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October 2013

Organic Fashion

Take a butchers at the debate on “organic Fashion” at the Kitmeout Forum:

“Because The Industry Is So Nascent There Are No Real Standards. Sugar Cane Have A History Of Producing Denim Made With Fibres Which Are Apparently Less Harmful To The Environment. A Lot Of The Other Brands Are Just Seeing An Opportunity To Make Hard Cash.”

See full thread here >

Vivienne Westwood Menswear

The question was asked on the Kitmeout forum:

“I am a big Vivienne Westwood fan. How many men here buy Vivienne Westwood menswear? Do most people still see it as a ladies brand?
Does Vivienne Westwood have the same problem as Juicy Couture appealing to the menswear market? ”

Take a butchers at the full thread here – see more

To my mind Vivienne Westwood doesn’t have a problem in the menswear market. Viv’s connection to the Sex Pistols will always ensure her brand has a macho edge. I think her nigger problem is convincing punters of her ethical credentials which she’s being attempt to tout over the past few years.

Worst Designer Jeans on the Planet?

The question was asked on the Kitmeout Fashion Forum: “What are the worst jeans on the planet?”. Take a butchers to see whether your choice is mentioned. View Here >

One opinion shared is: “for me it has to be Joykeep Jeans (or Jkeep). They make the worst knockoff versions of brand name labels like Levi’s. These knockoffs often have altered logos (Joykeep label are missing the two horses), riddled with spelling errors (button misspelled Baisc instead of Basic) and often poor quality material.”

Oldest Fashion Brand

A question was asked on the Kitmeout Forum, what does the oldest fashion brand. Take a butchers at this list:

Smedley 1784
Vuitton 1854
Aquascutum 1851
Burberry 1856
Pringle 1815
Lyle and Scott 1874?
Prada 1913

Hat’s off to John Smedley! Full thread here >

GOLA Trainers, a true British Great!


Over 5 years ago Kitmeout paid homage to the Great British sports brand, GOLA. We at Kitmeout rate the brand above its sporting heritage peers. Take a butchers at the shout on Kitmeout back in 2007:

Gola Trainers are a true British classic in every conceivable way. The brand is indelibly printed in the consciousness of every sports mad Brit on the planet and today this classic brand is set to shares its history, style and innovation with the rest of the globe — luckly old globe!

Original shout here

Burberry or Ralph Lauren Trench?

Sounds almost like a transatlantic battle of the brands. When in truth there really is no competition between Burberry and Ralph Lauren when it comes to the traditional trench coat. The real competition would have to be between Aquascutum and Burberry. Take a butchers at the threads hereand here.

Paul Smith Wallet – Art or Not?

Ever since Paul Smith released his “naked lady” collection there has been a cacophony of indignation condemning the globally recognized designer for degrading the fairer sex. So what’s the deal? Here’s the chatter on the Kitmeout forum, Take a butchers.

The story goes, Archie Dickens painted it (a 94 year old from Kent, England) & the model is known as Christine (that’s all he said). Suppose the answer is to produce a similar collection showing a geezer or two striped down to the bare bone…

Fred Perry – Brand of the Week

With nearly 8k views Fred Perry grabs the interest on Kitmeout. Worth a butchers HERE.

The iconic brand which synonymous with English sporting elegance.

Fred Perry is the only brand that’s consistently been sought out by youth subculture after youth subculture from the 1950s right up to today. Fred Perry has updated the attitude and styling of two key musical movements: the mid-60s guitar bands, and the post-punk scene of the early-80s. These periods shared a similar sharp, slimmed down silhouette including small collars, narrow ties, and slim, flat-front trousers.

The collections main influence is the look and silhouette of the sixties, a decade dominated by youth when British subcultures influenced the world’s fashion and music industry.

Frederick Perry, was born in Stockport in 1909 but moved down South while he was still at school and fell in love with table tennis. He practiced his ping pong every night, eventually becoming world champion at the tender age of 18. He then promptly retired from the game and got busy with his latest obsession, lawn tennis.

Unfortunately his style did not go down too well with the snobbish tennis heirarchy. His habit of changing his clothes mid-game to stay looking fresh, leaping over the net at the end of each match and dating a string of actresses and models caused major problems for this working class playboy. They were especially displeased when he went on to win Wimbledon three times in a row.

After the third victory he decided to move to America and become a pro at the Beverley Hills Tennis Club, giving lessons to Charlie Chaplin, David Niven, Errol Flynn and the Marx Brothers whilst establishing himself on the Hollywood party circuit.

In the late 40s Fred was approached by Tibby Wegner, an Austrian footballer who had invented a novel anti-perspirant device worn around the wrist. Fred made a few changes and the sweatband was born.

