An unusual Coney (rabbit) coat.

Dated Nov. 73 and made in Italy.

Size 38 slim.




News from the walk.

Hornets welcomes the state visit of President Xi of China.

Also this month we are in the famous Japanese magazine ‘ Pop Eye’, with pictures of the shop, the stock and Bill Hornets.


the Guvnor in Amsterdam

Bill Hornets was with Tommy Page in Amsterdam last week helping to arrange the autumn /Winter collection of men’s vintage clothing in the shop on Prinsenstraat.

Very tweedy, very English, very SYLISH and not only classic but also original.

Next Tommy will have an exclusive collection of new English hats and caps of the best quality by DENTON HATS 1702.


Hats & Bears

Two things The Guv’nor loves. Hats and bears.

What better way to combine the two by wishing Paddington a happy 57th Birthday…


The bear from deepest, darkest Peru first appeared on this day in 1958. When he arrived in England his sole possession was the hat upon his head.

Scooby Doo & The Mystery of the Bad Pants

The Man From the Hornet writes…

As many regular readers will know, I am something of a fan of cartoons. And I was delighted with the new version of Scooby Doo – entitled Be Cool Scooby Doo – which aired this week.

From a style point of view, I liked the pants most of all.

The artists behind Scooby Doo are well placed to capture the absurdities of the two most hideous periods in the history of male trousers – the late 60’s/early 70’s, and today.

Here’s how flares were captured for posterity in the original Scooby Doo…

scooby flares

And here’s the new version featuring the dreaded “skinny” jeans (the Norman Wisdom Look, as The Guv’nor calls it)…

The artist has captured that weird, angular gusset created by bad tailoring perfectly…

scooby gusset

… and the rouched bunching of the fabric behind the knee as the ill-engineered trouser contrives to ride both up AND down at the same time. Often makes me think that the skinny jean is trying to wriggle free of the wearer’s body entirely, as if ashamed of itself to be seen in public.

Scooby Knees

On the plus side, I was delighted to see Freddie’s ascot scarf is retained…

scooby ascot 1

… I always felt it added a certain, ‘ow you say, louche exoticism to his otherwise lantern-jawed jock machismo.

Welcome back Scooby Doo!

(Scooby Doo airs on Boomerang

Catch up with earlier cartoon-related posts on The Hornet…

 Top Cat’s Vest/Waistcoat

The Best Dressed Superhero

Freddie From Scooby Doo & His Ascot

Cartoon Toppers

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Who Is That Mysterious Figure?

The Man From The Hornet writes…

Two questions for you to start the week…

Who is that mysterious figure?


Why, it’s The Guv’nor, Bill Hornets, be-cloaked and malevolent looking, getting the jump on Halloween.

Question two is simply this: If you owned the finest vintage gents outfitter in England, could you resist playing at dressing-up from time-to-time? Not me, I couldn’t.

This of Bill shot was taken “between takes” while he modelled just one of the truly outstanding pieces with which Hornets will be re-launching its online shop.

Bill’s co-star, bottom left of the shot, is Jazz the cat. Jazz is not for sale.


Corbyn the new leader of the U.K.  Labour Party, rarely wears a tie, I’m sure he thinks it makes him look like “one of the people”, it makes him look weak, not a serious man, and he especially needs, to put it politely, visual presentation.
The Prime Minister does wear ties, which is good. But his dress sense is not good for a man who represents a nation famous for it’s elegant masculine style. For instance his morning suit is a mess, and there is more, but on the whole he has a much better presentation than Corbyn, his wearing ties has a lot to do with it.
A tie gives a man authority, a tie represents care and detail in a man’s life as it dose in his dress. In all , it separates the men from the boys.
The girls like a tie on a man as to them it represents stability, strength, reliability and yet it can have a touch of the dash, if needed.
When I was in my twenties I often didn’t wear a tie with a suit, everybody else did. I didn’t realise it, but I was following the great Gary Grants dictum, he said “if single breasted suits are the fashion I wear double breasted, if double are in, I wear single”.
To be truly different, you have to be truly stylish.
Wear a tie, feel and look complete.