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from Zani: the English and Italians integrate themselves very well

MILAN - Another interview, about mod clothes, Milano Lambretta, etc., here are some interesting parts.
Photo: in Milan with a Three Stroke advertisement, the ex Oasis guitarist Bonehead and Oasis discoverer Alan McGee.

...It was only when I got into my mid teens and bands like Oasis arrived, that I started to understand what it meant to be a Mod or at least start to understand the mentality of it all. The sheer Britishness of it. The “us and them” mentality.
A strong importance in looking cool and wearing decent clothes, or at least trying. Having the right haircut, listening to the right music, having a pretty girl on your arm, being seen at the right places, all of this spoke to me.

Alan Tyler and his company Three Stroke Productions understand the similarities between these two sub cultures. Alan and his team come from these backgrounds and through a melting pot of ideas and creativity, have put together some great clothing that speaks to Mods both young and old and also has some major attraction to the Casual market. The company was started in London in 1997, and has now moved production to Italy. They take pride in the quality of their garments and are proud of their heritage. Three Stroke Productions are one of only a handful of clothing companies who still operate out of Italy, using local family businesses as suppliers to build up strong, respectful links.

I wanted to interview Alan due to his labels continued independence which in these times of recession and belt tightening is something to be applauded. They operate a tight ship and continue to grow, via word of mouth and glowing reputation. The companies’ motto is “Style, Identity, Respect” an obtainable message for Three Stroke Productions who try to strive, embrace and talk to the buying public, through quality garments.

Zani - The clothing is English by its design and produced in Italy. Why Italy?

Alan - For many reasons Italy is our main market. Italy also has a big reputation for style and quality. Part of our team is Italian and also live in Italy, that’s why it has been natural to find the right partners and establish our stronghold.
Since 2004 we have been partners with an Italian company that specialises in high quality coats and jackets. They helped us a lot in improving our collections. Our main office is now located in the Veneto area.

Zani - There are lots of similarities between the Italians and Brits in their views, mentality and passion towards such things as music, clothing and football. Having worked with both nationalities have you noticed any differences in there approach to work or how they put the products together? Was there lessons learned by both sides?

Alan - We've been working in an Anglo Italian environment for many years now, so we know everything about the pros and cons of both sides. There's plenty of jokes that I could tell you about them as well… I feel that the English and Italians integrate themselves very well… They often influence each other, and mutually exchange styles on a number of different levels.

It’s also true that both Mod and Casual styles are a blend of English and Italian flavours… Here's an example: The idea we have of Fila Vintage, and Tacchini Archivio, I love them both…, is nothing other than a re-interpretation made by English lads who adopted Italian brands as icons for their new found Casual style.. I don’t think Fila and Tacchinis founders had all this in mind 40 years ago.... Thus going back to the approach that we use to work, our motto is.... ‘English Style - Italian Made’.

Zani - You’ve built positive links in the music business; I understand Three Stroke Productions have worked with Zani friends The Secret Faces. You also seem to have taken a few Italian bands under your wing. Not many people will work with bands that aren’t selling millions of records, it’s refreshing to see, but I’ve got to ask why?

Alan - The truth is that we're a label that comes from the scene. Young and upcoming bands represent a great opportunity and the best way to spread and show our style. This is why we love to be involved in music related events such as oasisnight.italy. Our presence within the music scene generates a mutually supportive work for our label and also for the bands, with leading Italian bands from the scene playing gigs in the UK, and English bands playing gigs in Italy. So yes, music plays a crucial role. We have strong links with Italian bands like Smodati, The Capozeella [both from Milan, name from their guru Zeella], and The Hacienda [they played at Beady Eye in Milan and at the would-have-been Oasis last gig in history - Milan 30.8.2009 - Marco] as well as UK bands like The Secret Faces, The Universal, and Connett.
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