Monday, 3 October 2016

Marmalade Dresses new collection for Winter 2016 is due to arrive in a few weeks, so we thought you might enjoy a little preview of what's in store.

As always, Marmalade create premium quality dresses and coats in 60s Mod inspired designs. Op-Art, pop art, mod and 60s geometric design is the order of the day for this seasons collection, plus a couple of retro print fabric highlights.

Check below for pics to drool over or shop for Marmalade here.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Welcome, Sir... have you come in search of Something For The Weekend?

How about Feed The Kid's excellent new single, In The City?! The new single, written and performed by Manchester based indie rock band, Feed The Kid, was released on the 23rd of September (via B33 music) and can be found on iTunes here. The video (above) was filmed by 'Made by Boone.'

Up&Atom caught up with Feed The Kid's frontman, Curtis Taylor for issue 7 of Up&Atom magazine. Here's a quick excerpt from that interview...

Up&Atom - Who are Feed The Kid? What’s the story behind the name?

Curtis Taylor - We are a five piece rock and roll band from Manchester. The full band line-up have been together for a year, but before we set that up, myself and Ciaran were writing a year before that. We are:

Curtis Taylor - Lead Vocals
Ciaran Egan - Lead Guitar
Dane Stubbs - Bass and vocals
Jake Murphy - Guitar
Adam Smith - Drums

The name came about as Adam became a dad very quickly (if you know what I mean..! We are young lads..!) Anyway, Ciaran and I were doing open mics, and we wanted to take it to the next step. Smithy needed a bit of help at the time, so we decided to go with the name, ‘Feed The Kid’, until we became more sturdy, then we’d probably change it. The idea was to get money from gigs which would go directly to Smithy. This didn’t happen - Anyone starting a band to get money, stop now! Needless to say, we never changed the name, as it seemed to gather pace and momentum very quickly.

U&A - You’re the frontman for the band. Every singer should think he’s the best, so who, throughout the whole of rock and roll history, do you think is second best? 

CT - I think you have to believe you are one of the best, and that you have your own style, because you have to stay true to who you are. You don’t want anyone knocking your confidence, changing how you sing or how you move. Look, I’m a singer from Manchester, and we have moved on from Oasis, but no one did it better than them. Rightly or wrongly, they didn’t take shit from anyone. I wouldn’t say I have that attitude, but all the band have that self-belief and the belief that music is all we will be.

Anyway, I wouldn’t say Liam gets in my top five singers. I don’t think he would put himself in the top five singers… Actually, he probably would! I believe a frontman must have a strong voice, but really has to be more than just a singer. I’d struggle to pick a favourite, but people who have influenced me are - Paul Rodgers, Marc Bolan, Roger Daltrey, James Morrison, Robert Plant, Rod Stewart and Freddie Mercury.

I didn’t realise I could sing until quite late in life. Someone said I could, so I gave it a go, and so far, it’s going alright! I don’t know if it’s an innate thing, but I have always had a yearning to create. I didn’t realise what until I was there on stage and I thought, this is me! This is what I’m supposed to be doing! I guess only time will tell if I am right or if we will fall flat on our faces at the first hurdle! But if you don’t believe it yourself, no one else will believe it either.

U&A - How hard do you think it is to make it in the music industry today? 

CT - It’s difficult. Everyone is at it. This is still very new to us, and I guess other people would be able to tell you more, but I can already see it all boils down to attitude. Sometimes, you don’t have to be great for your music to get played. I have seen some bands that have a false belief, others have the base to be great but they have forgotten how to change, how to take criticism and have a bad attitude (they think they’ve made it before they have even strummed a chord), and others should have picked up the guitar and put it back down again.

U&A - You have forged a career that blends music and fashion, which happen to be the two driving forced behind Atom Retro as well. Can you tell us about your sideline career in fashion?

CT - It’s weird, isn’t it? Fashion and music have always worked together. Different genres create different fashions. Even though each one of us believe we are an individual, we often conform to a group when it comes to music. Mods, Rockers, Punks, Hippies. Clothes are a creative response to the environment we are in at the time. We will look back and think what was that century about?! What the f**k is that guy wearing?! I have always worked within the clothing industry and trends come and go. I think trying to put any label on yourself is difficult, because if you are self-aware that you are going for a certain look, it all becomes a bit uncool. I try to be myself, but its an amalgamation of things I have listened to, seen and loved, that have inspired me to be who I am. However, I wouldn’t want to look at a photo of me aged twelve, with curtains, looking like Gary Neville! I don’t know what inspired that look, but I guess I was watching a lot of football, so I guess I subconsciously became a Neville.

