14/04/2020 | My love affair with the trench...
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14/04/2020 | My love affair with the trench...

The Classic Trench has been lauded by the great and the good in the press as THE coat of the season… for me a beautifully cut, butter-soft, sand leather trench truly is a FOREVER piece… for me its also Lauren Hutton looking effortlessly chic and grinning from ear to ear… who doesn’t want to look like that? (I have to confess she has appeared on numerous of my mood boards over the years…)

I love a coat that can feel both nonchalant draped over your shoulders or empoweringly purposeful cinched at the waist… now, hands up,  I love this season’s leather version so much that I have both colours … one in sand that I will wear with everything, but specifically our sand utility twill pants (a lovely slouchy combat feel without all the unflattering pockets…. these look great rolled up too)… and until its warmer a camel cashmere sweater…so a really tonal feel… but equally chic over a high waisted jean and crisp white shirt.  My midnight one will take me from day through to evening with midnight flares (if you haven’t tried our flares you really should… they are super leg lengthening which always gets a thumbs up from me however long your legs are) and a white T-shirt or this season’s colour block boyfriend shirt… and on those chillier evenings it will also act as a gorgeous shoulder-robe over my signature tux suit… I have a passion for reinventing classics and never more so than a Trench… this season we commissioned two scales of black and ecru wool check… created a custom ribbon trim and added some of the hardware that we develop for our handbags to add a sporty functionality to the sleeves and collar…



 

It’s funny to ponder on what has become your WFH sartorial essential… I never thought that our little Lopez belt bag would be an everyday staple but it has proven to be just that… it doesn’t matter whether I am wearing a maxi skirt, oversized cashmere sweater and chunky boots or cashmere joggers and hoodie (no-one can see the joggers on Zoom )… every morning I have been slinging my Lopez around my hips and slipping in my iPhone, lip balm and chewing gum (yes bad habit that needs to be on the Lockdown Resolution To Do list…) …BUT the upside is that I always have these “essentials” with me… my phone doesn’t end up in the loo (which has been the case previously when I forgot it was in my jeans pocket… sadly more than once)… and I have the added benefit of something to secure the nonchalant “half tuck” of cashmere… Dreaming ahead to when we aren’t in full Lockdown mode I am looking forward to the days when we can travel again… my passport will slip into my trusty Lopez as we whizz through the airport (how quickly has that concept become such a strange phenomenon??)… and on arrival may become a little clutch and separate belt to hold up my beach wrap or cinch in my kaftan… dreaming on…

 

I hope the sun is shining on you wherever you are …it is shining as I write this and somehow it helps make the world feel like a brighter place… I have to say I am missing the Wakeley team despite our morning Zoom calls (not to mention the many more throughout the day…)  but I am also grateful for this time away from the bustle of the studio to be able to write about what I am passionate about and share some of my musings with you…. it’s very cathartic for me, and hopefully, occasionally, entertaining for you…

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