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Tips on the Street - London

The Re-issues Collection comes into focus this week, with two outfits photographed at our Seven Dials Laurel Wreath Collection shop in London.

Charlotte 7d

Charlotte wears the classic gingham short sleeve shirt, layered under the pure wool cardigan. Both available as part of our women's Re-issues Collection.

Luke 7d

Luke wears the made in England Harrington jacket layered over this season's button down tartan shirt. All pieces are available online and in our Laurel Wreath Collection shops now.

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A 60 Second Guide To: Gingham

The 60s kids kept it slim and tailored. The skins slipped theirs on under braces and wore it buttoned up. Marilyn Monroe famously tied hers at the waist. A recent rockabilly revival has seen it peeking beneath heavy leathers. An absolute classic, the gingham check shirt has been a mainstay of the youth wardrobe for decades; its enduring appeal recognised by each generation.

Women's Gingham Shirts

Women's Classic Gingham Shirt 

With a history as chequered as the pattern itself, gingham's exact origins are unknown. Countries worldwide, each with their own gingham 'customs' lay claim to founding the fabric. The African Masaï tribe have used the pattern for thousands of years and it even features in the national costume. In Indonesia the pattern takes on a spiritual meaning; the contrasting colours represent the battle between good and evil. In India it is referred to as Gamucha and is simply a towel used to dry the body.

The word itself, thought to derive from the Malaysian word genggang meaning ‘striped’, first appeared in the English language in the early 17th Century. The brightly coloured fabric was imported to Britain under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, who notoriously created strong trade links with the Far East during this period. However the fabric's popularity truly flourished during the 18th Century when mills around the Manchester area began producing the brightly coloured check from imported dyes and cotton.  

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Men's Authentic Gingham Shirts 

It was during the mid 20th Century that the gingham shirt truly came to the fore with the cult of the teenager - tribes emerged each with a unifying sense of style. Some were influenced by Hollywood, some took sartorial tips from the early Nashville musicians, others looked to the Italians and French. Each tribe found a way to wear the gingham shirt and in turn passed it down through the generations. The classic check shirt remains largely unchanged – a button down collar, the locker hoop at the yoke, an open chest pocket.

Shop the Men's Authentic Gingham Shirt

Shop the Women's Authentic Gingham Shirt

Fred Perry for the Amy Winehouse Foundation

For Autumn/Winter 2012 Fred Perry have designed the Amy Winehouse Collection in support of the Amy Winehouse Foundation; a charity established in the late singer’s name to help struggling young people. With the support of Amy’s family, Fred Perry have developed a capsule range of product true to Amy’s style.

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Key styles from Amy’s iconic Fred Perry collections have been recreated in seasonal prints and colours – tonal miniature leopard print and monochrome oversized ginghams checks offer a graphic edge to solid blacks. Mother of pearl buttons and champagne tipping details add a sophisticated hint of colour to the silk knit Fred Perry shirts and pique dress.

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Stand up collar shirts and oversizded gingham checks are teamed with flood length skinny trousers complete with leopard print turn ups; worn with the all black bomber jacket this contemporary take on a 1950s look is characteristic of Amy’s style

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The stand out piece is the leopard print tonal button down collar shirt dress, complete with waist cinching belt. The range remains very typically Amy; sexy, stylish and individual.

Fred Perry will be making a seasonal contribution from this collection to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.