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Harry Stedman Visit Regent Tailoring

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On one of the wettest days last month we took a trip down to the ancient city of Salisbury, Wiltshire to visit the Regent Tailoring store. The 3-floor shop is situated on New Street just off the High Street near the 695 year old Salisbury Cathedral. With a small front and big behind the shop has a lot more to offer than first meets the eye…

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3 Queens and a Cunard Yank

photo 3Liverpool, a city that’s no stranger to momentous occasions was once again the focus this bank holiday weekend.

Harry’s hometown provided the backdrop for the ‘3 queens’ of the Cunard Line as they cruised down the River Mersey together for the first time. The vessels Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria gathered at Liverpool’s Pier Head terminals, Initiating the shipping lines 175th anniversary celebrations marking the first crossing from Liverpool to New York, 1840.

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Harry’s first trip to New York was in 1956, working aboard a Cunard White Star line vessel.

The ships usually docked at Pier 92 once they’d reached The Big Apple, and when this one did Harry fell head over heals in love with the city and all it had to offer. He remembers vividly dialing into the radio stations, as they sailed up the Hudson River, which played R&B, gospel and doo-wop – all of which was unheard of in Liverpool at the time. Even better were the bars and clubs.. One of Harry’s favorites was the Metronome, with its huge bar and fantastic swing music until the early hours. Often Harry and friends would head uptown to the dingy R&B bars of Harlem where they would catch a session by one of the Blues legends such as T Bone Walker.

For a young lad from Liverpool, the musical revelations of New York in the 50s were matched by the sartorial discoveries: Brooks Brothers, Tie City, the backstreet tailors of 42nd Street, Fruit of the Loom. Levis and nylons were worth their weight in gold back in Liverpool. American clothes were different from those back home and he would be forever obsessed with the small details of menswear: the softness of a natural shouldered jacket, the roll of a Brooks Brothers collar, the way the third button of his J Press suit rolled into two…people used to stop him on the street in Liverpool over that one…the brake of his trousers on his loafers…ah the loafers! He’d seen penny loafers (called moccasins in Liverpool) on his brothers but standing there in his new pair of Thom McAn’s they looked amazing.

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However Harry was no Madison Avenue advertising exec…he worked in hard physical conditions, he’d lived for four years in Africa and spent a year travelling around South America – suits were sharp but Harry was always more comfortable in his cornerstone outfit of white t-shirt, leather jacket and chinos/jeans – a mix of American work-wear picked up from New York dockers and cool casuals that formed his weekend wardrobe when off duty in North Africa – this became the “Harry Stedman” look.There will be a whole host of events and celebrations right through until July 4th/5th so keep an eye out here as we’ll be keeping up to date with what’s going on. For more visit http://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/one-magnificent-city/

#StreetHeritage – Harry Stedman x Liquor Store

As part of The #StreetHeritage campaign by Birmingham’s fantastic Liquor Store, three of the Harry Stedman team have compiled outfits that we each personally feel mix Street Style with Heritage wear, Something the Liquor store does so well.

Ryan Lee – PR & Marketing Manager

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Harry Stedman Navy Desert Wax Drizzler Jacket

Harry Stedman Blue 50s Oxford Button Down Shirt

Harry Stedman Beige Chinos

Harry Stedman Grey Made in USA T-Shirt

Sanders Chukka Boot in Snuff Suede

Vintage 1970s Everton Football Club with hand sewn patches.

Being from Liverpool, for me the street means one thing, Football. Whether it’s playing it in the street as a boy, or walking the well-trodden paths towards the match of a weekend. You’d notice everyone wrapped up during winter in long woollen coats with the occasional flash of blue from a scarf poking out, here i’ve picked my vintage Everton F.C. scarf with badges my uncle added when he was a kid, the Everton fist is my favourite and gives it that little bit of attitude. Shorter, smart Harrington style jackets similar to the Harry Stedman Drizzler (pictured) also caught my eye as the weather got a little warmer.”


