Dandy & Rose

Bespoke Western Shirts, Handmade in England


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Strike a light!

 

Danny's Strike with sleeve

The Americana Music Association UK’s 2016 Artist of The Year, Danny and The Champions of The World, are off to tour Spain later this week.

This Fifties-style shirt in Liberty’s matches print ‘Strike’ should keep front man Danny George Wilson cool on those Spanish stages. Even cooler than he already is!

I love this style, with its loop closing at the neck. I haven’t got round to offering it as standard yet, so message me through the CONTACT page if you are interested.


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Is it a bird? Is it a ruffle?

… then it must be Danny George Wilson’s new shirt!

Storm ruffles front left

Danny loves the Liberty of London print ‘Storm’ with its sweeping birds. It was designed for Liberty by Storm Thorgerson, who also designed Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon album cover, amongst many others. One day I hope someone orders a shirt in the print based on his prism design for that cover, which is called ‘Thorgerson’.

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Brilliant isn’t it?

Danny already has a shirt with touches of this print on the yokes, and he already has a shirt with ruffles. Now we’ve put these two good ideas together!

To see the ready made shirt in’Storm’ in my etsy.com shop, or find out how to order a bespoke shirt of your own, go to

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/dandyandrose?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

Photograph by John Morgan www.JohnnyCajon.com

Photograph by John Morgan http://www.JohnnyCajon.com

Danny Champ


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Hearts and Flowers

Danny George Wilson of the marvellous Danny and The Champions of the World asked me to come up with a shirt for the showcase he has at the Americana Music Association’s Festival in Nashville on 18 August at Third Man Records. Somewhat recklessly, he gave me a completely free rein about fabric choice and design.

I wanted to do something totally different from his previous Dandy & Rose shirts, which are black with contrast yoke and piping.

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The print that immediately came to mind was Liberty’s Kitty Grace. Danny can pull off a really decorative print so well, and this one had been in my sights for a while. With its hearts and flowers, it reminds me of the great western tailor Nathan Turk’s work for The Maddox Family, who were known as ‘the most colorful hillbilly band in America’ during the 1940s. He took the heart motif on these outfits

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from this book by Lepage Medvey about  costumes from his native Poland. dsc_0941_1smlTurk’s own copy is in the Autry Center in Los Angeles and his note to remind himself to place hearts down the leg of the Maddox Brothers’ trousers survives.

 

Here’s Danny’s Kitty Grace shirt….

Good luck to Danny and the Champs for their Nashville excursion! May the spirit of Nathan Turk be with them!

 


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Danny Champ’s shirts

Back in October, I set off for The Palmeira in Hove to see Danny & The Champions of the World. I’d heard they were a great band but – wow! they turned out to be fantastic. They have it all. They have a wonderful collection of  songs written by their engaging frontman, Danny Wilson; they have fun, but their mastery of their material shows that they have dedication and experience, too; and like any good country soul band, they have a steel guitar as well as a saxophone. And they have a new album, Stay True, that’s hardly ever out of my CD player.

The other thing they have is a large collection of check shirts.

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But we’re working on that.

Not long after that gig in Hove, Danny got in touch and asked to talk shirts. Once we got together we bonded over our shared love of The Everly Brothers and an equal enthusiasm for this Liberty print, designed by the late Storm Thorgerson.

storm and scissors

We put together an idea for a black shirt featuring Storm’s birds on the yokes and I scurried off to find the exact shade of orange to make piping. I added a feature rhinestone snap to the front and pretty soon I had come up with this:

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Danny also fell for a ruffled shirt with pearl buttons in Liberty’s ‘Joy and Sorrow’ that was hanging in my workroom when he visited. He put it on and it suited him utterly.

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Last week I had the privilege of seeing both shirts onstage when Danny & the Champs sold out The Jazz Cafe in London. Danny wore the ‘Storm’ shirt and saxophonist ‘Free Jazz’ Geoff Widdowson wore the ruffled shirt. What a thrill to see two Dandy & Rose shirts onstage at the same time!

Almost all the men in the audience were wearing check shirts, by the way. Let’s see if we can change that, too!