U&A - In exactly 98 words, describe your sound! Repetition is frowned upon… 

CT - We have been described as; retro, blues, country, but I guess it’s just rock and roll. I think each band member listens to something different and this filters through. I think for now it’s hard to pinpoint what we are, I hope we are something new! All we can give you are the comparisons we usually get - T-Rex, The Doors, The Verve, early Pearl Jam, Free, Creedence, but my favourite is Oasis, if Noel Gallagher was the front man. I don't think anyone will count every word in this statement, but I guess we shall see.

Thanks to Curtis for this interview! 

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Levi's® Jeans are now available from Atom Retro!

All of the Levi's® classics you know and love are either in stock now or will be arriving shortly, from classic Levi's® 501 jeans through to Levi's® denim jackets, sherpa jackets, denim shirts and of course, the Levi's® batwing t-shirt.

Everyone knows the Levi's® 501, but what about the Levi's® 527, or Levi's® 511? We thought this quick reference Levi's® fit guide might be helpful. See below!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

A preview of Fever London's Autumn and Winter collection. Travels, architecture and youth nostalgia are central themes this season, and as always, Fever brings a little vintage sparkle to classic, timeless styles and shapes. Workwear, Christmas party occasion wear and retro casual are all catered for in Fever's new collection. 

Each season Fever's designers search the world for vintage and cultural inspiration. This season they take the amazing architecture of Milan, Berlin and Delhi, street scenes and vintage markets and mix with the striking winter landscapes to create a vintage inspired collection with winter glamour.

Pictured left is a real 60s inspired piece - the Lewes Twin Set top and shirt in striking Mod inspired black and white stripes and checks which are almost op-art. This style was inspired by a vintage piece found in a vintage market in Lewes, England. It will be available as a separate top and skirt, but you have to have both, right?!

Check below for more in store, or shop Fever now. 

Friday, 26 August 2016

The fabulous new collection from Irregular Choice has arrived! You've waited weeks to see this magical Alice in Wonderland collection and they are now available to buy here - Shop Now >>

You will not be disappointed; fall into the rabbit hole where you will find Alice, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and more! You will fall instantly in love with these perfectly poised heels and charming flats, with their amazing designs and pretty colours.

Check under the 'Read More' to see all the Alice in Wonderland collection or shop now!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Original Penguin are famous for their polos. Founded in 1955, this American brand quickly became known for their iconic Earl, Jack, Daddy and 55 Polos.

Added to the polo stable this season is the new Waffle front polo (available in white or navy).

This retro 70s inspired design features a waffle textured front in 100% cotton pique fabric. The collar gives a new twist to this polo with a contrast knit front panel, echoed at the sleeve with the raised rib tipping.

The design is finished with an embroidered Original Penguin logo to the left chest and triangle reinforced patch at the hem ensures this polo is comfy and easy to wear.

Shop Waffle Polo
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Monday, 8 August 2016

Traffic People's Autumn and Winter collection for 2016 will be arriving soon, with a few surprises in store!

Traffic People take classic vintage fashions and turn them on their head; updating and adding contemporary twists to create a women's clothing collection which is truly individual and unique - and this season's collection is one of the best yet!

Flattering A-line skirts and dresses are mixed with Sixties and Seventies boho style this season, utilising stunning vintage inspired fabrics, including faux fur, velvet, chiffon and more.

Check under the 'Read More' for a sneak preview of some of the styles arriving at Atom Retro this season.

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Lulu Dress

Mademoiselle Yéyé's collection for Autumn and Winter 2016 has just arrived at Atom Retro (with a little more to come later) and it doesn't disappoint!

As fans of Mademoiselle Yéyé have come to expect, this seasons collection comprises unique, high quality dresses, tops, knits and more, all with 60s Mod style and vintage va-va-voom!

