PARKER STEVENSON IS GENE
Parker Stevenson made his film debut in ‘A Separete Peace’ (1972), a drama movie adapted from a best-selling novel written by John Knowles. A strong friendship between school students meanwhile WWII is taking place slowly turns into bitter rivalry with fatal consequences.
Fifteen years after graduating from the Devon School, Gene Forrester returns to campus to reflect on his student days. Gene walks down to the river to look for a specific tree: In the summer of 1942, Gene attends Devon summer school with his roommate Phineas (Finny) and their friends. The idea that the boys will most likely be recruited when they turn eighteen is surrounding them, and they are practically forced to live their lives to the fullest.
Finny, the craziest boy of the group, announces the start of the Super Suicide Society, whose initiation will be a jump from a tree where seniors preparing to enlist in the military train. When Gene joins Finny on the limb however, the large branch bounces, causing Finny to lose his balance and suffered a badly broken leg. That means a turning point in the history: one of their friends recalls that both boys were in the tree and one moved “up and down, like a piston” causing the other to fall…
On the scene where friends are in underwear ready to climb the tree, we can see those typical 70s small geometric and paisley prints boxers. Our model GENE reflects that time with a twist, adapting that motif to nowadays. White fabric background, paisley contourn and navy stitching.
HUGH GRANT IS GEORGE
Although today he is not considered a big movie star, we are followers of Hugh Grant as actor but also as a contemporary style icon. We know his roles and figure are moving to classic the same way did Cary Grant or Rock Hudson decades before.
‘Two Weeks Notice’ is a 2002 comedy about a charming, irresponsible millionaire (Grant) and his brilliant, neurotic attorney (Sandra Bullock) in which opposites attract. The film was written and directed by Marc Lawrence who had previously scripted two other box-office hits for Bullock.
Lucy Kelson is a neo-hippie liberal lawyer who specializes in environmental law. When she meets George in an attempt to stop the destruction of a community center, she instead finds herself with a new job as chief counsel. She inadvertently makes herself indispensable to her feckless boss, who’s soon relying equally on her ability to file a top-notch environmental impact report and to select the perfect suit-and-tie combination for any occasion. She finally gets fed up with the situation and gives him her two weeks’ notice of resignation looking for a replacement. After she’s gone, George realizes that his time with her has really changed him, as he keeps the promise he made to her in the beginning even if it means it costs his company millions.
We all know Grant with his English style. As a top real estate executive, Grant wears his singular end of 90s look with dark suits, big shirt collars and wide ties. Trench coat is indispensable also with his tennis equipment. Our new blue false plain boxer GEORGE is the one Grant could wear everyday.
BOXER UNION PLAYLIST #23
The Mediterranean Sea is the link between all the songs that appear in our playlist of July. Songs about beaches, coasts, towns by the sea and, above all, summer. We begin our tour in Barcelona, and from there we visit cities such as St. Tropez, Valencia, San Remo, Cannes, Nimes and Perpignan, with the music of artists like Henry Salvador, Peppino of Capri, Devendra Banhart or Perez Prado. Real luxury.
The Mediterranean coast is definitely the perfect place to enjoy your holidays in style. Places such as Costa Brava, the Riviera, Monaco, Costa d’Amalfi and all islands of Spain, France, Italy and Greece are some of the most cool vacation spots in Europe, and a number of bon vivants who want to delight with luxury and style join these areas to enjoy sunny days and nights of fun.
01. We’re From Barcelona. I’m From Barcelona
02. 16th & Valencia Roxy Music. Devendra Banhart
03. Moondance. Michael Bublé
04. St. Tropez Twist. Peppino di Capri
05. Barcelona. Giulia Y Los Tellarini
06. San Remo. Pérez Prado
07. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu. Domenico Modugno
08. Mediterraneo. Joan Manuel Serrat
09. Montecarlo Mist. The Brand New Heavies
10. Perpignan. Balbino Medellin
11. Les Marches de Provence. Gilbert Bécaud
12. San Remo, Farriers
13. Costa Azul. Sidonie
14. Arles. Gold Lake
15. Cannes. Barbara Carlotti
16. Aprin in Nimes. Lee Konitz
17. Jazz Méditerranée. Henry Salvador
18. Barcelona. Henry Green
19. Sardegna. Ennio Morricone
20. Grand Choral. Georges Delerue
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‘CHARIOTS OF FIRE’ INSPIRES OUR NEW KNIT COLLECTION
Our 2016 collection brings a significant new model for Boxer Union, the knit short. Many of our members and followers have reached us from our begining in order to provide a relaxed fitting they can use for practising sports.
1981british film ‘Chariots of Fire’ inspires this new range. Three knit styles are named Eric, Harold and Andrew, main characters of this acclaimed Oscar-winning movie. Based on a true story, it presents two different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian Scotsman, runs for the glory of God. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) is a Jewish Englishman who wants desperately to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior. The two athletes are accepted to represent Great Britain in Olympics Games. Also accepted are Abrahams’ Cambridge friends as Lord Andrew (Nigel Havers).
