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  • Twelve Men - Rory McKellar

    5th June, 2015

     

    Fifth in the series of our Twelve Men story, introducing Rory McKellar.

     

    Rory McKellar self proclaimed Mayfair misfit and man about town knows how to enjoy himself. I caught up with him the other day at a house party thrown by show girls, where we were animatedly discussing the plot for his latest feature film; a coming of age story set against a backdrop of fighting Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.

     
    Since graduating from film school 18 years ago Rory has been in demand as a film maker. Working on projects as diverse as pop videos for Russian girl punk band Manflu, advertising shorts for Range Rover and documentaries on starting your own country, he is always busy.

     
    Rory spent his youth in the country where he was naturally drawn to tweeds due to their heritage and array of colours. However, as the years pass he finds his wardrobe veering towards the monochrome mainly due to the practicalities of avoiding blemishes whilst finding interesting camera angles. A fan of Swedish clothing brand ACNE and the Other store in Soho he has now discovered Dashing Tweeds and delights in the reflective Lumatwills. His jacket of choice today is our jockey jacket tailored in a cotton jacquard which is woven in Suffolk and fully lined in silk, worn here with his favorite vintage Cutler and Gross sunglasses. The reflective panels on the jacket come in handy whilst peddling his way back to Mayfair in the early hours.


  • Textile Forum

    20th May, 2015

     

    We are pleased to announce we will be showcasing our latest collections at this years Textile Forum.

     

    Textile Forum was founded in 2002, and it now attracts designers and fabric buyers from major retail groups and brands, established fashion businesses and start-ups, as well as the next generation of designers from the top fashion and textile colleges.

     

    Exhibitors supply fabrics, with a small quantity option, to provide inspiration for menswear, womenswear and childrenswear collections, including daywear, eveningwear, bridalwear, lingerie and accessories.

     

    We will be showcasing our latest range of British wools, Merinos, Linens and Cotton blended designs.

     

    For more information, please get in touch.

     

    Registration is free, follow this link to sign up.


  • Twelve Men - David Evans

    4th May, 2015

     

    Surprisingly it was a change of career and a desire to write that provided the catalyst for David’s personal style odyssey. His chronicle, aptly named Grey Fox Blog, is an ongoing account of David’s adventures from self-confessed ‘geography teacher’ style towards a beacon of the well dressed modern English gentleman.

     
    Journeying from a successful lawyer to a teacher provided personal satisfaction but, downshifting towards early retirement, David decided to veer towards life as a writer. He stumbled rather accidentally on menswear as a topic, but his voyage has led to a discovery of British brands, a great appreciation of craftsmanship and contemporary takes on traditional style. New opportunities have presented themselves, such as being commissioned to write for The Rake magazine and other style journals.

     
    An initial frustration on his style safari was the lack of obvious icons for the fashionably dressed older man to emulate. It appeared to David that men over 40 were excluded from the advertising campaigns of modern brands. Voicing his vexations with the menswear industry has caused him some wicked delight and had him declared persona non grata at one event at London Collections:Men after he complained about the extreme youth of the models. However, David is happily hoist on his own petard and, after some initial reluctance on his part, has been surprised and flattered by an apparently increasing demand as a model.

     
    The soft drape of our Samson summer cloth drew David in and he decided on a relaxed 2-button double breasted jacket. The cloth inspired by geological strata is woven with a Tussar silk over check and the surprise flecks of bright blue delight upon closer inspection.  By nature a more conservative dresser, David has taken recent pleasure in the extra attention his Dashing Tweeds jacket is drawing. “Women (including Mrs Grey Fox) keep telling me they like a well dressed man … and what more can you want? If there was a greater appreciation of the simple power of dressing well, the streets would be full of stylish men.”

     
    This jacket and others in our new summer collection will be in our shop at 26 Sackville Street London W1S 3HE over the next few days and online shortly after. Do call the shop for queries 020 7439 8633.

