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1977-1980s BOY London


BOY London is or was a designer fashion clothing company and store who were big in the eighties.

Originally involved in Acme on King's Road which along with Westwood and McLaren's shop SEX, clothed most of the early punks. John Krevine went on to open Boy in 1977 with is bondage gear and T-Shirts, gaining immediate notoriety with his shock value window display and inevitable prosecutions. Despite its punk roots the shop-cum-label soon became a mainstay of the high street boom with the Boy logo becoming the most bootlegged name of the decade.

BOY clothes were worn and made even more popular by many musicians including : BOY GEORGE , PET SHOP BOYS, JOHNNY SLUT (of goth band SPECIMEN) and many others.

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Wait, is this the same line that produced those b-ball caps w/ giant cleary acrylic letters emblazoned on it that spelled out BOY, or was that just a cheap knock-off?

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Apparently it was counterfeited all the time. Not suprising, the clothes are highly brand oriented. In that sense it reminds me of Jeremy Scott and House of Holland, except it was new and interesting 30 years ago.

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i found a vintage womens leather vest by BOY london and wanted to resell it online. how much do you guys think i could potentially sell it for?

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so grunge. love it.

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I don't know---

but it is currently for sale at the Patricia Field store on Bowery in NYC...
so it definitely still exists in some form because the stuff is brand new and not counterfeit...

all the coolest kids wore this stuff to the clubs in NYC in the 80's
it was next to impossible to get in the states, so everyone who had it was envied by the crowd because they most likely got it in London......
we all wanted to go to london where all the cool music was coming from at the time...


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And not a word about the mindblowingly obvious Nazi symbols used by this brand?!

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They shouldn't have revived this brand. It perfectly reflected the zeitgeist of the middle-late 80s and, indeed, was an iconic part of the club wear of that time. These days it just falls out really tacky. But I still have a soft spot with it, afterall, my favorite Boy George was an avid fan of the brand.

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And not a word about the mindblowingly obvious Nazi symbols used by this brand?!
You mean the eagle?

I suppose that was part of BOY's punk past to shock?

I remember the brand was resurrected and carried at... The Bay (a Macy's type department store where fashion goes to die) here in Canada sometime in the 1990s-- can't recall if it was the mid-90s or the late-90s. I remember seeing it advertised in a Bay catalogue: Tees, sweats and of course, the infamous cap for the whole family-- I think there were even Swatch-style watches. I don't know what marketing genius thought that it was a great idea to license a brand that was born of punk to appeal to the consumer masses. It was dreadful.

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And the swastika and and..
I don't care how "punk" or "alternative" it all seems, those are symbols of hate and suffering. No excuses here.

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And the swastika and and..
I don't care how "punk" or "alternative" it all seems, those are symbols of hate and suffering. No excuses here.
I don't recall BOY actually using the swastika or runes in its range of ready-to-wear punk knock-off.

I would suggest that it was more a case of flipping the finger to the false 'order' represented by the German National Socialists as well as to hard-right groups like the National Front and the British Movement, to name a couple of the tamer ones at large on London's streets at the time. The eagle was certainly of the Nazi design but denazified, not unlike the eagles found on 1957-pattern World War Two military awards approved by the German authorities for wear by WW2 veterans serving in the new armed forces. And by Germany's NATO allies. But in this case, it was more a case of the swastika brusquely obscured by the sons of the victors than obediently removed by a government full of ex-Nazis out to play nice with their new masters. But one has to understand cultural and sub-cultural history to get a handle on all of this. I think the only time I saw a punk provoke a serious reaction over a garment, it involved a Keep Rhodesia White teeshirt, which really was offensive. But the large and very black Rude Boy thumping him obviously didn't get the irony.

The Soviet heraldry that makes it onto catwalks and teeshirts from time to time is just as offensive to anyone who understands how vicious and murderous the USSR regime and their collaborators were. But again, one has to know one's history. Coming back to Nazi-related motifs, I do recall being taken aback by the tee-shirts with legends like "Hitler's European Tour" and the names of the countries invaded by the Germans and, worse, "Belsen was a gas". There again, the uneducated prick who dreamt that one up clearly didn't know that there were no gas chambers at Bergen-Belsen as the actual death camps were fairly hidden away in remote areas in Eastern Europe.

SEX was a more authentic boutique. But when a large punk fell on someone's leg, breaking it, after bouncing off the window, we realised that Viv and Malcolm had fitted armoured glass, which was a bit too 'Establishment' for us. We tried very hard to smash it on several occasions. But we didn't buy ready-distressed gear from anyone anyway. We wore our denim in the hard way. All that said, our lot didn't have much time for street fights because we haunted second-hand record shops looking for Rockabilly music, which was very hard to find back then. Rickabillies tried to be offensive at times. Nazi belts holding up coveted selvage denims were about the limit though. One time, lolling against a wall near the Markham Arms, thumbs in such a belt, I was accosted by a little old dear walking the usual leprous lapdog: "That's a nice belt, dear. My Jack used to wear one just like it. Brought it back from the war! You could do with a haircut, dear, nice-looking young man like you. If I was thirty years younger…"

I never wore the belt again.

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And the swastika and and..
I don't care how "punk" or "alternative" it all seems, those are symbols of hate and suffering. No excuses here.
Do you realise how many nations use eagles as national symbols. It's not only exclusive to Germany/Nazi era. Such heraldry can be seen in the coat of arms of Russia, Albania, Egypt, Indonesia etc.

It's simply a universal heraldic symbol used by many.

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