For one of the most British of brands, Gieves & Hawkes’ Autumn/Winter collection marks a return to its roots, a shift away from the Continent. ‘Britishness is hard to capture, and easy to get wrong, but it’s also unique in its eccentricity and fun,’ says the company’s senior designer, Edward Finney. ‘You don’t get fun in any other nation’s sense of dress.
To celebrate Henry Poole recent highly successful collaboration with adidas Originals, we have now launched a new limited suit fabric: a beautiful 9oz dark blue flannel, made by Fox Brothers – a company whose history goes back to 18th Century, and which is famous for developing the Prince of Wales check and the first cricket whites – featuring treble-pinstripes in ‘bluebird blue’. This colour, legend has it, became a prominent part of adidas’s colour palate due to founder Adi Dassler’s admiration of it in the Bavarian flag. This exclusive cloth is limited to 50 suits only.
Hopsack is one of go-to fabrics in the Spring and Summer. It’s not technically a fabric, it’s a method of weaving a fabric (most often a lightweight wool). The “basket weave” texture, which comes in many different gages, creates a very unique feel to a tailored garment. Think of it like a Spring/Summer alternative to flannel or tweed.
The famous tailor Luciano Barbera gives advises for choosing the suit according to the season and what are the materials we should prefer.
Instead of spending hours pondering the differences between blazers, sport coats and suits, the fearless leader, Melissa Austria (long a fan of the dapper jacket) explain the how, what and where of the must-have pieces.