When it comes to tailoring and formalwear, only one name should spring to mind; Oliver Brown. For a quarter of a century the brand has been synonymous with dressing London society and beyond in fine fitted eveningwear.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the brand, Head Cutter Mike Deans, has designed a special eveningwear piece that not only pays homage to the brand's rich heritage but also showcases our dedication to traditional tailoring for the modern lifestyle. This special creation is a testament to our bespoke departments commitment to creating garments that are minimal, tonal, and timeless, with just the subtlest of modern flourishes to give them a distinctive edge.
The dinner suit, the pièce de résistance of our anniversary celebration, is expertly cut with a broad shawl lapel, simple jetted pockets and classic proportions that reflect a contemporary chic look. It's a masterclass in blending traditional tailoring with a modern sensibility, providing a garment that transcends fleeting trends.
The choice of cloth for this exceptional creation is equally considered. A sturdy 15oz Black Barathea from Smith Woollens was selected, making this not just a suit for an event but an investment for life. This is a piece that can be handed down to the next generation, ensuring that its timeless beauty endures.
In place of the typical sheen of silk satin or grosgrain, the jacket is finished with black velvet facing, also from Smith Woollens. The detail adds a deep richness and sumptuous focus to the garment, giving it an air of understated opulence.
The high-waisted trousers are a study in comfort and style. With a soft grown-on waistband and a generous pleat, they provide not only an extended leg but also an expression of volume and comfort. The intricate silk braid along the outside seam of the trousers adds a faint flourish of exuberance in an otherwise simple silhouette.
Formalwear is a real opportunity for investment in buying bespoke. With these garments only seeing the light of day a handful of times each year, there's no reason it can't last a lifetime, if well cared for. Bespoke isn't just about fit and style; its true value lies in the quality of work and the ability for it to be altered and serviced over the course of the garment's lifetime and that of its owner. It's a commitment to perennial elegance and sustainability.
To complement this exceptional outfit, Oliver Brown has commissioned a matching velvet bow tie & cummerbund from La Bowtique Bow Ties, recognized as the best in the business and the authority on modern black-tie etiquette. This collaboration adds the perfect finishing touch to an ensemble that's we hope becomes an instant classic.
Oliver Brown's 25th anniversary celebration is a tribute to the brand's unwavering commitment to traditional tailoring and timeless style. As Oliver Brown looks forward to the next 25 years, this creation stands as a reminder of the brand's dedication to craftsmanship and the enduring value of bespoke tailoring in our modern world.