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.”