Labor and Wait in London.
From the Old Town Website:
To the casual observer Old Town might appear to be simply an exercise in nostalgia, but we hope that the discerning might notice that the garments are essentially useful items with reference points and influences from past costume. In much the same way as today's townscape is made of elements from different periods, we attempt in a simple way, to play with the notion of Now and Then.The photographs shown here are by Scott Wishart and a part of a project from Old Town called Small Trades. Again, from their website:
These images were inspired by the long tradition of recording tradespeople and street types in illustrations and photographs, in particular those of Irving Penn, whose work from the early fifties is the subject of the book 'Small Trades', the name of which we borrowed for this series.The captions on the photographs featured above are my own and represent a playful take on what roles some of the garments may represent today. Despite their somewhat nostalgic feel, I think clothing like this has a very practical place in today's world. I like the fact that each piece is made by hand and is meant to last a long time, whether in the fields, behind the counter, or at the office.
• More information: Old Town Website • A charming Slide Show • Scott Wishart's Small Trades GalleryRelated: Serious Aprons: Stanley and Sons Apron and Bag Co. (Images: Scott Wishart