Both labels share an exclusive British identity and their high prestige combined with expertise in their craft makes this a special capsule release.
Named “Blank Canvas”, fashion-savvy consumers see this as a true heritage collection and a merge between two high quality UK clothing companies with traditional design ethics, it goes without saying that this is a highly sought after image. Designs themselves reflect Fred Perry’s retro image and have been created with the likes of the 1960-80’s inspired mods and other youth subcultures in mind, who have been synonymous with their brand over the years.
Drakes of London are quality craftsmen renowned for their hand-made accessories and expertise with different fabrics as well as prints. They are currently the largest independent producer of handmade ties in England, making them in a variety of cuts and colours. Their flair for these goods has been recognised by long serving men’s outfitter Fred Perry who have gradually broadened their portfolio of classic sports clothing to cater for every fine gentleman’s fashionable needs.
Styles in the new collection include the classic Fred Perry shirt and Bomber jacket which have been re-imagined with new trims and designs such as as the archive paisley and signature Drake’s medallion print. All over patterned garments sit alongside more subtly detailed designs with customised pockets, collars plackets and linings; creating an archetypal British collection for the majority of tastes.
A special feature of the collection this time is the two Billfold wallets in black and brown, detailed intricately with a micro-dot and paisley cloth. The outer is made of pure leather and has an embossed brand laurel logo in the corner, it’s understated aesthetic makes it a suitable choice of wallet for any occasion.
There are a limited number of stockists for this exclusive collection for which there is a total of 16 feature pieces. Overall there is a flavour of elegance and subtlety infused into this collaboration, it has proved to be a quality new take on some of the high street’s key trends of recent years.
The second coming of this collaboration could rightly stake a claim to be the strongest all-British partnership in fashion today.
Drake’s have all the attributes of a brand who are twice as old as they are, created in 1977 it hasn’t taken long to become the most prestigious label of their type. First creating an impression with their production of scarves, they have digressed whilst all the time keeping their focus of quality first. Coming from a different end of the fashion spectrum, Fred Perry was created by it’s namesake tennis player and has proceeded to earn a cult status in fashion.
Their two brands have been joined by the virtue of sharing a traditional British heritage which is also what their consumers value a great deal. Their interests and specialities have been combined perfectly to create a new take on items such as the iconic polo shirt which now features Drake’s renowned fabric details on its trims and pockets.
One of Fred Perry’s defining characteristics in recent years has been of embarking on strong collaborative projects. Raf Simons, Margate, Friends of Fred and the Sir Bradley Wiggins collections have all been well received. Bradley Wiggins x Fred Perry has similarly just returned with another instalment which you can view here at Mainline Menswear too.
We’ve selected three of the most notable designs which are cut in a great contemporary fit while still staying true to the intrinsic style of both labels.
“Classic, refined and Identifiably British.”