     


  • UKFT Awards

    16th April, 2015

     

    The UK Fashion and Textile association is the most inclusive British network for fashion and textile companies, bringing together designers, manufacturers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry throughout the UK and internationally.   UKFT supports over 2,500 companies throughout the UK which cover menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, lingerie beachwear, accessories, footwear and textiles. Many of UKFT’s members are major international brands but a large part of their work is with smaller companies, helping to build the industry of tomorrow.

     

    The NatWest UK Fashion & Textile Awards celebrate the best and brightest of British fashion and textiles.   We have been shortlisted as Textile Brand of the year, along with Joshua Ellis who we haved worked very closely with, and Inlay and Nash, who are a textile print company based in Deptford. It is brilliant to be recognised for the textiles we have been developing and wonderful to sit alongside the other nominees.


  • London Craft Week

    13th April, 2015

     

    London Craft Week is a new annual event which showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops, celebrated makers, other lesser known makers and highly specialised skills alongside famous shops, galleries and luxury brands.  Founded on the ethos of making, London Craft Week aims to introduce the talent, people and techniques behind beautifully made things to a wider audience.  They will be able to experience craft not just as static branded objects in smart shops but understand the context of how they were made, why they are special and even have a try themselves.

     

    On the 7th May between 10.30am and 6pm, we will be demonstrating the art of woven cloth design on one of our hand looms within our store at 26 Sackville Street.

     

    Visitors will have the chance to see all the materials involved in the making of our cloth, from British wool yarns to high tech reflective polymers, and learn about the main types of weave structures and finishing techniques used in mens suiting, as well as having the chance to try some weaving too.

     

    To find out more about other events happening, please visit their website.


  • Twelve Men - Michiel van Wyngaarden

    2nd April, 2015

     

    We are very pleased to include Michiel van Wyngaarden a Dutch graphic designer in the third edition of our Twelve Men campaign, not least because he is in continuous demand as a model to global menswear brands.

     

    Scouted 3 years ago at the age of 28, Michiel temporarily shelved his work as a graphic designer whilst the whims of the high fashion world has been soaring him around the globe on an enjoyable tour of voguish hotspots. Whilst the clamour persists Michiel is happy to oblige with a cheerful presence.

     

    His personal taste consists of shades of grey, a melange of Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto as a style bedrock. However, Michiel does enjoy flirtations with colour, a recent shoot for Etro encouraged this desire.

     

    Our Black Urban Shadow Check thus caught Michiel’s immediate attention when choosing cloth for his new jacket. The subtle charcoal shadows against the black ground with highlights of an urban New York cab yellow grabbed him and as soon as the Lumatwill weft highlights shone out Michiel was hooked.

     


  • SS15 RTW Collection

    20th March, 2015

     

    We feel compelled to increase the variety of fabrics available in the menswear market and hence design two cloth collections a year, exploring new yarns, colours and weave structures. In addition to supplying our fabrics to customers via tailors or through our shop we also design a ready to wear collection using our seasonal cloths.

     

    Working with excellent tailors in London’s East End enables us to develop classic silhouettes which can be worn the whole summer through.

     

    The subtle blue shades of our Samson design with its cream slub silk window pane check makes an ideal double breasted jacket. With mother of pearl buttons the peaked lapel, side vented jacket is an instant way to look smart in the sun. Worn with cream drill trousers or even jeans the look has been a mainstay of the fashionable men visiting the influential biannual Pitti Uomo shows in Florence. Best worn buttoned, the shaped double breasted jacket has a sleek lengthening effect that gives you an easy nonchalance where ever you go.

     

    An easy wear one button jacket has become essential for all well dressed men. Brought to popularity by the Savile Row tailor Huntsman, a single button jacket with slanted vented pockets is always seen as elegant. Our offering this summer is tailored in our Merino, linen and Japanese cotton. The Bryher fabric woven with geometric squares and alternating colourful cotton emanates a lighthearted summer feel with references to the work of Bridget Riley.