 

Amy Greenland – CEO / Designer

Amys outfit

Harry Stedman Classic Varsity Jacket

Harry Stedman Yoke Pocket Overshirt

Harry Stedman Burgundy Classic T-shirt

Vintage Duxbak Sweatshirt

Tramline Danner Boots

Harry Stedman Bramble Stitch Hat

Hardy and Parsons Elmley Belt

Levi’s Demi Curve Slim Jeans

“Coming back from New York last month after exhibiting at Liberty Fairs trade show, we got to see a lot of great authentic street styles. Varsity Jackets kept popping up, often layered under topcoats and macs, mixing the urban sportswear vibes with more sober traditional outerwear. It’s one piece of clothing that’s been a constant in American culture. Here among other items, Ive picked our Harry Stedman Classic Varsity Jacket in forest green and black, they’re made in collaboration with Golden Bear Sportswear, a stalwart of american workwear thats been going since the 1920s.”


 

Richard Ashton – UK & International Sales Manager

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Nike Air Force Ones in Grey/Black

Harry Stedman Indigo 16.5 oz Raw Selvedge Denim Kulsan Jean

Harry Stedman Loopwheeled 50s Sweater in Khaki

Brooklyn Circus BKc Big B Tee in tie dye blue

“When we visited New York a few weeks back i was like a kid in a sweetshop when it came to the clothes, So many great stores and brands! We hit the streets, me in my Harry Stedman Kulsan Jeans, that are just starting to feel like a part of me, and i’m pretty happy with the fade on the back pocket where i keep my wallet. I love my trainers too so when i saw the Air Force Ones i had to buy them. Same for my Brooklyn Circus Tee, I love it’s worn in feel and it gives a nice little flash of colour underneath my Harry Stedman Japanese Loopwheeled Sweatshirt.”

The Lowdown On Our Denim

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With the amount of denim heads multiplying by the day, let us begin by saying we don’t claim to be experts in the now vast denim arena. We simply appreciate quality, solid, well made products in every walk of life, and jeans with all the facets and variables that come with a good pair were definitely an early goal of ours. Read More…

Liberty Fairs – New York AW15

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Liberty Fairs was our first international trade show, and what a nostalgic trip for the Harry Stedman team and particularly myself (Harry’s grandson Rick). The show was based at Pier 94 Westside Manhattan, just 2 piers up from where Harry would dock into New York back in his merchant navy days. Myself, Amy and Nell had the joyful task of setting up the stand for the show on the most miserable and rainy day.

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A Christmas Meal with … Matthew Pike, Founder of Buckets & Spades

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Christmas is finally here, and in all the excitement and build up, we managed to catch up with a few friends of Harry Stedman and find out whom they would most like to spend a Christmas meal with. It can be any person, group of people, from the history books or alive today.

Here’s what our friend Mr Matthew Pike, founder of Buckets & Spades Blog had to say.. Read More…

A Christmas Meal with … Nik Speller, Buckets & Spades Contributor.

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With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve managed to catch up with a few friends of Harry Stedman and find out whom they would most like to spend a Christmas meal with. It can be any person, group of people, from the history books or alive today.

Here’s what our friend Mr Nik Speller, contributor to Buckets & Spades Blog had to say.. Read More…

A Christmas Meal with … Men’s File Magazine

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With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve managed to catch up with a few friends of Harry Stedman and find out whom they would most like to spend a Christmas meal with. It can be any person, group of people, from the history books or alive today.

Here’s what Mr Nick Clements, Editor of Men’s File Magazine had to say.. Read More…

Harry Stedman Interview: Sidetracked Magazine Editor – John Summerton

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For those of you who have not laid eyes on Sidetracked yet, it’s quite simply a beautiful amalgamation of all things adventure. It’s a collection of some of the most striking photography that immediately has you hook, line and sinker and craving more. Plus, there’s captivating 1st hand descriptions of far away cultures, climates, landscapes and the journeys into the unknown. Recently, we managed to catch up with John Summerton, Editor of Sidtracked to find out more about the site, magazine and the ideas driving them both. Read More…

The Goodwood Revival 2014

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This September, we were once again lucky enough to be exhibiting at the fantastic Goodwood Revival. As always it was an amazing experience filled with some of the most beautiful (pre 1966) cars & bikes, a constant stream of fiercely contested racing plus spectators outfits that were perfect down to every last detail.

Below are some of our favourite photos from the three days which we hope capture even a glimmer of how much fun we had. enjoy! Read More…