The Lulu Dress (pictured left) is a new style to the collection this season. This supremely sixties inspired mod mini dress comes in red with fixed black bow detail to centre front. In a super stretchy, comfy to wear fabric, this is a must-have dress.

Check below for more of what's in store from Mademoiselle Yeye, or shop now!

Friday, 5 August 2016

A sneak preview of what's in store from Nomads Clothing for Autumn and Winter 2016.

Nomads design and make fair trade clothing, with a vintage Boho look and sixties style Eastern inspiration. Using traditional techniques, organic cotton and hand-made block printing and embroidery, Nomads believes strongly in fair trade and following ethical fashion guidelines.

The Autumn and Winter 2016 features all your favourite Nomads styles in new, exclusive fabrics and prints, including women's winter coats in velvet and woven cottons, 60s style tunic tops and dresses and 70s style cord pinafore dresses, plus new designs in shorter vintage look box jackets and long sleeve retro print tops.

Check below the cut for a preview of the collection or shop for Nomads Clothing here.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

A sneak look at Gabicci Vintage's Autumn and Winter collection, arriving soon at Atom Retro. 

This very Mod inspired collection is perhaps one of the best Gabicci have designed! Combining their Mod heritage roots with clean cuts, sharp 70s styling and Retro fabrics for a comprehensive collection which will be hard to beat this season. All of the Gabicci Vintage classics are here; styles which they have become known for, plus Mod staples in parkas, windbreakers, shirts and knits. 

The Gabicci Polo plays an important role, of course. From the 70s heritage piped and cut and sew polos through to Gabicci's signature zip fasten suedette polos and cardigans. 

Also a highlight this season is Gabicci's tailoring. Retro and Mod suits, blazers and trousers will have you looking sharp all Winter long. 

Check under the cut for a preview of what's arriving soon from Gabicci Vintage. 

Monday, 1 August 2016

A quick preview of whats in store from Darling for Autumn and Winter 2016.

Subdued and dark colour pallets mixed with intricate and meticulously designed fabrics is the order of the day from Darling. Beautiful embroidered fabrics in dresses and coats, embellished tops and woven trousers, skirts, dresses and more in Retro and Vintage inspired designs. This is a grown up collection from Darling which still retains its vintage influence and supremely feminine edge. Beautiful clothing for all you darlings!

Check under the 'read more' for a few more snaps.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Good afternoon, Sir... perhaps a little Something For The Weekend?

The Keepers describe themselves as Indie Mod N Roll, with Psychedelic Britpop. They were founded in 2015, by singer/songwriter and guitarist Jordan Jones, and accompanied by Tonner Pettitt on bass guitar, Liam Taylor also on guitar and Taylor Hart on drums. The Keepers are a fusion of 60's Pop Melodies and Psychedelia, 70's Punk energy, 80's Madchester madness, 90's Britpop and 00's Indie Rock. They list their main influences as The Beatles, David Bowie, The Kinks, The Jam and Supergrass.

The Keepers in action! (Photo by Dammo Photography)
The Keepers released their debut EP, No Exit in October 2015 on CD and iTunes, and have since been gigging and touring across the UK, bringing their share of retro goodness to audiences everywhere. 

They have played sold out shows at venues such as The Picturedrome and The Craufurd Arms, supporting the likes of Noasis, The Total Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets' frontman Tom Hingley and The Kar-pets, The Jam DRC and VANT.

The band have recently been sponsored and endorsed by Hofner and plan to head back into the studio to record new material in the near future. Show original message Make sure you catch a show soon! (Deets below!)

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Upcoming Gigs for The Keepers:

15th July - The Picturedrome supporting The Jam DRC (Northampton)
16th July - Enderby Music Festival (Leicester)
22nd July - Tramlines Festival (Sheffield)
30th July - The 12 Bar (Colne)
6th August - The Islington (London)
13th August - The Apple and Parrot – Torquay

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Part three of our Mod hairstyles guide and we're into the 1970s and beyond. Along with your Mod wardrobe, your choice of hairstyle is part of your style, your image and who you are. The Seventies and into the eighties saw a backlash against the long, non-conformist hairstyles of the sixties and styles when to the other extreme, short, shorter and almost nothing at all.

