As far as Britishness goes, Drake’s is about as British as a brand can get. The label makes apparel for the quintessential gentleman, created entirely by hand from dual factories in East London and Somerset. And its last autumnal collection featured such classically English pieces as shetland crewnecks, a tartan lined dufflecoat and Oxford cloth button downs. For the brand’s new FW16 collection, it continues to honor its heritage, but through a far more rustic route.
Which is to say, Drake’s latest offerings are fit for both an evening in the smoky back room of a gentleman’s club and a hike through the Scottish highlands. Standout pieces from the collection include a plaid peacoat, thick tartan blazers and an array of knit beanies. The brand also experimented with a variety of unexplored territory this season, dabbling with the likes of British-made denim and a set of tailored trousers for the first time.
And though the color palette is predominantly grey and green, pointed splashes of orange (like in the wool sweater vest and over-the-shoulder cardigan) make for nice moments of contrast. And if the hallmarks of British design weren’t evident enough, the whole collection is modeled in the accompanying lookbook by London design stalwarts Jason Jules and Eshan Kali, both of whom are old friends of the label.
Head over to Drake’s online store to browse pieces from the FW16 collection.
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