With a landscape comprising of verdant valleys and wild, rugged uplands, it is a shooting man’s paradise, and like
what tends to happen in another game shooting utopia, North Yorkshire, November can throw up all sorts of inclement
weather scenarios. Since 1814, sporting folk who have been faced with the unpredictable elements of nature have been
relying on the indispensable accoutrements invented by Purdey.
A magnificent embodiment of British heritage, Purdey hold three Royal Warrants from The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh
and The Prince of Wales. For over 200 years they have been crafting some of the world’s most treasured shotguns and
rifles. With their undisputed status as pioneers of the highest artform of gunsmithing, they also dedicate their
craft to a wide variety of country sport clothing, equipment and accessories.
One aspect that sets Purdey apart in the realms of country sport attire is their ability to consistently maintain an
unequivocal equilibrium between high-style and functionality. The Frederick gilet is case in point – featuring two
neat bellows pockets and a shoulder patch for sporting practicality, it is crafted in the firm’s new Eddleston
Tweed, which displays a sensuous and voguish texture, thus suited to both the Scottish Highlands and urban
metropolis from day to night.
True innovators, Purdey seem to advance their already chief status in technical outerwear each season. One third
lighter than traditionally woven tweed, the updated field coat is not only supremely comfortable, but it is
technically equipped to protect you from even nature’s harshest inconveniences. Noteworthy details include a high
collar to shelter your neck area, whilst through a combination of yarn twist and introduction of a very small amount
of nylon, it is highly resilient against levels of abrasion and friction. Additionally, a Sympatex® liner makes the
coat waterproof and windproof whilst still being breathable. The tweed has a Teflon® coating which causes water to
bead and roll off. When out in the field wear the coat with matching tweed breeks, which boast many of the same
superior technical credentials as the coat.
Despite being the go-to brand for the aristocracy of country sports, Purdey believe in looking to the future, making
garments that are fit for the 21st century. Meticulously crafted by skilled artisans, the green leather
suede Acton jacket retains a contemporary edge, that helps it traverse easily from town to country. Even more of a
hybrid design, the cashmere zip-up Grosvenor model, featuring the knitted sleeves of a sweater but the suede front
panel of a bomber jacket is a clever invention.
To avoid looking too urbane and to blend in with the countryside, Purdey have a great selection of check shirts. Made
from a warming brushed flannel, their new Windowpane check iteration is a particular standout. Purdey have also
stamped their own impassioned mark on the Teba jacket. Unstructured, featuring two large front pockets it is
comfortable and practical in equal measure.
It’s that time of year to get creative with some forward-thinking country-meets-city outfits. The aptly named Mayfair
tweed jacket is a good starting point for this costume. Single-breasted and rendered in high-quality wool, it is cut
on a slightly longer block to keep you insulated yet features sharp notch lapels and patch pockets to protrude
enough elegance for the gaudiness of the city.