Head turning outerwear is a sensible purchase in my eyes and there is no way better to celebrate the winter months than a new garment. Over the years the jacket has maintained a prized position in winter wardrobes not only as a fashion garment, but a suit of warmth and protection – and let’s face it, it’s the men’s equivalent of a woman’s handbag with deep pockets that double as a storage space, there’s not much a coat can’t do.
But when looking, I am not one for a basic peacoat from the high street, the latest overpriced Loro Piana or the thinnest threads of the most coveted Prada coat. Instead, I’m all for independent brands and even more so product that ticks the practical boxes.
So, introducing Kestin Hare. The Scottish menswear has a focus on making the highest quality garments for everyday that actually lasts while, even better – championing a ‘Made in the UK’ manufacturing effort. Founded in 2015 by designer Kestin Hare with over 15 year’s industry experience and around 70% of every collection being produced in British factories.
For the fall season, Hare has partnered and developed a two-piece special collaboration with Blacks of Greenock to celebrate the winter months.
Nevis Smock by Kestin Hare, £329.00 from www.kestinhare.com
Famous for supplying the world’s leading explorers with equipment including the Everest Expeditions in the 1960s, Black’s of Greenock outerwear hasn’t been in production for over 40 years. Autumn 2019, sees the launch of the Nevis Smock, resurrecting the heritage of the pattern, styling and choice of fabric. Made from Japanese Ventile, one of the world’s finest performance fabrics, the smock is waterproof, windproof and highly breathable. Based on the style of an original Black’s of Greenock 70s smock, the Nevis Smock comes in military green and Morton blue, with an oversized fit for manoeuvrability and features large patch pockets and drawstring ties.
When talking about the collaboration, Kestin Hare, Founder and Creative Director told us, “Amongst vintage outerwear collectors, Black’s of Greenock smocks have always been covetable. So, when the opportunity came to join forces with such an iconic Scottish manufacturer on this project, I jumped at it. The design has stood the test of time and looks as relevant today as it ever has. We’ve made it our own with premium fabrication and our clean, modern aesthetic.”
The collaboration also features the Cuillin Sack, a limited-edition piece, made with garment dyed Halley Stevensons cloth, giving the bag a technical aged effect. The Cuillin Sack comes in a gamekeeper green and a slate blue, complimenting the streamline design.
The collection can be found on Kestin Hare’s online store as well as bricks and mortar in Leith, Edinburgh and the other in Shoreditch, London. Kestin Hare is also stocked in over 90 international stores.
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