1959 – The year of Icons
Here we take a look at the final year of the 50s that lends its name to one of our Vintage models, The Fifty Nine. This year saw the introduction and development of some British treasures that we are still very fond of today.
‘Wizardry on Wheels’ was the phrase that first introduced the Mini to the public in 1959. The small economy car, originally made by the British Motor Corporation, was designed to allow 80 percent of the floor plan to be used for passengers and luggage. With the models that followed, the Cooper and Cooper ‘S’, Mini highlighted that they had brawn as well as beauty, and found great success on the race track. With such an iconic look and recognisable shape, it’s easy to see why the British have a love affair with the Mini, which still endures today.
A discussion about British icons wouldn’t be complete without the finest of our Majesty’s secret service – James Bond. The seventh novel, Goldfinger, was first published in 1959 and heralded the development of Bond as a character. It is widely considered that he became more complex in this instalment, considering his own mortality and exhibiting a sense of humour. The novel proved so popular, that it became the third entry in the film series in 1964, with the return of Sean Connery in the title role.
Originally inspired by the sofa bed, one of our most iconic designs, The Fifty Nine and Fifty Nine Leather feature similar tailored lines, deep buttoned detail and undeniable character. With this in mind we believe they will leave the same lasting impression for years to come.
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