Welcome to 6876 Modern Studies

In a former life as a menswear buyer, my roll was to seek out new brands which would be the ‘next big thing’ whilst maintaining the sales and progression of existing ones. It was pursuing the former when I met Kenneth Mackenzie in 1995. Far from the sanctuary of plush central London showrooms, I had to get the tube out to the slightly more moody surroundings of Sheppard’s Bush (moody when your bouncing around in an Armani suit and a posh bag like a really shit Richard Gere with a ‘mug me’ sign on his back). So eventually I found the address I’d been given which was a terrace house with a small garage built into it. The garage door was ajar and inside was the Man himself working away in what was at the time his impromptu studio. Little did I know what he would go on to become.

I never did do business with Kenneth back then as he didn’t conform to the laws of retail with at least two extensive collections a year required, hence why his cult label has never been stocked by all the obvious ‘big players’ and to be honest I don’t think he gives one fuck as that’s just how he likes it. Many years later I convinced him to do a one off red Capandula (limited to100 pieces) for my former employers but once again it went no further as they couldn’t understand how he worked with a laid back attitude towards making money as it was the product he cared about and wasn’t prepared to be rushed or cut corners.

So for years 6876 has been like the one that got away. Since my return to retail I have had several conversations with Kenneth about doing some form of seasonal collection so I can selfishly stock it and cherry pick a few bits for myself, but more to the point how does he even survive with this none conformist attitude? I don’t know or ask but finally he’s caved in and given us ‘Modern Studies’. Modern Studies is a sub brand of 6876 received with plenty of underground plaudits. We like to think we are a little none conformist in what we stock so feel this is perfect in our stable. Oh and if your wondering where the name comes from in the main Man’s words ‘the 68 relates to the Situationist inspired uprising in Paris and similar events in the USA then 76 was related to Punk rock/Soweto uprisings etc basically tumultuous social/political events’…… heavy la but his gear is cooler than the other side of the pillow on a Summers night in 76.

 

Achrome by Transalpino

 

So round these parts we love our terrace culture, it’s history, and the dress code derived from it, but if there is something we like even more it’s garments that are a bit Lionel Messi. We already use the finest quality products for our designs and had a task on our hands to find something even more luxurious to compliment this new direction or ‘add a string to our bow’ if you like…. but we did.

 

 

Achrome is French word meaning ‘colourless’ which is a nod to our monochrome logo for this range and the very muted darker shades chosen for the pallet. The imagery is all inspired from a very North West centric point of view, both historically and right now reflecting our illustrious culture.

 

 

Released later this week in slightly neater silhouettes, expect some deeply thought through designs that not only look good on but may just make you and others in the know smile.

Get On Yer Bike

 

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Thatchers Britain, pretty grim for many…. high unemployment, revolt, privatisation and war. Many great cities were left to rot as the Iron Lady upon moving Downing Street, introduced a series of political and economic initiatives intended to reverse widespread unemployment and Britain’s struggles in the wake of the Winter of discontent and an ongoing recession. Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation (particularly of the financial sector), the privatisation of state owned companies and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. Thatcher’s popularity during her first years in office waned amid recession and widespread unemployment. Only victory in the 1982 Falklands war and the recovering economy brought a resurgence of support, resulting in her decisive re election in 1983. During this time faceless masses of teens were leaving school with no prospects, hope or a prosperous future. She went on to hold office until 1990 taking us through more riots and unrest with the infamous miners strike later followed by the poll tax riots and another war in the form of The Gulf crisis.

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However undeterred by this, many a youth of that era would not accept being poor and to be made feel worthless, on the contrary they found ways to brush aside such matters and strut around in some of the finest clothing garments Europe had to offer in the urban decay which surrounded them. They would not settle for the dole queue and hand me downs, devising ingenious ways to fill up the coffers to be seen in clothes only designed with St Andrews, Roland Garros or the French Riviera in mind. On paper such an awful era, yet due to the spirit of Maggie’s children some of the best memories, this forthcoming  t shirt design is dedicated to them.

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Due September 2017.

Give Him The Training Shoes Mr Watkins

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One of the best opening scenes with one of the finest pairs of adidas made no? We all love to recite the famous lines “alright who’s got me trainers?” at the mere sight of a pair of TRX but getting your hands on an original pair is a whole different cup of rosy.

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Well no need to get all excited (as you might macaroni your underpants again) because now you can have both scene and trainers immortalised on your chest in the form of one of our splendid tee’s.

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Painstakingly redrawn artwork featuring Mac confronted by a couple of the Durham bumpers with a snipit of a lyric from the also excellent soundtrack to the film.

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Released on license soon.

Power, Corruption & Lies

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OK OK everyone and their dog has had an Ian Woan about modern football (could you ever take your mutt the match anyway?), so here’s our pennies worth as it get’s right on our Clemens Fritz. It’s pointless listing everything that’s wrong with it as we all know it’s pretty much everything, from the money and the lack of it being shared around for the good of the beautiful game, to the half and half scarf wearing wankers sat in front of you with their phones out for 90 minutes.

