Peter Werth has just launched a limited edition print in collaboration with graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill for Seven Dials Spotlight.
Sporting chiseled wedge haircuts, some of Peter Werth’s early mid-1970s enthusiasts became known as the Perry Boys due to their affection for the Fred Perry short-sleeved polos they wore during the summer months. During the Winter these same lads would opt for burgundy striped long-sleeved knitted polo shirts made by Peter Werth.
It was the burgundy and navy long-sleeved knitted polo shirt that became an early expression of the terrace ‘casual’ look, particularly when they were worn with Adidas Stan Smith trainers and Lois jeans or cords. Never outlandish or loud, the look was always delivered with a sense of authority and understated style.
Celebrating this history and drawing further inspiration from the Perry Boys book written by Ian Hough who charted one of the great untold stories of modern youth culture, Peter Werth has collaborated with Anthony Burrill to create a limited-edition poster about these early advocates – their eclectic music tastes, their appetite for amphetamine-fuelled excess and their desire to wear the latest fashions.
This unique collaborative artwork has been printed by Adams of Rye using the virtually extinct process of woodblock. Housed in the back of a newsagent on Rye’s high street, it is where Anthony Burrill prints many of iconic text based compositions.
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