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Q&A Fraser Moss YMC

Fraser Moss

Now, those from South Wales will know Newport is an unusual place and I’m sure folk from the city would not mind me saying, quite rough around the edges (It reminds me of my hometown Port Talbot). Most of the people I know from there moved out in the late 80s. Fraser, amongst many was one of these guys and moved up to London where he started the label YMC. A label which can now be found in some of the the best stores around the World, (even though we sold it in Drooghi late 90s but we won’t go into that).  Fraser was one of the first on the list when we thought about doing these little Q&A’s, basically because he’s sound and a real lovely person.

What did you have for breakfast?

Toast & peanut butter .

What’s good about your hometown?

Newport people tend to have a good sense of humour very self deprecating but at the same time we still manage to be proud of where were from …..we are a paradox !!!

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

A young man from the mean streets of Newport armed with an unquenchable thirst for nice trousers outgrows the polyester wearing home town & moves to the big smoke in a far off land where the streets are paved with cashmere .
It would be called ” A Stylish Gwent Boy”

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I would have no skin left on my knuckles …..there are so many I can’t narrow it to one .

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

Tricky …. I only really wear YMC mixed in with a bit of vintage , but I suppose it would have to be a classic item like a Mackintosh coat but with only £300 budget I would have to wait till the sales for that .

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

It would be a tragic drama with the role of me played by Tom Cruise .

Opening credits – Sharades – Dumb Head

Chase scene / fight scene – Stereolab – Ping Pong

Love scene – Roger Nichols – I can see only you

Tear jerk finale/closing credits – Pixies – Monkey gone to heaven

www.youmustcreate.com

Q&A Mark Smith Proper Mag

Mark Proper

 

The appeal of Proper Magazine is such that London Rapper/ Renaissance man Ben Drew, A.K.A Plan B, now spends half his days fending off enquiries from people who have mistaken him for Stockport mega-zine magnate Mark Smith.

Chronic-insomniac and jacket-fundamentalist Mark (and his partner in woollen boots Neil Summers) have been setting the world straight in matters of steez since the Internet got good and both the website and the magazine remain acute and accurate arbiters of style, substance and sensibility.

An expert in sourcing appropriate sartorial solutions for changeable social situations, circumstances and surroundings i.e. what to wear to look smart at the match, Stockport County fan Mark was happy to answer a few questions before indulging one of his other great passions and doing some DIY.

What did you have for breakfast?

Spaghetti hoops, Opal Fruits and a Choc Dip. All the food groups basically.

What’s good about your own town?

It’s well located, has a cracking viaduct and there aren’t that many stabbings.

Provide us with the synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would it be called?

Born in ’78, only child for ten years, meets girl, has two kids, writes funny things about clothes, makes a million, shows off.    Title: Mark: My Words.

If you could punch any celebrity in the face who would it be?

Gary Barlow. Gary fucking Barlow.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear right now. Tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

A one off 6876 Sonora, royal blue, subtle silver stitching on the inside as ref to the mercury poisoning suffered by Stockport Hat Makers. It’d be lined with something mad too but I’ve not decided what that is yet.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years

Our Legacy

Adidas

6876

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits.

In order, off the top of my head… Twat – John Cooper Clark

Isolation – Joy Division

Wouldn’t it be nice – Beach Boys

To be number one – Giorgio Moroder (In memory of footballing pioneer Danny Bergara. Stockport County ran out to it in the early 90s and it makes me remember the good times.)

www.propermag.com

Q&A Scott King Artist

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According to the Saatchi Gallery, “Scott King’s artworks are infused with a cunning media savviness that deftly navigates between product, messaging and desire”. That’s a sensible definition of the man and his work. I just want to say my definition of the man is that he possesses the deepest voice I have ever encountered. (I actually shit myself when I first met him, he should be doing voiceovers not art).

Gentlemen, he’s a legendary raconteur, famous for upsetting the non believers, creative genius, Dexy’s & Dr Feelgood fan, lambretta lover, ex art director at i-D and now a distinguished  university professor, I give you Scott King…..

What did you have for breakfast?

I treat myself to a Full English Breakfast … well a Full English Breakfast For Weaklings … a veggie one.

What’s good about your hometown?

