The term ‘Mod’ is something that has been synonymous with Brighton for nearly sixty years now. From the famous deckchair-hurling fights on the pebbled beach, to the Mod fashion boutiques which to this day still line the North Lanes – there remains a huge vibe of the hubbub of 60’s youth culture throughout the city. With that in mind…It all started with a pair of black chelsea boots by Deena & Ozzy, marked down in the sale. I loved everything about them, especially the history that comes with such an iconic classic. After a few days hesitation I finally gave in and bought them – thankfully having been marked down again in the time it took me to deliberate! With my boots still sitting pretty in their cardboard box, I found myself trawling the internet for Mod imagery, Beatnik fashions, listening to iconic music from the decade whilst closely inspecting photos of the generation that danced to it the first time round. This would be a great moment to interject that I have within the last few months discovered the wonders of Pinterest. My account is HERE if you care to see what inspires me of late.
Then one afternoon last week, Joshua and I were having a rummage in the record box at out local Oxfam (a very fruitful day – five amazing vinyls came home with us that afternoon!) On the way out we both spied this navy pea coat hanging on the wall. I tried it on first, then Josh – we both loved it and decided that Josh would own, and I could borrow!
Of course, to fit us both means that it’s slightly too big for me – but I love the oversized ‘boyfriend’ look! Teamed with a pair of Joni skinny jeans from Topshop, a chunky knit roll neck jumper and my Cambridge Satchel Company bag that I recently blogged about, I set off with my friend Sam to take some Mod inspired photos, to do both the boots and pea coat justice! It’s amazing being photographed by Sam – we’ve known each other for about ten years so there’s no awkwardness, and best of all, he’s an amazing photographer – always teaching himself how to use new equipment, editing techniques…Very inspiring stuff! Our location was just up the road from our flat, where, were it not for the modern cars littering the pavement edge, you could believe that it was still the 1960’s thanks to the red brick homes, and ceramic road signs.
My beautiful satchel, I look after this thing like it’s a newborn – I love it so much! Sam working on getting my ‘best angle’…Ha!
A cheeky little portrait shot…
As we walked home, with an impossible number of photos to sort through – we spied this amazing 60’s VW van! If you want to have a look at some of the Mod images (both new and old) that have been inspiring me then click on this link HERE.