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Monday, 23rd Jan 2012
Fred Perry will feature in the upcoming book The A-Z of Mod; due to be released in April. Written by Paolo Hewitt and Mark Baxter, this heavily illustrated book covers every element of Mod culture from À Bout de souffle to Zoot Money. Combining a style-savvy commentary with cultural anthropology, this guide to the many aspects of Mods takes an alphabetical approach to the most enduring of youth cults; with Fred Perry capturing the letter 'F'.
Paolo Hewitt began writing for Melody Maker and New Musical Express, before acting as the official biographer for groups Oasis and The Jam. Both a music and fashion enthusiast, Hewitt also owns a Mod-inspired knitwear label in Italy and has written the boom Fab Gear: The Beatles and Fashion (Prestel). Co-author Mark Baxter has been fascinated with fashion his entire life, owning a vintage clothing boutique and writing (with Hewitt) The Fashion of Football and The Mumper.
The A-Z of Mod will be published by Prestel and released on 23rd April 2012. You can pre-order a copy of the book HERE.
Wednesday, 16th Nov 2011
Publishers Reel Art Press have released Hollywood and the Ivy Look today; a new book by Graham Marsh studying the influence of the Hollywood elite on fashions during the decade 1955-1965 and their continued influence today. Showcasing the sartorial credentials of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman alongside the preppy sensibilities of stars such as Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman; the book captures the essence of the 'Ivy look'. Much like the Mod movement, these fashion icons chose their clothing to illustrate attention to detail, with every outfit achieving an approachable correctness and laid back confidence.
The Ivy look continues to be one of the most emulated styles in contemporary menswear, with the influence of these silver screen icons clearly visible across the catwalks. From the tailored seersucker suit to the perfectly polished loafer; Hollywood and the Ivy Look is a comprehensive guide to this fashion legacy. Available from today direct from Reel Art Press.
Top image © mptvimages.com , second image © T.C.D and third image © THE KOBAL COLLECTION. All images taken from Hollywood and the Ivy Look, Reel Art Press, 2011.
Monday, 10th Oct 2011
After the huge success of our first Friends of Fred project, we decided to invite three more brands to the fold. The selection for AW11 stays true to our signature sharp mod aesthetic; using pieces from some of the finest British labels and craftsmen to create a complete outfit available at our Laurel Wreath shops and online. Our Friends of Fred for AW11 are: John Smedley, Garbstore and Alfred Sargent, with two more Levi’s styles added to the selection.
With a rich 225 year heritage, John Smedley holds its roots in the Derbyshire countryside and continues to produce luxury knitwear using the finest wool. For Friends of Fred, the brand has chosen the iconic Dorset Sweater created in the softest merino wool to form the core of the look. We've looked to Northamptonshire brand Alfred Sargent to provide the shoes: leather lined with a rubber tipped sole, their rich suede Chukka boots make the perfect finishing touch to our outfit. Producing their own line of ‘unfamiliar vintage’; Garbstore of Portobello road have contributed a wool Kadet coat complete with the smartly tailored wool and attention to detail sought out by the mods. Last but not least, Levi’s return for a second season with two classic styles – the 1967 505 Rigid Jeans and the Sta Prest trouser, this time available in a textured wale cord.*
*Please note that Levi's styles will not be available at our Manchester or Berlin Laurel Wreath Collection Shops.