Although I have been a bespoke aficionado for almost three
decades, I do like RTW clothes that have a hand-tailored feel, that
are classic but also have a certain twist. I am constantly
traveling so my clothes need be well-made, ready to take a beating,
but also versatile in style so they can be combined with each other
and still always look sharp. Below you'll find some of my favourite
pieces currently on TheRake.com, selected for their craftsmanship,
versatility and timelessness.
One can never have enough blazers and this one from Edward
Sexton is extremely well cut in the typical Sexton house style and
spectacular value for money.
I love unstructured sport coats in neutral colours - they are
very versatile and make perfect travel companions.
Belted safari jackets are one of my eternal favourites and this
one reminds me of an old army dispatch rider jacket.
Duffle coats are great, less formal alternatives to normal
overcoats and this one in camel has an added luxurious touch.
I usually only wear bespoke trousers but these ones, without
belt loops and with side adjusters, in a lovely cotton cashmere
corduroy, have a custom feel.
For me, 100hands makes some of the world’s best shirts with an
insane amount of hand work involved, and this one in Japanese
Selvedge Chambray combines a formal cut with a more casual
I have loved Tod’s since I spent my summer holidays as a kid in
Tuscany; I usually always travel with a pair of Tod’s. This
hand-patinated pair is rather dressy but can double also as house
shoe on longer travels when luggage space is ultra scarce.
I love tote bags and use them to carry everything, from
documents and laptops to clothes and everything in between.
A nice pen has a must have for a discerning gentleman and this
one fits the bill very nicely.
Jermyn Street is one my favourite shopping streets in the entire
world and both Floris and Turnbull & Asser are stalwarts of
this fabled location - who cannot love this scent?!