The Rat Pack era of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Joey Bishop was the clear influence on Saville Row tailor Chester Barrie’s AW14 collection, incorporating their traditional sharp tailoring and ready-to-wear pieces with soft knitwear and casual golf jackets.
While maintaining their luxury identity stemming from their humble beginning in 1935, Chester Barrie has implemented comfortable designs to accommodate the everyday gentleman’s wardrobe.
The collection aims to provide accessible pieces suitable to a wider demographic, with an effortless transition from country-wear to city worker and elements such as bold shawl collars and turn-back cuffs demonstrating the brands commitment with attention to detail. Strong structured tweed and velvet suits are in full force along with eye-capturing pure cashmere jackets to pea coats being the essential stand-out pieces.
Even for a AW collection, it’s refreshing to see Chester Barrie applying shades of berry and teal to seasonal charcoals, camels and navys. Stripe and polka dot ties and paisley scarves bring a casual look to a formal dominated collection. As well as ties and scarves, they focused on the formalwear classic and their unique design of the men’s gold cufflinks. Strong shapes and the attention to detail with the engraved CB logo makes these cufflinks the vital finishing touch to the gentleman’s power suit.
Once a favourite of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Chester Barrie has come a long way from being an independent business on no. 19 Saville Row, to setting up shop within House of Fraser, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols to name a few. Providing their ready-to-wear tailoring with their Made to Measure service within these department stores have allowed the public outside of London to experience the luxury of Chester Barrie.
Classic designs are still very much an important part of what Chester Barrie stands for, however introducing casual pieces allow the brand to become approachable: “Chester Barrie is working hard to reposition themselves as a modern tailor meeting customers’ needs for formal and casual wear. Their goal is to getting customers to understand that Chester Barrie are more than just suits, embracing a slightly more casual market while still offering quality and attention to detail.”
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