'We were visiting the factory in Italy where we make our outerwear,' Michael explains, 'and they had these scraps of different coloured suede lying around: it gave me the idea to create a patchwork version of our chore jacket. Initially we just made a single prototype, which I took to wearing all the time, and it wasn't long before I was being asked constantly by people whether they could buy their own one. Naturally, I knew we had to put it into production.
‘It’s certainly not for everyone, but I think those who really understand its appeal will fall in love. It's also a nod to those classic ‘fun’ shirts you used to see, where factories would use leftover odds-and-ends to make these sort of jazzy Frankenstein creations. They were dubbed fun shirts for the light-hearted quality they had, and there’s something in that. At a time when men wore almost exclusively white and pale blue shirts, these were radically different from the norm. I think many of us are guilty of relying heavily on a very limited palette of muted tones, so this feels refreshing, perhaps even a little subversive.’