New men’s outerwear label Hancock is based in Scotland and founded by two former Mackintosh employees, Daniel Dunko and Gary Bott. Named after Thomas Hancock (who along with Charles Mackintosh patented the idea of vulcanised waterproofing), this new brand intends to take inspiration from Hancock’s early ideas and step out from the shadow cast by the iconic Mackintosh designs.
All of Hancock’s rubberised articles are lovingly hand-made in their Scottish factory, while the vulcanised cloths such as wool flannel, cashmere and silk are bonded at an original Victorian factory in England. The rubber itself, which makes up each of the label’s British weather-proof designs, are still to this day made in Manchester by the great grandson of the founder.
The debut collection presents a clean and bold aesthetic, while the practicality of modern city living is represented by the lightweight durability of each item. The double-breasted, sand cotton Peacoat is a great example of this, combining rubber-bonded protection and flexibility with intriguing oversized collar detail. Another favourite is the elegant navy blazer, lined with the label’s signature Siphonia Elastica print.
These refreshing and cutting edge pieces come as no coincidence, as each season Hancock collaborates with the future of menswear design from art and design Colleges throughout Scotland. The synthesis of traditional material with clean, minimal lines and luxury detailing makes for a unique collection and is evidence of the brands self-described ‘modern heritage’ tag.
For the full collection see the Hancock website.