There are a lot of British manufacturers on Modenus. They bring something special to the party, something fresh, edgy and, we know from your reaction, popular with designers who want to surprise clients with something new. We were thinking about this, well a small part of Modenus was, while walking in the crisp mid October sunshine that was gracing the Famous English Seaside City of Brighton. Then we saw a shirt, a tie and some cuff-links which we can’t show you . And we began to understand.
Gresham Blake make bespoke, made to measure and off the peg clothing for men and women. The quality is pure Saville Row, he has a showroom in London’s glitzy South Molton Street. He chooses, however, to base himself in Brighton and as you can see from Black White Ants above, he has a sense of fun.
OK, Multi Coloured Flowers, like many of his other shirts, isn’t easy to wear (just watch me!) but it is brilliant. Maybe fashion favours the brave. But the reason why Gresham Blake gets away with this is the quality of his design and tailoring. His men’s suits are lovely and his women’s suits are spectacular. And there is something about a woman in a well tailored suit.
In case you were wondering, she’s Kelly Adams (Emma Kennedy) in an episode of BBC TV’s ‘Hustle’.The crisp clean lines of her Gresham Blake suit are sexy but classy. It would be a mistake to think that all his Women’s wear was in muted colours.
These are the ties which made me want to start wearing ties again. The third, featuring just about every conceivable religious symbol, presumably either offending everyone or no one, is a favourite. But would it ever be worn by someone in a position of authority?
Here’s a shot of Krishnan Guru-Murthy a news reader on the very serious and authoritative British Channel four news. Teamed up with the classic suit and white shirt it really works. Now Krishnan is a bit of a one off, but this British TV heavy weight wearing Gresham Blake ties isn’t.
That’s David Dimbleby, the man the BBC got to front its election coverage and host its weekly current affairs/political scrap Question Time. And again, crisp white shirt, smart suit and Gresham Blake tie. And that’s the last clue to what we think we have discovered.
Gresham Blake typify what makes British design so sought after. Mastering their craft, producing workmanship of unparalleled quality gives great confidence. And that means they have the confidence to have fun. And fun they have. Sometimes its edgy, often it is saucy and the tongue may well be firmly in the cheek but what’s life with out fun?
And if you want to see the cuff link you are going to have to find it on the Gresham Blake website for yourself!