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Jamie Reid Laurel Wreath Blank Canvas

We are proud to introduce anarchic and influential artist, Jamie Reid, to the 2014 Laurel Wreath Blank Canvas project.

Accredited with defining the look of the late 70s punk rock scene, Jamie’s work includes one of the most famous album covers of all time, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Some 40 years on his work continues to inspire individuality and free-thinking.

The Blank Canvas project itself acts as a platform for thoughts, ideas and concepts that connect with the Laurel Wreath and what it stands to represent. Each season artists, brands or collectives are invited to customise individual pieces, in turn bringing a fresh interpretation of both their work and the garment. Jamie Reid's three designs speak of both his wit and sense of rebellion.

Belfast born, London raised, Jamie Reid was brought up in a politically active environment. During the 60s, he attended Art College with future Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. A committed anarchist from a young age, he left the capital in the early 70s, for France, and co-founded anarchistic publishing house Suburban Press. It was during this time he developed his trademark ransom note style graphics, that went onto define the look of punk.

Jamie Reid Pre Sex Pistols 'Woman No Feelings'

His return to London in the mid-70s led him to the newly formed Sex Pistols. He designed the cover for the group’s debut (and only) studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols and also co-wrote the lyrics of one of the groups most popular songs Anarchy in the UK.

The artist has continued to dedicate his work to thought provoking political ideas and messages. His touring exhibition ‘Peace is Tough’ reached cities from New York to Tokyo. The tour presented an archive of imagery spanning the decades, elements of which are present in extremely important international collections, including that of the Tate, acknowledging Reid’s importance in the narrative of 20th and 21st century culture.

Jamie Reid Stop Demonising Our Yobs

In his three symbolic Blank Canvas shirt designs Jamie is inspired by three defined periods of work.

A SHORT SHARP SHOCK

A Short Sharp Shock Twin Tipped Shirt Designed by Jamie Reid

Using the classic Black/Champagne twin tipped shirt as a base, the artist has applied a screen-print of his trademark ransom cut-out letters to carry the message A Short Sharp Shock.  The phrase was originally used in Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1885 comic opera, The Mikado, which later became popular in music and symbolises Reid’s connection to the punk movement. The shirt is finished with a bronze embroidered Laurel Wreath and a white screen printed Jamie Reid signature on the hem including his signature OVA symbol.

A Short Sharp Shock - Front - Designed by Jamie Reid

PEACE IS TOUGH

Peace Is Tough Shirt Designed by Jamie Reid

Using the Fred Perry shirt in its purest form as a base, Jamie has applied multi-coloured screen prints and embroidery to illustrate Boudicca shaking her spear at the Houses of Parliament. The imagery, inspired by his time at anarchistic publishing house Suburban Press, symbolises the artists uprising to order and the establishment. The back of the shirt is fully screen printed in red with Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People in revolt, framed by the towers of Croydon. An embroidered OVO logo couples with a Peace Is Tough print to complete the message. Finished with a black Laurel Wreath embroidery.

Peace Is Tough Shirt - Back - Designed by Jamie Reid

TIME FOR MAGIC SHIRT

Time For Magic Shirt - Back - Designed by Jamie Reid

In his third and final design, Jamie uses the solid black shirt to showcase some of his more recent work. The screen-printed Hare, a symbol of free-thinking, is a direct signal to Joseph Beuys, whose work ‘Free International University’ acted as a blueprint for numerous counter-cultural initiatives of the late 1960s. A combination of print and embroidery is used to create a collage of OVAs to the front.  Finished with bronze Laurel Wreath embroidery.

 

Time For Magic Shirt - Designed by Jamie Reid

All three designs have been produced in limited numbers for both men and women and come delivered in a special edition Jamie Reid printed envelope. You can view more detailed product images and shop the collection on our website.

Friends of Fred - Welcome Porte Monnaie

Fred Perry are pleased to welcome Porte Monnaie to our Friends of Fred selection for Autumn; an on-going project that looks to British labels and craftsmen that share our appreciation of the design and making processes, along with a particular attention to detail. Port Monnaie specialise in the creation of handcrafted wallets, combining both innovative and traditional materials and a minimalist approach to design, that results in a unique and considered product. Three exclusive designs have been produced especially for Fred Perry, including the Tipped Wallet, offering a playful take on our traditional tipped shirts.

Friends of Fred - Porte Monnaie Wallets

Founder and lead craftsman Nick Bond studied menswear design at London's Central St Martins, before taking an interest in the construction of lightweight, functional accessories. 'Porte Monnaie' literally translates to 'purse' or 'wallet'; with Nick's designs taking an almost architectural blueprint that is reminiscent of traditional origami shapes. The clean lines and precision applied to each wallet reflects Nick's own personal taste, with his live-work studio nestled in East London a perfect example of this aesthetic. The sky-lit space is neatly dressed with artfully stacked shelves and a wooden work bench, set against a back drop of carefully compiled mood boards, paints, pots and brushes.

Friends of Fred - Nick Bond of Porte Monnaie

What makes Porte Monnaie wallets so special is the truly manual process of their production. The backbone of the wallet is produced using flash spun high density polyethylene fibres; a cutting-edge material that has a paper like tactility and is fully recyclable. Each design is hand printed or painted and takes a week to dry before being finished using locally sourced russet leather. Though the construction of each wallet is a delicate process, the unique fabrication is surprisingly strong, making these handmade wallets ideal as gifts or investment pieces.

Friends of Fred - Porte Monnaie

Once complete, every wallet is carefully wrapped in Porte Monnaie tissue paper and presented in a black card box with a gold embossed lid.

Porte Monnaie Packaging

Porte Monnaie wallets are available now online and in our Laurel Wreath Collection shops.

60 Years Laurel Wreath Collection

In continuation of our 60 Year Anniversary celebrations, our Laurel Wreath Collection plays host to a selection of limited edition 60 Year pieces; offering a contemporary take on four styles originally seen in the 1952 Fred Perry Sportswear catalogue.

Fred_Perry_Original_Sportswear_Catalogue

The 1952 garments, originally designed with sportswear performance in mind, were considered progressive both in terms of the fabrics and designs of their day. The 1952 Fred Perry shirts, made from 100% cotton and manufactured using a specially created cellular mesh knit, were designed for ultimate freedom of movement and to keep the wearer cool -  as it turned out these were ideal not just for athletes, but also for the young lads who wanted to dance all night in crowded jazz clubs. The heavyweight zip through cardigans with flat knit collars designed for pre match journeys had a pared down style and embodied a forward thinking ideology that also appealed to these fledgling Mods.

The all black 60 Years Collection maintains the clean and simple design ethos of the original styles; details are functional and understated with the use of self-coloured zips and single needle stitching.  Fabrics have been modernised, utilising Italian merino wools and mercerised cottons - selected for their softer handle and drape. Rich leather and suede mix heritage style plimsolls give the collection a distinct finish that stays true to heritage and modernism.

Fred Perry 60 Years Laurel Wreath

Fred Perry 60 Years Laurel Wreath

60 Years Laurel Wreath Shirt

The Laurel Wreath 60 Years Collection is available at FredPerry.com and in our Laurel Wreath Collection shops now.