For those of you reading who don’t live in the U.K. this week has been pretty chilly to say the least: as I’m writing this I’m currently wearing a 12oz charcoal flannel suit. However, with each day that passes I’m becoming increasingly excited about the mercury finally reaching a satisfactory point and spring/summer gaining momentum. With that, those lightweight cottons, tropical wools and crispy linens can then come into the fold and we can all afford to be a little bit more playful and daring with colours, patterns and accessories, purloining as much Vitamin-D as possible.
A London-based brand who has absolutely nailed their collection for this season is, unsurprisingly, Drake’s. A firm-favourite of ours, it forms the backbone of this editorial shoot with Jamie Ferguson. The highlight is obviously the ecru denim suit, which is exclusive to The Rake and can be seen directly above. I think we can all agree that it's simply awesome and a standout when viewing our comprehensive offering. As such, it hasn't come as a surprise to us that we’re receiving innumerable amount of enquiries regarding it. But, what makes it so special? Well, the denim itself has a slight touch of elastane (2% to be precise) which goes a long way in the handle and performance of it. It’s unlined and has a half-canvas, patch pockets with real horn buttons of a lighter shade than the traditional kind and flat-fronted trousers. It’s a suit that can easily be broken down into separates, however it looks best when worn together, in my opinion. With a much-loved and worn Drake's powder blue cutaway collar shirt which is exclusively made for us, it’s anchored with another exclusive necktie that has an oval, all-seeing eye jacquard. It’s put together in a way that I believe tailoring should now be approached: casual and relaxed but with enough to gain admittance into a formal scenario and have a little fun in. There’s a saying that goes, “The better you dress, the worse you can behave” and this suit reminds me of that. With denim that's deeply rooted in the rough and tough arena of manual labour, it's asking to be beaten about and will take on its unique and personal character through regular wear.