Style / December 2016

Drake’s for The Rake: The Cutaway Collar Denim Shirts

It’s official, the denim shirt is the new white shirt and of all the denim shirts out there, Drakes’ are perhaps best known. No wonder then that The Rake should…

We’ve released a number of exclusive collaborations with Drake’s now, so to be constantly introducing readers to the brand feels somewhat counter-intuitive – the house’s reputation naturally precedes itself as one of the finest haberdashers on the planet after all. It also goes without saying that the brand has taken ownership over many great sartorial staples in recent seasons, whether glorious 50oz super-rep neckties, four-ply cashmere cardigans or most recently it’s sell-out line of contemporary brushed-cotton chinos. Perhaps one more piece than any other though in the Drake’s arsenal has become a sartorial calling-card for the house; the staple denim shirt.

If you haven’t tried a Drake’s shirt yet, you must. Hand cut and made in the company’s Somerset-based shirtmaking factory (a long-standing British workshop which Drake’s saved from closure some years ago), each and every shirt benefits from a rare set of traditional skills in its manufacture. Once it’s constituent parts have been hand-cut, a Drake’s shirt is lovingly stitched (single-needle stitching only) and pieced together bit by bit, with quality checks at each stage of the manufacturing process. Particularly special are Drake’s collars; they’re created using only the very lightest of brushed wool interlinings for comfort and softness – which lends a Drake’s shirt its signature voluptuous collar roll and unique easy-wearing character.

Speaking of which, the collar you see before you is even more special than normal. It is a new model, cut exclusively in The Rake’s favoured style - the tall cutaway spread. We’ve long championed this style as a magazine, thanks to its versatility, it’s strength of perspective and its modernity, but this is not a style that Drake’s has worked with as of yet, making for a particularly interesting experiment with the house, one that we hope you’ll agree has paid dividends. The strength of a cutaway collar (particularly on a tall stand made with the softness of roll that Drake’s achieves) is that it is easily worn in any context. Slip in your mother-of-pearl collar stiffeners and wear with a four-in-hand knotted tie for formalwear, or allow the collar to roll naturally open-necked for a more casual look.

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Aleksandar Cvetkovic

Aleks is Deputy Editor at The Jackal and former staffer at The Rake. He’s long harboured a passion for fine menswear, well-timed dramatic pauses and stiff drinks.