Ask The Rake: What Are The Wardrobe Essentials One Should Save Up And Invest In?

Every sartorial wardrobe should contain a few key pieces that transcend time and style. They are considered purchases, which often require time to find and patience to save up for, but will last — with proper care — a lifetime.

Everyone from the rakish tailoring aficionado to the first time buyer should invest in a good navy suit. While the latter may not have the required spending power for out and out bespoke, there are still a great number of options available on Savile Row may be famed for their bespoke craft, but some of their most famous residents are producing splendid ready-to-wear options available at accessible price points. Not too long ago they were celebrating 100 years on the Row, and now Huntsman and The Rake have reunited to offer a brilliant selection of suiting. A highlight is their navy twill single-breasted suit with their signature one-button fastening which provides a svelte silhouette. It’s genuinely iconic, timeless, and frankly, having a Huntsman suit in your arsenal is no mean feat. Sticking to Savile Row, and another brand that has recently joined The Rake’s ecommerce fold is Richard Anderson. Their single-breasted suit is made from a beautiful midnight blue linen. For something a little different, a double-breasted iteration from the Godfathers of Bespoke, Cifonelli, is a popular choice for an investment piece. So much so, that you should act fast as only a few remain.

    There’s nothing worse than a brilliant suit being let down by an ill-fitted shirt, and though casual and relaxed shirts are proving quite popular post-Covid, it’s important to have a shirt that can go pound for pound. The first port of call, therefore, is Jermyn Street. Home to some of the finest shirtmakers in menswear, you’d be hard pressed to find something better. Turnbull & Asser have created shirts for some of the finest men and women to grace this wonderful planet, and to own a shirt is to own a little piece of history. Channel your inner 007 with the iconic Dr. No cocktail cuff shirt, made for Sean Connery in 1962, in a classic blue. For something a little more casual but just as refined, for our inaugural The Rake Tailored Garments collection, we created a button-down inspired by vintage Brooks Brothers, and quite frankly, it’s one of the best shirts I’ve ever owned (and I own a lot). A favourite of our Editor Tom Chamberlin, Edward Sexton’s ivory silk shirt is a must-have for all black tie occasions. The beautiful lustre and drape provides an elegant, alternative take to the classic dress shirt.


    April 2021


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