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.
The provenance of this season’s graphic materials comes from the recently-published 100 Club Stories photobook produced by publisher Ditto in collaboration with Fred Perry. With a particular focus on the “100 Club Pink Special” — an event at the legendary London club where punk bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Damned made early appearances — the book evokes the energy of that crucial time in music history, identifying what made the space so special at that time without demystifying its legendary status.
The Fred Perry x Raf Simons Raf Patched Oversized Shirt is a long sleeve collared shirt with a trademark Raf Simons’ oversized fit. Cut from crisp cotton poplin fabric, this shirt takes inspiration from the tradition of affixing patches to show subcultural allegiance, a practice that flourished in the London punk scene around the 100 club. This piece features several screen printed patches adorned with photographs from the 100 Club Stories book project: one large patch across the back, one on the left sleeve, and two on the chest. Other features include an embroidered Fred Perry laurel wreath with Raf Simons embroidery beneath it; front ubtton closure; smart collar stand; and buttoned cuffs.
Made in Portugal from 100% cotton.
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