Proper Magazine Issue 11 (MAGP11A)
This second sojourn into magazine territory covers some of Autumn/Winter’s most impressive apparel, interspersed with subjects as diverse as French cartoons, Norwegian food, London’s hidden gems and rare albums you didn’t realise you needed in your life. But it’s the clothing coverage that is Proper’s strength. Exclusive interviews with the men behind brands like the Swedes Our Legacy, Svensson and Velour stand out, as does a fishing trip with Barbour Beacon designer Tokihito Yoshida and his Mrs. For the old school, there’s the tale of what went before Yorkshireman Robert Wade-Smith headed to Liverpool via Brussels and how his trainer emporium found itself on the axis of the casual scene in the early 1980s. There’s intrigue too, as ultra-limited moccasin men Native Craftworks show us around their factory and give us the lowdown on how they manage to make such amazing shoes. We’ve also enlisted the help of a chap called Russ Gater, one of the creative spirits behind renaissance men Heritage Research. He tells us about his obsession with Vietnam era militaria, from rare camouflage to the personal effects of those who fought. See if you can make the link from that to the clothes he designs, because it’s definitely there. Other brands covered are Kenneth MacKenzie’s 6876 and Vera Footwear. Perry Boys author Ian Hough is also onboard once again.