Richard Hell shirt for sale

Shirt with screen print hand-tinted by Richard Hell in 1977.

//Shirt with decorated screen-print on back panel, 1977. Price: £650.//

This Richard Hell shirt – one of 12 produced in 1977 by NY punk photographer Eileen Polk – is currently for sale by UK memorabilia specialists Dig Gallery.

“I picked the image from a photo-session I had done with Eileen,” says Hell. “Then she got on with producing them to be sold in Manic Panic, who also hand-painted each one. ”

Manic Panic was the boutique opened on July 7, 1977 in St Mark’s Place NYC by Tish and Snooky, the sisters who had been singers in the original Blondie line-up and also performed as the Sic F*cks.

More on the shirt, and the opportunity to buy it, here.

Inside Johnson’s Kensington + King’s Road stores in the 80s

Johnson's King's Road 1986 (from Ni Ikitai London)

//Manager Trudi Gartland, Johnson's, King's Road, Chelsea, 1986. Photograph: Haruko Minakami.//

Thanks are due to Derek Harris of Lewis Leathers for scans from 80s Japanese magazine London Ni Ikitai (I Want To Go To London) featuring the Johnson’s stores in Kensington Market and at 406 King’s Road, World’s End.

Johnson's King's Road 1983 (from Ni Ikitai London)

//London Ni Ikitai, 1983.//

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Rod Stewart in his Lloyd Johnson/Colin Bennett jacket, 1970

Inner gatefold, Gasoline Alley, Rod Stewart, Vertigo, 1970. Jacket: Lloyd Johnson/Colin Bennett. 500

//Inner gatefold, Gasoline Alley, Rod Stewart, Vertigo, 1970. Photo + design: Keef.//

Among the artefacts featured in forthcoming exhibition Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter will be an original copy of Rod Stewart’s second solo album, the magnificent Gasoline Alley.

Released in 1970 on the Vertigo “swirl” label and now highly collectable, the album’s inner gatefold features this image of Stewart wearing an extraordinary  trimmed jacket designed by Johnson and produced by his fellow Kensington Market occupant at that time Colin Bennett, who specialised in leather work.

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THE LOOK recommends: Celia Birtwell by Celia Birtwell + Dominic Lutyens

From Celia Birtwell's book, text by Dominic Lutyens.

Celia Birtwell’s discreet yet substantial contribution to British fashion, interiors and art has been overlooked for decades. This autumn’s publication of a book penned by the designer with Dominic Lutyens is a welcome addition to THE LOOK library, writes Mrs G.

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David David pops up again

David David scarf

Tonight see the launch of the new pop-up shop from designer David Saunders’ print label David David.

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Granny Takes A Trip midway through a makeover, 1968


//From "Londonrond", Hennes, August 5, 1968. Photo: Lennart Osbeck.//

Not published for more than 40 years, this photograph captures Granny Takes A Trip founder Nigel Waymouth in the act of transforming the facade of the legendary boutique at 488 King’s Road in the summer of 1968.

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Hussar! It’s Seven Foot Cowboy – Pokit’s new denim range


//Crazyhorse side fastening + pocket detail, Seven Foot Cowboy, Pokit 2011.//

Denim maybe the most rock & roll of fabrics, but it’s rare these days to encounter an inventive and effective approach to cut and style, which is why Seven Foot Cowboy – the ambitious new jeans label from London boutique Pokit – is to be applauded.

The range of six styles ( four for men including a regular jean shape and wider 40s cut and two for women) convey the quality, attention to detail, individuality and flair we have come to expect from Pokit’s Bayode Odowulu and Claire Pringle.

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Three more early 80s Willie Brown treasures

Front, Willie Brown donkey jacket purchased by Sal Macasil from early 80s London boutique Axiom.

//Leather/wool felt donkey jacket, unlabelled, early 80s.//

Following their contribution of images of treasured clothes acquired from 80s London boutiques Demob and Modern Classics, Salv and Sue Macasil have dug out three more extraordinary garments by the key designer at both shops, Willie (these days Will) Brown.

Front, Willie Brown tweed dress for his Colonial Life label, purchased by Sue Macasil in Brown's early 80s London boutique Modern Classics.

