At the presentation of their AW16 collection, and in the presence of male model David Gandy, Savile Row tailors Chester Barrie took to the red carpet in a celebration of all that is glamorous in the world of menswear – creating a contemporary collection for men who like to look their best. Whilst the style of the suits was all about refinement, the emphasis was quite clearly on comfort; the whole collection underpinned by exclusively woven cloths, luxury textures and sumptuous colours.
We particularly liked the double-breasted Kingly style. For the classic business look, it is a button two show six in navy flannel chalk stripe, while for glamorous eveningwear it is a low-buttoning, two button look with a rich Mogador ottoman facing on dramatic peak lapels.
Other pieces that certainly caught the eye included a pink flannel cocktail jacket, cut in the single breasted Eastleigh style with a shawl collar and a single button fastening; a three piece grey flannel suit in the Ebury style with a double-breasted shawl collar waistcoat; and the same Ebury style in baby alpaca and kid mohair (woven exclusively for Chester Barrie) which will be perfect for the groom who wants some real luxury at his winter wedding.
Before winter hits us, though, weddings are also big summer occasions, and Chester Barrie’s classic morning coat is good option to go for. Lighter than average (always good on a hot summer day!), it still retains a beautiful shape and fit. The highlight for the SS16 collection, however, is the new travel suit. Luxurious to the touch and beautifully styled, it is made in a crisp hi-twist worsted cool wool, so creases incurred from travel just drop out. Unstructured for a softer, more relaxed fit, the travel suit is available in light grey or steel blue, and even features side adjusters on the trousers (so no need to worry about belts when passing through airport security!).
Established in the 1930s, Chester Barrie has always taken established forms and developed them to create the unexpected, mixing craftsmanship with a contemporary eye. Chester Barrie was one of the first to offer ready-to-wear tailoring, providing the same attention to detail and commitment to quality as the old bespoke houses on Savile Row, but making great tailoring more accessible (which, at the time, was somewhat revolutionary). Today, the aim is to be the modern tailor to the modern man – and Chester Barrie certainly seems to have succeeded in doing just that.