His impeccable taste has translated into a globally successful luxury label — and one of the most enviable vintage car collections on the planet. But what is less known about American designer Ralph Lauren is that he has also been quietly — yet astonishingly generously — using his vast resources to support numerous philanthropic programs, most notably in cancer care and research. While he’s not inclined to publicise all the good he’s been doing, The Rake’s Founder and Editor-In-Chief Wei Koh feels that recognition of this American hero is long overdue.
Bodileys, the Northampton shoe brand designed by ex-Edward Green last–maker John Garner, has recently expanded its high-end range of shoes with two styles more suited to country and winter wear.
Among the more interesting of the Christmas pop-ups in London is Troubadour’s Dover Street store, open for November and December. It’s worth a look to see the characteristic thick, veg-tanned, largely black leathers in person.
This week many of us at Rake HQ spent a wonderful evening with Gieves & Hawkes and Vitale Barberis Canonico. Held as a formal dinner in the Gieves store, it was one of the most genuinely enjoyable events we have been to. A lovely mix of friends, industry and bespoke clients – many of them from the worlds of sport and art.
As part of its continuing ‘200 Steps’ series, Canali introduces Michael Douglas as the very incarnation of artistic mastery.
Scotland’s old weaving companies, such as Johstons of Elgin, tend to be great at quality manufacturing but not so hot on innovation. It was nice to see, therefore, that Johnstons has taken the step of introducing an online embroidery service, which can be applied to a range of its products.
As the weather turns that touch colder, gentlemen begin receiving invitations to holiday-season events – cocktails, dinners, galas. Generally evening events these require, if not black tie, then at the least an evening ensemble with a similar sense of glamour, cloaked in monotone tailoring. Emma Willis, among English makers, offers a handsome and surprisingly broad selection of such clothing.
On the thirteen and fourteenth of October, The Armoury in New York played host to a meeting of minds. Bespoke trouser maker Salvatore Ambrosi and shoemakers Saint Crispin’s came together to exhibit their wares to the city’s sartorially savvy and once again, American Rake Mr. K.E. Guerre was in attendance to report on proceedings.
The Alfred Dunhill Links is gloriously alchemical. For one weekend in October you’ll see things that don’t, and can’t, happen in any other place; you’ll see the world no.792 golfer beat the world no.1; you’ll see the dunhill bespoke tailoring team getting a putting lesson from Bill Murray
As readers are by now probably well aware, here at The Rake we are always interested in the crossover between casual, relaxed clothing and the tailored aesthetic we’ve been passionately advocating ever since we launched. The expanding range at Orlebar Brown is particularly interesting in that context.