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1940’s

It all began with one man and his RAF uniform

In 1948 Alfie Lever, a tailor’s son from the East end of London returns home from the RAF in search of a new adventure. Inspired by the utilitarian designs and detailing of his former RAF uniform, Alfie sets out to conquer the outerwear world.

Alfie’s original parka designed for the RAF in 1952

Alfie Lever’s Spitalfields factory

1950’s

Taking on the East End of London.

In the heart of London’s East End Spitalfields area Alfie Lever’s dream of creating perfect parkas starts to take shape, opening his first factory on Commercial road.

1960’s

Supply, demand and the mods

In with the swinging 60’s and the mods storm the London street on vespers. Alfie Lever’s classic RAF parkas are in high demand and his factory supplies the most fashionable boutiques including John Stephens on Carnaby Street and Village Gate in Soho, with clientele such as the Rolling Stones. Alfie later went on to supply the parka jackets for cult, mod inspired film Quadrophenia.

Alfie Lever supplied the parkas for the Quadrophenia movie.
(Above) Phil Daniels wears Parka London for the anniversary shot in 2015

Stephen and his brother in the factory

1970’s

Learning the ropes

Growing up in the factories Alfie’s son Stephen takes an interest in his father’s world; from sitting with Nelly the button lady to later delivering jackets to customers. Working closely alongside his father he learns the skills of the trade.

1980’s

Realising dreams

Stepping fully into his father’s shoes, Stephen takes the reins. Using his expert knowledge and experience he continues to produce parkas and coats for all the major British high street brands for the next 30 years and beyond.

The iconic member’s Only jacket designed in 1981

Parka London AW18

Today

The future is Parka

Taking the skills and experience of the past six decades, Alfie Lever’s original RAF inspired design is given a new lease of life. Parka London is dedicated to the iconic style and creative reinvention of the parka coat and classic outerwear for the contemporary man and woman.

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