Well, I’ve lived in London for over 20 years – but I’d still say my hometown is Goole … Goole is great for discount supermarkets; hosting both Lidl and Aldi’s UK flagship stores. The Lidl in Goole is 400, 000 sq metres – the biggest discount supermarket in Europe. It’s sad really, because when I was growing up, Goole was a proper small town – with all that that implies (loads of pubs, some local shops, a railway bridge and a lot of local loonies). I’m sure the local loonies are still there but everything else seems to have been replaced by take-aways, charity shops and mega-sized discount supermarkets. Still, it’s a fantastic place, sort of like Royston Vasey without the scenery.

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

The once handsome young King glided into London like Dick Whittington, years later he awoke to find himself a fat bastard.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I won’t be punching any celebrities ever again, not since de Botton tried to sue me.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I’ve got a fondness for Covert Coats, so I’d get one of them, in the sale.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

The Redskins “Take No Heroes”

Earl Brutus “Black Speedway”

The Supremes “Reflections”

The Fall “New Face in Hell” …. closing credits: Kenny Loggins “Danger Zone”.

 

www.scottking.co.uk

 

SK

Cut the Crepe

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It was the 3rd greatest Frenchman of all time Guy Debord, writing in the Internationale Situationniste who first said “Under the paving stones, the beach…above the paving stones, crepe soled shoes”. Alongside his position as an era-defining Marxist-Lettorist-Situationist, Debord was a huge fan of the crepe sole, rating it his all-time favourite shoe sole-style in a famous debate with Raoul Venegeim. Knew his onions did Guy.

In the right hands, crepe soles and some brown leather or suede always make the best shoes (the colour palette is much broader obviously but generally some shade or variant of brown works best). From Native American braves to North Western Casuals to the Future of the Left, it’s a combo that has always found a home with the more modernist-outsider tribes.

The San Juan, Betis and Gerona shoes from the current Veras collection, walk straight into the hearts and minds of anyone who has ever loved a crepe-soled shoe, from those who we might call Casual, to those who would do a raindance.  I’ve heard that instead of being cut from a tree, the rubber used for Veras is gently coaxed out with Hopi candles and Prince Far-I’s music so that it makes a much softer, mellower sole. I’ve not actually been out there to witness them do this but Veras really care about trees and Spanish shoemakers are well known for their love of Prince Far-I.

In a career that’s taken in Veras, Clarks, Native Craftworks, Asda, Yuteken, H&M, Quoddy, Weavers (are they just Clarks too?) and probably more, my favourite shoes have generally had a crepe sole (and been brown). It identifies a class-less shoe which is in a class of its own. Think of some of your own favourite shoes and if some of them don’t have crepe soles then you’re reading the wrong thing.

Words by Michael Richardson.

Q&A Dan Doyle BAPE Brand Manager

Dan Doyle

Meet Danny Doyle, one of the main guy’s at Bape London. Lived and worked in New York (Nom de Guerre) Tokyo (Ships) and now settled in London, Dan is the man you want by your side when you’re ordering in Wagamama (speaks fluent Japanese). A lover of languages and travel, Dan’s main aim for next year is to both visit Cardiff and conquer the Welsh language. Good luck with that Dan or as we say in Wales “Ble mae Thomas Tank go go goch”

What did you have for breakfast?

A Marlboro light and a Pepsi max

What’s good about your home town?

I grew up on the coast so we went to the beach whenever we wanted which was good, also we had a lot of language schools so there were plenty of chances to meet young ladies from exotic countries like Belgium .

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 148 characters and what would you call it?

It would be a 148 character long graphic novel because my memory is terrible and I cant write (this took me two weeks). It would called “My Struggle” but I think someone else has already used that title which probably wouldn’t translate into German very well.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

None, they enrich our lives and should be commended as pillars of the community and worshiped as living deities.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

Something from anywhere with a good returns policy, which I would then return and use the money for a good night out instead.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Carol – Funky Monkey Baby

Hank Williams – I’m So Lonesome I could Cry

Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

The Tweets – The Birdy song aka The Birdy Dance (for the closing credits)

www.eu.bape.com

 

Q&A Greg Chapman

Snoop

Now, bit of a strange one this because years ago when I first heard about this guy from Manchester called Snoop who was back and for New York getting people trainers I just had visions in my head of a dreadlocked Manc scally, head to toe in Ecko who resembled Snoop Dog….How surprised I was meeting him years later when he turned up to be quite the opposite. A bit of a charmer old Snoop, this is what he had to say…

What did you have for breakfast?

