Thursday, 27 October 2011

Tinker Tailor Soilder Spy Style

A couple of weeks ago we took a trip to see the new Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy film, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Mark Strong. I'll be honest, I'd make a rubbish spy as I had a job keeping up with what was going on, but the film was a feast for the eyes. Well, perhaps not in the conventional sense, it's not what you would call a beautiful film. But I loved the way it was shot - everything was tinged in nicotine, a little dingy and very atmospheric - and the wardrobe was superb. It's set in the 1970's, which is a decade which is rarely celebrated for its style, but it was the ideal showcase for classic British men's tailoring, featuring an array of sharp suits, classic trench coats and superb shoes. We even got a look at some cool 1970's casual wear thanks to Tom Hardy's character's spell in Istanbul. So here's a look at some of our sartorial highlights from the film...

Throughout the film George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is seen in his reversable Aquascutum trench coat. An absolute classic! We had one recently that was almost identical, though it was snapped up very quickly from our eBay shop. I think that every man should have a classic trench coat, it really is the ideal coat for wearing over a suit and doesn't go out of style. I love a good trench coat, we have a few in our shop at the moment -
The classic trench. This one's by Burberry.

It's not the only great coat on show though, as you can see from the picture above. For colder days, the stylish spy needs a wool overcoat. Here's one I love-
I love this Dunn & Co crombie coat, you could wear it for casual and smart occasions.And always look effortlessly cool.

Tom Hardy's character Ricki Tarr is a field agent, and while working out in Istanbul he wears a lovely array of jackets and coats! Here he is in a superb sheepskin (can't help but feel this would be a bit warm for Istanbul though, I find them too warm on all but the very coldest of days!) We have quite a few lovely sheepskins in stock at the moment, here is my current favourite -

 This amazing 1970's sheepskin coat is unusual, since it is almost knee length and has a belted waist. Super duper!

Also he had a very nice Harrington style jacket with an attractive tartan lining -
This is another great wardrobe classic - easy to throw on over a casual outfit, light enough for spring and summer wear. We have a similar one for sale here -

Also in this film we get a couple of great leather jackets, always a favourite -

Unsurprisingly though, the jewel in the crown here is the tailoring. Every man needs a great suit, and this film is just choc-full of great suits, including a couple with amazing flares worn by Benedict Cumberbatch.Whether you want two-piece, three piece, checked, striped or plain, this film will provide you with some great vintage tailoring inspiration.
We're always getting in new suits, such as this beauty-

All the way through this film I was thinking to myself  'Ooh, we've got a coat like that' or 'that suit looks just like one we just sold!' so it really was right up our street. I'd recommend it, whether you love thrilling twists and turns or great clothes, as you'll get both in spades.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Fairs, fairs and more Vintage Fairs

Since I last blogged (aaaages ago) we have been all over the place and barely stopped - in fact we had our first actual day off in over 6 weeks yesterday! Crazy! We have been to vintage fairs in Leeds, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Loughborough, Essex, Shoreditch, Winchester and Bristol, with Leicester to come this weekend. We've also got quite a full November and December, so we will have earned a good old rest once Christmas comes around.

This season's fairs have been some of the best ever for us. The popularity of vintage fairs and events shows no sign of waning, and with the great vintage looks referenced everywhere from the catwalk to street style websites, it's great to see people taking a bit of a detour from the high street and choosing to buy vintage. Here are some pictures from the season's events so far...

Busy day at Leeds Freshers Vintage Fair at Leeds Met SU
Quirky displays at Sheffield
The beautiful Shoreditch Town Hall... 
...and the beautiful Winchester Guildhall
We're coming to Coventry, York, Sutton Coldfield and more over the coming weeks, you can find out more here.
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