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The British Monarchy, were, once upon a time, beacons of sartorial elegance, and, in some cases, dandy's of the highest order; Henry VIII immediately springs to mind. And, others, fashion pioneers; Edward VII, The Prince of Wales is lauded with being responsible for styles that we are still wearing to this day: trouser creases and turn-ups, the notched waistcoat with unfastened bottom button are still considered de rigueur - The Prince of Wales even had a cloth named after him for goodness sake!.
So it saddens me that in these times of sartorial resurgence, we are bereft of shining examples of sartorial excellence leading from the helm.
And whilst I have long since been a fan of Edward VII's son, Edward VIII, whose relaxed jib cut a dash regardless the occasion - his golfing attire a particular favourite of mine - since the great abdicator left us to fight WWII all alone, the succeeding Prince of Wales also left a gaping chasm in the sartorial stakes. With perhaps one exception; HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
Born in Bucks, it transpires, and not Kent - much to my chagrin, though I take some pride in his being my Home County's monarch - the Prince has style, and lots of it!
Like his uncle Edward VIII, and, moreover, great grandfather Edward VII, Prince Michael always cuts a dash. Typically seen looking resplendent in double breasted suits and blazers with a generous lapel; both framing and complimenting his broad shoulders and his trademark, epic beard!
He is always immaculately turned-out and pays attention to detail; one need only look at his huge tie knot to appreciate the flamboyance of the man. And the trademark beard has never gone out of fashion on this style icon - in the words of Michael Caine: if you wear something for long enough, it will come back into fashion.
Bristol's local tailor has long since been a fan of the double breasted suit, but there is something so regal about the DB in chalk stripe and I believe that there are certain cloths which lend themselves to the old rear guard of men's style: dog tooth, herringbone to name but a few.
And so I leave you with this amazing image, taken by Allan Warren, of the British Monarch's beacon of hope, resplendent in chalk stripe DB: HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
By the way, if you would like to discuss your sartorial requirements, or, moreover, your secret desire to be swathed in the security blanket which is a double breasted suit, or perhaps want to express your inner dandy, then please do get in touch.
As we are flying through one of the most patriotic years Britain has seen for quite some time, all eyes were on Wimbledon yesterday - be it for the strawberries cream or the sport itself.Following on from Royal Ascot, this was another great occasion for bringing out some suiting masterpieces - hence why I have rounded up a few of my favourites:.
Firstly we have Andre Agassi with wife Steffi Graff - not only both tennis stars but also both in great ! Agassi has gone for a daring single breasted with notched lapels straight squared pockets.
And while we're on sporting stars I just couldn't miss out Ryan Giggs' dazzling blue suit. It is very similar in tone to Tom Cruise's infamous electric blue suit in Mission Impossible 4. It's such a statement colour this summer and looks great with a crisp white shirt. If you're looking for a brighter blue suiting cloth take a look at our VBC range, it's a beautifully lightweight cloth made from a Mohair mix.
Further evidence of the Blue craze is James Middleton seen here at Wimbledon. James has raised the tone even further with this sky blue suit. I'd definitely recommend getting a sample of our light blue linen if this is a look you'd care to try!
Keeping my eye on the many suited gents at Wimbledon this year I've noted that the notched lapel is definitely dominating as spectators have gone for a more relaxed style not requiring the sharp effect of a peaked lapel.
For the ladies - white is most definitely the colour! A bright white cropped jacket is perfect for the summer and is so easy to accessorise with any outfit. Wimbledon is such an essential British tradition and along with the strawberries and cream really signifies the start of the summer. It's a perfect excuse to put away your wintery black and grey suits and step out in something a bit more colourful. Pop in to Manchester or any of our studios and have a look through our extensive range of cloths to find the right colour for you!
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