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.