Monday, 6 February 2012

Block With The Left!

A great find yesterday at a local car boot. "Block with the left" is from the early 1920's.

Also bought in the week earlier. "Le Chase Au Renard". Published & sold 13th March 1808. Fox Hunting No.3 from Bond Street London.

Still loving a Mantique bargain!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Swaine Adeney Brigg For Sale!

I was over the moon with this find recently, I wouldn't mind keeping it at all. One stylish way to avoid the rest of this Winters rain & April showers!


Although it is up for grabs on the link below!
Wearing top hats and waistcoats and staring fixedly back at the camera, these men could have been posing for a family snapshot.
But these amazing images from the 1910s to 1930s are actually police mugshots taken of convicted criminals arrested in Australia.

You talking to me? Guiseppe Fiori, alias, Pemontto, stands for the camera in a hat and coat. He was described as a safebreaker

Herbert Ellis was found in numerous police records of the 1910s, 20s and 30s. He was listed as a house breaker, shop breaker, safe breaker, a receiver of stolen goods and a suspected person. He appears again in 1934 and his convictions include 'goods in custody, indecent language, stealing, receiving and throwing a missile'.

Mob mentality: All four of these men, pictured in 1921, are wearing sharp suits and carrying hats for their mugshot

During the late 18th and 19th centuries, the British government sent more than 165,000 convicted criminals to Australia to relieve overcrowding in prisons.
Many of those sent to Australia were sentenced to hard labour building infrastructure to cope with increasing numbers of immigrants.

Unknown crimes: John Walter Ford and Oswald Clive Nash in June 1921

Partners in crime: A handwritten note reads 'Frederick Edward Davies stealing in picture shows and theatres Dets Surridge Clark and Breen Central 14-7-21′. Police held sneak thieves in particularly low regard, which may account for the decision to photograph Davies in front of the police station’s toilet stalls. Right De Gracy and Edward Dalton pictured around 1920 - their crime is unknown

Strength in numbers? This image was taken after a raid led by Chief Bill Mackay - later Commissioner of Police - on a house in 'Lower Darlinghurst' on January 25, 1928. Fifteen men and women were arrested and faced numerous charges, including (L to R) Thomas Craig, Raymond Neil (aka 'Gaffney the Gunman'), William Thompson and FW Wilson.

Dapper: Sydney Skukerman, alias Cecil Landan, 'obtained goods from warehousemen by falsely representing he was in business'. Loving Cecil!

Con man: Walter Keogh was identified as a pickpocket and a 'go-getter' - someone who sells building blocks at inflated prices claiming they would soon be sold on with a big profit

Strike a pose: William Cahill stands with a far away look in his eyes and a hint of a smirk in this photograph on July 30, 1923. Details of his crime are unknown

Wise guy eh? Gilbert Burleigh, left, and Joseph Delaney were labelled 'hotel barbers' in this 1920 picture. That refers to someone who checks into a hotel and robs fellow patrons



Un cafe s'il vous plait

Saturday, 28 January 2012

The Dandy Man Can sells his "bits"

With lots of collecting  Gent's accessories over the last couple of years I've decided to join the Missus on Big Cartel & to sell my Vintage finds! Everything from  Vintage cuff links to Umbrellas will be listed over the next week or so. Feel free to have a peek!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Why Style Matters

It was quite a few seasons ago I first watched this. Perfect Sunday night viewing!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

A Steal From Northampton,

Off into town this afternoon  to pick up a copy of The Chap magazine. On the ride home I decided to pop into two charity shops, which I'd already been in yesterday but the shops were half way up a hill so I thought I'd take a breather. A black pair of Oxford's caught my eye & glancing at the size, which was mine I swiftly tried one on. Remarkably comfortable from the outset I removed the price sticker from inside the heel to reveal the "Church's" - Custom Grade logo. I sheepishly looked around to see if anyone was, well, playing some sort of perverse joke. Not even trying the other one on, after quickly inspecting them & noting their good condition it felt as if I floated over to the cashier & handed over the princely  sum of £5.50!  My camera is currenly in hiding somewhere but these identical pair are on Ebay at present, in "used" condition also & have a Buy It Now price of £199.00.

After mounting the Vintage Racer outside the rest of the hill didn't seem uphill at all & I breezed home, with seemingly no effort at all. Grinning all the way.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Bournemouth Menswear Winter '12.

A preliminary article for a local rag in Bournemouth Town.
With Christmas & the New Year behind us it's back to work and this Winter's key trends remain full of colour with a touch of the "Traditional - Preppy" feel about them & plenty of opportunity to add touches which will add to your individual style & set you apart from others in the office. Where casual wear is concerned we're seeing a huge resurgence wirh local retailers stocking classic favourites which will continue to look the part on the terraces for many a season to come.

Memories of the brands which dominated the 90's "Chipie" & "Naf Naf" and their body warmers have come back with a vengence. Richmond Classics stock the Down Chevignon K-Togs Unlimited Puffa Jacket. With lamb leather shoulder pads , a great investment & also with detachable sleeves make this a versatile piece which could be worn well into Spring & even into some chilly Summer evenings. £424.99

Richmond Classics is also where you'll find the Iconic British  Made - Brutus Trimfit shirts. No other shirts offer the perfect "roll" on the collar as these do. One of the best seasonal additions you could add to your wardrobe this year. You can even carry on the festive spirit with the Christmas Heritage Tartan Shirt. £54.99 If  you want to go with the Mod look, keep the top button done up at all times.

Coloured trousers are a plenty on the high Street, in both Zara & H&M, choose between corduory or denim.  Chinos are flavour of the month also & these Stright Leg 100% cotton ones from H&M. £19.99

On the work front, most of us have at least one dark suit. If you're looking for another to add to your wardrobe, we'd reccommend a well cut Grey one to start the New Year off with. Austin Reed have their signature Charcoal Prince Of Wales 3 Piece. £349.00 Keep the breast pocket dressed with  a handkerchief, think deep reds, oranges or polka dot & you'll be sure to cut a dash around town!

Work shirts at Jaeger store in Ringwood are in a sale with some upto 60% off.  This red Gingham cotton twill cutaway collar is a steal at £25.00

With current 1950's trends coming from programmes such as the BBC's  "The Hour" Zara have a Classic Trench which rounds off the look perfectly. £119.00

Independant Gentleman's outfitter  Robert Old  on Westover Road offering fine accessories they will stand out, among them this tan & red leather belt at £109.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Derek Rose

Luxury wool dressing gown by Derek Rose. Every robe or gown in the Derek Rose collection is made from the finest cottons or wools. Each gown is styled with a shawl collar and three pockets, and is guaranteed to be extremely comfortable.

£225.00 Wetminster

About Derek Rose

Derek Rose have been making underwear, pyjamas, gowns and nightwear for over 30 years. The success of Derek Rose is based on the design, fabric, quality of construction and impeccable presentation of the merchandise.