Words by James Eden
“Techno retro” was how my co-founder of Private White V.C, Nick Ashley, once described our garments. It is an attitude exemplified in how we handle Ventile®, the waterproof cotton fabric used for our raincoat, Harrington and Windbreaker jackets.
Ventile® is an amazing waterproof fabric, but, previously, the seams were weak spots where water could enter. To avoid this, garments were made using an offset seam, by which I mean the outside seam is not aligned with that of the layer below, so, should water penetrate the first, the second seam is not directly opposite and so you remain dry. These two layers did make the garment heavy and cumbersome.