The ongoing series of collaborations between British cult label Fred Perry and avant-gardist Raf Simons has produced some of the most memorable celebrations of British subcultures in recent years. The two labels have made particularly inventive use of photographic prints from archival sources detailing the punk and ska subcultures of the 70s and 80s.
In this new collection, Belgian avant-garde designer Raf Simons reshapes pieces from the legendary Fred Perry archive with the help of images from photographer Brian Flynn’s personal archive of photographs taken at the legendary 100 Club in 1982 and 1983. Far from a professional photographer at the time, Flynn recently explained: “I’d just left school and was training to be a builder. It was the first time I was earning money and I bought a camera to capture my nights out with friends. I’d put my film in to be processed before work at 8 am and pick it up after work at 5 pm, selecting the best ones for a photo album I still treasure today.” Flynn’s amateur status results in photos of an unflinching immediacy and rawness, a rare unvarnished record of the 1980s London club scene.
with two Brian Flynn photo patches pinned to the front by dual-branded lacquer Laurel Wreath and ‘RS’ pins, the Fred Perry X Raf Simons Printed Patch Tee emphasises Fred Perry’s essential role in British youth and music subcultures from the ’80s to the present day.
Model is 175cm and wears size M.
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