Simon Crompton casts his mind back to the day his Drake's shawl collar cardigan entered his life, and the adventures it has accompanied him on since.
The old Drake’s factory on Garrett Street had a raised gallery at one end, where the admin and creative staff worked in walled-off sections. The noise of production from the rest of the building washed up and over the gallery, giving a feeling of being closely connected to the manufacture below.
I remember sitting there with Michael Drake perhaps seven years ago, as he showed me the new season’s ties, handkerchiefs and knitwear. At his prompting, I tried on a four-ply shawl-collar cardigan. It was the most luxurious thing I had ever felt. It was indulgent, yet practical. It fell open naturally when unbuttoned, yet could be fastened up high at the neck.