     

    The Tresco jacket in shades of juxtaposing greys is a three button cut with patched pockets, tailored with lingering summer evenings in mind. Flashes of subtle antique black lurex are interwoven to give a hint of shiny interest on a sparkling evening. The more relaxed style of pocket takes some formality out for the darker shades of the cloth and enables a man to carry what he needs for the whole time till dawn.

     

    All of these jackets will be available at the end of April.

     

     


  • Twelve Men - Toni Castells

    5th March, 2015

    Merino and Silk Herringbone

     

    Second in the series of our Twelve Men story, introducing Toni Castells.

     

    Composer, pianist, classical guitarist, electronic music production, the list of Toni’s talents goes on. He started playing the guitar at home in Barcelona from the age of 4 and his fancination with music making has never ceased. After winning a composing competition with a piece for flute and piano, Toni took a degree specialising in electronic sound engineering. A trip to London for an intended week took Toni on a whole new adventure when he was asked to work on a new album by composer José María Cano, a project lasting many months and securing his love of London.

     

    In terms of style David Bowie is an icon much admired by Toni and a modish reference for his earlier years in bands under the alter ego of Famous Jack. Now as well as working as Senior Lecturer in Music Technology for Imperial College and the London College of Music, Toni composes and performs with his 10 piece band and is currently working on a project with hip hop artist Olly Hodding.

     

    Toni buys very few clothes and like women he has to fall in love with them. Obviously he has a passion for Dashing Tweeds.

     

    Toni fell in love with our Silk and Merino Herringbone, the sheen of the cloth and its lightness he found most appealing. He decided on a single breasted jacket with peaked lapels to elevate his personal style of urban boots and jeans.

     

    Check out Toni’s website to hear his work. http://www.tonicastells.com

     


  • SS15 Cloth Collection

    15th February, 2015

     

    For this spring summer season we have been researching the microscopic structure of the world around us. The stones and asphalt of the city may look homogenous but study a granite kerbstone and an array of crystalline structures emerge with flecks of bright quartz and mica. At this small scale there is a great contrast of textures, which we have mirrored in our new cloth designs.

     

    Slub Tussah silk, Merino wool and linen are interwoven in a geometric lattice repeat in our Samson design. Glassy lurex is offset against matt linen and wool in the tessellated structure of Tresco. The intrinsic metallic mineral flecks in rocks has also led us to using a colourful Japanese yarn within the Bryher weave design.

     

    As you may have deduced, our designs this season are named after the British archipelago of Scilly isles. Famous for their pristine white sandy beaches composed of quartz and milky feldspar grains the archipelago has an interesting geological and social history. Formed from a granite pluton rich in quartz and black fibrous tourmaline the islands have also seen an accumulation of trundle deposits of flint and organic fossilised plants and pollen. Most famously the rocky outcrops are renown for the shipwrecks and hordes of treasure they conceal.

     

    All these designs will be available in April.

     

     


  • Twelve Men - Jacob Morrish

    2nd February, 2015

     

    Following on from the British Fashion Council's international success of London Collections Men, there is continued growing interest in men's style. During 2015 we will be presenting a selection of men and how they wear Dashing Tweeds.

     

    For the first in our series of Twelve Men we spoke with Jacob Morrish about his love of clothes and art.

     

    Jacob, 31 grew up in Cambridge and studied history of art before working for a large international ship brokers. However, the thrill of being part of the contemporary London art scene proved too alluring. Starting as a sales director for a Mayfair based gallery, Jacob then moved east and now manages the Mya Gallery in Shoreditch.

     

    Jacob’s key to dressing well is putting together colour combinations that he enjoys. Wanting to look unique yet conventional, he is keen on our classic tailored jacket that at a first glance appears to be a city pinstripe. Closer inspection reveals the Clerkenwell Stripe design with a looped boucle yarn and fine worsted merino, woven in the Scottish Borders. Jacob takes great pleasure in the individuality of his new jacket.

     

    Our made to measure service now offers a classic jacket in any of our designs for £650. Please get in touch if you would like any more information.

     


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