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Movember, Circa 1947

  • Najib Benouar

We’ve seen a sharp rise in the semiserious celebration of the mustache—from finger tattoos, to the charitable monthlong growing contest known as Movember—and all this time we thought it was a relatively new phenomenon...

Until we stumbled upon this cache of photos from the inaugural meeting of the “Handlebar Club” at London’s Windmill Theatre. In 1947. That’s right, a slapstick crew of mustachioed men began a club dedicated to mustaches (beards strictly disallowed) nearly 70 years ago. They even went so far as to print mustaches on their silk ties (somebody write that idea down). Not to mention, it’s a surprisingly handsome lot of hirsute upper lips—which we’ll assume took longer than a month to grow.

And now, seven more photos of the pioneering men who dedicated themselves to the art of mustache celebration well before any of us thought of it...»

Snapshots from London's Greatest Party

Graham Smith was the unofficial house photographer of London’s club scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s, chronicling one of the most flamboyant, lurid and just-plain-awesome periods in grooming history.

For proof, check out the newly released We Can Be Heroes. It’s got hundreds of never-before-seen stills, capturing punk legends like Gary Kemp, the Sex Pistols, Boy George, Iggy Pop, Robert Elms and hundreds more in remarkably—and, at times, eerily—intimate preshow moments.

As Brit style writer Robert Elms explains, the London club scene in the 1970s “wasn’t a place for those who dressed up for the occasion but for those who dressed up as a way of life.”

The book goes on sale December 8. Click here for a Karma Chameleonic sneak peak...»

Kanye Blogs, Tom Poses and Colin Get Pikey

angela_crop.jpgAngela Lindvall

Angela Lindvall Buck Naked: Get the (NSFW) picture? [Goldenfiddle]

We Can Relate: Kanye West is an under-appreciated fashion blogger, which, along with the beats, Benjamins and biddies, makes him exactly like us. [Gawker]

Extra Yards: Loser quarterback of the losing New England Patriots, Tom Brady to slip on briefs for money. Loser. [NYPost]

There Goes The Neighborhood: The Garment District is on deathwatch. Where oh where will we go for our $20 velour tracksuits? [Observer]

Resurfacing: SubMercer, the famed semi-secret bar under the Mercer Hotel, where a certain someone once practiced her poll dancing for a certain video, to open for friends and family. Invite us any time. [Timeout via The Moment]

Natty Dread: Coby Kennedy is just trying to do what he do. [NYMag]

From The Caravan to The Red Carpet: Colin Farrell does "traveller chic," a definite diss in the Queen's English. [Showbiz Ireland]

Emerging Economy: Despite having birthed a few billion souls, China is just now figuring out this whole sex thing. [Sun Times]

Always Bet on Black: Irony does not always redeem the white tuxedo. [The Independent]