we see a future disc-jockey in you much further down the line?
Really enjoyed the Radio 6 thing too, it's something I'd love to be able to do in future.
You’ve said previously that the Northern music scene has stayed much more underground than the South’s, are there any bands or musicians that you’re listening to at the moment that we should know about?
Not really. I'm listening to the Stone Roses again just now. I've been enjoying a reggae cd a Jamaican athelete gave to me at the Commonwealth Games.
This year saw the 20th anniversary of Blur’s Parklife and the beginning of what was to become Britpop. What was your favourite nineties album and do you have any fond Britpop memories?
Definitely Maybe. That album, the video of "Live Forever" on MTV. Some powerful imagery and the sense that music/culture could change things.
Having just won your fourth Silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and having claimed victory at the Tour of California earlier this year, are there any plans for a holiday before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro or are you straight back into training?
Yes I'm looking forward to a short trip to NYC in November for my wedding anniversary. After that the family will combine training and holidays, there won't be any time! we often go to Majorca because the roads and terrain are fantastic for cycling whilst the kids can enjoy the beach. It's the best of both worlds.
A few years on from the Wiggo Effect and the London Olympics, the Tour de France can be seen departing from England, do you see the resurgence of cycling particularly in London being a lasting one?
Yes absolutely 100%. Cycling is a real viable, sustainable, green, transport alternative. By using cycling as a tool to get about it becomes a simple way of fitting exercise into your daily life without thinking about it, that fits around work and life. Aside from all that it's damned enjoyable and I love it.
Bradley, good luck and thank you for your time!
The Bradley Wiggins collection is available in Fred Perrry stores and online now.
View the collection online HERE
See the Bradley Wiggins Kids Shirt HERE
Find your nearest Fred Perry store HERE
Thursday, 24th Apr 2014
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘Mods Vs Rockers’ riots of 1964; Mods: The New Religion is everything you need to know about the real Mod scene. We chatted to the book's creator, Paul 'Smiler' Anderson, about music, style and what's up next.
When did you begin working on The New Religion? What inspired you to create the book?
I first thought about writing a book back in 2002. I did some research on bands local to me in Reading like The Moquettes and did newspaper appeals for Mods. I then decided to write a book on 60s original Mods and started that back in 2005. But ideas, changes and photos were still coming in right up until the end of December 2013, just before it had to be sent to be printed. The book now though is exactly as I imagined it...twelve years ago! The inspiration to me was the fact that the only book really dedicated to 60s Mods was written in 1979 by Richard Barnes with the help of Johnny Moke (original Mod) and nothing had really been released since. In 1964 there had been a book called 'Generation X' written by Charles Hamblett and Jane Deverson that was a cross the board social study of opinions and quotes from young teenagers talking about their views on Marriage, sex, religion, politics, class etc. It included some great quotes from Mods of the period. Another book that was influential was from 1984 called 'Days In The Life' which was a collection of interviews conducted by Jonathan Green with various people from subcultures of the 60s including Mods, Hippies etc. I just thought all I want is a book that just chats to Mods including the ones who were there at the very start in the late 1950s.
How many of your own personal experiences play into the book?
Seeing as I wasn't born until 1965 it was impossible for any of my own personal experiences to be included in the book. However the fact that I have spent over 30 years reading and talking about the original 60s period does reflect in the book I think. I have nothing but admiration for the originators of the culture and I hope that passion shows through.
In your opinion, which three tracks define the Mod era:
That is a tough call! But I think I would choose:
'Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud' - Tony Clarke
'Madness' - Prince Buster
'I'll Keep Holding On' - The Marvelettes
But then I could easily have put in a blues record like 'My Babe' by Little Walter or 'I'm The Face' by the High Numbers as it was the first record to be actually written and aimed at the Mod audience.
What part did the Fred Perry Shirt play in the history of Mod?
Fred Perry was really some of the first 'leisure wear' that teenagers embraced as a fashion. In a world that is now full of tacky tracksuits and sportswear is a common sight it seems hard to believe that Mods were the first to embrace the Fred Perry Shirt to be worn casually, although they could also be worn under jackets also. Mods were the first to wear training shoes, cycling shoes, bowling shoes and cycle shirts as a form of fashion statement but the Fred Perry shirt worn at the start of the 60s was seen as ground breaking.
Who would you describe as today’s Mod heroes? Are there any new faces you think are important?
The whole idea of heroes to Mods is a kind of alien concept as many would not want to be seen to acknowledge any individual publicly. That said, many Mods do hold people in high esteem. Steve Marriott of The Small Faces is often cited as an inspiration to many whilst since the revival Paul Weller has often been held in high esteem and in more recent years people such as Miles Kane and Bradley Wiggins have become high profile Mods. It is such a personal view though and very hard to get any one person as an overall Mod hero.
Finally, what’s next for you? Are you working on any future projects?
Life is harder now I have my little boy and also holding down a full time job so my time for writing has definitely got shorter. Mod is my most passionate subject so I always feel that would come into anything I write. I am also fascinated by the subject of the 1984 miner's strike so may use that as a basis for a fictional piece. I'd also love to write for music based magazines such as Mojo but find many of these type of affairs hard to gain a foothold in. Whatever happens I think I will always be inspired to write.
'Mods - The New Religion' is published by Omnibus Press. Available now.
About the author:
PAUL ‘SMILER’ ANDERSON has been in love with the Mod way of life since 1979. He has been involved in organising numerous events since the Eighties, as well as publishing fanzines and running club nights. As a major record collector, Paul has been a DJ at Mod events both in the UK and Europe for over 25 years. With co-author Damian Jones, Paul has also written Circles: The Strange Story of The Fleur De Lys and compiled Acid Jazz’s Rare Mod compilation albums and EPs. In 2011, Paul and Damian presented the biggest-ever exhibition devoted to Sixties Mod, entitled Reading Steady Go! Other than his family and friends, Paul lists his greatest loves as clothes, records, scooters and West Ham United Football Club.
Friday, 31st Jan 2014
Speaking to Bradley Wiggins shortly after his history-making wins at the 2012 Tour de France and the London Olympics, we asked the cycling champion whether there had been a soundtrack behind his incredible summer of successes. A preview of The Moons second album Fables of History had been brought along to the Tour by Team Sky photographer Scott Mitchell, who had recently worked with the band. Bradley recalls travelling back to the team hotel and listening the album, saying: "songs like English Summer and Jennifer became a bit of a soundtrack for the third week of the Tour for us, as well as the Olympics".
We caught up with Andy Crofts, vocalist and guitarist with The Moons to talk music, influences and what's up next for the band.
How did The Moons get together as a group?
The Moons originally started as a solo project. I'd worked on many demos, so I decided to go into a studio and record a collection of the best songs I had at the time. I soon got lots of good feedback and decided to get a band together from there. The spirit of The Moons as a band is very free: we have musicians and friends who have been involved over different periods of time and we like that way of doing things. I write all of the songs, so I keep a lunar thread through it all.