Fred Perry’s, Menswear and Music

Hey All,

Apparently we’re set for a bit of summery weather this week. In eager anticipation, I’ve pulled out my ancient Fred Perry polo shirt. I thrifted it when I was in 6th Form and have worn it religiously every summer since. Fred Perry‘s are quite tomboyish, but I love how they represent so many elements of music and sub-culture.

The website, for example says: “1959: The fledgling British Mod movement members were quick to pick up on the shirts suitability for nocturnal activities. …top button fastened under … a mohair suit and durable to wear all night long and still look fresh in the morning. It became the first crossover brand from sportswear to street wear”.

Music and Fred Perry seem to have moved hand-in-hand ever since. Through the 70’s and 80’s with bands like The Jam and The Specials. To the 90’s with Britpop bands like Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene and Blur. This autumn sees the launch of Amy Winehouse’s collaboration with the brand, sketches here:

Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry

Paul Weller

Terry Hall, The Specials

Amy Winehouse

Raf Simmons for Fred Perry

Raf Simmons for Fred Perry

Fred Perry / Stussy Deluxe

Fred Perry / Stussy Deluxe


Editorial and TVCook, Skins

Vice Style Editorial

Eh, me again.

Should the sunshine fail to appear; I was in BT2 last week and crushed hard on the A/W’10 range of button-down collar, plaid / check shirts by Farah. I’m thinking this one should do it.

Get on the ’80’s style vibe by watching the new Shane Meadows’ ‘This is England’ mini series that starts next month on Channel 4:



14 Responses to “Fred Perry’s, Menswear and Music”

  1. August 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Like the look on you, you look like someone out of St. Trinians (in a good way!). some Irish call the non branded polo shirts Airtexes, not sure where the name comes from but it’s a pretty popular casual staple

    • August 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      Oh no! A St. Trinians… I am wearing Docs in the photos above, maybe I shoulda included them in the post!
      The Airtexes thing? Do you think it might be Aertex the brand, they do sportswear and it’s named after the type of fabric that I think they developed? They pretty old school too!

  2. August 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I’ve got a serious thing for Fred Perry as well, mainly because of my sad love for the 80’s London Casual look. Team a Fred Perry polo with a cream mac and I’ll melt. Or at least I will in this heat, it’s getting very humid in Cork!

    • August 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      Yay, witty comments, always welcome! Humidity is mad here too!
      I’m so glad I’m not the only one into Fred Perry’s. I always think I must be because they are quite masculine and you have to be so careful not to look like a tennis player in them! So I guess teaming mine with white shorts probably wasn’t the best idea…

  3. August 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Gwen Stefani has a thing for Fred Perry shirts too and wherever Ms. Stefani goes I will surely follow!

  4. August 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Tis one of those things I like but I can’t work….it’s just not me! But I’m glad to see it making a comeback! Those Winehouse sketches are very Pink-Lady-Esque!

  5. August 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I love menswear in girls. You look fab!
    Also hope you’re right bout the nice weather! Eep – fingers crossed!

  6. August 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Yeap, very simple but speaks volumes!


  7. August 11, 2010 at 8:53 am

    you make it look so EASY!!like a Sunday morning

  8. August 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I also think menswear looks fab on women! It appears that Amy Winehouse has contributed in bringing this brand back into the limelight and long shall it stay there!

  9. August 18, 2010 at 1:33 am

    very good music !

    thank you…

    (good luck)

  10. 12 Irish Mike
    September 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Nothing sexier than a woman wearing a fred perry properly buttoned. Im a bit biased though. I ride vintage scooters and I love the scene that comes with it.

    • 13 Happy Birthday Paulie
      September 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      Anyone know where I can get Fred Perry polos in Dublin or on Tinternetz for less than €70, sick of paying that price for them

      BTW you look smokin’ hot in the polo…as would any girl

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