Guest Blogger – The Grey Fox

2

3

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.

By The Grey Fox

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Guest Blogger – Fashion for Lunch

7

 

1

 

4

 

3

 

I may live in London now, but this has not always been the case, I grew up in the countryside and my mum spends half her life in Jodhpurs. I rode horses too when I was younger and so did my sister, in fact, even my dad is a keen rider!

Both my mum and sister own Lavenham jackets, they are the best as they are so warm and comfortable. Those who ride know that it can get pretty chilly on horseback in the Winter, you use your thigh and core muscles mostly and when your horse is walking, it isn’t long before you notice how cold it is. Lavenham jackets keep you cosy because the brand started out making horse rugs. Their quilted nylons and wools are made to withstand the wind and the rain and keep both you and your horse warm, no matter what the weather is!

My sister has the Cropton Ladies Toggle jacket with Sherpa lining. It is the perfect shape for horsing riding; the back slits give you the movement you need, while the sleeves are long enough to cover your wrists when your arms are outstretched holding the reigns. The pockets are deep enough to hold all your necessities (most ladies don’t carry a handbag while on horseback) and the hood is the perfect fit to keep your ears covered and your head warm.

Lavenham have a great selection of women’s and men’s jackets and gilets to choose from. Some styles are more classic equestrian styles, while others are a little more fashionable. In the past they have used Liberty cloth in their collection and are currently working with Fred Perry. The Cropton Ladies Toggle Jacket is from the Lavenham A/W14 collection, it has all the benefits of a classic Lavenham jacket, with a few extra details which make it a little more fashionable. I love the horn toggles, the terracotta check and the slightly exposed Sherpa lining. Perfect for horse riding, but also a great jacket to wear with jeans and boots on a cold winter’s day around town!

By Kirsty/Fashion for Lunch

This entry was posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 9:34 am

Guest Blogger – The Style King

gary 1

Now that winter has firmly arrived and Christmas is fast approaching, it seems like the perfect time to find a stylish and practical jacket that looks great and keeps the chill out. Lavenham has all the right qualities which make choosing a jacket for yourself or a loved one a little easier.

Lavenham, have been making jackets since 1972 when the company expanded into outerwear after creating rugs for horses. Located in the picturesque village of Lavenham, they started to expand into quilted jackets for those who enjoyed the country life. Since their first collaboration with one of my favourite brands, APC in 1993 when the jackets became a hit with the urban cool set.

My favourite style is the Denham which has become an iconic signature piece for the brand. The 2” diamond shaped quilted jacket comes with two front pockets, cord collar and press stud fastening. A design classic which will never go out of style, the Denham looks great with skinny jeans, boots and a cashmere sweater for a urban cool vibe.

As well as the design classics the Autumn/Winter collection also includes cool collaborations with another iconic British label – Fred Perry and Tine Tempah’s clothing label Disturbing London. Great accessories including ipad, laptop cases and picnic blankets make for the perfect Christmas gifts.

Now, one of the leading makers of quilted jackets in the world Lavenham is an iconic and truly British label that has stayed true to its’ original roots whilst expanding and collaborating with some of the most unique British labels which create innovative, modern and wearable outerwear perfect for the country or city life.

By The Style King

 

This entry was posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 10:20 am

Guest Blogger – Rosie Glow

rosie glow

Whenever I tell people I live in Manchester, the first thing they say is how cold and rainy it is! Well, that may be true, but for a coat and jacket addict like me, it just means I get more opportunity to wear all my favourite coats when it comes to Winter!

It can be hard to find a jacket that’s waterproof and blog-worthy, but I seem to have hit the jackpot with the Holbrook camo-print Lavenham number. It’s great quality; a stylish fit and also looks pretty damn cool while keeping the rain out! I love to mix prints so for my outfit post I paired mine with a tartan scarf and a slogan tee for an effortless casual look for every-day, even when it’s raining!

I first came across Lavenham as a brand earlier this year and after styling my blog post, I now think the brand is ideal for festivals, especially in the UK with our weather. The collection has a large range of jacket and coat styles for both men and women but I think the Holbrook Camo style is a stand out piece for me.

Head over to my blog www.rosie-glow.co.uk to see more of my daily looks and inspiration!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Lavenham Blue Collection

 The Lavenham Blue Collection has been inspired by the village of Lavenham.
In medieval times the village of Lavenham made its riches by producing a Lavenham Blue Broadcloth, the colour was created by dying from a herb called Woad which made the indigo blue colour.

 Lavenham has worked with Abraham Moon & Sons to replicate the colour Lavenham Blue which has been translated in to a Shetland Wool.

Lexham UK191336 Blue Wool (1)

Lexham Men’s

Saxham Ladies UK281211 Blue (1)

Saxham Ladies

Cockfield Patchwork Lav Blue (1)

Cockfield Men’s

Cropton UK281332 Lav Blue (1)

Cropton Ladies

RAYDON MENS BB LAV BLUE FRONT low res

Raydon Mens BB

Shop the Lavenham Blue Collection here;
Men’s Lavenham Blue Collection
Ladies Lavenham Blue Collection 
  

 

 

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm