So those of you who read my blog can see the menswear collection first. I am still working on the 'menswear department' of my website so here you can see the styles and get the background on the collection. The inspiration was Somerset Maughan, a writer I fell for last year (especially number one favourite, Of Human Bondage), though it was really this picture by Sutherland that captivated me some time ago and worked its way through into a garment design:
I love the slightly louche relaxed pose and expressions and rather like the Beckett portrait by Richard Avedon, the wrinkles and folds of cloth seem to work together.
So, I have the jacket here. This is a size 40. This is in the certified organic silver Herringbone.
My idea for the jacket was to make something that's not a formal boring tweed jacket. A jacket that's informal, that you can just throw over anything, but that has that quality and texture that feels special and something you'll cherish for a long time. Tweed is very robust and warm so you can wear it instead of a coat.
However, I couldn't avoid doing a proper smart coat. I wanted something with a 1930's flavour - and young too - that again you could throw over anything and feel you're smart. It's a low-buttoned double-breasted three-quarter length coat. Double breasted is so much funkier if you ask me, without being pretentious. The shorter length I think gives it a more modern and younger appeal.I Heart Studios for the great photos.