The latest edition of your friendly neighbourhood TSLR is on the newstands fact fans (no it’s not, but it is for sale at a League One ground near you). S and S have obviously had a win on the nags, as TSLR 22 is printed on shiny new professional paper – great to keep the Withdean rain off, not so good as emergency bog roll, unless you want paper cuts on your bangle.

There’s new writers on board, it’s thicker in content, and it’s STILL only £1 an issue. I have included my input here, to whet your appetite. If you missed the fanzine dealers outside Withers on Saturday they will be about at Albion’s away games, or for sale online at the TSLR blog.

Seriously though, please support the boys who put together BHAFC’s one and only fanzine, they (and us contributors), make no money producing it – it’s a labour of love – the more you support it, the better it will most certainly get.

Now that the glorious summer has ended in rain-sodden ignominy, just as the last Withdean season gets underway, it’s time to rearrange the old wardrobe. The shorts, trainers, and polo shirts have had a summer’s length of wear and tear, not least scuffing the cobbled streets of Albufeira in July. But, never fear, the true dresser welcomes the return of the dark, damp days, not just for long hauls on the rattler up to northern wastelands like Oldham, no friends, the man who spends time putting a matchday outfit together especially welcomes the Return of the Mac.

The pride of any dresser is his coat, it is his shell against the world – not just from the elements – it is his main piece of clothing, his personal branding. You can spend all you want on good shoes, jeans and the rest, but to top it off with some misshapen sack from Top Man is strictly not done, not if you want to stand out from the herd.

I’ve been checking out the Autumn/Winter 2010 collections of all the quality clothing brands, looking to add to my wardrobe before the really crap weather descends. Some are good, some ok, some shite, a discerning eye must be used before making an expensive purchase, because there’s so much out there that is wrong, and it’s cheek by jowl with the good stuff.

The look for me this winter is, as always, idiosyncratic, some vintage, some completely new, and the odd bit not usually associated with ‘casual’. I’m calling it ‘Mountaineering Paninaro’, as both these looks are spot on in the cold months, even though the closest I’ll get to climbing mountains this winter will be hiking up Tongdean Lane on matchday. Moncler are the best bet for urban hill climbers, I also recommend Fracap Japanese mountaineering boots, and dark jeans from Edwin or Nudie.

The Italian Paninari – young stylish hedonists who hung around the Hamburger joints of Milan in the 1980s in their Moncler and Armani – have always been a source of inspiration for me, no other group of people have looked so good since. Keeping with the Italian theme, I’m going to mention two (related) brands that will be decking me out this season. Stone Island are much faked, much reviled, and much boycotted by true dressers, but I still like some of their stuff, and I’ve bought and loved some recently. MA Strum is the squeaky new brand formed from the archives of the late great Stone Island/CP Company designer Massimo Osti, put together by his son and American designer Donrad Duncan. This label could be massive, have a look before everyone is wearing it.

So this season let your inner rock climber out, and remember, whatever you wear this winter, wear it well. Ciao.

Ten labels to look out for this winter (in no particular order)

  1. MA. Strum
  2. Stone Island
  3. Fracap mountaineering boots
  4. Clarks
  5. Edwin selvedge jeans
  6. Moncler
  7. Blue Harbour (M&S)
  8. Penfield
  9. Norse Projects
  10. Redwing Shoes 

Ten labels you shouldn’t be caught dead in (ever)

  1. Gio-Goi
  2. G-star raw
  3. Superdry
  4. American Apparel
  5. Replica football shirt
  6. Burberry
  7. Snide Stone Island/CP Company
  8. GAP
  9. George at ASDA
  10. Vans

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3 Responses to “TSLR 22”

  1. 19sixtysix Says:

    I’m surprised at the inclusion of Burberry in the top ten no’s… Yes it got faked and worn by every muggy from Torquay to Gateshead but the true discerning dresser can pull out a classic, subtle number and SI’s been just as ‘worn out’.

  2. The Hovian Says:

    Each to their own, opinions etc 😉

    The Burberry house check is forever associated with the ‘Vicky Pollard’ section of ‘yoof’ culture, so much so that although their clothing is fine, the association with chavvery is symbiotic, it’s a cultural meme.

    SI also make fine clothing which chavs seek out (although fakes are their thing too). With SI you can take the badge off and still have a smashing piece of clothing, you can’t hide Burberry check.

  3. nifty 50 Says:

    I have to agree with you mate about the summer months its hard to stand out from the crowd in shorts, tee-shirt and trainers in the winter your wardrobe comes in to its own.

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