Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tales of a 'tash - The Final Furlong

Well it's nearly over... November is coming to a close so this is will be my last update on the Movember moustache growing (and I can get back to the task in hand of more posts on Men's style!).

We are now at +29 days of growth and the 'tash is fighting fit AND officially award winning!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Tales of a 'tash - Week Two

Here's the latest update on the Movember moustache growing.

We are now at +17 days of growth and the 'tash is fully formed and groomed!

Pencil 'tash abound!

It would be great if you'd support me in my campaign so please head over to my Movember page here: http://mobro.co/southernretro and click on that "Donate" button.

More pictures after the fold:

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Tales of a 'tash - Week One

Thought I'd just drop you all a quick update on the Movember moustache growing.

We are now at +8 days of growth and the 'tash is slowly making it's appearance...

Remember If you would like to support me in my endeavour please head over to my Movember page here: http://mobro.co/southernretro and click on that "Donate" button.

For more pictures

Friday, 21 October 2011

Mo' Better November

First off sorry for not blogging in a while - that part of real life called 'work' got it in the way a bit - plus I've been trying to write the next style guide for the 1930s and it's a darn tricky one so taking a long time, in the meantime...

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may have seen me mention that next month I will be taking part in a little thing called "Movember".

The idea behind Movember is to grow yourself a moustache (the 'Mo in Movember) and thus become a month long billboard to raise awareness of Men's health issues and to garner sponsorship money to donate to charities that research into prostate and testicular cancer.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

A Whistle-Stop Tour

Last week I had the privilege of meeting six very lovely people... and it only took a 350 mile round trip to do so!

Yes, Tuesday 30th August saw me running round like a blue-arse fly getting my studio equipment ready for a short but sweet trip to the city of Norwich where I had arranged a whistle-stop tour of the aforementioned lovely people's houses and have them sit for me for the Southern Retro project.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Happy Birthday Southern Retro!

Today is a very special day... not only is it my birthday but it's also the first anniversary of the Southern Retro project.

Exactly a year ago today the lovely Ms Donna Grimaldi invited me into her little flat in Brighton to take the very first shots for the project.

"What the hell were you doing working on your birthday?!" I hear you cry. Well for me this wasn't really work, it was a personal project and it was important to me for many reasons (detailed below)... plus, you know, I would always remember it's anniversary! ;-)

Monday, 15 August 2011

10 Reasons Why Men's Retro Style Will Never Be Mainstream

Arrow Collar Advert
by J. C. Leyendecker
(I say "Thank heaven!")

Now I know every now and again the mainstream fashion industry has a brief dalliance with all things Retro, but in the most part these are re-imaginings (boy I hate that word) or 'homages' and only reflect aspects of the styles that are being referenced, they never go 'all-out' and it's never about re-creating the look in it's entirety or re-creating styles from the past.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

War & Peace 2011

Last Friday I headed off for a weekend of tanks, living history, shopping and big band music at the War & Peace Show 2011 held at Hop Farm in Kent.

After stumbling across the show in 2009 and having tested the water with a day pass for last years show (my coverage of which can be found in Milkcow Magazine #18), I decided that this year I would go for the full experience and fork out the £80 for a weekend ticket. This includes two nights camping, three days entry to the show grounds and access to the various on-site bars and evenings entertainment (although this doesn't include the Victory Marquees shows on Fri & Sat), making it one of the cheapest of the current crop of vintage flavoured week-enders.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The Chap Olympiad 2011

Saturday saw the 7th Annual Olympiad held by The Chap magazine at Bedford Square Gardens in London.

This was my first time at the Olympiad and despite the appalling weather forecast I donned my finery (I was actually going for a bit of working class antithesis to all the dandyism on show) and headed out into the rain to catch the train from Brighton to London with my lovely companions Georgie, Vanessa and Thérèse.

Now it was my intention to get lots of pictures of the many well-dressed gentlemen in attendance and talk about the various styles they employed but partly due to not wanting to get my camera wet, having far to much fun with my companions and meeting all the new fabulous people that I've spent the last year talking to on Twitter, I failed in that regard.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Style Guide - The 1920's

Douglas Fairbanks
Now, there is an oft-spoke misconception that Men's fashion has hardly changed in the past 100 years, especially compared to Women's fashion, and this is mostly down to the subtleties involved.
I mean when you boil clothing down into it's component parts: for Men you have shirts, trousers, jumpers, jackets, coats, hats and shoes, for Women; blouses, trousers, skirts, dresses, jumpers, jackets, coats, hats and shoes.... not much difference really is there? But whilst the style, cut and patterns of these items of clothing has change much more obviously for Women over the last century in Men's wardrobes it's been all about the smaller changes. Style evolution on a more subtle and microscopic level if you will.

The 1920s:

Prior to the First World War Men's clothing had taken a much more slow and far more practical evolution. But all that was to change in the 1920s with the introduction of new styles of clothing and principles of dress that are still a part of men's wardrobes to this day.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Basics of Men's Retro Style

Over the coming posts I'm going to delve into much more detail about specific styles and items of clothing but for this first 'proper' post I thought I'd start at the beginning with:

'Lesson One: The Basics'

Most peoples routes into the world of retro fashion and vintage clothing are varied and their style has grown and evolved over time but everyone has to start somewhere eh?

For me, it started with the hair, then the shoes and the rest filled in as I went along. This may be the way to go for you too but you could equally start with the clothes and match the rest up at a later date.

Now, according to a recent article in 'that magazine I might have mentioned before' all you need to "get... into the 40s and 50s vintage scene" is some tweed, button braces and a pair of black rimmed glasses. Now I'm not saying that's wrong... no, wait... okay I am! Seriously?! A bit of tweed and your suddenly vintage? I think a lot of upper-class country gents out there might have something to say about that.

Monday, 20 June 2011

"Who are you?... And what's this all about?!"

Good questions!

Well first an introduction: My name is Mat Keller and I am, amongst other things, a photographer, a designer, an art director, a film geek, a music lover, a father, a modern man but most importantly a lover of vintage clothing & classic style (and everything that comes along with the retro way of life).

That's me on the right ;-)

Some of you may already know me as the photographer behind the Southern Retro collection or through the Brighton retro/rockabilly scene.

Why start a blog?
A few months ago, thanks in the most part to the amazing people I've meet doing portrait sessions for Southern Retro, I started to get serious about my everyday appearance and make the move from just making the effort to look my best on special occasions to taking pride in my appearance on a day-to-day basis.
So I started looking round on the internet and in magazines for as many hints and tips that I could find on things such as; ways of finding vintage or vintage inspired reproduction clothing for men; styling tips and correct ways of wearing various items, what goes with what etc... and do you know what I found?
Very little in fact not much at all.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Visit us on Facebook

Southern Retro now has a Facebook fan page.
Head over to http://www.facebook.com/southernretrocollection and become a fan!
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