Thames 2016 Spring/Summer Lookbook Remembers Forgotten Heroes of London
The skater boy is back.
Blondey McCoy’s Thames presents its 2016 spring/summer lookbook on the eve of its online store opening. Speaking on the collections’ influence, the Palace-affiliate comments, “London itself… and its forgotten or undercover heroes.” This season, the brand delivers enigmatic graphics on classic streetwear, on a selection of T-shirts and denim.
In the latest issue of Wonderland, the skater-boy talks the “London” collection. Read the full interview below, and check out its online store starting March 19.
Biggest influence for SS16?
Like always, London itself… and its forgotten or undercover heroes.
How would you describe this season in three words?
A good start.
What’s playing in the studio when you’re working?
Right now? Siouxsie Sioux.
The H.M.S London R.I.P T-shirt…talk to us about that? Do you think London’s going under?
It’s the only inanimate object referenced in the line. It was a navy ship in the mid 1600’s that got blown up and is now in the bottom of the river with 300 of it’s crew. I just hate the idea of something not being relevant unless it’s plain to see, or on the surface, so to speak. Sorry for that awful accidental pun.
Do you have a particular person/character in mind when you’re designing?
Myself! We make about fifty pieces of clothing a year so I don’t feel like I have any excuse to not want to wear any of it.
What happens when you run out of ideas: how do you re-inspire yourself?
I’m constantly reading 70’s Men Only mags for my artwork. They’re of the era when there was something for everyone, and it wasn’t crude by any means. Not like shit sports features but amazing Spike Milligan poems and when Ann Summers was an agony aunt. It’s all about the aesthetics and the nudes though, and would never have changed in that sense, unlike what Playboy’s just sunk to. They’re also celebratory of the area I live in, as am I of course…
Do you think of your pieces as skatewear or something outside of that part of your life?
I’m not particularly fond of that term because all the best ‘skatewear’ is either inspired by or actually is ‘normalwear’ or ‘sportswear’, so I don’t think it deserves a phrase. But assuming it now has one… no I don’t think of Thames as ‘skatewear’ and anyone that does is limiting it for themselves.
What’s next for Thames?
Hard work and prosperity, those two normally go hand in hand right?