Whether you don a Harrington or a shearling trimmed flight jacket this Christmas, it’s a wardrobe staple that is going to keep the frost out all season long.
Traditionally, for a menswear designer especially, there are a few strands of inspiration that lend themselves nicely to making clothes with attitude. Influences from workwear, army uniforms and sub cultures can all be traced in Ben Sherman’s output, and for good reason. In 1963, when Ben Sherman was founded, these were already all-important components in the male wardrobe, colouring the initial stages of the brand and its aesthetic. At the time, Mods and Rockers were all the rage; some of the best workwear was produced and worn by mill workers on the US east coast and miners in the north of England - the US Navy and Army made T-shirts, khaki trousers and camouflage famous.
War might not be a pretty idea (remember, always put world peace on your wish list…who knows, one day we might just give peace a chance) but we have to acknowledge that our sartorial choices are broader because of it. The M65-inspired jackets with functional pockets (the army practically invented utilitarian garments) and the leather flight jackets with shearling collars are top of our Christmas wish list.
On the opposite end we have the Mods and Rockers. Music was their weapon of choice; they fought each other, not a foreign army. Why and how they dressed differs quite a bit from the army. Rather than camo and functionality, they were more interested in looking the part, which is why so many of their staple pieces are still with us. We’ve only borrowed them, they belong to a time when Vespa scooters, not fixed gear bikes, ruled the streets of London: a time when The Who dominated the radio, not Justin Bieber. That’s why we’re proud to continue the Harrington legacy – and for this season we’ve added a waxed cotton treatment to the mix. It’s goning to be a cold winter, you know. Best buckle up.