,  |  1 January 2014

Kent & Curwen Spring/Summer 2014: British Traveller

This season, Kent & Curwen dresses the modern English gentlemen’s journey to Barbados, India, and the cricket fields of Lord’s. The British Traveller incorporates touches of spicy Madras, exotic Barbados, and sporting England into his sophisticated, tailored wardrobe, all the while remaining decidedly British. Sharp, tropical-weight suiting, linen blend jackets and correspondent outerwear blend savoir fair with Savile Row for the perfect summer collection.
The Worldly Traveller
With sepia tones, featherweight fabrics and spicy Madras accents, Kent & Curwen captures the spirit of a cultured gentleman’s journeys to faraway and exotic lands. Hot weather and eager exploration demand clothes that are both practical and stylish as exemplified by these summer must-haves:
A luxurious blazer in camel, made from a tropical-weight silk-cotton blend that has subtle linen-like texture, lending it a relaxed yet refined look. Complete the colonial feel by teaming the jacket with sand-coloured chinos, a blue gingham-checked shirt, and a Cricket-inspired, two-toned cardigan. The result is a relaxed, yet sophisticated British look.
The perfect wool-silk jacket, with a subtle plaid in neutral tones, gives a stylish flourish to casual dress. For true English flair –add a white silk pocket square, white trousers, and a crisp cotton shirt in pale blue.
The Sports Ambassador
The intensity of competition coupled with gentleman sportsmanship is evidenced by the popularity of England’s most beloved past-times in places far and wide. This season, Kent & Curwen gives a special nod to the worldwide popularity of cricket and rowing — and to the gentlemanly attire worn by players and spectators alike. Look for contrasting lightweight fabrics, cool summery hues and truly English extras like fresh bowties in regimental stripes and colourful polka dots.
A remarkable double-faced, super-soft grey flannel jacket with vivid red houndstooth lining that is a marvel of modern tailoring. Cleverly made from one piece of fabric and without interior construction, this casual jacket is ultra-lightweight and perfect for spring. No seams, no shoulder pads, and no fuss.  It’s the ideal piece for travel. Add a dash of authentic, eclectic English style with a bold striped rugby shirt in red and navy chinos for a casual yet dapper look.
Summer is no time for formality, but sharp dressing is still required. Kent & Curwen solves the dilemma with the ideal navy blue blazer in Panama cotton. It comes with an exclusive Kent & Curwen “bowtie” lapel pin that adds a humorous and playful touch. Plus, the jacket’s ecru buttons and unstructured silhouette offer a comfortable vibe, while pairing it with bright red trousers, a bold red necktie and a blue-and-white striped shirt produces a distinctively stylish look.
Kent & Curwen’s outstanding regatta-inspired jacket is lightweight perfection in tan and navy blue horizontal stripes. Its bomber-jacket silhouette captures the spirit of varsity competitions, rowing at Henley, and cricket at Lord’s.
The Island Explorer
One of Britain’s most beloved colonies, Barbados provides plenty of inspiration for a summer that includes breezy regattas, golf outings, and indulgent relaxation. Kent & Curwen catches the island spirit with summery pieces in bright tropical hues and nautical stripes.
Sailors and would-be sailors should take note of Kent & Curwen’s orange all-weather jacket. Perfect summer outwear, this bright jacket is wind and water-resistant, has modern and functional touches such as seam sealed zips, rubber-coated snaps, a detachable hood and an inner drawstring waist. Pair it with a Breton-striped T-shirt and white shorts and you’re ready to set sail.
Casual checked shirts are a hallmark of this summery range. The madras check catches this mood with bright, spicy colours: fiery orange, lemon yellow and true red – perfect for layering over a graphic T-shirt and wearing with crisp white cotton trousers.
Madras check also turns up in a pair of colourful shorts – this time in navy blue with field green and bright pink stripes. They are the essence of stylish, yet sporty dressing, especially paired with a horizontally striped rugby shirt. Top the ensemble with a dapper jacket in sky blue, and you’ve captured the look of cool English eccentricity.
No Kent & Curwen collection is complete without new additions to its iconic range of polo shirts, rugby shirts, and graphic T-shirts. This season’s collection sees the return of the popular lion mascot on a whimsical T-shirt and rowing emblems added to the rugby shirt repertoire. Also worth noting are the boldly striped polo shirts, in hues such as yellow, orange, purple, lime green, black, and teal. They add colourful character to any ensemble.