Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tobacco Jars

These days it is hard to imagine just how normal smoking was, only a few decades ago.
Not only did you not find smokers semi-secretly sheltering behind office buildings to get their fix in a 3 minute break from their desk, cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco were available anywhere; sold from bars, corner dairies and specialised tobacconists.
Tobacco and all paraphernalia coming along with it were omnipresent. Mid 20th century, with many smokers rolling their own, tobacco jars were a commonly seen piece in many households. Plain wooden pots, but often elaborated figurines in clay or porcelain.
No surprise to find many berets among these (although Scottish bonnets were dominant).

Monday, January 22, 2018

Charles Neville

The Neville Brothers is an American R&B/soul/funk group, started in 1976, when the four brothers of the Neville family, Art, Charles (1938), Aaron, and Cyril got together to take part in the recording session of The Wild Tchoupitoulas, a Mardi Gras Indian group led by their uncle, George Landry ("Big Chief Jolly").
In 1988, the group released Uptown from EMI featuring guests including Branford Marsalis, Keith Richards, and Carlos Santana. The following year saw the release of Yellow Moon from A&M Records produced by Daniel Lanois. The track "Healing Chant" from that album won best pop instrumental performance of the Grammy Awards.
In 1990, the Neville Brothers contributed "In the Still of the Night" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Blue produced by the Red Hot Organization. Also in 1990, they appeared on the bill at that year's Glastonbury Festival. This also was the year they recorded "Sons and Daughters" on their Brother's Keeper album.
Their version of "Bird on a Wire" was played over the closing credits of the 1990 film, Bird on a Wire.
The group formally disbanded in 2012 but reunited in 2015 for a farewell concert in New Orleans.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mick Jones

Michael Geoffrey "Mick" Jones (1955) is a British musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist, cofounder and songwriter for The Clash until his dismissal in 1983.
Afterwards, he formed the band Big Audio Dynamite with Don Letts. Jones has recently played with the group Carbon/Silicon along with Tony James and has toured the world as part of the Gorillaz live band. In late 2011, Jones collaborated with Pete Wylie and members of The Farm to form The Justice Tonight Band.
When he was 21, he and Paul Simonon were introduced to Joe Strummer by Bernie Rhodes (the self-proclaimed inventor of punk rock) in a squat in Shepherd's Bush. The band rehearsed in a former railway warehouse in Camden Town and The Clash was formed. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Beach #8

Holidays over - back to school & work. All orders placed over the past week will be posted first thing on Monday morning!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Beach #1

From today, I'll be enjoying the above view for a week; (southern hemisphere) summer holidays at Amaroana Beach in Hawkes Bay.
Naturally, South Pacific Berets and Boneteria Aotearoa remain "open" 24/7 and all orders placed after today will be posted on the 20th of January.
Meanwhile, a daily updated beret-beach-pic on The Beret Project!

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Wear a Gaucho's Poncho as a Scarf

As essential a part of the gaucho's attire as the beret, or boina, is the woolen poncho. Used as a jacket, blanket, pillow, tablecloth, etc, it is typically worn as a scarf while riding and wrangling cattle. 

How to wear a gaucho's poncho as a scarf?
1. Wring poncho together like a wet towel.
2. Swing one end around right shoulder, with the other end under left arm.
3. Keep left hand in place. Wrap right end around your neck.
4.Tie both ends above your heart.
5. Drink mate, wear a beret and ride horse into the sunset.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The old FEZCO Factory in Strakonice

The oldest industry in Strakonice, then part of the Ottoman Empire, was the manufacturing of fezzes.
The first fezes were produced in Strakonice in 1805–1807 and became a great export commodity. The export to Turkey was particularly strong until 1925. 
The fez was Turkey's traditional headgear until (founder of the modern Turkish republic) Mustafa Kemal Atatürk banned it in in 1925 as part of his modernizing reforms. The Hat Law of 1925 introduced the use of Western style hats instead of the fez.
The sudden reduction in demand for fezzes made FEZCO turn to berets, one of the most popular hats at the time. 
Eventually FEZCO merged into the nationalized Hückel company TONAK (1948) and berets were made under both the FEZCO and TONAK label. 
These photographs depict the old factories that were once used to manufacture FEZCO berets. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Not for the shy and self-conscious:  wearing a yellow beret does require a certain amount of confidence and sturdiness.
You're not alone though...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Monkees

The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed.
They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. 
The musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork and British stage and television actor and singer Davy Jones.
During the filming of the second season, the band became tired of scripts which they deemed monotonous and stale. They had already succeeded in eliminating the laugh track (a then-standard on American sitcoms), with the bulk of Season 2 episodes airing minus the canned chuckles. 
However, stereotyping was a good part of The Monkees' humour; berets for artists, fake moustaches and striped shirts for Frenchmen and the like...

Monday, January 8, 2018

Beer Snob

An interesting article on craft beers and how to recognize quality (or the lack of it); the etiquette of when to send a beer back and how to word your dissatisfaction without being a snob.
Good stuff. I just fail to understand why the Beer-Snob wears a beret...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Bruery Beret

The Bruery is a microbrewery established in Placentia, California. The brewery was founded by Patrick Rue in 2008. Belgian tradition has been a big influence in the brewery’s brewing methods and the types of beers produced. The Bruery does not engage in beer filtration and pasteurization so beers always come out fresh and organic for people to enjoy. Many beers go through bottle conditioning for carbonation. The Bruery strives to use unconventional beer ingredients that create unique and distinctive flavors. The brewery has at least 15 types of beers that come in wide range of ingredients, characters and flavors.
Beret is as artistic as those who wear its namesake cap. Our brewers developed a silky, full-bodied wheat ale which we began fermenting with our house yeast strain. To finish the fermentation, we added our collection of barnyard bacteria, intended to slowly sour the ale, bringing out a slight funk and refreshing piquancy. Finally, a small dose of pureed raspberries were added for just a hint of fruity tannins, putting the berry in Beret.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Africa 1st

Second year journalism student and risk-taking entrepreneur Thothy Thokozani Dladla recently introduced his new brand of clothing, Africa 1st, to Rhodes University. Dladla describes this project as more than just a clothing line; it is a movement. Africa 1st targets the African youth who are keen on embracing and celebrating our continent. He uses the term ‘African’ here to describe all people who live in Africa, regardless of race.
The birth of Africa 1st came out of Dladla’s recognition that there is a gap in the market where African products are concerned. He acknowledges that “as Africans, we don’t have our own clothing label which is purely defined by the African continent. One that is made by and for Africans.” His new clothing line can be described as an authentic brand which celebrates Africa. He believes that we can embrace our continent by avoiding vanity in brands named after people, and instead wear a brand named after the continent to support and promote the African agenda.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Heads Up on the New Plato Grandes from Argentina!

Proud to announce the new stock from Buenos Aires has arrived and is now listed on the website. 
The boinas Guarda Pampas are easily the sturdiest, best quality cotton berets available, in 30 and 34cm diameter and in many new colour combinations.

The Tolosa Tupida Plato Grande 32cm range has been extended with the Havana-Brown model; a one-off custom production for South Pacific Berets. 
Our previous custom made model in Green is still available in a very small number.