April 3, 2013
2013 is a very special year for many British institutions. For the Royal family, it is the year that the
and Duchess of
are due to celebrate the birth of their first child. In the field of medicine, the world famous British institution that is the NHS will also celebrate a massive landmark in July, as it marks its 65
birthday. 2013 is also a year of celebration for some of
fashion greats, including none other than popular British shirts to watches brand Ben Sherman, who are celebrating their 50th year as fashion pioneers.
The Ben Sherman brand began back in 1963, with creator
Arthur Benjamin Sugarman
(who had changed his name to the more American-sounding Ben Sherman) at the helm. The idea for the brand came from Sherman who was working in his father in law's manufacturing company in the
. After the ill health of his mother he decided to relocate back to his native
and set up shop in Bedford Square.
1963 saw Beatles record their first album at Abbey Road, but out on the south coast of
, Ben Sherman was about to launch his first shirt. Sherman's inspiration for his clothing line was that of the classic American
shirt, but the founders' passion and interest in patterns, fabric and colour gave the classic design a modern twist, which became the signature look for the company.
The Ben Sherman brand offered something new to the industry, and the company has since built up a strong heritage. A group of modernists otherwise know as 'Mods' fell in love with the slim fitting, brightly colour shirts, so much so that the Ben Sherman shirt became the staple look for the revolutionary movement. Over the years the look has been adapted through several iconic style movements including;