60 Years Auction - Douglas J McCarthy
Thursday, 4th Jul 2013
We're now into the third phase of our 60 Years Auction to benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, with new contributions available from designers David David and Karen Walker, Bearbrick creators MEDICOM TOY and electro outfit Nitzer Ebb. We caught up with Douglas J McCarthy of Nitzer Ebb to talk music, inspirations and his contributions to the project.
Fred Perry: Tell us what you're up to at the moment?
Douglas J McCarthy: Right now, I'm taking a week off from touring Europe with Depeche Mode, my solo project, HEADMAN and Fixmer/McCarthy. I'm traveling on a train to the Cotswolds to see my Mum.
FP: Talk us through your contributions to our 60 Years Auction - Nitzer Ebb customised a shirt as a group, but you also created a shirt yourself?
DJM: The Nitzer Ebb shirt was based on a very rare demo tape we made in 1983. I asked (fellow members) Bon and Jason their thoughts on the idea, then customised the shirt myself. My personal contribution was inspired by the poster for Ken Loach's exemplary movie 'Kes'.
Original Fred Perry Shirt customised by Nitzer Ebb - available at auction here.
FP: Describe your connection to Fred Perry?
DJM: I defy anyone born in the UK in the 1960s not to have a connection to Fred Perry. Me and my mate, Mark Ford, were proper little rascals at comprehensive school and, as school uniform was strictly enforced, a pair of loafers, Levi’s super thin cords (me and Mark would man our mother’s sewing machine to make them skin tight) and a Fred Perry shirt and a V neck were de rigueur.
FP: Do you have any favourite Fred Perry items?
DJM: Right now, I’m obsessively wearing the Raf Simons for Fred Perry trousers -they're brilliant for traveling in, and great to wear on stage too. I’ve been rocking them with a long sleeve button down and some brogues sans socks because, even though it doesn’t feel like it, it’s summer.
FP: Which of the other customisations in the gallery did you like?
DJM: I thought the Beams and Neville Brody ones were great - unfortunately, touring doesn't give one much time for such things as bidding online.
FP: Who inspires you?
DJM: I'm going to have to be terribly clichéd and say my wife, Hazel Hill McCarthy III. Her own art and the shows she curates are a constant source of delight and inspiration. Also, she makes me laugh out loud all the time, apart from when she makes me so frustrated that I stamp my foot.
Bidding on the third set of special customisations, including the shirt by Nitzer Ebb, ends Sunday 7th July. See all the shirts available as part of our 60 Years Auction here.