Paul Weller in his Jam and Square Cut days
1970s - 80s: The Weller Square Cut

Similar to: The Cesar Cut, The French Crop, The Other Steve Marriott Cut

A 70s version of the Cesar Cut or the French Crop, this square cut is as the name suggests, blunt, blockish and full of attitude. Harsher than most French Crop cuts, the style has a very short, mid forehead blunt fringe and squared, helmut style to sides and back. The hair is cut as short as you might expect as short back and sides, but with the added optional longer lengths at the sides and front. The hair is generally cut around the shape of the ear. This style can also be adapted as an Ivy League, Flat Top or crew cut style.

Chas Smash from Madness with a slightly longer than
some skinhead cuts.
1970s - 80s: The Skinhead

Similar to: The Buzz Cut, The Flat Top, Suede head

A haircut so extreme that it gave it's name to a mod subculture! The Skinhead is, as you might guess, a cut so short they may have very little or no hair at all (to the desire of the wearer) - hence skinhead.

Skinhead culture started in the late sixties and peaked in the seventies and eighties. As a reaction and rejection to the conservative fifties and peace and love ethos of the sixties, Skinheads went for a much more severe and dramatic look, incorporating mod fashion and Jamaican Rudy Boy culture. Most first wave skinheads wore their hair at a three or two grade length - short, but not bald. Towards the end of the seventies, most skinheads had a grade two or shorter, with an optional side parting shaved in. Into the eighties, most skinheads cut their hair with no guard or shaved it completely with a razor.

Suggs from Madness with a variation of the
Flat Top hairstyle
1970s - 80s: The Flat Top

Similar to: The Flat Top, The Ivy League, The Rude Boy

The Flat Top is a short haircut where the hair on the top of the head is usually standing upright and cut to form a flat-appearing deck. This deck may be level, or it may be upward or downward sloping. With it's roots in military fashion, it might be surprising to learn that the Flat Top has been around since at least the early 20th century. A very popular look in the 1950s, it faded out of popularity in the 60s and 70s, but had a mod fashion resurgence in the 1980s and early 90s (possibly as a less severe alternative to the Skinhead look).

The haircut is usually created with electric clippers utilising the clipper over comb technique, though it can also be cut shears over comb or freehand with a clipper. The exact length is dependent on skull shape and the style of flat top.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

"...They brought light, minimalist design that easily turned any outfit into a designer brand."
- The Caravan, Ray-Ban Icons

Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses arrived on the scene in 1957, twenty years after Ray-Ban designed and patented the world's first Aviator Sunglasses. A new take on the Aviator, the Caravan featured a square lens to replace the iconic large teardrop shaped lens of the classic Aviator, a brow bar and a streamlined, geometric design. 

The Aviator had originally been designed with pilots in mind (giving rise to the name) who required a pair of large lens sunglasses to block out glare from the sun while flying. The style to launch Ray-Ban, (the name itself literally derived from the "banning of the sun's rays") the Aviator with it's oversized, protective lens and lightweight metal frame had gained popularity in mainstream fashion following the second world war. US army General Douglas McArthur had been photographed wearing Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses as he strode ashore in the Philippines in 1944 and the military inspired look had taken off. 

Robert DeNiro wearing Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses in
Taxi Driver, 1976
By the end of the fifties, Ray-Ban were ready to develop a new Aviator design. There was a demand for a smaller version of the classic Aviator, and the fashion was moving towards geometric influences. Also, as the Wayfarer had proven popular in the 1950s, Ray-Ban was also looking for a way to rejuvenate the Aviator design, and so the Caravan was born. 

Available in all the classic Ray-Ban colour ways - the G-15 or B-15 lens with the gold, silver or gunmetal frame, the Caravan's sharp, minimalist design also offered the gradient and mirror lens. The smaller lens still offered a good amount of protection for the wearer from glare and a certain amount of anonymity desired by politicians and celebrities. 

Barry Gibb in Caravan Sunglasses
During the Aviator revival of the 1970s, the Caravan style also gained ground as an alternative Aviator option. It was prominently featured in Martin Scorsese's 1976 film, Taxi Driver, being worn by Robert DeNiro as he played Travis Bickle.  

