The Peaky Blinders were an urban street gang based in Birmingham, England, that operated from the end of the 19th century to the early 1900s. The group, which grew out of the harsh economic deprivations of working class Britain, was composed largely of young men of lower to middle-classes. They derived social power from robbery, violence, racketeering, illegal bookmaking and the control of gambling.
Note that much of the visual aspect of this aesthetic has cross over with other criminal and English aesthetics. It should also be noted that these gangs kept "bookies" who very much fit the many Academia aesthetics.
- Early 1900's urban streets
- Fine flat caps
- Horse racing
- Imagery of safes full with money
- Metal tipped bloodied boots
- Shelves of countless books all filled with gamboling records
- Well tailored suits
Weapons and fashion
In addition to guns the Peaky Blinders used an assortment of melee weapons from belt buckles, metal-tipped boots, fire irons, canes, and knives. Gang members frequently wore tailored clothing which was uncommon for contemporary gangs of the time. Almost all members wore a flat cap and an overcoat. The Peaky Blinders wore tailored suits usually with bell-bottom trousers and button jackets. Wealthier members wore silk scarves and starched collars with metal tie buttons. Their distinctive dress was easily recognizable by city inhabitants, police, and rival gang members. The wives, girlfriends, and mistresses of the gang members were known for wearing lavish clothing. Pearls, silks, and colorful scarves were commonplace.