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#1 Sator

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:14 PM

On the American clothing fora they are always swooning over vintage images from sources such as Apparel Arts, but here are some absolutely wonderful images from old Simpson's catalogues that are just as good, if not better. They also come from a time period when London was considered to lead the way when it comes to men's dress. I will start with some items from the 1930s:

















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Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:17 PM

Dear Old Simpson's - forever commemorated by a plaque but couldn't you have stayed; had you to go?
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 03:58 PM

More illustrations from the late 1930s to the 1940s:







Understandably, the number of ladies' illustrations outnumber the men's for this decade.



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Posted 21 July 2009 - 08:32 AM

Very evocative images. Daks are still going and they have, for some time, been available outside London - in fact all around the world.
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:44 PM

The 1950s:











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Posted 21 July 2009 - 01:02 PM

Here is what Simpsons recommended for the well dressed gentlemen in the 1930s:





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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:13 PM

The 1960s:









You can see in the lean and clean silhouettes of the 1960s how the reaction against drape that started in the 1950s becomes complete.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 10:43 PM

I note with interest that many, if not most, of the double-breasted suits of the thirties and forties are worn with both buttons fastened.... happy.gif
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Posted 23 July 2009 - 03:13 AM

I note with interest that many, if not most, of the double-breasted suits of the thirties and forties are worn with both buttons fastened....



If you don't count the 1x2 dinner jacket ( and I didn't.) it's actually and even split.

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 10:58 AM

Next - the 1970s. Just as a word of note, I feel that the 1970s are often wrongly maligned. That is not to say I like everything about this decade, but there was still a lot of tailoring that showed great imaginative touches with unusual application of historic elements. The wild Romanticisms often came across looking a bit Gothic looking with oddly juxtaposed Victorian elements. Quickshank didn't like everything he saw in the 1830s either, for every decade has its strength and weaknesses. However, the seventies had character - that much you cannot deny it.











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Posted 24 July 2009 - 06:18 PM

QUOTE (Sator @ Jul 24 2009, 01:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


I do believe I had the jacket shown at the top left of this picture, bought in the 70's at a section of Simpsons called Simpsons Trend in Jermyn Street with a separate entrance at the back which catered for the more youthful client. I seem to recall that the coat lapels touched the sleeve though they were so big.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 05:44 PM

A look inside the newly opened store in 1937:



Photo g shows the bespoke tailoring section:



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Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:24 PM

There are some nice inspirations to be found here - thanks! E.g. I really like the 4x1 Dinner Suit very much and I also fond of the wide lapels of the tailcoats smile.gif.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 01:03 PM

QUOTE (Sator @ Jul 17 2009, 11:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On the American clothing fora they are always swooning over vintage images from sources such as Apparel Arts, but here are some absolutely wonderful images from old Simpson's catalogues that are just as good, if not better. They also come from a time period when London was considered to lead the way when it comes to men's dress. I will start with some items from the 1930s:



Looking at the skiing suit, I can't help but be reminded of the sort of double breasted tunics favoured by German tank crews in WW2. I believe that the Russians also had some similar garments:




The yellow scarf under the coat in this illustration is also particularly handsome I think:








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Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:21 AM

Hello,im Italian,and im new in this forum.
I have a question:
The Simpson's fashion sketch in this thread are from a book?
The book is on Amazon or on Ebay?
thanks.

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 10:14 AM

Welcome to the forum.

The book is titled The British Tradition, Simpson a World of Style by David Wainwright. It is sadly no longer in print, but you may be able to find a second hand copy on Amazon.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 01:10 AM

Many Thanks.




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