Not to miss out on the plaudits given to Australian wool producers, Vitale Barberis has introduced its own award, which was won this year by the Hawksford family of Glenburnie.
Private White VC, the British label and factory, announced its arrival in the luxury environs of Mayfair last week with a drinks party in its new Duke Street store.
Here at Rake Towers we are more than partial to a wee dram or two when the situation demands that we take heart; particularly as the nights draw-in ever closer, the working day wraps itself up and yet we find ourselves locked in the office during the dead of night, desks illuminated exclusively by harsh angle poise lamps, surrounded by reams of press releases, print-outs and imperfect drafts with nothing but impending deadlines looming over us like ominous midnight spectres.
Gun and rifle makers William & Son have created a rather affecting short film to demonstrate the skill involved in the making of one of their shotguns.
Today and tomorrow Drake’s will be holding trunk shows at The Armoury and then Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Do stop by if you’re in the area – there will be some great vintage material available.
You wouldn’t pick Budd shirtmakers to have a blog, but it does. Earlier in the year, it treated us to a potted history of the bow tie. More recently, it has capitalised on the mini-resurgence of the cravat (again, trendiness not being necessarily what you expect) to provide a similar history.
Of all the pop-up stores launching in London in December, The Dandy Lab is perhaps the most intriguing. Founders Peter Jeun Ho Tsang and Julija Bainiaksina tell us they have created a technology-enhanced shop that uses image recognition to suggest personalised purchases and styling to visitors.
In December, the auction house Artcurial will stage an international exhibit and auction of Panerai watches entitled Panerai Only.
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.