Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stylish Grandad

Just spent the day at my old mans rummaging through the photo albums of his father. My Grandfather, Jim Rogers 1907 - 2001. Jim was an engineer and a POW in Colditz during wwii. Here are a few of my favourite images i found. My Gran too, jean, is found in the last picture with my late uncle. He is the man on the right sitting on the car and the middle back row underneath.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kevin Morosky

Me and D are old timers, we shared dreams, ideas, music tastes, rhymes and many others. We have both come a long way since our days of discussing the world of fashion. He is on top of his game in London. A wordsmith a photographer a stylist and Dj, D covers it all! And on top of that he aint too bad with each one! Here are some stylish shots of him...
Courtesy of Rankin


Came across this trouser press whilst on a trip to cyprus.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gone Back In Time

I knew that before my life now i lived during the early years of the turn of the century! Check the modest resemblance!
Courtesy of Old-Pictures

These Guys Are Beasts at it!!!!

If i had any competition in the world i think it would be with this crew here. They are true interpreters. (And look great) The team members have different roads of life and work ethics but they all have something in common, the love of vintage clothing, the connects for costume design and a thorough history from the turn of the century up to the 50s. They make for films, help designers create collections and are based in Amsterdam...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


This guy has got some serious style. Working in Spitalfield market on wednesdays close to fellow vintage man Richard he helps sell some of the best old european threads in East London.

Unknown Found Piece

Winter Coat

I've just finished my Herringbone Winter coat. Im looking forward to wearing it too as the weather is getting a bit harsh these days on this side of the Atlantic. It is inspired by the 1940s piece i own with exaggerated lapels. It fits perfect enough to wear a cardi and a few extra layers underneath. Double breasted, Jet pockets and a single vent in the back.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Savile Row

Savile Row is illustrious for its name, elegance, class, true style, artistry and craftsmanship for British bespoke tailoring. I love walking along the Row to view all of its young tailors, apprentices, and all their offerings within the known shops.

For well over 200 years the 'Street Of A Thousand Needles' has drawn some of the most skilled tailors to it. Some of the worlds renowned Leaders and icons have visited the most prestigious street to have one of the top cutters make a second skin for them. From the likes of Sinatra, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Crowned heads, Statesmen and many more to mention...

One of my favourites would have to be Maurice Sedwell. His way of creating a suit is very inspiring. Cutting the suit in harmony to ones body and from beginning to end all to be hand finished.

Whilst working with Paul Smith in London i was fortunate to work close to PS's personal tailors at Westbourne house. John, Chris and Tom. (If you happen to be in the area pop in and send my regards!) They taught me vast quantities of information and are some of the best out there. John having worked with one of the houses on Savile Row helped me develop a good eye for proportion and the skills of measuring the male body from scratch.

They say that most see Savile Row as archaic but i believe that kind of statement is just the ignorant speaking from fear of whatever that could be...You cant dress like a kid all of your life.

Gems Of Sartorial Wisdom

'A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care—and then forgotten all about them.'

Sir Hardy Amies

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Central Park

Well speaking of Hudson, his simple genius video Central Park is out. He is riding the vintage tandem bike from the shop Dixons in Park Slope i blogged about. I connected Hudson to them for this video. They too have a great collection of Vintage bikes that i want to purchase! But hey they are strictly my boy's Fathers collection!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bespoke Glasses Project

So i had an idea of modernizing the 1950s Nerd, Buddy Holly glasses back in '07' and designed these specs with a similar shape but less thickness on the arms and frame. The first prototype came out not too bad, i only made a few minor corrections and chose the fun gingham styled material shown below. Mr Hudson's pianist Torvile Jones now has them in his collection of stylish glasses that he wears whilst performing on stage.

The Banjo Man 1907

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Old Shop Displays And Layouts

Ive seen some beautiful text on windows from the turn of the century...
The typography and images are so inspiring!
Courtesy of Victor Records!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Early Stages Of Paparazzi!!

I met J.Elquist and his team during one of my days down at The Brooklyn Circus store working on the Visual Merch and he kindly wrote on his blog about me.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mr Jules...

I do not know how to start with this man, or know how i managed to find any picture of him! He is one of my closest alliances in the so-called Fashion industry. We are both enamoured by vintage mens clothing, work wear and some independent or up-coming designers. I first met Jason at his personal Vintage shop SELLOUT in London's Soho. We had an instant connection and he started selling some of my customized clothing in store which i named EYEKNOW. The pieces sold well and from this cosigned business relationship, our personal relationship grew too.
Jason is the reason behind theantiquatedmindset blog. We were discussing one evening on the underground during his short visit to NY where i could possibly exhibit some of my ideas and inspiring ways without telling the world too much and voila it happened shortly after he returned to Blighty. He has a great blog which i am often visiting called Garmsville, (The Name is great) and writes beautifully and is indeed a cognoscenti when it comes to quality clothing. An avid reader of Free and Easy and many more books i could promulgate but would have to charge for that kind of information! I adulate him every time he passes my vision! Nice one Jay Cheers mate!

Friday, November 20, 2009

On The Road Again...

Change Is Upon Us!

Reading upon a book which i am ashamed i didn't manage to write down for reference, (because i was in transit i only managed to take a picture of it not scan it into the Hardrive.) was a write up on the Psychology of fashion. It was very interesting that even back in the twenties, when this perception was illustrated, the same cycle occurs...

I have posted Cyril Bird's illustration below of the way people on the streets became/become easily influenced upon one another and gang up on the one individual who stands out against the mass of ubiquitous men until the style captivates them forcing them to change with the times or the particular look they were once against!

Cyril Bird was an official war artist. He has many works which are worth to be viewed but i wanted to share one of my favourites...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009