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Kent & Curwen
| 1 December 2012
Kent & Curwen Spring/Summer 2013 – From The Boundary’s Edge
Kent & Curwen takes inspiration from the game of cricket to create a stunning spring/summer collection rich in sporting heritage. The brand has had a long association with cricket, from creating the original cricket jumper to supplying the official kit for England’s National team; but this season Kent & Curwen shows its affinity for the sport by finding inspiration in everything cricket, from the sweeping green fields and white-clad players, to the wooden bats, stitched leather balls, and elegant spectators. Looking at the style of cricket from within and outside the boundary’s edge, this collection represents the foundation for the modern sporting style.
This season’s formal collection pays homage to cricket in surprising ways. The Club Line navy blue cricket blazer, for example, features classic notched lapels and a slim two-button silhouette, but look closely and you’ll see that those bold stripes are designed to replicate the stitching on a cricket ball. Or, opt for an all-white suit worn with a blue and white striped shirt, bowtie and floral pocket square – it’s a dashing ensemble that gives a nod to traditional cricket whites but is wholly modern thanks to its lightweight fabric (the jacket is cleverly made from a double layer of shirting fabric) and slim fit.
Another of the season’s key looks can be found in the windowpane check jacket, which showcases two of the spring’s most important colours: blue and pink. In this case, the sky blue jacket is highlighted by dusty rose checks that are a tribute to the gardens that so often surround cricket fields; matched with a striped shirt and V-neck jumper, both of which also pick up on the rose theme; it is perfect springtime attire.
Beyond the Boundary
In today’s world, not every occasion calls for a suit, which is why Kent & Curwen specializes in creating fine clothes that crosses the boundary between business and leisurewear. A prime example is one of this spring’s iconic products: a perforated, zip-front leather jacket. Made inItaly, the jacket’s soft taupe hue is a nod to willow cricket bats, while the striped mesh lining picks up on cricket jumpers, and the supple calfskin is a tribute to the leather used to make cricket balls.
Other standout pieces from this great collection of semi-formal wear includes a reversible jacket featuring this season’s hot gingham check on one side, a pale blue knit-look blazer that is lined in a fresh floral-print shirt fabric, and technically
innovative outerwear in the form of a wind- and water-repellent overcoat with sealed seams and cool zipper details.
A Century of Style
For nearly a century Kent & Curwen has been the go-to brand for cricket jumpers, polo shirts, and rugby shirts. This season, that tradition carries on as the brand offers a range of brightly coloured shirts as well as other casual wear must-haves. Polo shirts are in bright hues and bold horizontal stripes, with colour combinations ranging from pink and white to blue and fuchsia and even including a “rainbow” polo that features 13 different summery hues.
This spring also features limited-edition jeans, created in dark blue denim and highlighted by gold top-stitching and gold K&C logos that were inspired by the gold foil used to mark official cricket balls. Other stars from the casual line are super soft cotton shirts in subtle red-white-and-blue rose prints and lightweight wool blazers that are unconstructed, has no lining, and is without shoulder pads– it’s the go-anywhere piece that every man needs in his wardrobe.
About Kent & Curwen
Kent & Curwen was established in 1926 by Eric Kent and Dorothy Curwen. The company first began as a manufacturer of military, club, and college repp ties that helped define 20th century British style. In the 1930s, Kent & Curwen introduced the iconic cricket sweater and went on to be the supplier to major sporting events and clubs even finding its way across theAtlanticto outfit the Hollywood Cricket Club and Palm Springs Racquet Club. It wasn’t long before such royals as the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Kent were seen sporting Kent & Curwen. More than fifty years after the brand’s creation, the Three Lions Herald became Kent & Curwen’s registered trademark. An undeniable symbol of excellence used by King Richard, the logo made clear that the brand was as regal and distinguished as ever.
Today, Kent & Curwen represents British heritage with the dust blown off. Our iconic wardrobe staples now serve as the foundation for a world of modern style. Each design is made with the well–dressed man in mind—a man who appreciates fine craftsmanship and the balance between timeless and timely. Kent & Curwen is the embodiment of stylish tradition.
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