A new year brings a new season, new first frost and plenty of new and returning brands for you to fall for at the autumn/winter 2014 edition of Jacket Required
. For us, a new year is not just about making resolutions, but instead being resolute. Determined to uphold our promise to present the very best in menswear from around the world next month, as we return to Shoreditch in our new home at The Old Truman Brewery.
As British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes once proclaimed, “there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." So to help you prepare for autumn/winter 2014, today we present a very British collective joining us at the show, offering appropriate attire in a suitable style.
Lavenham continues to stay loyal to its heritage for autumn/winter 2014, yet pushes the boundaries more than ever before. With fashion-forward silhouettes, fabrics and the introduction of an exclusive Lavenham rural print, the new collection reflects strong influences of English eccentricities, as classic styles are refreshed and updated for the contemporary classes.
As the saying goes, "it’s not just what’s on the outside that counts" – a concept embraced by the label as it pays just as much attention to detail to the inside of its jackets for the coming season. Added faux-fur trims, jacquard lining, trademark diamond quilting and a newly developed branded tape create more innovative constructions on the inner garments and all add an element of luxury, richness and warmth.
Two hundred years on, Peregrine continues to create quality clothing in England from the best fabrics and yarns. Drawing upon eight generations of British textile success, the original Thomas Glover hand-frame knitting business brings expert knowledge and relevant design processes together to create comfortable musts for every wardrobe, all upholding the same values the company was built on.
Mixing classic styling with fresh and exciting designs, the British heritage brand uses only 100 per cent merino wool to create jumpers, jackets and traditional English clothing for all generations, constructed to withstand the elements in country or city.
Founded in 1899, Matchless was the first motorcycle manufacturer to work on safety, creating a department of study dedicated to designing clothing to protect its riders. With following advertising campaigns drawing links between motorcycling and style, the Matchless label not only remained a favourite with motorcyclists but also grew into a high-end fashion brand that currently boasts Kate Moss as the face of the brand.
Now, Britain’s oldest motorcycle brand unveils its outerwear clothing collection under the helm of Belstaff's former owners, brothers Michele and Manuele Malenotti. Ergonomically designed protective clothing continues to be a key component of the Matchless menswear collection, with new design experience and technical expertise expanding the brand’s superior offering to include waxed outerwear, quilted jackets, gilets and shearling coats for biking and everyday elegance.
Best known for taking portraits of the likes of Paul Weller, Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Jake Bugg, photographer Dean Chalkley captures the spirit and feel of Merc’s new dynamic direction in the brand’s campaign for autumn/winter 2014. Entering into the modern world with a nod and a wink to its 60s and 70s archive, the collection mixes up its offering for modern-day living.
Town meets country with a take on vintage for a different generation who search for something a little bit different. Tradition still prevails, as 46 years on Merc’s sharp cuts and styling merge slim silhouettes with heavy textures, geometric prints, herringbone outerwear and an array of colours, shaking up functional fashion to create wardrobe favourites to a contemporary audience.
A favourite of art students and Beatniks in the 60s, Gloverall finds inspiration from its social and cultural associations for its autumn/winter 2014 collection. Each piece with its own history is reinterpreted in the brand’s unique and original way. For the new season, the special capsule range, labelled Gloverall "to the north", serves up a storm, with an Arctic-down filled duffle parka, a two-in-one Monty coat with detachable quilt liner, and wool-lined padded army parka.
Whether bringing something new to the table or updating a key piece from the archive, the English label continues to offer a mixture of great clean-looking coats and duffle coats in diverse patterns and textures, all honouring authentic characteristics synonymous with the brand.
Baracuta Blue Label
Baracuta’s premium line, Baracuta Blue Label, sees Jeff Griffin appointed as creative director charged with heading up the designs for autumn/winter 2014. Having collaborated with some of the biggest artists and brands worldwide, Griffin became renowned for producing groundbreaking garments, blurring the boundaries between urban and outdoor, fashion and art.
Griffin brings with him a devotion with British manufacture, using fabrics from some of the country’s finest woollen mills, including Scotland’s Harris Tweed, an approach that ties in seamlessly with the label’s heritage. With a patriotic passion, the collection is pushed to the next level of design, re-interpreting salient British themes to create contemporary, innovative outerwear, all adhering to the Baracuta ethos.