Winter is Coming

A look at how the humble Parka has been a winter staple for over 50 years.

If you live in the UK, chances are you have had to buy a "good winter coat" at some point in your life.

You would be hard pressed to find a better winter jacket than a simple Parka whether you want to spend the hundreds for rare originals or well made modern reproductions, or you are happy with an army surplus parka.

Now synonymous with modernism you will always find pockets of resistance from Mods that are having none of it to Mods that wouldn't want to leave the house without it.

Initially the easy to find, low cost option of an over sized Parka protected the smarter clothes underneath and was seen as more practical protection than fashion but during the revival and following the release of Quadrophenia it took its place in the 'Mod Uniform'. 

Still easy to get a hold of at a decent price whether it was the M51 or a German Army jacket, the Parka was now being adorned with badges and patches showing what bands you were into, what football teams you supported or what scooter club you were affiliated with.

As with any style or fashion they come and go but there have been a few great interpretations of the Parka in recent years from Trojan and Pretty Green. It will also have its detractors though who think that having something instantly recognisable as 'Mod' loses the essence and point of Modernism in the first place.

While Jimmy might have said "I don't wanna be like everybody else – that's why I'm a Mod, see? I mean, you gotta be somebody, ain't you? Or why not jump in the sea and drown?", it was when he was in a swarming mob of like minded and similarly dressed people that he actually felt himself.

Individuality is a great thing, so is being a part of something and there will always be that bit of give and take.

Regardless of its history, the Parka IS a great winter Jacket and will always have its place in Mod history. Those that want to try and shoot it down might want to look at how Modern modernism is itself an anachronism. 

This is by no means a criticism, and I am a huge fan of fashion and design influenced from earlier eras. It is just that if one of the snobs that blight so many scenes today truly wants to embrace modernism they should be cutting about in a silver suit with a hoverboard.

At Dead End St we currently have a couple of options available to people looking for a Parka for the winter including the great new Trojan Parka and our vintage Parkas available instore and online now.