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Tuesday 10 August 2021

The 'Goldhawk' Knitted Crew Neck T-shirt from Art Gallery Clothing a Review...

Since our inception back in 2013 we've been good pals with Alex and the fellas over at AGC towers reviewing the clobber season after season and getting the word out there about a brand with all the right Modernist credentials, who produce quality gear, which takes influences from the past to produce clothing for the present. I first became aware of AGC in around 2008 on my regular trips up to London as a very young mod (was 14 at the time) myself and a few mates would get the train from Darlington and head straight to Carnaby/Soho to window shop, drink coffee and buy the most records we could for the least amount of money possible! 

These were times where social media wasn't as big or influential as it is now and getting to know about brands and records used to require a lot more effort than simply the click of a finger on a smartphone. I definitely miss those times to some extent as you definitely had to 'live' a scene/movement and go out and explore it and take it all in for yourself. I remember seeing the early advertising for Art Gallery in the windows of Sherrys and The Face and I was instantly hooked. Beautiful knitwear in eye catching colours that created that sleek modernist look of the late 50's, something that you really didn't see in the NME heavy days of 2008.

Art Gallery have always been a brand that have done their own thing which is very admirable in a world where there is always so much competition. They've built on their range season after season and expanded from solely knitwear into accessories and shirting which has helped the brand go from strength to strength. For Spring/Summer 21 we have been sent the superb 'Goldhawk' Knitted Crew Neck in Sky blue. Here's what we had to say...

The 'Goldhawk' is a really versatile piece of knitwear which can be worn in a variety of ways.  Coming in a waffle knit composition the 'Goldhawk' turns heads with its striking sky blue colourway featuring navy and white detailing across the chest, sleeves and neckline. The navy and white stripes across the chest take inspiration from 60's sportswear whilst the waffle knit composition give the T-shirt a more contemporary menswear aura which places this piece as a menswear essential for 2021. That's what AGC have always done so well, they take inspiration from the past and update and improve upon styles with their own take on 2021 Modernism. The 'Goldhawk' comes in a relaxed fit so I opted for a size XS to give that slightly more fitted look. The wearable colours of white, navy blue and sky blue mean this piece can be worn with virtually anything and not look out of place. A simple yet effective piece which will have heads turning from the moment you walk in the boozer. Art Gallery have once again shown why for me they're one of, if not THE leading Modernist menswear brand with pieces like this that continue to set the standard where so many other brands fall short! Long live AGC man! Get yours here!


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