Spring, dare we say it, is on the way. The evenings are beginning to stretch out that little bit longer and the sun’s rays seem just that little bit more powerful. We can always tell when spring is on the way when we begin to put away the heavy down coats for the winter and begin the search for lighter styles more suited for the change in weather.
Here in store we have received a fine selection of spring appropriate outerwear, covering all types of styles from smart to workwear, bomber jackets to waterproof coats. A highlight for us is the latest selection of raincoats from Swedish label Stutterheim. Their block striped Stockholm model has particularly caught our eye. Not only do we love the pattern, but thanks to the rubberised cotton construction and welded seams, it is also completely waterproof, something essential in the temperamental British spring weather.
Parisian label A.P.C. continue to take influence from classic military garments and the Blouson Alain shown below is their take on the iconic MA-1 flight jacket. The dark navy exterior has been cut from a cotton blend and the interior is fully lined. The front is fastened with a Riri zip that leads to a shawl collar in traditional fashion and two pockets are located on the hips. Completing matters is the obligatory pocket detailing on the upper left arm.
As we enter the season of weddings, it’s also important to keep something a little more formal in your wardrobe. For this, Engineered Garments have matters covered with their Andover Jacket. Cut from lightweight 100% cotton, it comes in a navy colourway and classic details such as the four external pockets, three-button fastening and notched lapel are all present. However, what makes this jacket for us is the fit. Perfectly cut, it remains unstructured but spans the divide between smart and casual perfectly.
If there’s one thing that us British and the Scandinavian have in common, it’s the rain. Fortunately Swedish label Stutterheim have found a stylish way to combat the elements in the form of their Stockholm raincoat. Not made from fancy fabrics developed in a laboratory, instead founder Alexander Stutterheim looked to his grandfather’s wardrobe for inspiration. Cut from waxed cotton and featuring taped seams, the Stockholm is based around a classic fisherman’s style. Completely waterproof, it features a large adjustable hood, rivets on the slanted hip pockets and comes in a variety of different colourways.
Finally in this Scandinavian special we look at the clothing from Soulland. Head designer Silas Adler takes in a range of influences when creating each new collection, but the clothing remains simple and understated in classic Scandinavian fashion. Wardrobe essentials are the brand’s main focus with contemporary updates on pieces such as long sleeve tees, hooded tops and turtle necks. Shown is the Miller Shirt, a multi patterned number that exudes Nordic cool.
Founded in Sweden in 2010 by Alexander Stutterheim, the inspiration for the brand occurred when he stumbled across his granddad’s old raincoat lying disused in an abandoned barn. Picking it up, Alexander thought that with a few adjustments to make the cut slimmer, it would be an incredibly good looking jacket: “At that moment, old memories struck me and I instantly wanted to wear his coat. It was both stunningly cool and very practical (although as big as a tent). With great care, I brought it back home to my kitchen and imagined it in an updated, contemporary version.”
After searching for a suitable manufacturer to remake the coat to his exact specifications, he stumbled across a factory in his native homeland. Given the notoriously wet weather of Sweden, it is perhaps no surprise that this small textile firm long had a history of creating clothing to combat the elements. After lots of trail and error, they managed to create a modern version of his granddad’s coat using completely waterproof rubberised cotton.
Here at Peggs & son we first saw Stutterheim raincoats at a show in London and immediately our interests were piqued. We had of course seen waterproof coats before from labels like Elka, but there was something about Stutterheim that managed to cross the divide from something purely functional into the world of fashion. We picked them up straight away and were the first stockists in the UK.
Stutterheim have since released many different styles of their raincoat and have built up a loyal following along the way. They can count Jay-Z and Kanye West as fans and have even released a rainbow coloured jacket named Vladimir to protest against human rights abuses in Russia. After all this attention and prominence, the company remain true to their melancholic Swedish roots. They still craft exceptionally well made coats that rely on traditional materials to keep you dry. Stutterheim are proof, if you ever needed it, that sometimes the old ways are still the best.