Introducing a capsule collection made in conjunction with The Rake magazine, which draws inspiration from some of the big screen's most iconic corduroy-sporting heroes. Allow The Rake founder and editor Wei Koh to talk you through it.
Photography by James Munro.
In 1966, when Mike Nichols was casting The Graduate, his stroke of genius was to eschew Robert Redford and cast the largely unknown method actor named Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, for his intense “underdog quality”. Hoffman knocked the role out of the park. His uniform on the movie poster, in all of its dressed-down Ivy League cool, is his corduroy jacket.
Search the cinematic horizon for another screen hero whose corduroy suit perfectly expresses his unflagging resilience and you’ll land on Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox - as cool a customer as they come. He is a skilled motorcycle rider, a criminal mastermind, an unfailingly enthusiastic father, a pillar of his community, and a seducer of lady-foxes. And through his myriad adventures, his corduroy suit remains as unflappable as he does.
Michael Hill, Creative Director of Drake’s, says: “When a corduroy suit is done well, it is the perfect combination between sharp tailoring and a casual, sporty attitude, which it makes it one of the most useful garments in a man’s urban wardrobe.” Expressly for The Rake, the fine gentlemen behind Drake’s have translated their superb sense of style and craft-based fabrication to create the perfect urban ensemble.
The result is a stunning corduroy jacket and trouser that work just as well as separates as they do together. The pairing has a wholly contemporary, soft silhouette, a style that Drake’s has long perfected. But the full ensemble comes to life when paired with the pieces specifically curated by The Rake and Drake’s. These include an oxford with sublime lilac stripes, and a rich navy, teal and olive silk repp stripe tie we like to think of as ‘sotto voce’ - the ultimate in understated and nuanced colour matching.