A Favourite Five with a difference here from STAND fanzine editor Seb White.
You’d be hard pressed to find a label, these days that didn’t mention the word ‘heritage’ and in some cases, like Barbour for example, it’s part of what makes it well… pretty damn good and dare I use another buzz word, ‘a timeless classic’.
Even the mainstream are at it, take the seemingly unstoppable proliferation of Superdry. Despite having less ‘heritage’ than Milton Keynes Dons they’ve managed to concoct a whole look based on manufactured iconography featuring Japanese text and retro Americana, incredibly even the ladies are wearing it.
So it’s with great weariness and trepidation when any new kid on the block claims to be stepped in history and influences.
Realm and Empire is an exception to that rule.
These guys aren’t just making things up, they have full and unlimited access to the archives of the Imperial War Museum and its collection of over 600,000 items. Be it a drawing from a sailor from 1941, a wartime poster, a hat used by Commandos, or even a coat worn by a sailor on the harsh Atlantic sea all those years ago, R&E are directly inspired by the conflicts that have shaped Great Britain.
The items for Autumn Winter 2013 are naval themed, focusing on the sea battles which, for an island nation surrounded by the enemy, were pivotal. They’ve even shot their lookbook on the decks of HMS Belfast moored on the River Thames and one of the IWM locations.
In Proper Mag style here are my favourite fives from the new collection…