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.

sal-donkeyjacketdetails

//Donkey jacket detail: collar; pocket.//

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

//Tweed dress, back.//

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//Tweed dress detail (clockwise from top): collar + yoke, front; label; cuff; covered vent.//

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

//Black dress, back.//

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//Black dress detail (clockwise from top): collar + yoke, front; cuff; collar + yoke, back; covered vent.//

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.

patti paradise smith said,

July 27, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

does anyone have an example of any of these 70s labels?…
alkasura
bouncing berthas banana blanket
dddominick
long johns,toronto
juicy lucy,toronto
granny takes a trip
flo toronto
pelican footwear
east west musical
early norma kamali
alley cat by betsey johnson

rockpopfashion said,

July 27, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

We have featured a number of these on the blog. Google will find’em easily enough.

robert jones said,

April 17, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

yes i have willie brown outfits i ran around in many year ago

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