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60 Years Auction - Douglas J McCarthy

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.

Douglas J McCarthy - Photograph by Saryn Christina for Auxiliary Magazine

Fred Perry: Tell us what you're up to at the moment?

Douglas J McCarthyRight 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'.

 Fred Perry 60 Years Auction - Nitzer Ebb Customisation

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.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

London’s Jewish Museum opens a new exhibition this week, taking an intimate look at the life of the late artist Amy Winehouse. Supported by Amy’s family, the museum has been given unprecedented access to the singer’s belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits. Located in the heart of Camden, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait celebrates Amy’s passion for music, fashion, London and her family.

Amy Winehouse by Mark Okoh

The exhibition centres around four themes: Judaism, Family and Home; Amy and London, Music and the artist's status as a Style Icon. Amongst the items on display is a pin-up style gingham dress, designed by Amy as part of her collaboration with Fred Perry. 

Amy's brother, Alex Winehouse, played a major role in the exhibition and says: "I hope, in this most fitting of places that the world gets to see this other side not only to Amy, but to our typical Jewish family." Alex is also Creative Director of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, set up in Amy's memory to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. Fred Perry continues to support the foundation through a collaborative collection, as well as the auction of 60 customised shirts by famous fans of the brand, including The Specials, Damon Albarn and Bradley Wiggins.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait runs from 3rd July - 15th September 2013. For further information and tickets, visit: www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/Amy

See the Fred Perry 60 Years Auction in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation here.

60 Years Auction - Douglas Coupland

As we continue with our 60 Years Auction in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, several new special customisations are now available to buy. Novelist Douglas Coupland, author of 'Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture' has contributed this one of a kind shirt to the project.

Since the release of 'Generation X' in 1991, the Canadian writer and visual artist has gone on to create thirteen novels, as well as several short stories and screenplays for film and television. Coupland has also experimented with sculpture, creating a huge orca whale design that stands at the harbourside of his hometown of Vancouver.

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Other styles now available to buy include a signed shirt by The Specials, as well as individual contributions from frontman Terry Hall and bassist and artist Horace Panter. You can see all the customisations currently available at auction here.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up in Amy’s memory to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. Their aim is to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.