Coffee and a Banana

What’s good about your hometown?

Manchester United

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 148 characters and what would you call it?

I guess it would be about being a Manc and growing up in the 70′s and 80′s with a good soundtrack, covering all what was going on and getting out, following my passions for men’s style and all the trips abroad, all the beautiful women I have met and the places I have seen yadda yadda yadda

I would call it: Die hard with a Manc 6

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

Namaste

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

A 1930s over coat I just saw down at Spitalfields Market

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Mott The Hoople – All the Young Dudes

New Order – Temptation

Happy Mondays – WFL (Oakenfold Mix)

Ashpodells – 1 Minutes Silence

Q&A Mick Robinson Hotel Pelirocco

Hotel Pelirocco

Back in the 90′s Ginger Mick was one of the few actual Londoners I knew in London, he worked for Duffer back then, and there, everyone seemed to be either Scottish or Welsh. At the cutting edge of youth culture from punk to casual to acid house, Mick left London and moved down to to the coast where he opened up the fantastic Hotel Pelirocco. This is what he had to say…

What did you have for breakfast?

Always fruit first, with a bit of Yonken yoghurt, followed by cereal (pref Shreddies but whatevers in the cupboard, rice crispies 2nd choice) That’s before I leave home, followed by scrambled Eggs and bacon at work, the perks of running a hotel, 3 breakfasts.

What’s good about your hometown?

Current hometown (Brighton) you can walk everywhere quickly (after London being the opposite of that), the sea. Lots of old friends come here, met lots of great people, opportunities its given me… Old hometown (London) Everything!

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 148 characters and what would you call it?

Didn’t get the first bit – School..Had a laugh, went to gigs, clubs, holidays, clothes, great friends, joined a band (Accent who played at Stamford Bridge) Got a good job, light bulb moment, Hotel, moved to Brighton, hotel, fun, stress, kids, lovely wife, radio, music, still alive (at the mo) – That 148?

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

Extremely hard to limit to one, but everyone on BBC..

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

Westwood probably, ex punk see.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

When you’re young – The Jam,

White Man in Hammersmith Palais – The Clash ,

The Glow of Love – Change

Bodies – Sex Pistols

www.hotelpelirocco.co.uk

 

Cord Shoes

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Cord shoes. (cord shoes not just cord shoes) Just two words to describe shoes and their fabric but to gentlemen of a certain age and geography they are two words that get the sartorial synapses surging with nostalgia and the hands grabbing for EBay in the hope of finding some cord shoe gold (only for hopes to be inevitably dashed as the cord shoes mentioned online somewhere turn out to be just cord shoes).

I don’t know if they were a phenomenon particular to Manchester or the North West or what but for portions of the eighties cord shoes were the shoes for the Perry boy/Scally/Boho/match-going lads /yadda/yadda and then nothing. They disappeared like childhood, to become a fading memory, discussed in hushed-keystrokes on internet forums and shoe-retailers blogs. They were beautiful though. *Sigh*

The cord shoe was basically an old fella’s shoe. Like the comfy alternatives available in the back of Sunday supplements from the Mail and Express these days, it was designed for comfort and simplicity. They were effectively slippers but with a hard sole. That’s over-simplifying but not much. They were fairly sturdy to be honest and the better ones had stitched soles. They were a classic lo-profile silhouette of the kind that has always found favour with the gentlemen of the North West. I first saw some on an older lad at the match and remember being amazed/horrified/amused/impressed at what I thought looked stupid/cool as fuck. He had on a navy wool Benetton jumper, 501’s with slits up the seam and beige cord shoes. After a while I forgot the ‘stupid’ and just thought he looked cool as fuck. I spent more time watching him than the game and something was stirred that day that makes me sit and write shite on blogs about cord shoes. Sorry, I mean cord shoes.

I first saw them in the early-to-mid eighties. No doubt some Perry Boy will point out to me that they were wearing them in ‘78 (then another would say 76) but I wouldn’t know because I’m not really old. They were still around (in Manchester anyway) until about 1988 and by then they’d been incorporated (progressed) into the Retro/Scally and local indie look that would later all tumble over and die as it Manchester morphed into Madchester and we all went Baggy .

