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A legacy of making: for over 100 years.

For a brand based in one of the world’s most famous industrial cities and steeped in its heritage, it was only a matter of time before we created our Maker’s Collection, inspired by traditional British workwear.

ON THE FACTORY CUTTING FLOOR

“We have a rich history of making in this factory, from utility wear to uniforms for the ambulance and fire services.”

MIKE STOLL, PRIVATE WHITE V.C. MANAGING DIRECTOR

A legacy of making: for over 100 years.

For a brand based in one of the world’s most famous industrial cities and steeped in its heritage, it was only a matter of time before we created our Maker’s Collection, inspired by traditional British workwear.

 

ON THE CUTTING FLOOR

“We have a rich history of making it in this factory, from utility wear to uniforms for the ambulance and fire services.”

MIKE STOLL, PRIVATE WHITE V.C. MANAGING DIRECTOR

Mike Stoll, Private White V.C. Managing Director, with more than half a century in the Manchester garment trade and at our Cottenham House headquarters, reveals his enjoyment of a long association with such apparel: “We have a rich history of making it in this factory, from utility wear to uniforms for the ambulance and fire services.”

The Maker’s Collection recalls the heyday of Manchester’s working man, but Mike also offers his insight into another origin of this enduring trend: “I think it began in the years after the Second World War. British and American army surplus was easy to get hold of, even during rationing. It was also cheap, so kids started wearing it and made it trendy.”

It has remained a perennial ever since. James Eden, Private White V.C. CEO, explains why it was a perfect time to enter the field: “Men are used to wearing a matching jacket and trousers from school to work. The difference now is that they aren’t restricted to old fashioned suiting. Something like our Maker’s Jacket, paired with the matching trousers, give a far more casual approach. Then the shorts take it in a totally different direction again.”

THE MAKER'S TROUSRS STYLING

THE MAKER'S JACKET

As James’ comments show we’ve taken the workwear aesthetic and brought to it all the styling and thoroughness you would anticipate. First, all three garments are made from the finest quality cotton fabric. It comes from a longstanding supplier used for many years, based in the Japanese city of Nagoya, on the coast between Tokyo and Osaka. James explains this choice: “Needless to say, we like to source the best materials from those who truly appreciate craft and provenance. This Japanese mill has some excellent traditional looms, which we don’t necessarily have in the UK, so they are a great fit for the Maker’s Collection.”

100% JAPANESE COTTON WITH TONAL HERRINGBONE PATTERN

“Needless to say, we like to source the best materials from those who truly appreciate craft and provenance.

JAMES EDEN, CEO & FOUNDER

The herringbone weave of the cotton gives a classic pattern to the fabric and a durability that will remain even as the fabric softens over time. With this material as the foundation, everything has been considered in construction of these garments. Take the Maker's Jacket: it uses French seams, which are folded for strength but still lie flat, with double stitched seams used on the sleeves; the cuffs are buttoned; the elbows have self-fabric reinforcement; the tailored collar has a half moon stand to give it some rigidity, while maintaining the soft styling of the jacket. Then there are the seven pockets in the garment. The patch pockets on the outside also have side entry, while the inside pockets give more security. It means the jacket can easily accommodate everything you may need to carry, even when its worn simply over a t-shirt.

THE MAKER'S CAPSULE DETAILS

Both the trousers and the shorts in the Maker’s Collection share the same practicality. They too exhibit their own unique touches, such as two large and deep patch pockets, one with a concealed zip entry side pocket, allowing for a subtle, but secure, option when wearing only shorts or trousers with a shirt.

The finishing touches to all three garments are equally meticulous. The Swiss RIRI zips on the shorts and trousers are made to a military grade with flexible pulls, and their signature copper colour is echoed in the riveting and detailing on the jacket. Horn buttons are used throughout, which James says, makes “each one individual, defined by its own small idiosyncrasies.” The material for the buttons prompts Mike to ask: “What’s the different between a buffalo and a bison?” Answer: “You can wash your hands in a bison.”

Questionable jokes aside, the collection fulfils a need not only in the wardrobe of most men, but also in our roster of garments. We’re not governed by the calendar in the same way as a couture house or fast fashion brand, but adding new items, such as workwear or the new jersey collection, when the time is right. Once part of our core offering, they are unlikely to be removed. James outlines the space this collection occupies: “This jacket will become a long serving staple in our range for years. With the trousers and shorts it’s not a tailored suit, but, like much of what we produce, it can be accessorised to be formal and dramatic or kept quite simple and casual.”

Mike Stoll, Private White V.C. Managing Director, with more than half a century in the Manchester garment trade and at our Cottenham House headquarters, reveals his enjoyment of a long association with such apparel: “We have a rich history of making it in this factory, from utility wear to uniforms for the ambulance and fire services.”

