While in the midst of an upheaval in UK trade relations, we're releasing an entirely British made collection of goods from the materials through production that speak to the region’s honor and history in manufacturing excellence. This week's collaborations with Private White and Tricker’s highlight the fact that these brands draw from iconic reference points to produce new classics built to standards perfected over generations. From outerwear to footwear, these ensemble centerpieces are meant to forge new frontiers in style and performance from an informed perspective.
Pulled from the Private White archives, we have a selection of signature English outerwear that brings military inspired weather-ready fabrics to stunning fruition in considered designs. Featuring both exclusive and core offerings from the wardrobe of Private White himself, this outburst of outerwear tells a history of fashion with a decidedly refined aesthetic. For your footwear foundation, we have a collection of Tricker’s in selectively sourced C.F. Stead leathers, a tannery known for producing hides that are equal parts durable, finely finished, and completely wild. For your next outfit addition, get a record of the ages, materials, construction, and style through this entirely British Born Release.
This sampling from Private White has a little bit of everything, with collaboration exclusives and style staples alike. We give you a collection of the season’s best from Private White’s vast archive, true to military originals with modern updates to make them one step ahead of the curve. These functionally fit jackets are cut and sewn with tailored precision in British made fabrics intended to weather the elements as all-season icons. Made with longevity in mind, each piece shines in a collection of carefully constructed details that yield timeless pieces for the elevated ensemble.
For our DR exclusives, we brought back the Moleskin Bomber in Black, utilizing a soft and rugged British Industrial Revolution workwear fabric treated with the environmentally friendly and water-repellent ECOSEAM, the Archive Harrington featuring the completely waterproof cotton Ventile® in Racing Green and Midnight Navy that can be worn with or without layers for year-round use, and the old Twin Track in a premium British Millerain Antique Khaki Dry Wax Canvas that is both weather-resistant and patina ready. Finally, we close with two fully pocketed Field Jackets, colored Ash and Olive, in varied weights of a gabardine cotton cloth treated with ECOSEAM, alongside the Ventile® Mac in a statement Sand colorway for a more subdued style to carry you through every mid-season down-poor and on to the boardroom or bar, dry and fly.
We honored the storied C.F. Stead tannery by using their luxurious wild animal Suedes and character rich Waxed Leathers to show just how expansive their skill set has become through over a century of practice. Each style features the sleek w2298 Last, Natural Barbour welts and Midsoles atop British made Goodyear Commando Soles to bring together work boot specs into the most elegant form. To speak to the UK’s style DNA, we assembled a Tricker’s collection with Charles F. Stead Leathers that told the invaluable story of their regional manufacturing history.
The Bourton Derby in Snuff Reverse Kudu was designed in coordination with our Ivy-meets-Evergreen style compatriot Jeff Depano, and we paired this fine, golden nap with brogue details to create a country shoe with class. Meanwhile, the Stow Boot in Flint Reverse Kudu uses a frosty, steel-like Suede for a sturdy dress boot with a casual foundation. The new Dean Boot is an austere adaption of the Eaton Boot we developed in Bronze Unicorn, a Scandinavian Elk Leather that exudes an earthy, casual dignity, and the Low Leg Logger in Chocolate Waxy Kudu provides a canvas-for-hide character to create a tastefully simple and dutiful style.
This Tricker’s story was crafted to feature a specific, exceptional selection of leathers produced by C.F. Stead, a company with a history of producing the finest hides for over a century. We thought it best to highlight how events shape the present, and this special journal explores how Charles F. Stead came to be the best wild animal and suede tannery in the world. As a main leather supplier to Tricker’s and many other quality manufacturers, Stead’s notoriety is something of legend, as the growth of their business was influenced by regional culture, historic events, and a greater company story of style.
Founded by Charles F. Stead in the early 1900s, the Sheepskin-focused company acquired the right spaces and tools to keep up with the rising demand for suede shoes through the casual opulence of the English in the 1920’s. From there on, his son Phillip evolved capacity and competencies to produce unique and wild animal hides with a level of finery for which the company is still unparalleled. Today, we tip our hats to their well-earned spot in the heritage hall of fame, and do our best to capture their trademark tanning in this journal and release.
Read the Journal