ROLAND PENROSE – CAMOUFLAGE

When the ‘Home Guard Manual of Camouflage’ by Roland Penrose, a lecturer to the War Office for Instructors to the Home Guard, was first published in October 1941 the prospect of a German invasion on mainland Britain was seen as a very real and probable threat. As a Quaker and staunch pacifist his influence in the development of camouflage techniques during WWII is fascinating, though in his own words “The author makes no claim to their originality, many of them are as old as warfare itself”.

WHEN IN ISTANBUL…LOOK HOMEWARD

We thought it was about time we lifted the lid (at least to some degree) on our most recent Istanbul project with our good friends at Orta. A name that though not familiar to all, is a company that never the less has probably manufactured at least some of the denim that you have worn at one stage or other in your life (regardless of where you shop)!

TIED TO YOUR MOTHERS APRON STRINGS

A nice bundle of selvedge denim aprons from the golden age of American labour. Brass grommets, bar-tacked and pocketed, double stitched etc. With the re-launch of Carter’s we thought we’d show some original examples. Both practical and useful, these shouldn’t just be the preserve of coffee barista’s, and aloof waiters, so let’s try and bring back the humble apron.

EXISTENCILISM

Not to be confused with the more famous philosophy movement, and the likes of Camus, Sartre and Kierkegaard. This is a far simpler expression of ‘the Individual’, ie. stencilled letters and names, as a means of identity, commonly found on military clothing. Here is a variety of examples, American, British, French, different fonts, colours, sizes etc.

VE-E-E-RY INTERESTING

A cool 1960s sweatshirt with the catchphrase "Ve-e-e-ry Interesting" made famous by Arte Johnson as 'Wolfgang' the German soldier, in the era defining comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. The psychedelic sketch show ran from 1968 to 1973, and featured a host of cooky counter-culture characters,...

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COCKLESHELL HEROES

As worn by British army commandoes during WWII, like in the film of the title, a ribbed reinforced sweater with shoelace neck drawstring. This one has the broad arrow on the label, and interestingly is dated 1953. In the same year Ang Nima, a sherpa on...

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