The thing about the Holy Grail, is that there was only meant to ever be one of them.
As a term in English language it was meant to be reserved for exceedingly, almost impossible to comprehend, rareness only seen in the very best of the best. In regards to vintage terms everyone will of course have their own interpretation of what that looks like, but my one wish would be that before the term was tagged to a great piece, or sometimes lets be honest a mediocre one, that the person writing just stopped for a moment and considered, is this is really the Holy Grail?
When we first published our book “Vintage Menswear: A Collection from The Vintage Showroom” in 2012 we had no idea how well it would be received. Now, 5 years after first being published, the book has been repackaged, slightly smaller and a little lighter, but with the same amazing content!
If Peter and Harriet Potter from the Carry on Camping film of the late 60’s were going rambling and camping through Europe, this is what they would have worn. No doubt a Charlie Muggins type character would have joined them on their travels.
In the early 1950’s an Edwardian look was being revived by young men, wearing long lean high buttoned jackets and adopting a tapered trouser. The so-called Teddy Boys was one of the first teenage subcultures, influenced by US rock’n’roll and Edwardian men’s fashion.