The Aviator style was adopted as the sunglasses of choice for the disco scene in the seventies as well, so too the Caravan provided an alternative look. Here is Barry Gibb wearing a pair of Caravan sunglasses in the seventies. 

Skier Jean-Claude Killy looking cool in Caravans in the 70s

Following the demise of disco in the 1980s, the Aviator's popularity waned, and this had a knock on effect for it's younger Caravan brother. To combat this, Ray-Ban secured a very lucrative deal in 1982 for product placement in movies and TV shows for the following five years. With Tom Cruise and other movie stars wearing Aviator style sunglasses in many high profile films, the Aviator was soon back in fashion. 

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men.

In recent years, the Ray-Ban Caravan has proven a popular style among mods who are attracted by the Caravan's streamlined, classic and clean shape and style. The Caravan was also chosen as the style for Jon Hamm to wear as Don Draper in Mad Men, invoking a late fifties and early sixties classic American Retro look. 

The long-awaited issue 7 of Up&Atom is out now! Free with all orders of clothing and/or shoes (while stocks last)!

The fab new issue features:
  • Instant Karma: Interview with Craig Sams, the man who brought the Afghan Coat to the UK!
  • Ballroom Blitz: Interview with Michael Stanfield of mod band, Blackdog Ballroom. 
  • Feed The Kid: We chat to Curtis Taylor, frontman of indie rock band, Feed The Kid. 
  • This is MODTreal: The Fab Four's Gavin Pring talks to Patrick Foisy about the Canadian mod festival, MODTreal.
  • A Pint With... David Pottinger: Kevin Stone has a swift half with mod blogger, David Pottinger. 
  • The Girl With The Strawberry Hair: Interview with singer-songwriter, Sarah Beatrice.
  • Who's Next play The Most Famous Club In The World, The Cavern, Liverpool. 
  • Plus: Newgate Clocks, Irregular Choice Shoes, Dr Martens Boots, Weekend Offender and more! 
Want to get your mitts on a copy? Simply place an order at or!

Up&Atom is free with all orders of clothing and/or shoes, until stocks run out.

(Some of the articles will also be featured on the Up&Atom blog - right here!)

Monday, 20 June 2016

It's almost the time for festivals and make sure you bag this fab Retro festival outfits! We have created a quick guide with awesome festival outfits for guys and girls this Summer.

Festival Fashion For Guys...

Perfect for them summer festivals, this outfit is sure to keep you cool whilst you're rocking out to your favourite bands. The barrel bag is sure to come in handy for your essentials and a pair of Ray-Ban's are a must for a sunny day!

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It's all about statement prints this summer and whats better than this fab Pretty Green paisley camo jacket? Teamed with a pair of skinny jeans and deserts boots, it finishes it off with a hint of military inspiration.

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Festival Fashion For Girls...

A gorgeous outfit featuring the striking daisy denim dress. Teamed with a light weight crochet cardigan, it's sure to come in handy for them cooler festival nights!

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These super cute scallop striped shorts are sure to make a statement at every festival this summer. A stunning clothing assemble finished off with the essential pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses!

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

The three big sporting events are up and coming this Summer; Euros 2016, Wimbledon and Tour De France, here at Atom Retro we have picked out outfits which are packed with Retro sporting heritage which will look great for the events. With top Retro sporting brands like Ellesse and Fila Vintage, they are sure to make you look stylish whilst watching your favourite sporting matches!

Euro 2016

With the Euro's 2016 well on there way, why not get that classic football terrace look with this awesome outfit. Including the 80s Casuals Ellesse track top teamed with a Kappa football style tee! Finished off with a pair of sporting heritage Gola trainers and some cool Ray-Ban's!

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Wimbledon 2016

Wimbledon this summer is soon approaching, get your best tennis style outfit ready! The classic Fila Vintage Borg polo and Settanta track top, was once worn by tennis legend; Bjorn Borg. With a heritage Gola sport bag and bullet trainers, it's sure to add sporting heritage to your outfit whilst you watch the Wimbledon matches!

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Tour De France 2016

Tour De France starts in July this year and why not rock a cycling top just like the world best cyclists! Classic sporting heritage combined with cool indie influences. Pair with some tennis shorts for a great look to watch the Tour De France this summer!

