Since the 60s they had a small shop just off Carnaby Street in Soho. When I was much younger, in the very early Nineties, my brother and I used to visit. My brother was into boxing. There wasn't much room in the shop, barely room to swing a punch. Once inside you'd stare at the walls for a bit, nod at the intimidating men with broken noses behind the counter and walk out. But it was an evocative place, full of history, passion, and honesty. I used to like the brand, big, simple and powerful.
In 2002 Lonsdale got bought by Mike Ashley and it's now a corner behind a corner on the top floor of (what used to be) Lillywhites.
It's closed now, but it was brilliant. Her paintings look great when they're big in a gallery. The slight texture of the paint and canvas adds just enough to make it much more rewarding than looking at pictures.
There's obviously a graphic quality that appeals to graphic designers. She must have influenced hundreds of album covers and logos and tshirts. But in real life they feel more "painterly" and better for it.
Her early sketches and college paintings were lovely. A reminder of everyone's days at art college, except she was obviously better than you and me.
The best bit was her planning sketches, showing the way she works out the geometric patterns. Lots of graph paper. Graph paper! Wonderful stuff from a wonderful, timeless, artist.
"Landy is remembered for his performance in the one mile final at the 1956 Australian National Championships prior to the Melbourne Olympic Games.
In the race, Landy stopped and doubled back to check on fellow runner Ron Clarke after another runner clipped Clarke's heel, causing him to fall early in the third lap of the race. Clarke, the then-junior mile world record holder, who had been leading the race, got back to his feet and started running again; Landy followed.
Incredibly, in the final two laps Landy made up a large deficit to win the race, something considered one of the greatest moments in Australian sporting history. Said the National Centre for History and Education in Australia, 'It was a spontaneous gesture of sportsmanship and it has never been forgotten.'
Sculptor Mitch Mitchell created a bronze sculpture of the moment when Landy helps Clarke to his feet."