,  |  1 August 2012

Kent & Curwen Fall/Winter 2012 – Celebrating the Spirit of Sports Adventure, and the Best of Men

This season Kent & Curwen celebrates the spirit of adventure – whether it takes the form of outdoor pursuit, entrepreneurial spirit or exotic exploration.  Throughout the collection Kent & Curwen’s sporting heritage is fused with high performance and elegant style to create modern outdoor clothing that is perfect for the modern gentlemen.
Sporting Pursuit
Outdoor wear is essential to every man’s winter wardrobe, especially for men with a penchant for adventure. Kent & Curwen meets this need with a range of jackets that is at once stylish, practical, and sporting. Pick of the crop is a new item for Kent & Curwen: the quilted down jacket, which comes in two variations – one with a longer silhouette and detachable hood, the other a double-layered jacket with a zip-out lining that gives maximum flexibility for the changeable autumn weather. The quilted look is echoed with another key piece – a sleeveless vest with a subtle plaid pattern that adds a dash of casual comfort when worn with a classic checked shirt and necktie and burgundy trousers.
Also adding a comfortable touch to any fall ensemble is this season’s knitwear: a cable-knit, zip-front sweater in dark purple (this autumn’s key colour) and a luxurious charcoal grey cardigan with a sophisticated shawl collar. Offering the perfect balance of casual comfort and sophisticated style, these must-have knits can be dressed down (with one of the season’s plaid shirts and denim trousers) or dressed up (with a checked shirt, bowtie, and brushed cotton trousers.)
The Beautiful Game
Kent & Curwen’s sporting heritage has inspired a collection of sportswear that can be worn on the pitch or around town. Not to be missed are the rugby shirts, this season featuring big badges, bold stripes and an ideal autumn palette of deep purple, green, brick red, and dark blue. Highlights include a zip-front hoodie in purple and charcoal stripes as well as a grass green hooded sweatshirt with front pocket and drawstring waist. Rugby has also inspired a sporty variation on this season’s quilted jacket. It features wide black and aubergine stripes, an oversized Three Lions badge, and an on-trend “puffy” look.
Kent & Curwen’s storied association with cricket plays another important role this autumn. In superfine grey wool, a new cricket jacket features a subtle tonal gray piping along the lapel, while the cable-knit cricket jumper is highlighted by purple edging along its V-neck and an oversized Three Lions badge.
The Best of Men
The spirit of adventure does not limit itself to travellers and athletes, of course. Kent & Curwen also recognizes the drive, determination and sense of self that are found in today’s high achievers. To that end, this season’s collection of suits combines the quality of old school English tailoring techniques with reinvented fabrics, which have been inspired by classic English materials but offer a completely contemporary look and feel. A prime example is the dapper three-piece suit in Prince of Wales check. The six-button vest, notched jacket lapels, and fine fabric all give a nod to traditional Savile Row tailoring, but the slightly longer silhouette, closer fit, and a dash of red in the check pattern, all bring a note of youthful energy to the look.
Similarly, this season’s pinstriped suit has a youthful edge thanks to the subtle use of colour. It is comprised of a single-breasted jacket and matching trousers crafted from super-lightweight wool in black with white and blue pinstripes. The subtle blue of the suit is picked up and enhanced by a bold blue-and-white striped shirt with contrasting white collar and cuffs. The result is a contemporary City of London look for urbanites everywhere.
In keeping with the season’s spirit of adventure, Kent & Curwen also puts a new twist on the smoking jacket, shown this year in rich velvet with a subtle check pattern that adds an element of playfulness to formalwear, especially when paired with a studded tuxedo shirt, black bowtie, and tuxedo pants.