This story appears in the Winter 2014/2015 issue of Eidé Magazine. Read it here, or click to read it in the issue below.
In the 1920s and '30s, a waistcoat was not relegated as "eveningwear"; dress shoes were simply called shoes; and a suit and tie was appropriate for all occasions, even criminal activity. Perhaps the most iconic peacocking gents of the double-breasted-jacket-and-a-fedora era were those infamous for corruption. Al Capone, Bugs Moran, John Dillinger — these men exuded the underground opulence of prohibition culture through pocket squares and tailored pleats. Inspired by actual police mugshots, these photos remind us of the suited elegance of a time when there truly was honor among thieves.
Inspired by mugshots taken between 1910 and 1930 by the Sydney, Australia Police Department.