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Friday, 17 June 2016

The new Ambassador Record player from GPO Retro is now available from Atom Retro! This is the first record player from GPO Retro to feature bluetooth connectivity and also be fully portable, with a rechargeable battery with up to two and half hours playback. This vintage briefcase style record player comes in two colours - Green and Black or Cream and Brown leatherette with vintage look brass corner protectors - and plays 33, 45 and 78 RPM records.

With bluetooth connectivity, the Ambassador record player will connect to any bluetooth speaker and is compatible with the GPO Retro Westwood speakers. A USB stick is also included with the record player.

A beautiful record player which looks great as a centrepiece in any room or pack it up and take your vinyl collection with you everywhere!

Shop the GPO Retro Ambassador Record Player

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Part two of our Mod hairstyles guide explores the 1960s - the birth of the Mod look. Along with Mod clothing, Mod hairstyles are part of intrinsically part of mod style and image. How you chose to wear your hair contributes to your over all identity, and none more so than within a culture like Mod or any of it's subcultures Mod Revivalists, Scooterboys, Skins and more. The Sixties saw a lot of social and political change and this was reflected in fashion and style. The new generation wanted to break away and create its own identity. Mod was born!

Steve Marriott with his classic layered look
1960s: The Steve Marriott Layered Cut

Similar to: The Mop Top

Maybe the first proper mod hairstyle, the Steve Marriott take on the classic mens layered cut landed somewhere in between a long haired lover from Liverpool Mop Top and the shorter, neat Ivy League look of the past. The hair is cut in layers, resulting in a choppy, different length look which is typically longer at the front, sides and fringe and cut shorter at the back. At the side, the hair might be cut around the ear, or worn slightly over it. There is a soft centre parting which reaches the front where the fringe is worn swept to the sides.

Although not as famous as other 1960s hair cuts, this mod hairstyle is as iconic and popular among mods today as it ever was.

The Beatles with their classic Mop Top look

1960s: The Mop Top

Similar to: The Pageboy

The Mop Top, or Beatle Cut, (or 'Arthur', according to George Harrison!) is probably the most famous haircut of the 1960s. Named because of it's resemblance to a literal mop, the haircut originated from the Beatles Hamburg days. Astrid Kirchherr, a photographer and the girlfriend of original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe is credited with the style which was worn first by her, her friends and Stuart. Later all the other Beatles (except for a reluctant Pete Best!) adopted the look giving the band it's first cohesive and truly unique look. The hair is cut long, down to the collar and covering the ears with a long fringe at the front and no parting. Although ridiculed by adults at the time, the mop tops was vastly popular in the sixties. In the Britpop nineties there was a revival to this intrinsically sixties mod hairstyle.

Steve Marriott with a shorter, jagged cut 

1960s: The Other Steve Marriott Cut

Similar to: The French Crop

Like a sixties update to a classic French Crop haircut, this is the shortest style in our sixties mod selection. Still cut with choppy layers and in different lengths, this is a much shorter, low maintenance version of the Steve Marriott layered cut. It can be cut around the ears, or overlapping them as the wearer desired and features a blunt, choppy, short fringe at the front with a little bit of feathering.

Neat, sharp and with lots of attitude, this is a mod haircut which harks back the short back and sides of yesteryear, with a modern update. 

The Yardbirds Keith Relf with a long Pageboy cut
1960s: The Pageboy 

Similar to: The Mop Top, The Bowl Cut

A unisex haircut which suits both men and women mods. The cut first became popular in the 1920s with young boys after it was worn by child star, Jackie Coogan (who grew up to be Uncle Fester in the original Addams Family TV series!) It was named after what was perceived to be a 'pudding basin' haircut wore by medieval pageboys. The cut is worn straight and long, past the ears, where it then curls inwards and usually with a long fringe at the front.

Popular in both the fifties and sixties, it's perhaps the 1960s when it was the most prominent as an alternative to the mop top and a style which still fit with the non-conformist, long haired looks of the decade.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

(This article was originally published on Atom Retro's Mod Clothing Chronicles).

A life leading up to Bazaar:

Born in Blackheath, London to Welsh Parents, Mary Quant finished her studies at Blackheath High School and went on to study illustration at Goldsmith's College. Upon finishing her course, Quant took up a post as an apprentice couture milliner, whilst also taking a pattern cutting class in her spare time. It was her experiences during her apprenticeship that led Quant to realise that fashion shouldn't just be reserved for the upper classes, but should also be accessible to a younger, less privileged clientele.

