Hi everyone. I was an old poster on Modculture and I've been into Mod and related style for about 20 years.
I have enjoyed some parts of this discussion board, such as music discussion topics and topics about the Mod scene, but one area I find very lacking is the clothing discussion!
There is some mention of influences on mod scene in the 60's. Original modernists etc but mostly this topic is glossed over. Talk more about the birth of mod in the 50's?
More talk about Ivy League collegiate style too would be good, don't you think?
Mainly you guys don't seem to focus on real details. Shoulder construction of jackets, lapel width, gorge, quarter curve, pockets and angles of pockets, not to mention correct length of jackets and discussion of different tailoring styles that are Mod.
When you talk about trousers why don't you ever talk about taper of thigh and waist height (rise)? These are the details that make Mods stand out. Some of what I see here just looks like high street mediocrity.
Shirts? I saw a member recently say about Uniqlo shirts having 'proper 2 finger roll'. In Mod circles there is no such thing as a good 2 finger roll. Its 3 finger minimum. Dont you think not addressing these statements compounds the mediocrity we see in general discussion here?
Ben Sherman are not a good brand. Stop talking about them. Forget about brand loyality. You are letting brands tell you what is Mod.
Focus on the DETAILS guys. This place could be very good but you are not exploring Mod the way you could.
Most importantly... when people are getting it wrong tell them so. Don't praise them. Don't praise rubbish plastic shoes. Learn about clothes construction and shoe construction and then talk about things properly. Understand the origins and talk about them. Argue about them. Have views not just opinions.
I understand you will all mostly see this as an aggressive first post and as a personal attack but it is not. I say what I say to push this forum on. You are existing at levels Modculture never did. Modculture was far superior. But that does not have to be so.
I hope you can accept this post in the spirit it was intended. To inspire discussion not personal retaliation against me, the one who wishes to kick start real discussion.
Look at other forums for inspiration and to learn. The old Modculture, if any of you know it, The Film Noir Buff Ivy Talk board (very good knowledge here and best posters I think), Styleforums skinhead threads (very good posters here too who know a lot about Mod and the origins) and lots of blogs out there.
I want to post more on this chat board as I am still Mod. But then I won't just now as there is little to sink teeth into so to speak.