Maybe I have too much time on my hands but one of my favourite current pastimes involves finding decent online shops and then putting together the best possible outfit I could get from there. This week I’ve been casting my eager eye over Woodhouse Clothing’s site who some of you may be familiar with given that their shops have been kitting blokes out in top quality attire since way back in 1975. So here is my Woodhouse wish-list, six stunning staples that I’d proper love to own…
It’s hard for me to say the word ‘Boss’ without images of a cheeky Scouse urchin enthusing about a new pair of trainees popping into my head. However this BOSS is 100% Italiano and when it comes to titfers our Latin cousins sure know how to put together a bit of virgin wool and alpaca.
Did somebody mention Italy? If you’ve missed out on the recent S.I. re-ignition and have somehow avoided their 30th anniversary celebrations and that book. Then maybe this immense, colour changing ice jacket will slap you out of your complacency like an angry Bolognese Nanna and finally make you wake up and smell the espresso.
Though usually strict two-button traditionalists when it comes to a wearing a bit of Lacoste, lately their L!ve stuff has been turning our heads more than Captain Howdy did to Regan’s in 70s not-walking-home-on-my-own-after-this horror flick the Exorcist. 100% brushed cotton, a buttoned down collar, well thought out contrasting pockets and a crocodile are all the ingredients for a perfect shirt. You just might need some holy water and a priest to keep all the devil women away from you whilst wearing it.
To be honest I was sold when I saw the words ‘LEVI’S’ and ‘Asteroids’ together, instantly being transported back to an amusement arcade underneath the A6, near the bus station in Stockport. A glorious time when we all tried our best to look like Nick Kamen whilst blasting fuck out of aliens using a track-ball. The fact these jeans are also selvedge and have coloured flecks in them just makes it even better.
Some people say that you shouldn’t wear trainers (or suede) this time of year but as these NB 577 have ENCAP shock absorbers, we can’t think of anything better to be have on your feet. Negotiating leaves that are slippier than David Cameron and ice that’s blacker than Dot Cotton’s lungs shouldn’t be a problem.
As fellow clothing obsessives we’re sure that you too will have seen some laughably Jekyll gear in your time, whether it’s Tommy Fishfinger jumpers on Ashton Market or C.P. Goggle undies on Ebay, the ingenuity and irreverence of counterfeit culture truly fascinates me. Luis Gispert’s impressive book Decepcion takes a look at this world of fakery alongside some impressive examples, such as the interior of Daniella Westbrook’s mind/car as shown here.
OK so that’s us all suited and booted and suitably well-read but what of our breath I hear you ask? Roll out the Rolls Royce of toothpaste Marvis, though currently working our way through the cinnamon ‘flavour’ the classic strong mint is pretty much the governor when it comes to dental dandiness.