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.

This will be just one of 200-plus exhibits celebrating Lloyd’s position as a central figure operating at the cross-hatches of popular music and fashion design.

Centred on Lloyd’s core archive of garments, textiles, artwork, personal effects and ephemera, The Modern Outfitter also assembles key items of clothing from customers and collectors from around the world.

And there is a very special centrepiece which we’re keeping under wraps for now – for fashion fans and followers of Lloyd’s work, this stunning installation will evoke the incredible atmospheres and environments he created as one of the country’s greatest independent retailers.

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter is at London’s Chelsea Space from January 24 to March 3. Details here.

To sing us out here’s Roderick giving Gasoline Alley some acapella on German TV (sure someone out there will tell me who the suit’s is. Granny’s? I fancy Ruskin – also of Kenny Market – for the boots):

James Spin said,

January 8, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

It doesn’t get any BRIT-er than this. Rod SO had it at that exact moment in time from head to toe.

Virginia webb said,

February 12, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

Dear Rod. If ever you have anything for a mate , please pass this onto Colin Bennet. He is the best man ever in my life for making leather gear and taught me and knows everything about every seam and how it should be stitched and glued , cut and tailoring when it really matter ed in the 60s. He is my MJ on taiiloring.

I’ll do a deal with you Rod – you find me Colin and I’ll get Chester Thompson to your next gig.

The only proviso is a small disabled child – Okay?

All best


Diane said,

June 22, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

Colin Bennett made a stop and stayed awhile in Burlington Vt in the mid late eighties. He set up a shop next to my model agency and we became friends. He is the sweetest most talented man. It takes my breath away to think of the magnificent leather dusters he was selling off at the time. I just googled “Colin Bennett Leather” and found a recent shot of him by a Debby Zeigler….. Maybe she can help you track him. ( that’s how I bumped into your post). Good Luck and if you find him…. Give him my very best. Diane Gage

colin bennett said,

November 6, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

Virginia , wow, YES IT IS ME Colin [OF THE WORKSHOP ] say hi if you can I live in Vermont USA,

colin bennett said,

November 6, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Virginia, this is Colin, as in [ the workshop 1968 ] email me please..

colin bennett said,

November 6, 2015 @ 9:09 pm

Virginia..Yes it is Colin..40 years gone by..

Can you get back to me on this site or my email. I am in Vermont USA..In 2013 I was in London, and Hawaii before that..

The Workshop days should ring a bell 1968. Lol cbpb.

colin bennett said,

November 6, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

Virginia..I have been looking for you too..

can you contact me on this site..I just signed up because of you..

Last time I met you was at the Workshop 1969ish..

I will try emailing my old friend Lloyd Johnson too..he knows my email address..You could do that also..LOL Colin.

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