Alpine ski hats

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Transalpino = Trans-alpine so we’d be mad not to do that old terrace favourite the alpine ski hat right?
In the golden era of terrace couture the ski hat had it’s day the Winters sun with club bobbles giving way to such brands as Ellesse and Fila for the well travelled or just plain minted.

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So it would appear as with many things this David Platt has gone full circle and had a resurgence of late. Therefore as a brand with strong terrace links, we have produced one again but this time drawing inspiration from the alpine mountains that would have appeared in the window of many a Transalpino train route, in colours inspired by national flags and named after their capital cities.

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Summit up here.

Julie’s been working for the drug squad

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Operation Julie was a UK police investigation into the production of LSD by two drug rings during the mid 1970s. The operation, involving 11 police forces over a 2½ year period, resulted in the break-up of one of the largest LSD manufacturing operations in the world. On 17 February 1976, a meeting at Brecon involving a number of chief constables and senior drug squad officers formed a multiforce operation. This was the beginning of Operation Julie.

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In April 1976, a selection of 28 undercover drug squad officers from 10 police forces were chosen and sent to Devizes in Wiltshire where they were trained to go undercover as hippies in Wales, the first name of one of these surveillance officers, Police Sergeant Julie Taylor, was used as the operation’s code name. On 26 March 1977, after 13 months of surveillance, Operation Julie officers swooped on 87 homes in England and Wales. The gang leaders were caught and a total of 120 suspects were arrested.

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The huge media attention on subsequent trails and jail sentences received, went on to be the inspiration for the 1978 single ‘Julie’s been working for the drug squad’ on The Clash’s second studio album ‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’.

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So having enjoyed a trip or two ourselves, we thought this might just make a great tee featuring one of the undercover officers in his adi Zurich, which just happens to be where LSD was discovered by Albert Hofmann in 1938.

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Coming to a party near you soon.

Paninaro oh oh oh

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Such is the two way love in between the UK and Italy when it comes to each others cultures and styles, the early 80’s Paninaro phenomenon (which has it’s roots firmly set in the cafe culture of Milan) was never going to go unnoticed here. In a nutshell the Milanese youth gathered around small street cafes in their spare time, known as Panino (sandwich) bars in what could be likened to the Mods movement that had been so popular previously in Blighty. However a common misconception is that the Paninaro shared their love of classic Italian scooters such a Lambretta & Vespa which just isn’t true. The fact is that whilst decked out is stylish expensive clothing such as Stone Island, Moncler, Best Company and Pop 84 to name but a few, the ride of choice was actually more likely to be Italian motor or trail bikes such as Cagiva & Gilera. The footwear was usually deck shoes or boots by brands such as Timberland and the icing on the Cassata was undoubtedly the Burlington socks.

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So being genuine chaps who witnessed and loved the effect this styles had on our own terrace culture, we felt it was time to throw our Stetson into the ring by way of a t shirt to pay homage to this memorable moment in time.

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Suburbia tee coming soon.

That auld bit of graffiti on Limey

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There are many differing explanations for that now sadly lost iconic bit of graffiti sprayed from the walkway just above the old shops at Liverpool Lime St train station, but who better to put it to bed than those who were around back then….

In August 1978 Everton fans travelling to an away fixture at Stamford Bridge suffered a terrible beating off the pitch as a well organised Chelsea mob attacked them en route in the tube station at Kensington High Street. Now in a time when the city rivalry was more friendly, outraged Scousers joined together and sprayed the infamous graffiti outside Lime Street station for everyone to unite together for Liverpool’s corresponding fixture and serve the Cockney hordes with some payback…. it simply read ‘Ordinary to Chelsea’.

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Oh and a rather good Liverpool based brand also did a cracking tribute tee not so long back which is available exclusively to us here at Transalpino.

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Catch it here.