Tag Archives : workwear

Ley Clothing – more quality, small-scale production


Ley Clothing is Ollie. Just Ollie, operating out of the spare room in his flat, self-taught and dedicated to his art. He first came to my attention when I noticed the shirts he was showing on Instagram. In a fantastic looking brown deadstock vintage corduroy. I’m not sure which of those hashtaggable words it was that caught my attention, but…

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Time for some sewing again… Merchant & Mills jacket!


After a long and basically threadless Spring and Summer (bare the occasional button that needed sewing, naturally) it’s time to see about firing up the sewing machine again. Yes, I know, the blue corduroy waistcoat is still unfinished, and every time someone asks I think that it must surely be time to finish it. And it will happen, I promise! In…

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Pukka patchwork workwear from Universal Works


If there was a scale of hipness when it comes to items made of multiple scraps of fabric, I’d like to think you might find some vintage Japanese boro at one end and your nans favourite quilted bedspread at the other (technically this would be absolute zero, or zero Kelvin, to be nerdy). Somewhere in between, probably at a pleasant…

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For a versatile jacket, look to blue collar


I appear to have a bit of a thing for blue jackets. Off the top of my head I count 9, some of various types, but most of a quite similar type. The type in question is what some would call a chore jacket. Some would class it as retro workwear inspired. Others may pedantically throw out words such as unstructured…

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Trouser Tuesday: Pike Brothers 1942 Hunting Pants, vintage perfected


As I’ve mentioned before, one of the joys of writing a blog is in discovering new things. Travelling to a new place, finding new and interesting things, talking to people and hearing their stories and opinions. Todays review, which is almost the final review of the bakers dozen in this round, is from a brand that first came to my…

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While in Copenhagen… A visit to Hansen Garments


One of the places I was most looking forward to visit while in Copenhagen was the world HQ of quality menswear brand Hansen Garments. I’ve been a fan for a few years now and have enjoyed following their ascent from being a tiny and almost unknown brand to where they are now, a little larger, yet still as dedicated, still…

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A few thoughts about workwear…


I’ve been meaning to write something about workwear for a while now, but find myself prompted now by my friend Svante “Urban Hippie” Nybyggars writing a piece about it over on the excellent site Denimhunters. While I for the most part agree with Svantes sentiments about workwear, I feel inspired to chip in with my 2 øre on the matter.…

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Fein und Ripp, something old, something new


While in Berlin recently (trip report here) a friend recommended I find the time to visit a shop by the name of Fein und Ripp. Not being very savvy to the happening places in Berlin, I had to make a quick visit to their website before seeing how essential it was to make a detour up to Prenzlauer Berg. Well, the…

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Waistcoat Wednesday: Scotch & Soda, more than cheese and clogs


Another Wednesday and another instalment of my much lauded series of presentations of armless attire. This weeks waistcoat is from the, relatively speaking, young Dutch company Scotch & Soda. My impressions of Scotch & Soda indicates that they have their sights on the youngish to middle-aged man, at a price range a few steps up from the cheap companies. They…

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Favorite items: Real vintage workwear


While staying in my parents house, I’ve often studied the old photo shown below. It’s a photo of Joseph Chetwynd, my great-great grandfather after her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen had conferred upon him the decoration of “The Albert medal of the Second Class”. This was received for gallantry in saving lives at the Baddesley Collierey Explosion in May 1882,…

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