British menswear. When the two words are put together it’s hard not to be transported back to a golden era – conjuring images of men being measured for suits on Savile Row or the Victorian gentry sipping scotch and dressed to the nines in full formal attire.
With the launch of the inaugural London Collections: MEN earlier this year, the fashion industry’s gaze is firmly focused on the U.K, with its mix of iconic heritage and ever changing street style. London is producing some outstanding talent, be it homegrown or foreign students perfecting their craft in one of our many reputable fashion schools.
One such label that has caught the eye of the worldwide press and fashion buyers is Baartman and Siegel. At the helm we have the Dutch/English duo Wourter Baartman and Amber Siegel, who met whilst working for Belgian designers Viktor and Rolf.
The brand, now about to launch its fourth collection, is known for its simple aesthetic and attention to detail. The fit of the garment is paramount to these designers, which was evident when viewing their spring/summer 2013 collection during LC:M in January.
However, before we can even begin to think about sampling that collection, we need to embrace the upcoming autumn – and as the nights draw in, the pair do not disappoint. The collection is filled with the most luxurious fabrics and impeccably cut pieces. Scottish cashmere, knitted British wool jumpers and the use of mohair give the collection a vintage feel which ties in with the designers’ inspiration of 1970s British menswear.
A colour palette or deep blues, slate greys and ash add to the sophistication of the collection and are guaranteed to freshen up any wardrobe. The modern tailoring and finest fabrics bring the collection up to date and show what the British are truly capable of.
Baartman and Siegel is definitely a brand to invest in, whether it be a statement coat or one of the many accessories featuring the company’s newly created logo. You can find the collection at Harrods, London and The Shop at Bluebird, Chelsea.