“Our passion for aviation began as children through our father’s love of historic aircraft. Nick and I are both pilots ourselves and we’re truly honoured to work closely with both the British Armed Forces as well as esteemed military units across the globe. A flight jacket felt like the perfect introduction into apparel for Bremont and collaborating with Private White V.C. has been such a pleasure. We all passionately believe in the importance of British manufacturing and engineering, so it’s been a great experience and a privilege to work with James and the Private White V.C. Team,” Giles English, Bremont Co-Founder explains.
In the early stages of design and development, Giles was instantly drawn to the archive here at Cottenham House, home to hundreds of individual styles and silhouettes dating back to the early 1900’s. These pieces influence the design team’s decisions for collections and collaborations, and it was the G-1 flight jackets from the Second World War which influenced this joint venture.
“Nick and I design our watches based on ones that we like, so we hope other people like it. Walking around your archive – there’s so many amazing pieces of your history and heritage in there. I picked out this old flying jacket you had, and I thought this is it!
We then looked at some of your canvas material, along with getting inspiration from flying jackets that we have had in the past. We thought actually, we can merge everything together to make the perfect flying jacket. And I think a lightweight version that you can wear everyday that’s warm (it’s all about warmth), is what we went for,” he continues.