Other than the first letter of both their names, you’d be hard pushed on first inspection to find many similarities between FatFace and Folk. One is an urban menswear brand, born and bred in the city, focusing on stripped-back wardrobe staples that toe the line between classic and contemporary. The other is a laid-back lifestyle label, brought into the world in the French alps out of the reluctance of its founders to “work for a living”.
That’s how it would appear on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you’ll realise that, for all their seeming differences, both brands value superior quality and great design above all else. It’s a shared passion that has brought Folk and FatFace together recently for the first time. The result: a capsule collection of 15 items – each one showcasing the best elements of the two brands.
The collection is composed of simple, well-made pieces, rendered in a subtle palette of blues, greys and neutral tones, and spun from a range of tactile fabrics. Each garment has been meticulously designed here in Britain and produced to the highest standards. The result is a range of clothing that is fuss-free, easy to wear and timeless, featuring unique materials and details that set them aside from the rest. Prices are wallet friendly, too. And with quality this good, that means solid cost-per-wear.
From a thick-pile Sherpa fleece to textured wool tailoring, it’s a collection geared towards kitting you out for the colder months in as stylishly pared-back a way as possible. To help you get a feel for it, here we rundown our six favourite items and why they’re worth adding to your sartorial roster.
So many of menswear’s staples have their roots in the military, and the peacoat is no exception. Today, you’re more likely to see this timeless classic being worn by style-savvy urban gents as opposed to battle-scarred naval officers, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less suited to stormy conditions as it used to be. Just see this razor-sharp navy option from FatFace and Folk for proof.
The words ‘patterned shirt’ are enough to strike fear into the hearts of many style-savvy men. However, done right they can be a powerful ally when it comes to adding personality to your outfit. Take this one from the FatFace x Folk collection. It’s eye-catching, yet subtle; different, yet tasteful. If you’re looking for a stylish way to bring an otherwise plain outfit to life this is it.
Marl Plain Shirt
Tired of the same old Oxford shirts? Spice up your rotation by throwing some marled cotton into the mix. This softly textured option is trans-seasonal – breezy for summer and easily layered for the colder half of the year. Slip it under some knitwear and a winter coat and you’ll be ready to brave the elements in style.
The benefits of fleece are twofold: firstly, it’s one of this season’s biggest trends. And secondly, it’s not half bad at keeping the cold at bay. This considered, now is about the perfect time to introduce a dash of it to your winter rotation, and this thick-pile option from Folk and FatFace fits the bill perfectly.
Experimenting with texture is a simple but effective way of adding a new, subtle dimension to your outfits. Tactile fabrics are a big part of this collaborative effort and nowhere is this better evidenced than in this handsome pair of textured wool trousers. Pair with the matching waistcoat and a linen shirt for a laid-back take on tailoring.
Combining the best elements of a bomber and a puffer jacket in a neat, minimalist package, this padded navy number offers everything you need to wrap up in style. Perfect as a light top layer on warmer days, or layered up with a thicker coat when the mercury drops, the FatFace Folk puffer makes a welcome addition to any wardrobe.
Sun Graphic T-Shirt
The weather may not be the best but that doesn’t matter, because once you don this eye-catching graphic T-shirt you can take the sun with you wherever you go. Wear it on its own during the summer, or layer with some other items from the collection during the cooler half of the year.
See the full collection at FatFace.com