We started 2016 with a research trip to Japan which really blew us away! It was therefore a great honour to be asked to loan pieces from our Archive for a special Isetan event this month in their amazing Tokyo store.
Also known as Boots, ‘Mosquito’, Tropical, but more commonly referred to as just Mosquito boots, not in reference to the Mosquito plane of 633 Squadron fame, but the pesky little critters responsible for spreading the Zika virus.
Still somewhat of an enigma, in terms of how useful can pink camouflage be in wartime, is this WWII British Army gas cape. Designed to be worn over the uniform and webbing in the event of a gas attack, it features a shaped backpack ‘hump’ for want of a better word.
Nice early 60s English, cape buck suede, Modernist slip on shoes. Something ‘the Dean’ or even a young George Skeggs would’ve been happy to be seen sporting on the corner of Frith St and Old Compton St.
James Watson Gieve took over the already flourishing Portsmouth based tailoring business in 1888 following the death of his father James Gieve. Over the next ten years the company became the primary supplier to Royal Navy officers of uniforms and accoutrements. One of the most interesting items we have come across in a while is this seemingly simple at first glance Royal Navy officers waistcoat. However J.W. Gieve infact first patented the design for this innovative invention in 1915. May we present “The Life Saving Waistcoat”.