All posts tagged: Modernist Subculture

Mr Right: 10 Reasons to Marry a Mod

I recently overheard two men talking about their respective wives. There was nothing particularly spectacular about the conversation, in fact it contained all the obligatory clichés: Why does she need MORE shoes? Why does it take her so bloody long to get ready? I’m getting earache (adopts whining tone) “we never go anywhere?”… and it struck me that I couldn’t really imagine hearing George say any of these things (not within earshot anyway!). Later that same day I joked with a friend that, being the clothes obsessed shoeaholic that I am, being married to a Mod definitely has its benefits.  In all seriousness there are many reasons why I love my husband, and love spending time with him; none of them related to Mod. The bottom line is that time is best spent with someone who shares your passions.  However, it did get me thinking about the Mod Man and so, here is my tongue in cheek look at why every girl should marry a Mod… 1STYLING The Mod Man always looks good. Modernist Man knows how to …

Icons & Influencers: Claire Mahoney

By far one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things about being active in a scene and on social media is the social aspect. Some friends, by virtue of distance or circumstance remain ‘virtual’ until such time that you find yourself at the same event. Claire Mahoney, journalist, broadcaster & Mod is one of those friends. Being a writing ‘enthusiast’, Claire (as the professional) is an inspiration to me.  In fact, if you’re in the Mod or Scooter scene yourself and haven’t heard of Claire, then shame on you! Claire isn’t just an active member of the Mod scene, as a journalist and broadcaster she is an influential promoter of the scene. An obvious choice for The Mod Closet’s Icons & Influencers series, I was absolutely delighted when Claire agreed to put virtual pen to paper and tell us a bit about herself. Claire also gave us a sneak peak into her Mod Closet to show us her favourite outfit, which you can see here! Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live? …

LOOKBOOK: Claire Mahoney

Claire is The Mod Closet’s featured ‘Icon & Influencer’ for October. You can read all about this fabulous Mod icon here! In this Lookbook Claire gives us a peep inside her Mod Closet to show us her favourite outfit… Dress by Ossie Clark – My favourite dress; I adore the sleeves. The style is inspired by his designs from the 60s Black plastic mac from Boden – This jacket goes with everything and I wish I had bought one in every colour. It has a fantastic polka dot purple lining. Shoes by Orla Kiely for Clarks – From the first range Orla Kiely did for Clarks. A great example of modern styling with a 60s twist and I love the flower motif. Bag, a monochrome gem from Jools the Vintage Bag Lady Click on the picture below to read my interview with Claire…

Icons & Influencers: Gill Evans Catling

If you are, or have ever been active in the Mod scene you will have heard of Gill Evans Catling. Gill and her late husband Del Evans were original Mods back in the sixties, having already coined the pre-Mod term Continentalists in the late 50s. Always stylish & polished, Gill is a walking master-class of Mod style; a beacon of feminine tailoring and a true Icon of Mod. I heard Gill being interviewed on the radio in 2013/14 (one of many TV, radio and print interviews she’s done) and I had the pleasure of meeting her last year at Moda in Wolverhampton. When you meet Gill it’s easy to see why she is so often approached for interviews. Not only is she one of our greatest Mod historians, she is a warm, open and generous raconteur. It was my very great privilege to visit Gill in her home and immerse myself in her life for a day. We hung out in her workshop (oh that sample rail!) chatted about life and style, and then I was given a sneak preview …

Too Far South: Mods Adrift on the Isle of Wight

We’re suffering from Bank Holiday Blues in the Mod Closet this week.  Having planned, talked about and counted down the months, weeks, days and sleeps to the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally – and, by planned I mean bought me a scooter; customised two scooters and endured nine motorcycle tests between us (one of us had to take the Mod1 twice) – we’re feeling a little deflated now that it’s all over. You may be questioning why a couple of Mods didn’t attend the Brighton Mod weekender. Brighton was our original plan but when we struggled to find a hotel with suitable parking we decided on the Isle of Wight instead.  In the weeks leading up to the Mod-milestone weekend we began to wonder if we’d made a terrible mistake. I appreciate that this may not sound like the biggest decision in one’s life but I do struggle with simple decisions.  Major decisions like, the sale of my house (yes), where to live (back in Oxford), where to get married (New York); should we invoke …

Overdressed and Out West: Weston Super Mare Scooter Rally 2014

QUESTION: What’s the difference between a Scooter Rally and a Mod Weekender?  Answer: At a Mod Weekender no one looks you up and down and asks “What the bloody hell have you come for, a wedding?” You might be able to tell that this was my first, full-blown Scooter Rally and, while I was expecting a certain amount of casual (it’s largely a camping venue and temperatures soared to the high twenties) I wasn’t expecting a sea of three-quarter length camouflage and band t-shirts.  Boy those scooterists are a sensible bunch!  And, boy was I naïve.  They are sensible, it seems until it comes to throwing themselves around town on their scooters in shorts and t-shirts!  I’m also a newly qualified scooter girl (if that isn’t obvious) who is still reeling from hanging on to a 600cc machine around the streets of Banbury for my motorcycle license and, as such I’m reluctant to let go of the armour plating.  I did try a lighter look for my four-mile mini-ride to Sturdy’s Castle in June and …

The Mod Closet Menswear Sale Edit (and EXCLUSIVE discount)

Following last week’s post dedicated to women’s blazers and jackets it seems only fair and balanced to dedicate this, my next post to the Gentlemen Mods. In this edition of The Mod Closet Style Edit you’ll find our pictorial edit of the best of the current end of season sales PLUS another EXCLUSIVE MOD CLOSET DISCOUNT available until July 14th.  I’ve also pulled together some outfit ideas to get your inspiration juices flowing. I’ve been scouring the best of what’s currently available online this week to pull together a seasonally appropriate edit from the best of the Mod market.  The usual suspects have been included; Mod friendly brands like Gabicci, Merc, Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Original Penguin and Dr Martens have all announced end of season sales. But, by far the biggest challenge was pulling an edit from the vast array of stock available from online retailer Atom Retro and one of London’s top destination stores Stuarts London.  I’ve even thrown in couple of curve-balls from London brand Albam & French boutique brand The Kooples.  Enjoy … NOTE: …