Back in 1977, the same year a certain George Lucas was unleashing the world of Star Wars upon us, Drakes were opening their doors to us with the idea that they could provide the modern gentlemen with the classic sartorialism that they craved, all without looking like an old fuddy duddy. Selling only scarves to begin with they have expanded into a widely respected and established contemporary British brand. Their Autumn 15 collection continues this ethos with such strength, remaining ever so classic and smart but with tweaks that define true style.
A major staple of Drakes’ new collection is the exquisite blazers. With wools from Harris Tweed and Abraham Moon; and multiple iterations of the classic being released all in spectacular autumn hues from dark greens to navy, not only will these keep you warm but also looking the tip top whilst on your commute. Also released alongside the classic blazers is a single breasted ‘gun-club’ wool jacket. This unstructured and unlined 3 roll 2 closure jacket screams sophistication and is just begging to be worn to your local country club, or even boozer.
Aside from just blazers, Drakes have outdone themselves in one of their own specialities; ties. Yet again Drakes is the place to go for luxury prints that match every possible combination of an outfit in any situation from formal to casual making them truly versatile. Their already wide arsenal of ties range from grenadine, silk, cashmere & wool and knitted all of them with a truly massive expanse of different prints and designs; and new features this year include brushed satin and a splendid chalky ancient madder. All of Drakes’ ties are entirely handmade in London’s very own East End with a bespoke tie service available; this level of constant care, attention and dedication really does set Drake’s apart from the rest.
Whilst Drake’s truly are masters of the sartorial, they haven’t forgotten about those weekends off from work where you no longer want to be wearing a tie. They’ve engineered casual wear for the gentleman who doesn’t settle for just jeans and a t-shirt on the weekend, but rather wants to dress a little more refined than that. Popover shirts and band collar shirts are a key piece of Drake’s casual collection and come in linen and cotton. Combine the once-washed oxford cloth popover with a pair of slacks or blue denim and you have yourself a truly casual but effortlessly stylish weekend look.For those cold, cold winter days, Drake’s has released knitwear that is going to keep you warm in the harshest of shetland winters. With exquisite pullovers, cardigans and turtlenecks to travel to the north pole and back in; Drake’s has made sure this is, not only going to be one of the warmest winters, but one of the coolest, in a while. A main feature of this are the absolutely perfect for winter brushed shetland jumpers with breton stripes. A beautifully classic double breasted pea coat and a wool duffle coat from Gloverall with horn toggle closure and black watch tartan lining accompany the knitwear this season from Drake’s; completing a collection that is truly, truly exquisite, classic and comfortable that will be seen worn by gentleman for a while yet.