Welcome to Revival Mk2
Revival Mk2 is an iconic, vintage and stylish men’s clothing store based in Parsons Street in Banbury’s Old Town. Founded by our dear friend the late Nik Hale, the shop is now family run and owned by Mark Allitt with the support of his wife Marianne, eldest son Josh and the young up and coming Ethan!
The Allitt family will be looking to build on the legacy Nik had put in place, which is a reputation for quality clothing, fantastic customer service and a warm friendly welcome every time you visit Revival Mk2.
As a family we’ll be supporting the Addison’s Disease Self Help Group and will be holding an annual fundraising event to raise awareness of Addison’s Disease.
The clothing brands
Ben Sherman was a legend in his own right. A man described as ‘always embracing the new and the different’; someone constantly searching for the best of things. He disliked regularity, preferring to search out things that were perceived as unavailable to him. He was a passionate businessman with an artist’s soul.
The shirts were a huge success, offering something brand new and previously unseen in England.
Interestingly it was exactly at this time that the first British youth culture was in full flow; the post war teddy boys. This movement had shown a new generation of youth that clothing could be a key indicator of their beliefs and signal their belonging to a culture or movement.
Its basic design was influenced by the classic American Ivy League shirt but Ben’s design vision added the back hook, the button on the back of the collar, but most importantly his feel and passion for fabric, pattern and colour created a unique garment.
Colour was something that particularly intrigued Ben, so he used Oxford fabric in pale shades, pale pink, yellow and blue. He used candy stripes, again, using pale pinks, greens and blues. Peoples’ initial reaction to all this colour was not positive, but typically Ben Sherman pushed ahead as he totally believed in his ideas.
A second wave of young men came along who loved the sharp Italian style and this group went by the name of ‘ the modernists’ who quickly became known as ‘mods’. This British youth culture embraced the Ben Sherman shirt, loving it for its quality, slim-fitting style, its colour and unique design.
When the brand was created, they wanted to market clothes that were modelled on the customers. No-nonsense, functional and stylish items that would be present in pubs, clubs and at football matches. Weekend Offender was a go-to brand for lads ‘at the sharper end of the terrace’. Allowing the name of the brand to spread through word of mouth, and infect others around it.
The first clothing Weekend Offender produced was premium knitwear and outerwear. The founders wanted something that would get the brand noticed, and so outerwear was the ideal solution. Coats and jackets that could be worn over anything proved a huge success, and soon polo shirts began to be developed to be worn underneath.
Weekend Offender very quickly became synonymous with footballing culture. The ideal brand to wear to the match on the weekends, and ensure you can stand out from the crowd in the pubs afterwards.
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