Quant surmised that at the time fashion simply wasn't tailored to the youth market. Inspired by memories from childhood, images of Chelsea Beatniks and flamboyant dance outfits, Quant was to assume the mantle as a pioneer of youth fashion. Teaming up with her husband and business partner, Alexander Plunkett-Greene whom she had had met whilst studying at Goldsmith's College and Archie McNair to take on accountancy, legal and commercial aspects, Quant plotted a fashion revolution that would begin at 138A Kings Road, London.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Along with Mod clothing, Mod hairstyles have a rich and interesting history and heritage. Often how you wear your hair contributes to your over all identity, and none more so than within a culture like Mod and it's subcultures - Mod Revivalists, Teddy Boys, Rockabilly, Scooterboys, Skins and more. In our new blog mini-series we explore the history of mod hairstyles past and present, kicking off with the roots of the Mod look and mod fashion in 1950s America. Would you wear your hair like this?

A rare picture of Elvis with the Ivy League
hairstyle in the 1950s

1950s: The Ivy League

Similar to: The Crew Cut, Butch Cut, The Short Back and Sides

A classic go-to hairstyle for men everywhere. The Ivy League coins it's name from the popularity the look enjoyed with college students in the US in the 1950s, giving rise to it also being called The Princeton, although there is some argument over whether this style really originated from Harvard University. A popular haircut which is never out of style, the Ivy League appeals to mods for it's neat, sharp cut and it's versatility for a short hair cut; this cut doesn't look out of place with any outfit.

Like the Crew Cut, the Ivy League is close and high on the sides and back. The hair is shorter at the crown and gradually gets longer towards the front. The hair is generally styles with wax, known as 'Butch wax'.

A Teddy Boy John Lennon sports a Duck's Arse
hair cut in Hamburg, 1960.
(Photo by Astrid Kirchherr)
1950s: The Duck's Arse

Similar to: The Detroit, The Long Pompadour

Also known as the Duck's Tail or simply, the DA, the subtly named Duck's Arse was the go-to hair style for 1950s British Teddy Boys. Using just about an entire can of pomade, the hair is slicked back around the sides of the head, (to resemble a ducks wings) and then the teeth edge of a comb used to define a central parting at the back, running from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck, resembling it's namesake! The hair on the top of the head was left messy and disarrayed or combed up and curled down.

A barber from Philadelphia, USA called Joe Cirello claims to have invented the Duck's Arse hairstyle in 1940. His clients included Elvis Presley and James Dean. Incredibly popular in the fifties for Teddy Boys, and giving the 'Greasers' their name, the hairstyle became associated with rebels and non-conformists, especially when it was sported by Dean in Rebel Without A Cause, and of course, Elvis Presley.

Johnny Cash wore a Pompadour in the mid 1950s

1950s: The Pompadour 

Similar to: The Quiff, The Duck's Arse, The Elephants Trunk

Elvis is all over 1950s Mod hairstyles! The Pompadour - also the Quiff - is of course the style Elvis was best known for and the hairstyle of choice even today for a lot of Rockabilly Mods and Teds. The pompadour also had something of a revival in the mainstream in recent years, being worn by people like Alex Turner and friends. The pompadour hairstyle - and with the onset of the 1960s, the Long Pompadour, sports slicked back hair, similar to the Duck's Arse, but with volume on top and at the front so that it looks like a wedge from the side - or go the full quiff. Again, lots and lots of pomade is required to craft the Pompadour! This is an extrovert hairstyle with its roots firmly in that early 1950s rock and roll look that the early mods craved. We think it's this hairstyle which lead on to the longer mod hairstyles of the 1960s.

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Friday, 10 June 2016

Are you looking for something for the weekend, sir? How about a little bit of Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor?

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor are a USA based four piece band who succinctly describe themselves as 'Detroit Psych', (Detroit, Michigan being there home town). They’ve shared the stage with The Black Angels, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dead Meadow, and Acid Mothers Temple; joined the elite ranks of psych bands at Austin’s Psych Fest for the second time in 2014; toured with Holydrug Couple, Loop, The Warlocks, and The Telescopes, and played SXSW and CBGB Music & Film Festival.

