It’s already been 4 months since going back and forth the passages of Fortezza de Basso at Pitti Uomo 84 and actually not even three months before it’s time to go again for the 85th fair in Florence. However there’s still one more review I want to share with you, my overall favorite brand in terms accessories - Drake’s London, which in fact nowadays is about much more than just accessories.
Even though Drake’s has been expanding their range, ties can still be described to be the soul of company’s business. And in terms of ties (all made in England), for every new season Drake’s comes up with a collection that includes about 100 woven patterns and 100 printed designs, all in about 10 different color options.
For next spring and summer there are again new fabric developments such as new “edition” of shantung (raw) silk with subtle herringbone pattern, new shappe silks (shappe is a fabric created by spinning yarns which have not been degummed through the fermentation process and where the gum remain leaves a fine ribbed effect to the cloth) and new introduction of panama silk. To shortly describe, both shappe and panama silks are vibrant in color but when compared, ties made of panama silk have a slightly drier handle on them. There will also be some new developments and designs regarding the line of grenadine fabrics such as the black watch tartan weave (unfortunately not pictured), mentioned as a personal favorite by Jamie Ferguson of Drake’s who I had the pleasure to meet during my visit and who also gave me a tour through the collection.
To highlight what’s coming up, few outtakes that caught my eye.
Small printed patterns such as flowers and diamonds in light colored options to cheer up your business wardrobe.
My personal favorite of the collection - raw silk, unlined, untipped, herringbone pattern and superior finishing.
Solid colors and stripes - each to his own.
"Unbothered by trends" - As always the pocket squares, scarves and bandanas are featured with attractive and inspirational prints that breathe the personal style of Drake’s. Perfect option to add some color to your outfit.