Drake's Creative Director Michael Hill explains why our new washed cashmere jackets are the perfect garment year-round.
The passing of the worst of winter is always something to be celebrated, but with it comes it’s own unique sartorial challenge - how to dress when the weather can’t make up it’s mind. And it’s for just such a scenario that we’ve designed our washed cashmere jackets. “Historically we’d always gone from tweeds and pretty heavy, substantial cloths to lightweight linens and cottons” says Creative Director Michael Hill of the new pieces. “I think particularly here in London, at this time of year you’re not necessarily ready for that for another two or three months. It makes sense to have something like this in January, February, March; something that shares our philosophy in terms of using a beautiful cloth, but something that’s been washed and treated so that it has that soft, relaxed feel.”
Hand-made in Italy, the new jackets are crafted from a fine cashmere hopsack, that’s been washed and treated to give it an exceptional softness, almost closer to a knit than a woven cloth. “It’s something very luxurious, but also comfortable and casual at the same time”, says Hill of the cloth. “I think it’s hugely versatile, and also I think it’s nice to have something that’s very special but you don’t have to be too precious about it. There’s almost something a little slouchy about it; you could wear it at home and be comfortable.”
The jacket is launching in two colourways: a classic, timeless navy as well as a fresher shade of ink. “The dark is obviously very easy but I think the brighter blue is a really nice, fun, vibrant alternative.” Their balancing act of relaxed elegance also makes them ideal pieces to be worn both dressed-up and more casually. “I’d certainly wear them in a fairly traditional way, in terms of wearing them with a pair of lightweight worsted trousers, but I also think you could wear them more casually”, Hill elaborates. “They’d work really well with jeans - either indigo or off-white for that matter. You don’t necessarily need to wear a tie with it at all. It’ll look really nice with an open-neck shirt or cashmere roll neck. They’ll cover right through until April. You’ve got a great nine-month jacket here.”