You won’t find a picture on Google of a cord shoe. Not of proper cord shoes anyway. Despite the availability of everything ever on the internet now, I’ve still yet to see an image of some actual cord shoes (That’s cord shoes not cord shoes…there’s millions of cord shoes). Even allowing for a lack of photo-taking capability compared to now, decent photo’s of the eighties Perry/Scally scene are rarer than a pair of OG Adidas Vladivostok Super and a photo of a pair of cord shoes? No chance

There’ll be cord shoes aficionados kissing their teeth at the inaccuracies in this account but that’s all good. It’s the way it should be. It’s only my account. This shit’s real and these are cord shoes we’re talking about.

 

@realsuedeshoes

Q&A James Brown Sabotage Times

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Fellas, I’m ready to get up and do my thing, I wanna get into it man you know….. No, but seriously this is not James Brown the black American musician, that would be weird. He’s not even alive anymore. There’s also another James Brown who hangs out with Kate Moss but it’s not him either, this is the white James Brown, curly hair who’s from Leeds,.. Bit of an idol for me back in the early 90s I must say. This is the guy who started off at NME, created Loaded and then went on to edit GQ, produced a few publications in between, namely Hotdog and the cracking Jack magazine, (a bit unfortunate where the name came from but nevertheless a good mag). He sold up, made a few quid and now runs the excellent Sabotage Times. Here is what he had to say..

What did you have for breakfast?

Leftovers of last night’s home made spaghetti bolognaise.

What’s good about your hometown Leeds?

There’s a lamp-post halfway down the ginnel (alley) that runs behind the stands at the cricket and rugby grounds. You can pull yourself up to the top, climb in and watch Michael Holding V Geoff Boycott for free. Well you can if it’s still the mid 70s. There’s also railway embankments, a railway tunnel and allotments in the immediate vicinity. What more can a young boy want?

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 148 characters and what would you call it?

Giant shark terrorises seaside town over Bank Holiday weekend, city cop organises unlikely posse to make it stop. Title: It Shouldn’t Happen To A Get.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

Obviously Bungle from Rainbow.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I just did: the Chocolate Leon boots from Folk, press discount allowed me enough change to buy a Tricot St James from The Content Store.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones. First song I’ve got any memory of.

Fire – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. That’s the first song I can remember seeing on television.

Love on The Terraces – Serious Drinking. As an 18 year old this was my type of love song.

End credits: The Pink Panther Theme with the actual Pink Panther Show End credits – who was that kid and how come he had a car like that?

Twitter @jamesjamesbrown

www.sabotagetimes.com

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Q&A Craig Ford ‘ANON’ Director & Owner of BAPE London

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He’s one of the coolest people in fashion and also one of the nicest and most genuine. Okay, he asked me to write that but seriously he knows a bit about gear and brands. According to Complex Magazine he is “responsible for bringing classic street-wear brands like A Bathing Ape and Billionaire Boys Club to London. He also co-founded Jacket Required, the UK’s number one tradeshow, a show he recently sold. When asked how much, Ford declines to comment and carries on smoking his cigar in between sipping his favourite champagne.  This is what he had to say…..

What did you have for breakfast?

Coffee & Bacon Roll

What’s good about your hometown Paisley?

The Radical war of 1820.

The Civic centre designed by Hutcheson, Locke and Monk.

Club 69
Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

A modern day Dick Whittington story. Craig Ford arrives in London from Glasgow by bus with a suitcase & a duvet in a bin bag. 20 years later he becomes an international fashion mogul. Tracing his story back to discovering Adam & the Ants aged 8, thru an education via The Specials, The Clash, The Who, Marx, breakdancing, graffiti electro, Crass, Conflict, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, acid and Italian house & techno. His first job as an electrician before taking in his days as a scholar as one of the only straight guys at the Scottish College of Textiles with a ratio of girls to boys of 20-1. Meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way from from CEO’s, Multi millionaires, petty thieves, girls from adult chat lines, drug dealers, musicians & artists.
It would be called: Monkey Tennis

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I walk with Ghandi, I’m not a violent person.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

A Cashmere knit from Johnson of Elgin.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

1. The Dirtbombs- I started a joke

2. Dexys Midnight Runners- Geno

3. Television Personalities- Smashing Time

Closing Credits:

The Tornadoes- Do you come here often?