In the lead up to this year’s London Fashion Week, premium beer brand Affligem has delved into its rich heritage by collaborating with renowned Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant, to reinterpret the traditional attire worn by the knights who founded Affligem back in 1074.
The bespoke “Knight’s Coat and Tails” suit aims to combine the elegance, sophistication and craft of Affligem, while encapsulating the historical background of its 11th century founding fathers into a suit fit for the 21st century gentleman. In order to keep the suit in accordance with the knights’ traditions, the collection was created under close consultation with Oxford University historian Dr. Dominic Selwood, who specialises in the era, whilst employing modern-day gentleman’s fashion, technology and tailoring techniques, and of-the-moment materials.
The Affligem story began early in the 11th century. After years of gruelling battle, six weary knights in search of a sincere and peaceful life returned home to Affligem in Belgium.
Despite their allegiance to the Roman Emperor, they dreamt of exchanging their armour for monks’ robes, of dedicating their lives to the poor and of building a great abbey. Ten years later, it was now six monks who looked upon their finished abbey and began to brew Affligem beer.
To stay true to the historic accuracy of this period, Patrick Grant has crafted an imposing soldierly-styled 2-piece suit. With an elongated tailored jacked cut just above the knee and high-stand collar to replicate the traditional style worn, the outfit is finished off with a high whole-cut waist trouser with cavalry-cut hem. In keeping with the 11th century custom, the suit has been woven with a chain mail design jacquard in black wool, with silver and grey silks. Grant revealed that “it was fascinating to think about the function and design of the costumes of men in the 11th century and to try to meld them with Savile Row techniques and fabrics, and interpret them for a contemporary audience.”