//Tweed dress, Colonial Life, early 80s.//

Front, black Willie Brown dress purchased by Sue Macasil at Brown's early 80s London boutique Modern Classics.

//Cotton dress, Colonial Life, early 80s.//

Among them is a green and yellow donkey jacket bought at Jon Baker’s store Axiom. “It’s not labelled but is clearly a Willie Brown design; in fact I once saw the man himself wearing one,” says Salv.

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Banksy con men ordered to pay £24,000 to victims

Last Wednesday (July 13) at a confiscation hearing at Kingston Crown Court, Grant Champkins-Howard and Lee Parker – who were convicted last year for selling fake artworks in the style of Banksy – were ordered to pay £24,000 as part of a confiscation order issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The money will be paid in compensation to victims of the duo’s online scam, which netted them more than £80,000.

At their trial last year, Champkins Howard and Parker denied conspiracy charges of copying and embellishing punk-era clothing designs by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood and possessing articles for use in fraud. The court ordered that these charges should lie on file.

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Marco Pirroni’s Winged Western boots


//Photo courtesy Marco Pirroni.//

Prompted by the appearance of Anello & Davide’s Winged Western boots in a recent post, Marco Pirroni has sent these photos of three pairs he acquired in the late 70s and early 80s.

“These are the boots as worn by Johnny Kidd, Charles Hawtrey in Carry On Cowboy and me,” says Pirroni. “I had my first pair – the pink and black ones – made for me by Anello’s in 1978 and the others in 1980/81.”

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Ian McLagan in Rave magazine April 1967

A piece on mod fashions in new Mojo special MOJO ’60s affords the opportunity to run scans of an interview with Ian “Mac” McLagan from the April 1967 edition of pop magazine Rave.

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Visual feast from Demob + Modern Classics


Thanks to THE LOOK follower Salv Macasil for sending us this visual feast: images of five key pieces of clothing from the historically important London boutiques Demob and Modern Classics.

In very good condition, the garments convey many stories about the development of the particularly British aesthetic which thrives today at Will Brown’s Old Town Clothing.

Demob’s most popular design was the much emulated plaid-lined, hooded checker-cab strip anorak, notably worn by Paul Weller in the promo clip for The Style Council’s 1984 hit Shout To The Top.

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Marc Bolan’s Mr Freedom jacket at Christie’s


This rocking Mr Freedom jacket, worn by Marc Bolan in Born To Boogie, features in Christie’s next popular culture/entertainment auction, to be held next Tuesday (June 14) in South Kensington.

The mint green jacket with black “art” silk lining has a £5,000-£7,000 estimate.

It is embellished with black sequin musical note and diamante treble clef motifs on the collar, sleeves and front. Across the back “Rooty Toot!” is emblazoned in beading.

Bolan wears it on a few occasions in the film, here in the rocking section of  Children Of The Revolution:

Details of all the lots in the auction here.

Tommy Nutter: The Rebel on the Row

Today THE LOOK was granted a sneak preview of some of the incredible exhibits to be featured in Rebel On The Row, the forthcoming exhibition celebrating the talents and legacy of the late Tommy Nutter.

The show is currently being installed at London’s Fashion & Textiles Museum, where it opens a week on Friday (May 20).

Curated by Timothy Everest – who was a Nutter trainee (others include John Galliano) – and the FTM’s Dennis Nothdruft, the show centres on exhibits contributed by such Nutter clients as Mick Jagger, Elton John, Cilla Black and Justin de Villeneuve.

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Westwood asserts rights to Let It Rock + Too Fast To Live


//Vivienne Westwood (third right) with LIR assistant Addy Isman + Teddy Boys outside 430 King's Road, Chelsea, 1972. Photo: David Parkinson.//

Vivienne Westwood has asserted her rights to the marks Let It Rock, Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die and Worlds End (the names of the shop at 430 King’s Road operated by Westwood and Malcolm McLaren in 1971-72, 1973-74 and 1980 to date respectively).

This is significant. While Worlds End has clearly been Westwood’s since she split with the late McLaren in 1984, they adopted a laissez-faire attitude to enforcing their intellectual property rights to the shop names and dozens of designs created during the 13-year partnership which also included the incarnations of 430 as SEX (1974-76) and Seditionaries (1976-80).

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