Tibby’s next idea was to produce a sports shirt which was to be made from white knitted cotton pique with short sleeves and buttons down the front. Launched at Wimbledon in 1952, the Fred Perry polo shirt was an immediate success.

It was only available in white until the late 50s when unwittingly, the company had also produced the perfect accompaniment to the fledgling Mod movement whose were quick to pick up on the shirt’s suitability for their nocturnal activities. It was stylish, top button fastened under an SB3 or mohair suit, and durable enough to wear all night and still look fresh in the morning. It was the shirt of choice for diverse groups of lads throughout the 60s and 70s, ranging from the skinheads to the Northern Soul scene and Manchester’s very own “Perry Boys”.

Soon, after pressure from its streetwear fans, the company was receiving requests from stockists to add tipping to the collars and sleeves. The Fred Perry shirt instantly became the first crossover brand from sportswear to streetwear.

It started one of the most enduring and affectionate relationships between British youth culture and a sportswear brand. As British street fashion and music influenced the rest of the world, the Fred Perry shirt was noticed, adopted and worn in numerous countries around the globe.

The laurel logo (based on the old Wimbledon symbol) was stitched into the fabric of the shirt instead of merely ironed on (as was the case with the crocodile logo of the competing Lacoste brand).
One thing remains constant. The original slim fit cotton piqué shirt is still made in England to the same shape, using the same fabric as it was when the Fred Perry shirt was first launched, way back in 1952.

When, in the 1990s, British street fashion turned against the giant designer labels and sought something with far more substance and heritage, it was the Fred Perry shirt they turned to. The label represented something of depth and quality within the new sound-bite superficial world that other labels had tried to create.

Ted Baker, Man or Make-believe?

A Kitmeout Member contacts Ted Baker. Take a butchers at the reply:

“Ted Baker is in fact an actual person. Whilst he prefers not to have any day to day dealings with our teams, he operates from around the world as he chooses to circle the globe on a yearly basis. This is how he gets new ideas for us to promote the Ted brand and design unique collections for you to wear.
I hope this answers your question.”

Full thread here>

How many pairs of trainers?

The thread starts: “how many pairs of trainers do you own? i currently have 14 pairs.” Take a butchers here!

And 50 Comments later, ends here: “Both of them are New balance, which has a great synergy with the Yoropiko brand, although not an actual collab like the previous Yoropiko/NB project. I got these for the Black Dragons………”.

Selvedge Jeans – The Conversation

Here’s a discussion about selvedge jeans. Below is a snippet by Adero and the whole thread is here, take a butchers!

“the selvedge doesn’t make it harder to wash,first of all.
second; just because it is selvedge it doesn’t make it a better denim.
so you are partly right there Pringle.

third:turnups with selvedge is just SO much nicer compared to wearing jeans with turnups exposing the split seam with zig zag stitching.
I WOULD NEVER-I REPEAT- NEVER wear turnups without selvedge.

CASSIDON: I don’t agree but do say that it is harder to make a jean using selvedge with-say- a bootcut. The actual flare will only end up on the inside of the leg.
But they do exist so it is not a major problem really.
It is a lot more straight (badaboom) forward to make a straight leg.
Perhaps that is what you mean with unflattering?

Also it would be impossible to have selvedge in both seams unless you do not want a jean with the exact same width around the thigh/crotch area as down at the ancle….
THAT -I say-would (probably, who knows…after all there’s no rules in fashion) be unflattering!!!”

Visvim Shoes – Brand in Focus

This week’s brand in focus is the mighty VisVim. Take a butchers:

The director Hiroki Nakamura Established Cubism and VISVIM Launched in 2000. He is a tough person HAS and the Japanese traditional craftman spirit. His sneakers are Sticked to the natural material and Their functionality and comfort are valued all over the world.Even Colette, the famous retail shop in Paris, deals in VISVIM sneakers. From 2010, Hiroki started to work as a designer or MONCLER, too.

What does Visvim mean? Is their a story behind the name?

I wanted it to have a brand with no meaning and wanted to make up my own name. I started researching and eventually started looking into the the latin dictionary to find inspiration. I liked V-lettered logos so I looked through the “V” section of the dictionary. I found “vis”, then I found “vim” and visually I liked how they looked together. The word “Vis” does have a kind of positive meaning around the idea of force and
energy;things coming together.

Marc Jacobs – the physical transformation

Questions have been bouncing around on the kitmeout forum for years regarding Marc Jacobs physical transformation. Take a butchers here.

The question is whether it’s photoshop & photography or something more: “Retouched quite a bit, all the pores and unwanted hairs are removed just to mention something. Also, direct flash is avoided by most to get more texture and depth, with those however it’s been used anyway so shadows have been added after (on the pink one that is, but there’s been some work done in the other too).”