The PEAKY BLINDERS gang got its name from the flat caps and sectional caps they wore. "Peaky" was a popular nickname for flat and section caps with peaks. If Downton Abby brought us ladies cloches, the Peaky Blinders bring us Ivy caps and newsboy style of working class lads.
This is what the original gang members look like.
|The original peaky Blinders circa 1900|
Cillian (pronounced Killian) Murphy, of Batman fame, plays the main character Tommy Shelby. Cillian hails from my home town of Cork City, Ireland.
|Tommy Shelby looking swag in an 8/4 sectional cap|
|Tommy center with brothers John (Joe Cole) left and Arthur (Paul Anderson) right|
If you want to buy caps with peaky blinders swag, try the following STETSON styles at
|STETSON STYLE STW213|
|STETSON STYLE STW88-OLIVE|
|DPC STYLE 202W|
|PEAKY BLINDER WITH A NOT SO CONCEALED RAZOR IN THE PEAK|
The Freddy Thorne character, played by the mansome Iddo Goldberg, is Tommy's BFF from the pre WW1 days, but they have drifted apart due to Freddy's communist leanings. There is a forced detente between the lads when Freddy knocks Ada up.
|Freddy and Ada try to elope|
Freddy certainly knows how to "pull" a fedora off. It's no wonder Ada picked him over the family business. For a look a like fedora try SCALA classico style WF502
|SCALA, BOUND EDGE FEDORA, WF502-GREY|
Sam Neil, as Inspector Chester Campbell , a dangerous unionist tug from Belfast, sent to "clean" Birmingham up, is a nasty piece of work with the law on his side. He makes Tommy Shelby look like Robin Hood. He wears a signature British bowler as a sign of his gentlemanliness.
A scala classico bowler style WF506-BLK.
|SCALA BOWLER WF506|
Aunt Polly is tough as nails and has raised the family since their father abandoned them as kids.
Grace is an undercover spy, working as bar maid, for Inspector Campbell. Tommy and her fall in love. She regrets spying on Tommy but it is too late as Inspector Campbell is a spurned jealous lover. He has a bullet with her name on it.
|GRACE DRESSED UP FOR THE CHELTENHAM RACES|
|CM175 would be perfect for Grace to wear to Cheltenham|
|heathered mix felt style LV348|
|large brim cloche style LV345|
They carry Callanan and scala hats.