Entering its forty-sixth year, Lavenham can claim to be on the proud list of classic British clothing manufacturers. Starting in 1969 making quilted horse blankets, it branched out into country clothing; the quilted waistcoats and jackets, much loved by the riding and country set. But things have developed further and the company has had collaborations with Kenzo, Look Mum No Hands, Hackett and others. New owners, Fred Perry, see a worldwide market for the brand and it’s good to see another British manufacturer taking such an ambitious approach.
Always keen to support British menswear companies, I tried one of their jackets, choosing something a little different from their usual offering of stylish nylon quilted coats. The Harlow is faced with British tweed. Modelled on a blazer shape, it has patch pockets, a quilted lining and a soft-shouldered and generous cut that makes it both comfortable and practical to wear with layers in cold weather. A good alternative to a pea coat or waxed jacket, it retails at £243 (reduced from £325) and, like the rest of the range, is made at their Suffolk factory.
This jacket is now the first thing I reach for if there is a chill in the air. I’d like to have seen internal pockets for wallet, phone etc, but this isn’t a deal breaker for me. This is a versatile coat, which I’ve found to be very much at home on city streets or in the country.
Lavenham is proud of its British heritage and its origins in the equine world of Suffolk. As with so many brands that started by making practical, working products, the result has been clothes that are well-tested in use and with the addition of a bit of stylish design, have translated successfully into an attractive collection that’s a little different and fun to wear. British materials are used wherever possible and design and manufacture are kept in-house. I’m sure that, under its new owners, Lavenham will preserve the very English nature of the brand.
See Lavenham to find out more, or to buy.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 2:09 pm