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.
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.
The jacket and the two dresses purchased by Sue Macasil at Brown’s Modern Classics outlet in Rivington Street, east London, contain many elements familiar to Brown fans: emphasis on layering with unusual yokes and cuffs; stitching detail and precise tailoring; inventive attention to elements such as collars, pockets and vents; bold colour application; and interesting use of traditional fabrics and fasteners.
“We had both forgotten about the dresses until we started digging around in the attic!” says Salv. “They are the same design in different fabrics, from Willie’s Colonial Life collection.
“I remember I always thought the black one was a little too funereal and ‘New Romantic’, but the tweed looked fantastic, especially the sky blue yoke and cuffs.”
Now the Macasils are on the hunt for their pair of Brown’s “90 degree” trousers (so-called because of the angle of the cut) from the same period. We’ll keep you posted on their findings.