This season dunhill presents the finest traditions of English gentlemanly dressing, a complete wardrobe update to accommodate contemporary demands:
Protective hand-engineered pieces, inspired by the English motor racing scene will also be ideal for those cold winter days at the horse races.
Warm durable leather coats are lined in rich shearling; driving blousons are in British racing green and a leather topcoat in chestnut goatskin bonded with cashmere was directly inspired by one from the dunhill archive. These are teamed with polka dots accessories such as fine wool silk scarves whose finely textured surfaces contrast with the buff skins of the coats.
The sturdy unlined sheepskin jacket is reconfigured with the shearling seams kept on the interior creating a more subtle silhouette on the outside. Knitwear is in luxuriant Scottish cashmere. Aran patterned and traditionally cable stitched neck detailing recalls the protective under-snoods worn by racing car drivers in the 1950s, layered in lightweight silk cashmere. Jeans are cut from specially woven hard wearing Japanese selvedge denim dyed a matt dark blue.
For those racedays where formal attire is required, there is the British Warm overcoat. Based on civilian re-appropriation of officers’ greatcoats worn in WWI, dunhill have reinvented the British Warm overcoat in a new lighter form using double-faced cashmere woven in the UK and dyed to match the unique specification of the British Warm colour.
The range of fit for the blazer, a dunhill signature, has been broadened to include a classically structured shoulder, a rounded more English style shoulder and a completely unstructured relaxed shoulder for a less formal occasion.
Recreated in an array of rich fabrications including the finest airbrushed double-faced cashmere, doing away with the need for linings, suiting cuts are softer, more relaxed in their contours and slightly shorter in the body.
Attire for the smart casual races features softer silhouettes and luxury bland fabrics.
Sports jackets are in high brushed tweed wools and are liberated from the structuring elements traditionally used in the shoulders. Casual shirts come in corduroy and fade to grey checks. Big blanket heavy scarves are woven in Scotland.
The dunhill driving loafer features an engine turn tread on the sole and a fringed kiltie tongue.
Smoking jackets are crafted in velvet whose pile is specially hand cut by one of the last masters of the craft in Japan; the process is time-consuming but creates a more dense and even nap on the cloth. Colours include rich inky midnight blue and smoky faded salmon.
Black barathea trousers have a more generous width of grosgrain in the side seam. Black pumps are finished with a hand tied bow.