Thursday, December 20, 2012


20th December 2012 (Montreal) Got Gingham will be returning soon! Please stay tuned. We are under investigation of the Fashion Commission and have been ordered to stop operation having revoked our license in several countries. Therefore, we are dark around the world. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Jeff Stands Out in Top Notch Gingham

Gingham and Stadium Art improve any facade.

6th October, Twenty-Twelve (Montreal) Don't worry, Got Gingham hasn't gone away. We are in the process of moving our offices... In the meantime, here's some candy from the St-Laurent Friperie District.
Check out Jeff here outside the Stadium Art Movement in his Gingham. What might have been an ordinary walk down the boulevard talking turned into an idle diversion as Jeff proved it is way easier to make friends wearing gingham than any other Garment. Into fancy watches, fancy trousers and fancy restaurants, Jeff says Gingham compliments every taste--sophisticated or simple. Gotta admit, he's right. Not too sure about the whole exposed chest push-out thingy but hey, who knows? Perhaps that's what you're into.

Losing your head over Gingham.

Hang on to what you got. Specially if you Got Gingham.

Sunnier days during the Street Sale heading towards the Friperie District.

Short changed in the Friterie District outside The Main.

Elbowed out of the way in search of a good deal.

Hungry for more? Come back next time.

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Last issue's caption "Not just a Shibboleth" has been held over due to the postage strike.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Andrew's Got Gingham and Street Cred at Mondo Grill!

"Been around the world and I, I, I... I just love my Gingham."

12th September, Twenty-Twelve (Montreal) The city is about to have another fine eatery open up its doors to the hoards of foodies looking for late-night treats. Mondo Grill on Blvd St-Laurent will be offering Street Food from around the World. What this means is like most places catering to the drunk and dazed wee-hours crowd, Mondo Grill [see here] will be offering cheap and quick food to satiate the youth on their way home before they ritually lie on their bed to watch the ceiling spin. Except with an edge.
We interviewed Richie Von Rose, the owner of the restaurant and asked him what gives this new nosh-bar an edge.
"The counter, of course." replied Von Rose.
Artist  Émilie Pinard demonstrates the beauty of Gingham
Here we see future-regular patron, Andrew standing next to the counter. Right on that edge, that Ricardo was telling us about. Our Foodie Division is pretty strict here at Got Gingham--no amount of jazzy promotion [seven dishes from seven continents for seven bucks; the restaurant is going to introduce it's own World Currency; they've got the largest public map of the world in all of Quebec that isn't owned by the military, etc. the owner claims to have lived in like forty-five countries, or is that four-to-five? ] ... ugh, where were we? Oh, yeah right. No amount of flashy neon is going to dispel the fact that the proof is always in the pudding.
And what more proof do you need than this snazzy red and white Simon Says Special Gingham Snapper Andrew is toasting for us, in advance of their grand opening. Satisfaction guaranteed or you get to keep the tablecloth.

MORE GINGHAM in the Friperie District of Montreal

"Choices, choices..." the Friperie District during the Street Sale.

You can run, but you cannot hide from the Gingham.
The Frip Dist in full Bag Strap Regalia.

This guy totally refused to show his face, but was willing to donate his chest to scientific research.
A political enclave on Montreal voted for this guy in the recent Quebec Elections. Some say it was for his [Amir Khadir]  policies. Yeah, yeah yeah, could be... But look! The guy's Got Gingham.

Quebecois icon Jean le Loup gave a free concert at Place des Arts to thank us and pay the Montreal community back for all those other free concerts he subjected us to down the years, and that we suffered through. No problem if you Got Gingham.

Stevie V., of Sweet Mother Logic [see here] and  now Elephant Stone fame  [see here], attracts the Gingham Getters at Jean le Loup.

If you look closely, this guy is looking at an ad for Gingham.

This guy is signalling the famous "two fingers down" sign that all Got Gingham Getters give each other when they spot each other across the street.

Drive-by shooting of candid Gingham Getter.

Backpacks are well stylish, at least up in the mountains, and everybody loves it when you swing around suddenly in a crowded train and get all intimate... but frankly the only time you should wear them as a fashion item is when you're wearing Gingham and you've got back-up. Yeah, best to travel in pairs.

Outside Cul-de-Sac, in the Friperie District, Gorgeous Gingham Getter and Two Summer Lovers.

More Gingham and Summer Lovers, in the Friperie District.

The heart of the Friperie District: Cul-de-Sac has led the way with Gingham. Very hard shop to back out of.

Be aware of the Gingham Gaze... other Getters just can't help themselves. Here are some Resojets fans.

Dollarama attracts more stylish upmarket customers each day.
This was taken on a Sunday. Now, if you dress this properly on a Sunday, well, then...

Normal Sunday casual: Gingham + Lifesaver at the Hare Krishna Fest next to the Frip District.

Up from the Frip District is the Frites District on Rachel where there are like, seven places to get Poutine. Oh, and here is somebody wearing Gingham trying to decide which one to go to.

Orange You Glad We Left our Gingham in San Francisco...

