• The Washed Cashmere Jacket
  • The Washed Cashmere Jacket
  • The Washed Cashmere Jacket
The Washed Cashmere Jacket
The Washed Cashmere Jacket
The Washed Cashmere Jacket

The Washed Cashmere Jacket

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.”

The Washed Cashmere Jacket

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.”

From the desk of our editorial team.

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