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Kestin Hare FW18 "Shelter" Collection

Kestin Hare’s Fall Winter 2018 collection titled “Shelter” draws inspiration from the modern day Bothy (a remote highland refuge) culture seen developing over recent years in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. 

Taking advantage of more relaxed planning laws in the outdoors, architects have been able to redevelop the traditional basic stone Bothies with conceptual structures. Inspired by local building techniques and materials, designs are turned on their head by introducing contemporary elements of steel and glass and the use of bold highlight colours.

Hare’s new collection mirrors this approach, subverting traditional outdoor clothing and making it modern - demonstrated by taking the iconic Scottish Fair Isle Knit and literally turning it inside out, resulting in a softer, more refined finish. The collection’s tonal palette of organic moss and peat tones is mixed with steel and highlights of orange and rust.

The campaign features Richard Biedul and was shot at the Timber House on the Isle of Skye with Richard Gaston, author of the Wild Guide to Scotland and noted for his work championing the great Scottish outdoors.

The Bomber Jacket

Originally created for military pilots, the Bomber jacket, also known as the Flight jacket and very close cousin to the Varsity jacket, has gone on to become a bona-fide menswear classic and a modern-day must-own for any style-conscious gent. Comfortable, cool and effortless, the outerwear silhouette has been adopted by casual wear lovers for generations, still holding its own as a fashion staple to this very day. From high-end to high street, the bomber continues to be revived and reinvented season upon season, with little sign of stopping. For this Fall/Winter season, we have four equally sharp yet cosmetically different choices to cover all the bases.

Outclass - Bomber Jacket - Olive & Black

 

When that colder weather sets in, a bomber jacket may not be the most obvious choice to layer over formalwear, but it can look just as sharp as a blazer during the summer. If you want the smart bomber look, team your jacket with a crisp white shirt, slim-cut chinos and a pair of loafers/monk-straps for a dress-down look. Don't be afraid to pair a Bomber with a tie as well. The zipper or buttons should blend in and pockets remain empty of anything other than your hands. Stick to minimal collar and cuffs that echo the jacket’s body. But above all else, never do it all the way up. You need to spot the shirt and tie below to tilt your look towards the formal.

Dangerfield - Cashmere/Wool Varsity Bomber Jacket - Black



Born out of the American school system, the varsity jacket has gone on to cement its rightful place within the wardrobes of men worldwide. Traditionally, this silhouette features a wool torso, button fastening, ribbed cuffs and waistband, contrast leather sleeves and a boxy fit – yet the modern industry definition isn’t so rigid. Sidestep all preppy and Ivy League connotations by combining your modern varsity jacket with simple casual staples – think slim-cut chinos, selvedge denim, sneakers and neutral T-shirts.

STILL BY HAND - Wool Zip-Up Rib Blouson Jacket - Charcoal

One of the jacket’s many strengths is undoubtedly the breadth of versions designers can offer, and therefore are available at many price points. Men looking for an alternative to a blazer have quickly realized that a simple bomber shape in suede looks grown-up, expensive and goes with pretty much everything else in their wardrobe. Put simply, the bomber is season-less, ageless and adaptable to all manner of fabrics. If you aren't sure how to style it, when in doubt, go minimal. 

3sixteen - Stadium Jacket - Black

Kestin Hare "The Trainspotters" FW17 Collection

‘The Trainspotters’ is the new Fall/Winter 17 collection from Kestin Hare, which draws inspiration from Britain’s long standing fascination with railways and the cult British pastime of trainspotting. Outerwear has been influenced by durable, practical garments with hidden details which would have been suitable for long cold days on draughty platforms battling against the elements. Pull over-the-head smock parkas and technical seam-sealed hooded styles reference 70s kagool styles, with the idea that these can be layered over or under the other garments in the collection.

  

The bold colour blocked train exteriors of the 60s and 70s lend themselves to this season’s colour palette, with flashes of teal, burnt orange and burgundy mixed with a strong neutral base of navy, grey and olive. Texture and pattern across the selection of shirting and outerwear is reminiscent of the seat upholstery and carpets of the carriage interiors of the same period.

Considered design details are present across the range, with large map pockets on jackets, stitched pen pockets across shirting and striped woven tape used throughout the collection inside trouser waistbands and hanging neck tag details, again drawing parallels with the colour blocked train striped exteriors. Fabrics include a combination of Hare’s love for technical materials, off set with superfine Harris Tweed, boucle wool and tartan.