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  • 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.

     


  • London Tweeds

    5th January, 2015

    The history of urban tweed can be traced back to the 1860's when Lord Elcho dressed his Scottish London Regiment in a Hodden Grey wool cloth in order for his troops to blend in with an urban environment. Prior to that bright scarlets were favoured as they disguised the blood stains of shot fellow men and although creating an imposing impression on the foe they also made for an easy target.

     

    Skip a century or so and urban tweeds are still very much with us. Our urban check design, a grey background with a yellow check inspired by London's parking lines, has the dual function of blending in with town and due to the reflective threads creating a visible target for motorists to hopefully avoid should you be caught in the headlights.

     

    Tweed, a woven wool twill, is an excellent cloth to wear about town and we are in the midst of a rival of both quality fabrics and tailoring. London the home if the suit, now showcases the most exciting menswear shows in a newly created event set up three years ago by the British Fashion Council; London Collections Men.

     

    To coincide with LCM the Museum of London commissioned a new London Tweed which was woven by the venerable Lovat Mills of Hawick. Following a classic heritage of designs their elegant checked window pane camouflages well with the cityscape yet has an élan of its own.

     

    Nortons and sons of Savile Row was chosen by the museum to tailor a suit for English rapper Tinie Tempah and as you can see below the result looks terrific. Mr Tempah, a very dapper dresser will sport his new suit around town during the shows before the museum acquire it for their impressive historical collections of menswear. Hopefully the resurgence of urban tweed and tailoring will continue to be added to the collections for the next century or so.

     

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  • January Sale

    1st January, 2015

    Happy New Year.

    Enjoy 30% off our ready to wear collection until the 31st January.


  • Duffle Coats

    12th December, 2014

     

    Duffle coats as popularised by Royal Naval officers at the turn of the last century have always been associated with style leaders. Field Marshal Montgomery, an avid wearer lent his name to them in the form of the ‘Monty’ coat.

     

    Musician, actor and lothario Dudley Moore I’m sure seduced in them, and of course the Peruvian bear Paddington, who is very much in the public eye at the moment was handed one as his first item of clothing upon entering the country and never took it off.

     

    Traditionally made in the heavy wool from Duffel in Belgium, which was also used for making the drawstring bags of the same name, we have made two coats in Dashing Tweeds. The first is in our felted and brushed Lumatwill Navy Urban Shadow Check, and the second in a most luxurious double faced Cashmere. Both of these designs are woven in Britain, and the coats made in London. We selected Scottish Highland horn for the toggles and fine calves leather for the fixings.

     

    Immediately practical and ironically stylish these are available in our new shop at 26 Sackville Street, London W1S 3HE. Get your paws on one before they all sell out.


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