"You can only go crazy if you’ve mastered the basics - a bit like a Sonny Rollins solo". Perhaps the best feature ever written on the old J.Simons shop. From Arena Magazine 1987.
For those who weren’t around at this time and who complain about clothing being made in China and other distant lands - this article is 27 years old yet look at the prices. The cost of quality clothing back then was prohibitive even when the pound was two to the dollar. If you had to pay those prices in today’s terms for your clothing then you’d really have something to complain about. Harringtons £69, Leather A2 £350, Eastland loafers £49, Canterbury belt £18… This was TWENTY SEVEN YEARS AGO! My first pair of Weejuns in 1983 cost me one week’s wages. The equivalent today don’t cost anything like an average week’s wage.
Was a customer way back when - still have the article published in Arena - and all the items listed and if I remember, both a Golden Bear Blue & White Varsity Jacket and Leather bomber. Lovely Hartford half sleeve madras, Woolrich parkas and Sebago Chukka Boots from Russell St. Still popping into Chiltern to keep the Ivy jones fed!