• REALM & EMPIRE Realm & Empire, RAE 45 Tee, Demin Marl
  • REALM & EMPIRE Realm & Empire, RAE 45 Tee, Demin Marl

REALM & EMPIRE Realm & Empire, RAE 45 Tee, Demin Marl

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Utility clothing was produced to aid the economy and help the war effort and although not actually being of military manufacture, it was arguably close to a ‘civilian uniform’. Introduced towards the end of 1941, its key purposes were to conserve raw materials and to keep down the cost of reasonable quality clothing prices – as well as allowing garment workers to switch to producing armaments. All Utility Scheme clothing was stamped or labelled with a utility mark (CC41) designed by artist Reginald Shipp – the two C’s looking more like ‘Pac Man’ figures than letters in an effort to hide its true meaning, ‘Civilian Clothing 1941’. This design pays homage to the bold CC41 stamp design.