Guest Blogger – The Fashion Ache

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Pictured above the Rougham Ladies

We all know the British weather can be a little unreliable, but even so when it comes to rain jackets, I’m not usually one to don them. I’d rather take the risk and get blown about with an umbrella in the wind. However, when it comes to Lavenham Jackets, the English quality clothing brand (since 1969) appears to have been kicking up a storm – and providing stylish, weather-proof jackets to brace it in – and I’m ready to run into the rain in one.

Lured in by this bright little Rougham Ladies number, at £245 the price is a little steep – but totally worth it. This isn’t a throw-away rain coat, far from it. It’s a jacket for life. Flaunting glorious quilted stitching, a light-weight canvas, an adorable handy hood, gunmetal zipper and dropped hemline, it’s a classic jacket that will stand you in good stead – especially when it comes to the changing trends. With its sports luxe draw-string hood, it’s a great piece to pair with your casual, laid-back wardrobe. Think luxe, slogan tees, the new season’s faded, ripped jeans and your favourite battered sandals or kicks. And, a pair of sunglasses of course – for when the sun finally decides to shine.

Showcasing a line heavy in luxurious quilted styles, with the occasional faux fur or corduroy collar (and in delectable pastel shades for spring/summer), Lavenham Jackets don’t fail to wet your sartorial appetite for something a little more laid-back. It’s a brand that not only offers superior quality country clothing, from horse-rugs to jackets and accessories, but a brand that offers this quality in style. Every stage of the products’ production is meticulously overseen to ensure the fluency and consistency of their design, using British materials to face the very British weather in. This is tradition with a contemporary twist at its best.

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This entry was posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 11:01 am

Behind the Collection – Lavenham Spring/Summer 2015

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Pictured above the Harkstead Ladies and the Harlow Mens

For Spring 2015 Lavenham has drawn inspiration from the British Coastline, with a focus on Dungeness in Kent. Dungeness also know as Britain’s only desert offers a unique and unspoilt landscape.

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Pictured above the Mickfield Men’s Packable

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The Men’s collection took a direct influence from the colour of the vintage fishing boats, the duskier tones represent the old lighthouse that overlooks the Dungeness Coastline. The collection has used a range of Cotton Canvas, Chambray and Polyester that has been quilted with a lightweight interlining making the pieces ideal for spring through to summer.

View the Men’s Collection

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 Pictured above the Rougham Ladies

Womenswear

The women’s collection has been inspired by the botanical tones with pops of colour influenced from the wild flowers on the coastline. From a Lemon Cotton Canvas to a Polka dot Chambray, the range features lightweight fabrics ideal for spring and taking you into the warmer summer months.

 View the Women’s Collection

This entry was posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Guest Blogger – The Grey Fox

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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

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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

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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.

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