A traditionally British brand is on the rise, reknown for its classic style and tailoring.
Kent and Curwen was established in 1926, when the founders Eric Kent and Dorothy Curwen met on Saville Row. They have supplied ties for Oxbridge and public schools since 1929, and the brands label was also stitched in the ties of the British army. The company started producing knitwear in 1932, and further expanded to blazers in the 1950s. The Saville Row duo registered its trademark three lions logo in 1982, which makes it so distinguishable, and so British.
Moving into Kent and Curwen’s recent history, former England footballer, David Beckham, became an ambassador in 2015. Mr Beckham commented on his latest collaboration with K&C saying: ‘it respects the old and brings in the new.’ He further said he was ‘excited about the launch of his new collection’. Mr Beckham joins former England cricket captain, Alistair Cook (left in the picture above) and Nick Compton (right in picture above), who notably fronted K&C’s promotional campaign in 2013.
Having sports stars as ambassadors, suits the label’s sports inspired clothes. Their recent products have drawn inspiration from rugby and cricket attire, with military style here and there.
A personal favourite of Mr Beckham’s collection are the knitted cricket sweatshirts, as advertised by Cook and Compton above. Coming in white or blue, with yellow or green collars, the jumpers certainly capture the crisp and clean nature that many British gents can recall from their schoolboy days.
For those interested, Kent and Curwen’s cricket jumpers can be bought from KentandCurwen.com, with the price of the v- neck cricket sweaters at £495.
A controversial item for some, braces can make or break an outfit.
Teenage hipsters matching these with a pair of Doc Martins, are not what we want to see.
A correctly worn pair of braces can produce the image of an Oxbridge aristocrat who has a ballsey stylist, or is not afraid to accessorise his suits.
Gareth Mallory is a recent addition to the James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, and wears this item of clothing in the perfect manner.
He is depicted here in the aristocrats natural environment; a classy, wood dominant office, somewhere in Whitehall.
Portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, Mallory wears a pair of Ede & Ravenscroft Dark Blue Fleur De Lys braces (suspenders). The subtle Fleur De Lis pattern on these suspenders certainly exemplify one traditional meaning of the flower; perfection.
An interesting question is why the stylist for Skyfall decided to befit Mallory in the risky accessory. Skyfall’s costume designer Jany Temime said: ‘You have to respect a certain style – English gentleman’. An English gentleman is certainly something Mrs Temime has created in M.
Prices for these were from £55, but are no longer available new. Similar braces are available from £45 on their website edeandravenscroft.com
Sherlock Holmes returns to our televisions tonight, and so does its fashion features.
This is the interior of 221B Bakers Street. How classy and traditionally British the television depiction of this famous character is.
Despite it looking like a range of useless antiques, this style is certainly something I would desire from any house, let alone one in central London, as perfectly set as Mr Holmes’ house.
My regards to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for bringing us this amazing character, and thank you to the BBC for presenting such a fantastic show for fashionistas like myself.
Looking like the late Steve McQueen, Daniel Craig here could not look any more classy.
Craig here embodied the country gent in a wax jacket, shotgun slung over the arm, and greatest of all British car manufactures present in the rear of the picture.
This scene from Skyfall is one of my all- time favourate movie scenes, not for the action necessarily, but for the clothing on display.
Not only is Daniel Craig kitted to the max with this fantastic Barbour X to Ki to Beacon sports jacket, but Javier Bardem is similar well dressed in the powerful long trench coat.
As far as wax jackets go, this is the pinnacle, unfortunately is on the expensive side, but as a lifelong accessory to your wardrobe, it’s certainly worth it.
Barbour X to Ki Wax Jackets can be purchased from the Barbour store in London (Carnaby Street) for around £399.
Potentially controversial, but I think this character was a fashionista!
His use of the word ‘classic’ throughout the series, unbeknown to Howard, does much to describe his clothing, with his large glasses being a particular favourite of mine. They are very similar to my fathers father, and the glasses he wears, which despite having little place in today’s catwalk fashion, I thoroughly believe hold standing in today’s street fashion.
The jumpers Howard is also befitted in are similarly of unique style, looking like something you would find in Pop Boutique, or similar vintage stores.
Combined with the casual bomber jacket, and loose fitting cargo pants, it portrays the fashion of a man who doesn’t try too hard, and can pull off the casual intellectual look which is presented perfectly by Howard.
This is Bobby Waterhouse of London. He is a fashion guru and has always reminded me of Mycroft Holmes.
Ignoring his beard and moustache for a minuite, the bone umbrella handle, double breasted suit, and glasses depict what I believe as a young Mycroft when he was at Oxford.
Consulting the moustache and beard, Mr Waterhouse has it at the perfect thickness to appear slightly grizzly, but also short enough so that a clean cut is still produced, and the moustache curled up at the ends, certainly adds to the autocratic image that Waterhouse presents.
Despite not being a massive fan of the aforementioned round glasses, Waterhouse pulls them off in a way so few can; to look intellectual, rather than a hipster trying to be indie.
Despite it being a V- neck, which I generally see as a no- go, this jumper is awesome! I believe it would look rather fantastic with a pair of light chinos and a crisp white shirt underneath.
Pringle of Scotland is the firm choice of brand for this item. Due to its Scottish heritage and the home of the legendary golf course at St Andrews, this is a good addition to the wardrobe this winter.
It cannot really be worn casually, with loose or light jeans for example, but who wants to dress casually anyway?
Buy this and forever look like a fashionable gentleman on the golf course, something epitomised by MIC’s Jamie Lang.
These are a staple for any British gentleman with paperwork. I have had mine for around 3 years now, and it has assisted me with my university studies everyday.
At the north- westuniversity I attend, it is not exactly popular due to their primitive focus on the sporting west brands like adidas and Nike, and failure to acknowledge the gentlemanly fashion of a southerner.
The bag itself is the perfect size to fit a laptop in, as well as around 7 acedemic books for your studies, bearing in mind I have the 15″ Cambridge Batchel, so other styles may vary.
We have all seen the Google Chrome advert featuring its development in Cambridge, from a woman’s lust for her childhood schoolbag. I feel a certain resemblance between this bag and the University of Cambridge; possibly due to its plain, but stern and chic appearance. It should be noted that Julie Deane, founder and CEO, has partnered with the university to create a spectacular bag on a different occasion.
I fully endorse the majority of styles that this brand produces, however some that are made for the catwalk, and it would be good advice to steer clear from these if buying for day- to- day usage.
Born to a Russian aristocrat and Italian industrialist, Mr Francis, full name Mark- Francis Vandelli Orlov- Romanovsky, somehow found himself in London. He was educated at St- Paul’s boys school, possibly the route of his impeccable manners, then University College London where he graduated with a degree in Art History.
His mother, the aristocrat, was a Russian princess and ambassador for Yves Saint Laurent during the 70s and 80s. Rather little is known about her past, with no pictures available either. This is surely most bizarre, for a representative of a global fashion brand, and former princess.
From his former title as a distant heir to the Russian throne, to his speedy quips on Made in Chelsea, he is the epitome of the modern day gentleman. Mr Francis’ style in fashion, and interior design, with MIC showing snippets from inside his boudoir which look utterly fantastic, certainly make him one the most respectable TV personalities.
Simply from viewing the image below, his aristocratic upbringing is evident. The large fireplace, classic leather chair, combined with his lightly coloured chinos and blazer, demonstrate the interior of very few affluent households in the west of London. For a gentleman, the lifestyle of Mark Francis is the ultimate goal.