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor write and perform moody electrifying psych rock, recorded in their aptly named Space Camp Studios. Sean Morrow (guitar, vocals), Eric Oppitz (bass, organ) and Rick Sawoscinski (drums, percussion) are unified in their pursuit of SOYSV’s vision. Wayne Woodward adds stunning visuals to the band’s live set - anyone who has experienced a Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor performance has felt the power of the swirling, ever-changing images he shapes. “It’s critical that the live visuals, artwork, and music all work in equilibrium to achieve the specific aesthetic we’re after” says front-man Sean Morrow of the look, sound and feel of his band.

Their new full length album, Desert Brain not only brings this aesthetic to life, but brings to fruition years spent planning the ultimate immersive listening experience. The band are also offering a free download from their bandcamp site - so that's a must. You can also purchase the CD or vinyl copy of the album there. The album, in keeping with Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor’s tradition of covering all aesthetic bases, is released on clear and splattered blue vinyl.

“I think we were a bit scared to make it,” says Oppitz. “It took us much longer than a typical record of a collection of songs would have taken us.  Not only did we have to write the songs, but we had to compose the transitions between them and then think about how each song fit into the overall concept of the entire record.”

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Cool retro looks and vintage style is hot this summer, with bold prints, fresh colours and classic iconic sunglasses that are never out of fashion. Here's our quick guide to bagging the retro look this summer:

Outfit #1: Chilled

Bomber collar polos are a move on from the traditional polo shirt this summer and look fantastic matching a plain classic colour with a pair of statement shorts. Team with a classic pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses for instant retro cool.

Get the look:

Outfit #2: Hyped

It's all about statement fashion this season, but loud prints aren't for everyone. You can still tap into this trend by pairing stylish statement shirts and graphic prints with classic retro styles in plain and block colours. This Ben Sherman print shirt is unusual and with a solid summer vibe. Pair with a navy pair of shorts and add the optional statement sunglasses if you want to go the full monty. 

Outfit #3: Swagger

A classic retro summer ensemble - nifty graphic tee, chino shorts, a straw trilby and retro 80s inspired deck shoes, all topped off with a rock and roll pair of Aviator sunglasses. Simple, stylish, easy to wear and effortlessly cool.

1. Pretty Green CND Peace Print Tee, £34.99
2. Dasmarca Adrian Straw Trilby Hat, £44.99
3. Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses in Gold/Green, £124.99
4. Luke 1977 Frigate Deck Shoes, £74.99
5. Pepe Jeans McQueen Chino Shorts, £44.99

(Note: Prices correct at time of publication. May be subject to change)

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

John Stephen, The King of Carnaby Street (b. 28/08/1932 d. 01/02/2004)
(This article was originally published on Atom Retro's Mod Clothing Chronicles)

This is the in place to be!

A figurehead of British fashion, a lost icon rediscovered and perhaps previously overshadowed by his contemporaries. The name John Stephen, the legacy Carnaby Street.

John Stephen's success in the Menswear arena more than matched the impact of Quant and Hulanicki on Women's fast fashion in the Swinging Sixties. Whilst not always being recognised in such high esteem as some of his peers, John Stephen is gradually coming to prominence, now regarded as one of the Uk's most innovative and inspirational fashion entrepreneurs.

John Stephen's flagship store, His Clothes on Carnaby Street
Moving from his native Glasgow to London at the age of 18 in 1952, Stephen found work within the Military Department at Moss Bros in Covent Garden. Here he honed his talent as a tailor, studying and practicing in traditional tailoring. Soon, Stephen moved on to find work at avant-garde and pioneering menswear shop Vince Man shop situated in Newburgh Street, London. Here, John Stephen saw first hand the huge potential and indeed the longing of the gentleman customer for a neoteric Fashion Menswear Boutique. One that expressed freedom through fashion, a modern outlook and that was in tune with the youth of the today and their social scene. As John Stephen was already part of this scene he already had a key understanding of customers wants and desires. Using Vince as a stepping stone to further his fledgling fashion career, Stephen worked double shifts as a waiter and at Vince to save up enough money.