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Monday, 23rd Sep 2013
We are pleased to introduce a new and on-going project with established British headwear manufacturers, Failsworth Hats.
Exploring both the company's extensive archive and expertise, we have recreated a series of authentic styles personalised with Fred Perry details.
Failsworth Hats was founded in Failsworth (north Manchester) in 1903. The regions links to hat making stretch right back to the 15th century, when local farmers would craft hats to supplement their income; the onset of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries saw this small cottage industry in the north-west of England grow to be the global centre of hat production. And to this day the company manage the design and production from their Failsworth base.
‘back in the day(1920s) you wouldn’t walk down the street without a hat on for fear of being the odd one out, a man never left the house without a hat, regardless of his class’ Eric, Manchester
There was a period of time that hats were viewed as essential, like a pair of shoes or a coat, it wasn't until late 1950s when people started taking a much more casual approach to dress that the popularity of headwear began to dwindle. Hats were dropped by the mainstream and became statement style for the minority.
The Pork Pie aptly named so due to its resemblance to a Pork Pie dish, was originally designed as military hat and became popular amongst jazz and blues musicians of the 1930s, 40 and 50s. It first exploded onto the UK streetwear scene in the 1960s courtesy of sharply dressed Jamaican Rudeboys, who would finish their slim suits and loafers off with a Pork Pie. This look was a significant influence at the time, and the hat grew to be synonymous with the British ska revival scene. The iconic 2Tone records emblem famously featured the 'Walt Jasco' figure dancing (skanking) whilst donning a Pork Pie.
The narrow brimmed Trilby with its distinguished tilt to the front is perhaps one of the most iconic hat shapes of the last century. Named after the of George de Maurier’s novel ‘Trilby’ where it first appeared, it was glamorised and promoted by the stars of Hollywood throughout the 1920s,30s and 40s, revered by actors and musicians alike, from Humphrey Bogart to Sammy Davies Jnr. Alongside the Pork Pie, the shape was popular with mid 60’s, R&B loving London mods, who would team the hat with sharp suits and slim fit Perry shirts.
This season’s hats produced in winter twill fabrics according to a 1930s archive styles have been finished with a diamond print lining in port and white. A top finishing touch to keep any outfit looking sharp.
Tuesday, 18th Jun 2013
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.
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.
Friday, 4th Jan 2013
Throughout the sixty years of the brand, the Fred Perry shirt has always been the iconic piece; the standard bearer for our Laurel Wreath emblem. Over six remarkable decades some of the most influential figures in fashion, music and sport have worn the shirt, and many have become de facto ambassadors for the brand. As part of our 60 Year anniversary celebrations, we've compiled a list of our 60 most loyal and distinguished fans and requested their participation in a charity fund raising exercise. Designers, musicians, artists and sports people were sent a reproduction of the original 1952 Fred Perry shirt and asked to personalise the shirt with a birthday message or full-blown customisation.
By Horace Panter, artist and bassist with The Specials
By Raf Simons, designer and Fred Perry collaborator
By Christopher Raeburn, designer
By Bradley Wiggins, British cycling champion
All shirts will be displayed online in the 60 Year microsite at fredperry.com, in-store and at anniversary events before being auctioned for charity later in the year, with all proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. In collaboration with Dover Street Market and designed by renowned set designer Andy Hillman; Fred Perry will present the first 20 customisations exclusively at Dover Street Market in London on January 26th. The installation will travel to DSM Ginza and I.T. Beijing Market after the London presentation.
You can see the full collection of customised Fred Perry shirts by clicking HERE