Mike and Nick and Gun and Luckett


Mike and Nick, father and son friends of Hornets sent us the above book. It’s published in 1937 and will be added to our extensive and well known reference library, which holds books on vintage clothing, tailors, tailoring, designers, style, sporting and leisure activities, old photographs of the above and much more.

Two acquisitions were ‘Vintage Menswear’ and ‘The Vintage Showroom’ by Douglas Gun and Roy Luckett ( great names, ‘Gun and Luckett’, they sound like eighteenth century pirates) they are very good friends of Hornets and were aided by another friend, the excellent Peter Hawkins.

Their ‘Vintage Showroom’ is a unique collection of men’s vintage clothing for designers and stylists to rent.


They are the tops now, the kings in what they do, nobody can touch them, their collection is superb and grows all the time.

I’ve one moan about them, in their shop/showroom thy very much copied Hornets ‘look’ (well who doesn’t) at least they got it right, but they would, all the others I’ve seen look like ‘Urban Outfitters’ with chandeliers, or worse.

Douglas and Roy, Hornets is ready to help you in any way it can and it’s always a pleasure to see you.

Gentleman, continued success with your very exciting enterprise.

(Pirates, I’m sure they are reformed pirates, with names like Gunn and Luckett they have to be. I bet when the showroom is closed they fly the scull and cross bones flag and crack open a bottle of rum, I’m sure of it)

Unbridled Luxury


Billionaire Couture shoes, one pair in Alligator and Cashmere sweaters by Sulka.

Hornets goes right across the board from classic to luxury, with stylish excellence in between.

The Major’s Shoes


An unusual pair of bespoke square toed shoes by Foster and Son with the original shoe trees.

They are from the old Duke of York Street shop, which puts them before 1966, probably they are 1950’s.

A simple plain shoe demonstrating English  craftsmanship at its best.

Size approx.  10 1/2 narrow fitting.



These boys have just lived through a terrible war. They were very much part of it, as it affected their lives so much. How reassuring being a member of the cricket team, something to hang on to, something that to them is so English, something that is security.

Does anyone have a grandfather or father in the picture?



In the 1950’s there were a lot of actors living in Kensington. There was even an actors afternoon drinking club at the bottom of Church Street, the Green Room club, now long gone. This stylish fellow is a very 50’s type actor. The hat isn’t really necessary, except for showing him to be a ‘man about town’ a bit of ‘a lad’ It’s a casting photograph and he’s presenting himself as a ‘leading man’. The photographer is also out to make his mark as he’s signed the mount. A simple photo, with a lot going on.

The Major’s shoes


An extremely rare pair of coarse fishing boots by Hardy Bros. circa 1920.

A tough ‘no nonsense’ hobnailed boot in canvas and leather.

Size 11.


Hornets shoe sizes. 6 to 12.



‘The Resurrection’ after an old master by Miles Spooner of Lady H at Hornets.