Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Graham Browne: Brown cashmere and tan cotton
An autumnal outfit this, commissioned a little too late in the summer and then delayed by various factors so that it was ready just before Christmas. Still, on a clear winter’s day with an overcoat it serves very well and it will also do well into the Spring.
The brown cashmere jacket from the Harrison’s Moonbeam bunch is about the only weight of jacket I wear outside of summer cottons and linens, and the odd heavy tweed. For when you work in the same air-conditioned office year round, outside temperature is less of a consideration. Or at least it is if you are determined to wear your jacket at your desk.
The tailor at Graham Browne did a special job with the inside of this jacket, extending the facing around onto the inside of the forepart and leaving the lining to run just around the inbreast pockets and across the back. This design, similar to that on my Rubinacci jacket, was an experiment for a traditionally English tailor but came off rather well. I’ll do more detailed photos of that at a later stage.
The trousers are a cotton gabardine but in retrospect I should have opted for wool gabardine. While cotton is great for a slouchy summer suit (as seen here, also by Graham Browne), in trousers alone its weaknesses in drape and sheen are exposed. This is no one’s fault but my own. It will quickly be corrected, however, with some cream trousers being made for summer.
Grey sweater by Loro Piana, brown lace-ups by Cleverley, navy grenadine tie and wool/silk handkerchief by Drake’s.