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The defunct Click brand has been mentioned here a few times over the years — an iconic, imported moment in black-British style, it arrived and went with few profiles regarding its provenance. Over here primarily through Jamaica’s dancehall aesthetic, Click was apparently a big-fitting French line in the Chipie vein that took the look to its extra-detailed limit. Often-bootlegged, like the similar Exhaust denim brand and Viking footwear, it’s important but undocumented. Click was represented by artists like the late, great Frankie Paul in the early 1990s, and with Jagger’s IG posts and carnival weekend, it seems right to take a closer look at a raggamuffin favourite. eBayer matty_mcmatty upped a suit, jacket and shirt recently, giving a good look at what went into a real Click piece. Continue reading MORE CLICK
For years, some of the brands I associate with a pivotal era of black British streetwear have been the ones that get away in terms of information and insight. Viking shoes? Informational dead-end. Click? Still something of a mystery. The Click suit was a dancehall staple during a time of ragga and hip-hop’s early 1990s crossover and an ostentatious, loose fitted uniform at events like Sting. In my hometown, it used to be used as a general term to describe contrast panelled, oversized patch cord or denim trousers and shirt-style jackets. Some of that stuff was even extreme stone wash with mock bullet holes. For years I never knew whether it was a brand, a custom line or an expression, and the V&A’s collection seems to use the name generally in its outfit that uses the Exhaust Jeans line. However, Steve Bryden, whose knowledge I trust unreservedly, said this beneath the image above on Instagram, “Click was a brand, I still have suit somewhere. Click made suits and jackets A big thing in the raggamuffin era.” I’d like to see a more comprehensive history of those 1989-1995 brands, given the colossal stylistic contribution that Kingston via London look gave us.