Bud E Love at the San Francisco Giants in Gingham.

Cindy Sherman "Untitled #96", 1981: Thirty-one years of Gingham Artistic Genius.

And Elsewhere...
When we called them, Glossy Blonde told us our "check's in the nail."
Check out Glossy Bonde [see here] who are having a field day with Gingham at the moment.

Thanks for your patience as Got Gingham gets back into full swing after a major theft occurred at our offices in the Friperie District. We have lots of Gets so keep coming back as we update this post.

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Today's sub-heading caption "No longer just a shibboleth" is incorrect, since yeah it (Gingham) is, and those who get it would have known that, but now the cat's sort of out of the bag to those who didn't. For those who don't know what a shibboleth is, well, then the original caption stands.

[Update 16th September 2012: We're about to hit 38,000 fans!]

It's a long way to the top, but who cares if you Got Gingham?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Charlie's Got Gingham in the Friperie District of Montreal

Gingham ain't no act. It's an is.

24th August, Twenty-twelve (Montreal) Got Gingham has been out of service for almost a month while covering the Chicago International Gingham Fest. In the meantime, here is a teaser of all the catching up we have to do, so please monitor this site over the next few days as the Gingham starts pouring in.
Here, we have Charlie, looking dapper in the Friperie District of Montreal, Coin Duluth-St-Laurent. You might recognize him. In France he's quite a famous actor.

More Gingham to come, but why wait?

Nouveau Palais Winneburger's Got Gingham

Blvd St-Laurent's Got Gingham

Vans are really off the wall, if you Got Gingham

...while this baby's Off the Fence.

A bunch of guys looking for the Gingham Fest.

While for some everyday is a Gingham Fest.

Imogen's Got Gingham. Can't believe we resisted using her name for some dumb John Lennon pun, but she's too special.

Cinematographic Love is in the Gingham
Meanwhile: Liverpool FC's Nuri Sahin has something to say [see here]

"Yeah, if I can't play for Chelsea, then Liverpool will do." Who cares? He's got Gingham

This just a teaser. Check back later for more great Gingham Gets.

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Today's sub-heading "We used to be all front, now we're all back" is meant to convey some kind of upbeat reaction after having been silent for the last month.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Every Day is Get Outa the Doghouse Free Day

Every dog deserves their day in the Gingham sun.

27th July, Twenty-Twelve (Montreal) We're in the dog days of summer and nobody in the office wants to write. They all want to bunk off to the shore or hit the outside drinking locales. International Get out of the Doghouse Free Day was actually last week (an invention of the Chicago media during a season of slow news) so you might well have missed it. The great thing about this particular day of celebration is that it is kind of like all other public holidays--if you didn't take it at the time, you can carry it forward in lieu. So if you didn't use your Get out of the Doghouse Free card yet, you can save it for the exact moment you might need it. It's a one-time-only thing, this saving it in-lieu. Next year, you have to do your dodgy doggie business on the actual day in question: 20th July, so plan your shenanigans accordingly.

Gingham is a Rock-n-Roll Standard.
Our photog. was given 2 chances per set to take a shot and this the best we got. But least it's Got Gingham.

Hats off to another great performance.
The Rock Camp for Girls concept is spreading from city to city. Just about any major metropolitan area has one. While we wait for pics from Portland and Vancouver, last weekend we were on hand in Montreal for the RCFG [please check this out] at the Ukrainian Federation in the Mile-End. 

The idea is to give girls the chance to rock out and reach up. Six groups of girls aged seven to seventeen spend a week handcrafting a song and at the end of it we get this extravaganza of spirit and talent that is sure to reverberate for many evenings to come.  Raw, courageous and ready to roll.
Sure the crowd certainly comprised the already-converted... but we went as total neutrals. What we witnessed is nothing short of a phenomenon. RCFG creates an energy that is so infectious, so uplifting to the observer, it was impossible to resist joining the rest of the crowd's standing ovation after each group performed their song.
This is no hyperbole. You cannot, ever deny the roar of the crowd.

After the show the Gingham shows.

Stand-up Comic John Selig Caught in Rachel Foodie District Just for a Laugh
Comedy is all about routine. To prove this, Special Guest John Selig being the stand-up guy that he is, makes it look like riding a bike.

 More Epicerie Segals Action:

Returning to the scene of last week's Grand Theft Gingham, this time we join the Club Supreme.

Hungarian Grocer tired of puns using the name of their country to describe people with empty stomachs
(c/o Charcuterie Hongroise)

When waiting to order at the counter, be patient and don't be a Magyarlomaniac.


Pussy Riot are on trial for “The flagrant violation of public order expressed by a clear disrespect for society” [see here]. What? Come on, they Got Gingham. Surely they'll Get OFF.

That's it for this week.

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Today's caption "Now Seven Years Older in Dog Years" is taken from a dream Dan Savage shared with his seat companion, overheard during a trans-oceanic flight some time in the late eighties.

Attention Gingham Getters: We will be away for the next two weeks for the Chicago International Gingham Festival. Please keep checking in for more updates.