The fatal altercation started at a private clothing sale in an apartment in central Paris where the main attraction was the British label Fred Perry, whose polo shirts are highly sought after in France by skinheads as well as leftwingers and mods.
Fred Perry is popular with French Nationalists? Who knew? In America, I associate Fred Perry with hipsters. It’s that whole “ironically” retro thing. Sort of like Original Penguin. If it’s popular with skinheads and “leftwingers and mods,” then I’m not sure how that is different from saying it’s popular with youth, but maybe it is skinheads > leftwingers and mods or something like that. I saw the Fred Perry and Nationalist relationship mentioned in a couple of other places as well, so it must be a known thing.
Anyway, I have long thought that it would be useful if conservatives in America had a brand that we could wear as something like a badge. Conservatives in America are a heard of cats compared to Nationalists in Europe so I doubt such a thing would ever catch on, not to mention that most American conservatives probably think excessive concerns about attire are the province of leftists, homosexuals and women. It might be more realistic for American conservatives to identify with a certain style instead of a certain brand.
Any suggestions for brands or styles?
Addendum: Linda Bean, the L.L. Bean heiress, is reportedly a big Ron Paul supporter. L.L. Bean (classic, traditional, conservative in the non-political sense) might be a good place to start.
Addendum II: I Yahooed “Fred Perry popular with French Nationalist” to see what else I could find on the story. Apparently the French version of the Huffington Post (Who knew there was a French version of the Huffington Post?) has a story on the association of Fred Perry with “extremists” both left and right. However, it’s in French which unfortunately I can’t read. Here is how it is described in a English language reference to the story:
Also, the Huffington Post explores why Fred Perry is a brand popular with extremist groups on both left and right.
Can anyone here read French? Walter, are you listening?