For their latest spring/summer lookbook, seminal English tiemaker Drake’s have collaborated on a 12 image project with Japanese illustrator Akira Sorimachi. Sorimachi – whose work regularly features in GQ Japan (paired expertly to the witticisms of Gene Krell) – lends a charming humour to the English brand’s products. The entire collection is rendered in his unmistakable drawing style – the rosy patrician nosed gentleman is a recurring motif in his cartoons – which accurately captures a few new treats for those who appreciate traveling in style.
Chino trousers in two colours are joined by three new collaborations with American cordwainer Alden, encapsulating the spirit of versatility implicit in a relaxed journey. Sorimachi’s illustrations reference a multitude of European influences connected by the constant theme of comfort. For the upcoming season, Drake’s appears to offer just such louche garments suitable for citybound journeying. Whether visting the new Mondrian exhibition or commuting in fine English automotives, the Drake’s customer favours stealthy luxury, courtesy of the best that English craftsmanship has to offer.
This season Drake’s have managed to create a classic ready to wear offering, rendered in a refreshing visual style. Here, distinctive visual design is not subordinated to the overwrought grandeur of capital F fashion, resulting in a lookbook that previews (accurately) upcoming product while lingering pleasantly in the mind’s eye. Damn spiffing attire if we do say so.