In 1958, a group of young men in East London began to adopt a new smooth, stylish, sophisticated new look. This was the emergence of the quintessential Mod suit.
The male mods look is emphasised tailor-made suits (sometimes white) with narrow lapels, mohair clothes, thin ties, button-down collar shirts, wool or cashmere jumpers (crewneck or V-neck), pointed-toe leather shoes that were nicknamed winkle pickers, as well as Chelsea or Beatle boots. Scooters were chosen over motorbikes because scooters’ use of body panelling and concealed moving parts made them cleaner and less likely to stain an expensive suit with grease. Scootering led to the wearing of military parkas to protect costly suits and trousers from mud and rain.
Style and detail and pride in appearance still live on today in the classic MOD suit.