The Maker’s Collection recalls the heyday of Manchester’s working man, but Mike also offers his insight into another origin of this enduring trend: “I think it began in the years after the Second World War. British and American army surplus was easy to get hold of, even during rationing. It was also cheap, so kids started wearing it and made it trendy.”

It has remained a perennial ever since. James Eden, Private White V.C. CEO, explains why it was a perfect time to enter the field: “Men are used to wearing a matching jacket and trousers from school to work. The difference now is that they aren’t restricted to old fashioned suiting. Something like our Maker’s Jacket, paired with the matching trousers, give a far more casual approach. Then the shorts take it in a totally different direction again.”

THE MAKER'S TROUSERS STYLING

THE MAKER'S WORKWEAR SUIT

As James’ comments show we’ve taken the workwear aesthetic and brought to it all the styling and thoroughness you would anticipate. First, all three garments are made from the finest quality cotton fabric. It comes from a longstanding supplier used for many years, based in the Japanese city of Nagoya, on the coast between Tokyo and Osaka. James explains this choice: “Needless to say, we like to source the best materials from those who truly appreciate craft and provenance. This Japanese mill has some excellent traditional looms, which we don’t necessarily have in the UK, so they are a great fit for the Maker’s Collection.”

100% JAPANESE COTTON WITH TONAL HERRINGBONE PATTERN

“Needless to say, we like to source the best materials from those who truly appreciate craft and provenance.”

JAMES EDEN, CEO & FOUNDER

The herringbone weave of the cotton gives a classic pattern to the fabric and a durability that will remain even as the fabric softens over time. With this material as the foundation, everything has been considered in construction of these garments. Take the Maker's Jacket: it uses French seams, which are folded for strength but still lie flat, with double stitched seams used on the sleeves; the cuffs are buttoned; the elbows have self-fabric reinforcement; the tailored collar has a half moon stand to give it some rigidity, while maintaining the soft styling of the jacket. Then there are the seven pockets in the garment. The patch pockets on the outside also have side entry, while the inside pockets give more security. It means the jacket can easily accommodate everything you may need to carry, even when its worn simply over a t-shirt.

THE MAKER'S CAPSULE DETAILS

Both the trousers and the shorts in the Maker’s Collection share the same practicality. They too exhibit their own unique touches, such as two large and deep patch pockets, one with a concealed zip entry side pocket, allowing for a subtle, but secure, option when wearing only shorts or trousers with a shirt.

The finishing touches to all three garments are equally meticulous. The Swiss RIRI zips on the shorts and trousers are made to a military grade with flexible pulls, and their signature copper colour is echoed in the riveting and detailing on the jacket. Horn buttons are used throughout, which James says, makes “each one individual, defined by its own small idiosyncrasies.” The material for the buttons prompts Mike to ask: “What’s the different between a buffalo and a bison?” Answer: “You can wash your hands in a bison.”

Questionable jokes aside, the collection fulfils a need not only in the wardrobe of most men, but also in our roster of garments. We’re not governed by the calendar in the same way as a couture house or fast fashion brand, but adding new items, such as workwear or the new jersey collection, when the time is right. Once part of our core offering, they are unlikely to be removed. James outlines the space this collection occupies: “This jacket will become a long serving staple in our range for years. With the trousers and shorts it’s not a tailored suit, but, like much of what we produce, it can be accessorised to be formal and dramatic or kept quite simple and casual.”

THE MAKER'S JACKET IN NAVY

THE MAKER'S JACKET IN NAVY

THE MAKER'S JACKET IN NAVY

THE MAKER'S JACKET IN NAVY

This ethos also ties into the sort of man who shops with us. James defines them as sophisticated and knowledgeable, drawn to the best places for individual items. “They also recognise quality,” James continues, “so when a brand they respects enters a new field, they are interested. So when we start making jersey or workwear, they take notice.”

This Maker’s Capsule Collection will surely attract their attention. Workwear is not about looking as though you’ve just stepped off the factory floor or the parade ground. In their practicality and durability, the Maker’s Jacket, Trousers and Shorts, show our roots in a working city. In their design and attention to detail, they reveal an innate sense of quality and style.

THE MAKER'S CAPSULE

This ethos also ties into the sort of man who shops with us. James defines them as sophisticated and knowledgeable, drawn to the best places for individual items. “They also recognise quality,” James continues, “so when a brand they respects enters a new field, they are interested. So when we start making jersey or workwear, they take notice.”

This Maker’s Capsule Collection will surely attract their attention. Workwear is not about looking as though you’ve just stepped off the factory floor or the parade ground. In their practicality and durability, the Maker’s Jacket, Trousers and Shorts, show our roots in a working city. In their design and attention to detail, they reveal an innate sense of quality and style.

THE MAKER'S CAPSULE

THE COTTON COLLECTION

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