 

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So in an attempt to come up with something a little bit deeper and cooler than just sticking Against Modern Football on a tee, we thought we’d start with the ridiculous ball they feel the need to fuck about with every season and add a bit of the back cover of a favourite album with a very apt title.

 

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Blend in a bit of old school number font from when footy was boss, then sprinkle with another perfectly named track from said album and things don’t seem quite so bad – Google Play app. Did everyone get that?

 

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Coming to a hospitality box near you soon.

Born Out Of Scandinavian Weather

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Tretorn has what all brands want: a history, a legacy and a story.

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Their first products were driven by functional needs, high-quality rubber galoshes primarily used by villagers, fishermen and the military. Then they designed the iconic preppy tennis shoe. As sportswear became the height of fashion in the 1970s, they design shoes that were as popular on the pages of fashion magazines as they were on and off the tennis court epitomised by the endorsement of tennis legend Bjon Borg.

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Continuing with their long tradition of rain protection, Tretorn brings modern functionality and style to its Rainwear collection. Suitable for use in a variety of conditions, Tretorn Rainwear is designed with smart fabrics and technical details to actively keep you dry and comfortable with sophisticated style. Here at Transalpino HQ we are proud to be one of only a handful of UK stockist to showcase this simple yet elegant outerwear.

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Get protected here.

Introducing Fracap

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Fracap was born in 1848 by the 2 brothers Alfredo and Giovanni Cappello who followed the father’s job of shoes maker since 1908.The company started his story in the city of Monteroni that is very famous for shoes makers since the beginning of 19th century. As its launch at the begining of nineteen nineties the company provides managed to be a leader through this field. xmicrogamingcasinos.com Today over a hundred or so and 20 or so online gambling dens are using Microgaming’s gambling application and the amount keeps growing. Today the factory is still there. In the beginning Alfredo and Giovanni produced strong and quality shoes for agriculture but in 1987 Alfredo’s sons, Antonio and Michele, started a new era for Fracap.

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In 2002 Antonio and Michele introduced a new model of hiking boots into the casual and street fashion arena, the M120 which was an amazing success. Today the M120 is one of the most iconic boots in fashion and is known almost all over the world. However the true beauty of Fracap is their ability to produce bespoke models in a variety skins, colours, soles and laces details to cater for the individual requirements of the stockist which is exactly what we have taken advantage of at Transalpino offering a fresh new outlook on these boots not seen anywhere else.

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Introducing Back To Alaska

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We’re not gonna lie we’ve had an amazing opening 18 months which would never have been possible without the support for what we do from the purchases of our customers. This has give us a springboard to push forward with the same manifesto on clothing as we have applied to our footwear. In a bid to offer garments which are not available on every high street, we seek out brands which are fresh, exceptional in quality and inspiring. This is a policy that seems to have struck a cord with many, even down to the back street hard to find nature of our store, appealing to a certain type with a nature to hunt and gather rarer treasures rather than just take what’s put in front of them without question.

 

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So this brings us nicely onto our latest find which we don’t mind admitting we are feel just a little smug about. Back to Alaska is a French brand founded by owner Jacques Loyer in a bid to bring a slope worthy jacket to the people of France for a fair price (that’s Jacques above in his Al Bundy’s).1171-thickbox_default

His garments are filled with 90% duck down and 10% goose feathers which match many product of a far high price tag and much wider availability, achieving an extraordinarily warm yet light product which is now available in the UK exclusively from Transalpino from the end of this week.

 

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That Joey Wagg Fella

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Joseph Wagg ( or Joe/Joey to his pals) has long been a mascot of the Transalpino brand. Our anti hero is based on many and 80s lad who got his bike when Norman Tebbit told him to do so back then.

 

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He spent his time plundering naive shop owners in far flung place, liberating them of their sporting goods often tied in with a European football away tie. Betting strategy: He was notoriously a sucker for an eye catching outdoor garment and loved nothing more than to match it up with a pair of rare training shoes that would all fit nicely into his Head bag.

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His Monica comes from a fictional character who appeared in 80s cult fanzine ‘The End’ who spent most his musings taking the French kiss out of those in the terrace fashion stakes who had fell at the first hurdle.

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Wade Smith – The Godfather Of Soles

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The Wade Smith trainer store originally based on Slater Street in the back streets of Liverpool, became an institution of it’s time.

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Legend has it that ‘Topman’ footwear buyer Robert Wade Smith decided to go alone and after securing a premises he emptied his bank account heading for Europe in a van to return with rare trainers considered too expensive for a recession hit Great Britain. After getting his initial haul robbed, his determination finally saw him embark on a piece of history that change the face of UK menswear forever.

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Today our own store sits only a street away from where it all began and this re drawn design based on an old photograph of the store in the early days, captures the mood and aspirations of a generation perfectly.

 

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