David Coggins recounts the Florentine inspiration behind the Drake's with D. Coggins Spring Summer 2017 collection.
There may not be a better place to drink in June than Harry’s Bar in Florence. Like all good bars it’s small, five or six seats, a few tables. Thomas, the barman, is friendly and attentive. The walls are pink, possibly a shade too dark, but by now that’s part of the charm. If the weather’s nice you can drink by the Arno.
The Drake’s team is in Florence at this time of year for Pitti Uomo, and I’ve enjoyed raising a Negroni with them after a day at the fair. In fact I’ve spent enough time at the bar that on a recent visit a man asked me the best way to get to a certain landmark. I thought this was because I looked suitably well-informed. In fact, it was because he thought I worked there and wanted me to order him a car. I took that as a sign to step out and get some air.
I began to think about the ideal thing to wear to Harry’s as the weather turned warm. Start with a white sportcoat—not blinding white—but fresh. I respond to clothes that seem to celebrate the season and a white coat really does that. We decided to call it the Harry’s Jacket.
Italian men are not afraid of a little color—a pink and white striped shirt fit the mood. I’ve been interested in knit ties that are a little unexpected, so how about one that’s a pale brown. A pocket square that’s not too formal, one that has the feel of a bandana, but in silk so it fits in your pocket neatly (cotton bandanas are too thick for the job).
That’s the Drake's with D. Coggins spring offering. We hope you like it. Michael Hill and I focus on the simple idea of making clothes that we want to wear. We think these make sense in any bar you enter. If we cross paths in we’ll buy you a drink. We’ll even order you a car. Salut!