There is a burgeoning company called Kit Blake. It is the vision of one of menswear’s most experienced and passionate aficionados, Chris Modoo who recognized that after looking at his own wardrobe, there was a succinct imbalance of the number of jackets to trousers. Together with the entrepreneurial spirit of co-founder Richard Wheat, not only have they masterminded a comeback for stunning pleated trousers, but they’ve cunningly used cloth, pattern and other subtle design details to make these trousers tremendously versatile and relevant today.
Chris Modoo is known to be an excellent judge on when particular fabrics should be worn and in what tone. His forensic scrutiny of these topics certainly transcends into the Kit Blake collection. And by that, I mean, only the best and most appropriate fabrics have been used this summer, and in the right colour palettes. Cut in a rich Irish linen, the tobacco pleated slim Aleks are a beautiful example of this seasonal consideration. The trousers are lightweight, cool and crisp to touch making them suitable for the advection of hot air. Modoo once told The Rake: “Brown is a very useful evening colour”. Wear these trousers with a pale jacket or shirt at a smart Greek taverna, and you’ll be protruding just the right amount of informal elegance. If you prefer to wear a lighter tone during the day, these trousers also come in a very romantic Sahara gold shade, and are unlined for added breathability.