A Chat with Hannah Rochell
Tuesday, 18th Dec 2012
We caught up with Hannah Rochell; fashion writer and stylist at The Times and founder of enbrogue.com to talk about her life-long affection for Fred Perry, and what's on her gift list this year.
I've worked at The Times newspaper for the last five years, before which I was fashion editor of Who's Jack magazine. I recently founded enbrogue.com, which is a blog entirely dedicated to stylish flat shoes (I never wear heels!). I'm a music freak - listening to anything from Blur to ska to blues - and I play bass and have just started learning drums. I grew up on the Isle of Wight which is where my love for the mod scene and the smell of two stroke began; it hosts one of the largest scooter rallies in Europe every August bank holiday and aged 13, I longed to hang out with these impossibly cool people. I don't think I've spent August bank holiday anywhere else since about 1996!
When I was seventeen in 1994 my friend Jo and I hunted high and low for a Fred Perry in our size. We tried all the best second hand stores in London but everything was too big; we even tried Harrods children's section, although Jo had to go in on her own because I was refused entry (I was dressed in turned up ripped skinny jeans and cherry DMs). Finally, my boyfriend at the time unearthed a child's Fred Perry in a local sports shop which he bought me for my birthday. He was so excited that he told Jo he was going to give it to me, and she promptly went and bought two for herself, ruining the surprise. I let her off though, I understood her excitement!
Fred Perry reminds me of all my favourite things: Blur, Quadrophenia, Britpop, the Isle of Wight and fashion. I love that it suits everyone from me to my husband to my dad, and that it's associated with all the best fashion tribes since the fifties and sixties.
I'm going to give this soft touch herringbone shirt to my dad. He's pretty cool for a guy that's pushing seventy - a guitarist and still gigging three times a week - so he's always in need of a good shirt to play in. I love the two-tone design, and that it's asymmetric.
This micro dot scarf has my brother's name written all over it. He usually avoids labels like the plague, but Fred Perry is the one brand he likes to spend money on. And everyone loves to receive a scarf at Christmas!
A couple of years ago I was brave and bought my husband some shoes for Christmas. They were a success, so I'm going to get him some more. This classic brogue has been given a twist with the checked insert and coloured laces. If they came in a size 4 I'd have bought them for myself!
Autumn/Winter 2012 Soft Touch Herringbone Shirt and pure merino wool Micro Dot Scarf available now online & in Laurel Wreath Collection shops. Spring/Summer 2013 Ray Leather & Micro Check Brogues available now in Laurel Wreath Collection shops, and coming soon online.
My friend Maria loves Fred Perry. For her son's first birthday I bought the smallest Fred Perry shirt I could find. So I'll be giving her this flecked lambswool jumper for Christmas (it has elbow patches!). As a busy mum, she deserves a treat.
I don't know about you, but when I go out Christmas shopping I think it's only fair to buy something for myself. This Amy Molyneaux take on the classic Fred Perry shirt will be brilliant teamed with a printed skirt for New Year's Eve, and I'm also supporting a great charity to boot (the Amy Winehouse Foundation).
My 11 year-old niece is suddenly the same shoe size as me. She often rummages around in my shoe cupboard, asking when I will be having a clear-out, so I reckon it's time to treat her to a pair of her own. These George Cox creepers are perfect for teenagers, but I may well be borrowing them back for the odd wear now and again.
Autumn/Winter 2012 Flecked Lambswool Jumper and Spring 2013 Amy Winehouse Foundation Collection Lace Trim Shirt available now, both online and in our Authentic Shops. George Cox Gibson Creepers available now online and in our Laurel Wreath Collection shops, as part of our ongoing Friends of Fred project.