PunkFunkRockPop: The Minneapolis Music Collection

Stacy Adams Loafers

Stacy Adams Loafers
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How a performer chooses to dress onstage is often the most critical element of identity, next to the music itself. One artist's decision to wear street clothes is as deliberately self-expressive as another's choice to don an elaborately constructed, highly ornamented costume, accessorized from head to toe.

The Time was one of Minneapolis's most sartorially distinctive bands in the 1980s. According to Prince biographer Dave Hill, The Time's look had its roots in vintage clothing shops like Tatters, then located at Hennepin and Twenty-Fourth Street in Minneapolis. Proprietor Marc Luers recounted to Hill: "They were way ahead of the white kids. They just knew it: they knew the stuff, the double-breasted '50s and '40s suits. … They had to kind of show Monte [Moir, the sole white member] the way. … Back in 1980, no one even knew what pleated pants were. But these guys'd want them all."1 Moir's 1940s-style fedora and Stacy Adams loafers completed the look. Stacy Adams shoes, manufactured in Brockton, Massachusetts, since 1875, have long been a choice of African American men wishing to present a hip or cool image.

    1. Dave Hill, Prince: A Pop Life (New York: Harmony Books, 1989), 102-03.