Everyone and their grandmother watch the UK’s hit TV show, Peaky Blinders. It’s the British drama series that follows a gang lead by Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) as they try to run the city with their corrupt activity. The programme hasn’t only taken over our TV screens though, it’s also influenced our fashion sense, grown the popularity of the actors and inspired many themed bars and restaurants.
Are we taking style inspiration from the show?
One of the biggest talking points of the show is its incredible costume design. Created in a way that makes the criminal gang look cool and enviable, the flat caps and suave men’s shirts and suits have become a fashion trend in their own right.
Believe it or not, once the first episode had aired, flat cap sales increased by 27%. Google search data also reveals that searches for “men’s flat caps” were up from October to November 2017 (when series 4 was aired).
The show loved the use of pocket watches too. In March 2017, Birmingham Live reported that jeweller Rex Johnsons & Sons was struggling to cope with the demand they were receiving for the popular accessory.
It’s not only fashion we’re copying, it’s their hair style too. Over the past year, an average of 12,100 searches have been made per month for the term “peaky blinders haircut”, showing peoples’ interest in the popular do. It’s not all in vain though — in March 2019, it was announced that the cap and coat that Murphy wears as his role as mob boss would go under the hammer to raise money for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
Who are the fans?
The Peaky Blinders gang have become part of the family, and we’re all watching the show as it airs. Following on from the popularity of the show, the actors have noticed their fanbase rapidly growing…
One Radio Times article revealed that celebrity fans included Snoop Dogg, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, John Terry, Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King and Ed Sheeran.
Are businesses taking inspiration?
It’s not only on the screen where Peaky Blinders is becoming the topic of conversation. You might’ve noticed themed bars popping up here and there, some of the big cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Belfast now have their very own themed bar which has proved popular with tourists and locals.
There’s a hotel in Southport that takes inspiration too. All things 1920s! Pick out your long sleeve t-shirt today and get the look.