The film is also notable for its memorable instrumental theme by Vangelis. The opening beach run, soundtracked with that anachronistic yet curiously fitting electronic score, has become iconic.
BOXER UNION PLAYLIST #22
Malcom X autobiography brings us to Modern Classics 1965. That year some of the most contemporary pop music albums were released. Bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or The Who published iconic pop-rock albums that are still fresh and alive. But also there were other important items: Bob Dylan goes electric and is booed at the Newport Folk Festival. The hits keep coming from Motown with The Supremes having three more #1 singles, plus #1 hits from The Temptations and The Four Tops. The Beatles played the largest concert to date (55,600 people) at New York City’s Shea Stadium. The British Invasion keeps delivering with new artists like Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, The Yardbirds, The Who, Petula Clark and others scoring major hits. Also bands such as The Beach Boys and singers as Françoise Hardy or Astrud Gilberto released albums with great transcendence for the following decades.
In addition to music, 1965 was a fantastic year for industrial design. So many contemporary classics were introduced in several disciplines. Automobile industry added some marvelous cars. Porche 912, with a great aerodynamics, style and quality of construction, was an entry-level model and soon became a market leader. Aston Martin DB6 was announced at London Motor Show that October. The most noticeable styling changes from DB5 were the Kamm tail rear spoiler, which improved high speed stability. If we take a look across the bing pond, we should talk about Cadillac Calais, also an entry price car inspired by the french resort town.
James Bond film ‘Thunderball’ brought us two unique items. BSA Lightning motorbike fitted with missiles was ridden by Bond girl Fiona Volpe. The bike was designed as the all-round sports machine and made in Birmingham from 1965 to 1972. Brietling Top Time adorned Sean Connery´s wrist in the same film. Oris Diver watch was also introduced in 1965. It came with a 36 mm chromium-plated brass case, a bi-directional rotating bezel painted in black and a black plastic tropic design strap. The brand has launched a faithfulness reissue last year.
Last 1965 mentions are two iconic lamps: Spider Table by Joe Colombo was made from dark brown lacquered, chromed steel and aluminum. It is adjustable in height and the shade is rotatable. And Turbo pendant light by Louis Weisdorf, that uses a complex spiral of aluminum ribbons to create a ball-like but highly sculptural light.
01. I Got You Babe. Sonny & Cher
02. Concrete & Clay. Unit For Plus Two
03. Paint It Black. The Rolling Stones
04. Sunny Afternoon. The Kinks
05. Wouldn’t It Be Nice. The Beach Boys
06. Sinnerman. Nina Simone
07. Tous les garçons et les filles. Françoise Hardy
08. She’s Not There. The Zombies
09. Here Comes The Night. Them
10. Ain’t Sh Sweet. The Beatles
11. Mr. Tambourine Man. The Byrds
12. The Times They Are A-Changin’. Bob Dylan
13. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right. Johnny Cash
14. The Fool. Lee Hazlewood
15. Fly To The Moon. Astrud Gilberto
16. Come Fly With Me. Frank Sinatra
17. Colours. Donovan
18. Teach Me Tiger. April Stevens
19. Blue Velvet. Bobby Vinton
20. Un anno d’amore. Mina
DENZEL WASHINGTON IS MALCOLM
Spike Lee´s 1992 ‘Malcom X’ is one of the great screen biographies of the last decades. The film is based on the 1965 autobiography co-written by Malcom and Alex Harley, after several attempts for bringing to cinema. Denzel Washington, who had worked with the director before, played the title role and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Divided into three parts, it charts the early days of X (then Malcolm Little) as a zoot-suited marauding in Boston and Harlem, where he became a numbers runner and small-time gangster. He and his best friend, Shorty (played by Spike Lee) are arrested by the police and Malcolm is sentenced to a ten-year prison term. The second section follows Malcolm’s life in prison, where fells into the orbit of the Black Muslim movement of Elijah Muhammad and learned self-respect. The third section follows Malcolm’s fervent immersion into the Nation of Islam. He becomes an incendiary speaker for the movement and preaches a doctrine of separation from white society. But during a pilgrimage to Mecca, he was embraced by Muslims of many colors and returned to America convinced that there were good people of peace in all races. Not long after, in 1965, he was assassinated – probably by members of the Muslim he had broken with.
But also Malcolm X is recognized by his iconic style. He dressed primarily in black, white and gray, as do most of the Nation of Islam leaders. This may be partly because the Muslim dress code called for modest clothing. Those dark suits, white shirts and skinny ties with clip are still so cool today… But the brownline glasses are his signature mark for sure. He wore these types of frames also know by the term ‘combination frame’ ranging in color from a tortoise shell to a wood grained to a black.
Our horizontal stripes boxer short MALCOLM is a tribute to one of the 20th century´s most influential man. The regimental stripes designed in our offices and woven in Barcelona make it classic and modern at same time.