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THE WORLD CUP HAS BEEN STOLEN!

It’s a story that creeps up every World Cup year, a ludicrous tale more fitting for the big screen than a 60s south London estate. However as the years roll by, the whole idea of somebody wanting and actually succeeding to steal a World Cup trophy seems to capture our imaginations and baffle us as to how it was possible.

Incase you’ve never heard the comical story of pickles the dog (unlikely) then let us fill you in. It was March 20th 1966, the country was all but set to host the greatest footballing tournament in the world. …Harold Wilson was prime minister and poised to take a second term, fashion was flourishing and the people of London were in full swing. Read More…

Ricks Diary: The Swiss Alps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Booking a flight to Switzerland to climb a mountain with a man you’ve never met might sound a little crazy, but that’s exactly what I did three years ago. I met Bruno through UKC, the go-to organization for UK based climbers. Before I knew it, I found myself onboard Swiss-air, hovering above the mountains I’d be tackling for the next week, itching to begin the icy ascent that lay ahead. Read More…

The Casbah Coffee Club

Casbah or Kasbah; a type of medina, Islamic city or fortress, the older native Arab quarter of a North African city, especially Algiers. With a definition like this youd be forgiven for thinking it’s an unusual name for a coffee club in the suburbs of late 50’s Liverpool. However it’s owner Mona ‘Mo’ Best, was a nurse in the British Red Cross, whilst husband John, was a physical training instructor for the British Army. Both having seen plenty of the world long before the idea of an exotically named underground coffee club had even crossed their minds.. Read More…

Harry Stedman Visits Craft Tailoring

Tucked away in a little-known Liverpool side street is Craft Tailoring. A five-minute walk from the famous river Mersey, it’s a small and unassuming shop with a master craftsman at the helm in Mr Walter Smith. After kitting out The Beatles for their first TV performance on Granada Television in 1962, his more than 60 years of perfecting his trade has brought a wealth of interesting anecdotes and accolades from all around the world.

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Ricks Diary: Winter Hill Mast

Growing up on the side of the Pennine Moors, the oppurtunity of adventure found in ’the great outdoors’ has always excited me. As well as being inspired by this landscape, my Grandad, Harry Stedman, ignited my imagination as a child with tales of his trips around the globe serving in the Army in the 1950’s. Ironically, the story which has stuck most of all does not hail from any of Harry’s exotic destinations, (Cairo, Argentina, America, Brazil…) but from somewhere a lot closer to home.

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Harry Stedman on ‘Diners’ Part 2

Sailing across the Atlantic to the east coast of North America, the counterpart and older brother to the unassuming, working class British caff was of course the all American diner. Shining beacons of chrome, glass and neon lighting plus the very latest and most sought after music spinning in the jukebox, a Diner would draw in customers off the sidewalk and from all walks of life. 

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Made in the USA T-Shirt

Unparalleled in its simplicity and tremendous widespread appeal, the T-shirt is a true icon of style. In the same way that coca-cola and blue jeans have become metonyms of western culture, the plain white T-shirt shares their universal significance.This short-sleeved cotton colossus has governed both men and women’s wardrobes for almost seventy years and in 2014 its star is as bright as ever. 

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Goodwood Here We Come

Goodwood Revival

Many of you may remember our visit to last year’s Goodwood Revival, an event that saw our first physical, albeit temporary, store space. Whilst there we showcased our range in full and embraced the opportunity to finally engage with our customers face-to-face.

Following what was a successful outing last year, it is with much pleasure we can confirm we will be returning to set up shop for this year’s event, scheduled for the weekend of 12-14 September 2014.

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Harry Stedman on ‘Caffs’ Part 1

Harry Stedman on 'Caffs' Part 1

Greasy spoons, classic cafes, whatever you want to call them they are an important piece of (sub) cultural history here in Britain. With an aesthetic that’s distinctly working class and a little rough around the edges, ‘caffs’ held a simplistic charm that was once the perfect space for a post war generation to express themselves.
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Harry Stedman Visits 69A Intandane

Harry Stedman Visits 69A Intadane

At first glance it seems a sort of organised chaos has occurred within 69A Intandane’s early 19th century walls. With an amalgamation of antiques, vintage clothing & accessories, vinyl records, books, furniture and plenty of other carefully acquired items littering the store from all corners of the globe. Explore a little further and you find that it’s more a case of many small but perfectly formed collections that sit alongside each other…
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