Friday, 14 June 2013

David Beckham's Soulland "Babar the Elephant" sweatshirt

00O00 Menswear Blog: David And Victoria Beckham in New York June 2013 Soulland Babar Elephant sweatshirt sweater
David and Victoria Beckham / DailyMail

David and Victoria Beckham were pictured in New York earlier this week. The off-duty father of four went shopping with his missus, and went stylishly casual with jeans, t-shirt, trainers and his signature beanie hat. David was also pictured with a sweatshirt tied around his waist, with a whimsical cartoon elephant print on the front. Is that little Harper's Father's Day pressie? I bet she likes the print.

The sweatshirt is from Danish label Soulland, and it featured Babar the Elephant on the front. Babar was fully suited and booted, and tipped the bowler hat with his trunk. I wasn't familar with Babar, but here's a little background: Babar the Elephant is a fictional character who first appeared in the French children's book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931. It tells of a young elephant Babar who, upon the death of his mother by a hunter, leaves the jungle to visit a big city. He returns to bring the benefits of civilisation to his fellow elephants. Just as he returns to his community of elephants, their king dies from eating a bad mushroom. Because of his travels and civilisation, Babar is appointed king of the elephant kingdom. He marries his cousin, and they subsequently have children and teach them valuable lessons.

Interesting story? I have a personal interest in elephants, and like accessories with elephants on them. I am mildly superstitious and believe that elephants bring good luck. I don't obsessively collect items with elephants, but just is rather fond of them. I previously blogged about a vintage Hermes belt with an elephants buckle that I bought from Parisian auction house Artcurial, an elephants print Hermes tie and a pair of elephants Faberge cufflinks from New York's Metropolitan Museum Of Art. To say I am mildly superstitious: I wore the cufflinks yesterday, and kind of avoided some bad news I had dreaded/expected to hear.

Yes I do get a little silly at times but don't we all.
00O00 Menswear Blog: David And Victoria Beckham in New York June 2013 Soulland Babar Elephant sweatshirt sweater
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what's he wearing?