Craftsmanship has always held a fascination for me. I love the genuine quality and perspective that goes into artisanal products. Tailoring in particular fascinates me because its a proper geek's fiefdom - I could talk about shrinking canvasses and swelling edges all day. I am also drawn to those craftspeople that take an artistic approach to what they do. When you find an object, whether it be a pair of shoes or a leather-bound book that a craftsperson has used to express himself with, it ceases to be a mundane object. It takes on a character and energy of its own. Those things in life which are truly luxurious are inevitably made by people that pour a little part of themselves into each and every piece that they create, who treat their work as an art form and approach it with love and care. Luxury has nothing to do with expense, and everything to do with tangible quality.
Drake’s ticks all of the above boxes; its uncompromising, passionate, handmade product and there's nothing else like it in luxury menswear. I've tried dozens of tie makers, and there's no comparison for the quality of silk used, the quirkiness of cloth and pattern, the solidity or the handle of a Drake's tie. They knot and recover beautifully and behave themselves for year after year of use. Drake's shirting is the same story, I only got into Drake’s shirts at the start of this year, but I love the combination of comfort, easy-styling and softness of collar and cuffs that the Drake’s workshop achieves. These are products which feel like they have been made by craftspeople, and that is a rare thing.