Fred Perry has teamed up with English craftsmen Drake’s for an Autumn/Winter 2012 collaborative capsule. Famed for their refined handcrafted accessories, Drake’s of London have been outfitting gentlemen since 1977. The company’s origins lie in the hand printing and production of men’s quality scarves. Today Drake’s are the largest independent producer of handmade ties in England. Their impressive factory and covetable fabric archive is based in the Old Street area of London.
The collaboration sees two classic British brands join forces to create a measured and sophisticated collection of Fred Perry pieces, complemented by Drake’s signature archive prints. Staying true to heritage, styles are experimental, but not radical. Drake’s Managing Director Michael Hill captured the collaboration perfectly during our factory visit, as he enthused: ‘it’s about evolution of design, not revolution’.
Styles include the classic Fred Perry shirt and Bomber jacket, which both pay homage to Drake’s signature medallion print, whilst an enlivened archive paisley print brings a statement to woven styles. All over print patterns sit alongside more subtly detailed designs, with pattern applied to plackets, collars, linings and footwear; creating a distinctly British collection.
You can purchase your pieces at your local Fred Perry stockists and online.