Stripping back the rigid traditions of tailoring is no easy feat, but in their refined SS22 collection, Sunspel and Casely-Hayford take on the task with two sets of eager and utterly scrupulous eyes for detail.
Drawing on the former’s eminent history in developing luxury fabrics, and the latter’s world of refined, breezy and deconstructed silhouettes, these two forces have come together to create a contemporary capsule for the modern man that places comfort and ease at the fore. Not intent on spreading themselves too thinly for the endeavour, the collection plays out in a handful of rethought classics, the first of which are two suit jackets practically made for dazzling company in the countryside.
Cut in the signature Casely-Hayford style to blend the subcultural codes of both British and Japanese dress, structure is noticeably absent in the shoulders and chest. Instead, the jacket slopes across the body like a straight-falling cardigan, half-lined with notch lapels for a touch of tradition in both double and single-breasted forms. Sunspel worked closely with an Italian mill to develop this lightweight cotton jersey, intended to exude a sense of nonchalance while also maintaining the rigour and elegance that is the cornerstone of all good tailoring.
Next up are the bottoms, tapered trousers specifically. They find themselves relaxed with either single pleats or elasticated waists, floating around the waist like a folded sauna towel with loose legs and swooping lines. The subtle texture of the fabric itself also riffs on Sunspel’s signature Riviera polo, adding tactility and structure uncommon in regular cotton or wool blends that so effortlessly showcases the brand’s material know-how. If there ever was a face for classic casual wear, this collection would certainly make a cracking case for it.
Shop the collaboration online at sunspel.com from April 7th