Making the ‘Greatest Comeback Since Lazarus” (copyright The Late, Great Sid Waddell) Oi Polloi bring back in house label Cottonopolis‘ Swiss Army Shirt, in one new fabric and three new belting colours.
Not saying that The Second Coming beats The Stone Roses debut into a Cocked Hat, but sometimes that second lp feels right; and don’t even get me started on how Empire Strikes Back pisses all over Star Wars, as a visual delight: Han’s Woolrichesque Parka > Luke’s white Judo outfit all day long. What I’m getting at is that sometimes the original isn’t always the best.
And so it is with this release from Cottonopolis. Last years Swiss Army Shirts, in that heavy duty cotton went down a storm, selling out, and leaving a throng of upset lads, who snoozed and losed (alright ‘lost’ for the pedants).
Speaking from experience, I was one of that happy band who got their hands on one, and it gets worn. Loads. But as the sun gets warmer in the coming months (yeah, alright, sit down Schafernaker) it’s going to have to be moth-balled till September.
So what do that lot at 63 St Thomas Street do? Go and release it in a warmer-climate-friendly, dead on-trend, Ripstop cotton don’t they. Not stopping there, they also change the colours too (in the Olive and Navy case not a lot, I’ll grant you; but HELLO you little Putty Sage beauty).
Same pattern as last time, giving you them hand warmer pockets, two chest ones and that quirky little off-centred bugger at the front. At the back there’s that vent; curved hems at the side, and a half button placket. All very ‘Daiki‘. All very lovely.
Get in sharpish, either in store or online here.
Okay lets be fair- given the fact that people say and I quote ‘ your fussy as fuck, small details don’t matter, you are just being a cunt’. That said, I cannot get over – the finish quality on the putty sage above, given the fact that it has retail price in the £100 range. Maybe it wants to replicate the intended finish of some items in the engineering garments range, but if you look at the construction – it is hardly a valid point as they are miles apart.
The off centre pocket at the bottom seems a pointless detail, is it just for the vanity or to hide substances common in the modern disco scene? You decide. That said, it seems perfectly suited for a fight in the centre of Manchester (or any city\town of your choice). As the rip stop fabric is decent and the kangaroo pocket at the bottom is useful to hide weapons. Overall, I can see this selling out again, because it has a certain appeal to the local council estate crowd and hipsters that are lost in trying to find urban outfitters or delusional in the belief of a costume that reflects poverty. In conclusion, it has certain appeal to a certain demographic, but hardly a winner?