Hackett is a brand who never do things by halves no matter what they do and just to prove the point for this season they’ve gone a little collab crazy and decided to work with a couple of equally repeated and admired brands. Firstly, the stars must have been in alignment when these three great British brands came together to produce this collection of brogue shoes and boots. Using the finest Fox Brothers fabric with Joseph Cheaney’s time-honoured shoemaking expertise, these six superb styles are made from burnished British leather, in brown and black, and signature Fox Brothers wool cloths in Prince of Wales check and herringbone designs.
Limited to 150 pairs each and individually numbered, the collection incorporates the Cheaney and Hackett logos inside the footwear. Made in England since 1886, Joseph Cheaney & Sons is based in the heartland of British shoe manufacturing, Northamptonshire. Whereas, Fox Brothers has been producing woollen and worsted cloths in Wellington, Somerset, for nearly 250 years. Officially credited as the original creators of flannel, they have developed a close relationship with Hackett.
Next up we have a partnership with one of Britain’s most respected accessory makers, Bill Amberg. Since establishing his company in 1985, Bill Amberg has been producing design-lead bags and accessories, made in England, using only the finest quality materials.
This unique collaboration showcases two classic styles: a backpack and a briefcase. These stylish and practical men’s bags are made from a vegetable tanned leather tumbled to give a full grain finish. The most natural and environmentally friendly way to tan leather, during the process large quantities of oils are absorbed by the leather, which means the leather retains its flexibility ensuring it develops character and a natural patina over time. Another benefit from this tanning process is when the leather is scratched, you can rub it and like a skin it will heal as the oils return to the surface. The bags’ trims are made from a vegetable tanned, robust shoulder leather from Belgium known for its hardwearing qualities. All other hardware details are Italian or British and made from cast brass, which will look better with age.
The Hackett x Bill Amberg backpack comes in two colour combinations: black leather with red felt and brown leather with navy felt. The British-made felt is from, Industry leading mill, Abraham Moon’s Heritage Collection. The red felt is called ‘British red coat’ and is named after the famous scarlet uniforms of the British army.
The briefcase comes in two colour combinations: black leather with red canvas interior and brown leather with navy canvas interior. Both bags feature a perforated Hackett logo punched into the leather and an umbrella carrier to reference the iconic crossed umbrellas of Hackett’s logo.