New & Lingwood's Autumnal Inspiration
Mathias Le Fèvre takes the excellent AW19 collection by New & Lingwood on a rural road test as the heritage Jermyn Street brand explores the essence of British fall with a symphony of rich colours, confident checks and sharply cut tailoring.
Autumn and winter are without a doubt the most exciting seasons in any sartorial wardrobe. The colder weather will soon be upon us and as the temperature drops, the well-dressed gentleman enjoys adding layers of earthy tweeds, mottled flannels and soft moleskin. From a handsome forest-green wool coat to an authentic Bigton Shetland tweed jacket in a brown, teal and burnt orange houndstooth, the quintessential English gentlemen’s outfitter New & Lingwood will certainly be preparing you to take on any adventure in style. I stopped by the Jermyn Street store and picked out my highlights from the AW19 collection. A 4am alarm clock was set for the following day. Accompanied by my photographer Nick Tydeman, I left London and drove off towards Somerset to chase the light over Cheddar Gorge and explore the Palladian architecture of Bath. A selection of big overcoats to keep warm should be an essential part of any gentleman’s winter wardrobe. This is the Althorp Coat. It is a double-breasted “hero piece” that takes its style cues from the greatcoat which was originally know as military attire in the 19th century. Made from a luxurious forest-green wool this will allow you to combat the depths of winter chills in fine style. The overcoat is here styled with a burgundy cashmere roll-neck and pair of windowpane check flannel trousers.
Fall signals the start of the tweed season, a fabric that belongs to the days of misty mornings and air cold enough to catch your breath. It'll provide proof against chill winds and showers, but is tweed still chic and contemporary? At New & Lingwood this is their answer; an unstructured Bigton Shetland tweed jacket in a brown, teal and burnt orange houndstooth. Here styled with a camel cashmere roll neck, a silk pocket square and a bold pair of mustard moleskin trousers. A resounding yes. Corduroy is certainly a focus this season. In a plush Italian corduroy, New & Lingwood has created the Rokeby mid-blue jacket, unstructured and double-breasted with a sleek six button front. Here styled with a striking tartan trouser, brown suede loafers, a burgundy knit tie and socks. It's an incredibly versatile cloth, especially in this blue hue. In the city, I'd think about pairing it with a pair of denims brogue boots for a casually sophisticated weekend look. Last but not least, a true New & Lingwood house signature and perhaps the most aristocratic element to the outfitter’s offering: the jacquard dressing gowns. These utterly rakish pieces are handmade from some of the finest English silks on the planet and come in a variety of vivd colours and eccentric patterns. Their purpose is to transform the eveningwear of the world’s most tasteful men. What you're looking at here is The Rococo gown. With its baroque-inspired gold and black silk brocade fabric which is finished with quilted black velvet shawl collar, it is the epitome of opulence.