At the beginning of this year I & my wife Tomoka visited my Uncle Rodney in Almeria, Spain.
Apart from the visit I had a long term project in mind & here everything was in place to achieve it.
Almeria is the location for the spaghetti western genre films of the 1960’s. The Italian director Sergio Leone chose this area for both its similarity in look to the terrain of the USA (New Mexico, Mexico, etc.) & for its proximity to his base in Italy (the reason for the name spaghetti western).
Clint Eastwood became famous for his roles in ‘For a Few Dollars More’, ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ & (my favourite) ‘The Good, the Bad & the Ugly’ which were all shot here.
The area still keeps the original sets built for the films & these are now small western theme parks which you can visit.
What better a place to take some photographs of my clothes range I thought, since the styling in the spaghetti westerns has been one of my main sources of inspiration?
Also Rodney just so happens to be a professional photographer, semi-retired today, but who was very big in the Madrid fashion world in the late 80’s & early 90’s, so luckily I could call on him to take the shots. All was set.
The location we chose was the ‘Western Leone’ park. Scenes for the Sergio Leone film ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ were filmed here in 1968.
Everything went well on the day, even the personal showdown that we ended up having with the owner of the park when he realised we were doing a professional shoot (Thank you ‘Western Leone’. You get my personal recommendation). The duel was averted & we escaped to the local desert to finish the shoot.
Working on this project was also a lovely way for us all to get to know each other better. It was great fun & when I saw the finished photos I was knocked over… Perfect! … Let me recommend him: http://rodwestwood.500px.com/ .
The two coat designs, the’ Eastwood’ coat (with a button up front), the ‘Cavalry’ coat (with a studded front & high collar), the cape & the ‘Cavalry’ jacket all made in waxed cotton are available in World’s End shop, price £580.00 for the coats, £300.00 for the cape & £450.00 for the jacket which also has a quilted brushed cotton lining.
You might think that these items are winter clothes, but cowboys wear them the whole year round. Also Bikers wear leather jackets all year & there’s our English climate too…
The ‘Trapper’ shirt which can also be worn as a dress is £200.00 for the camouflage version & £250.00 for the cotton gabardine version.
Matching trousers are £185.00 (See earlier ‘Attention’ post)
The colours available are shown in the photo below.