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British design – we’ve discovered its secret in a shirt shop

ants shirt by gresham blakeThere 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.

flower shirt by gresham blakeOK, 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.

woman in tight suit by gresham blake

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.

abstract print dress by gresham blakeWant to be noticed? Feeling confident? The this could be for you. and we mentioned ties, Gresham Blake certainly does ties.

bugs tie at gresham blakefish tie by gresham blakereligious symbols tieThese 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?

tv host with crazy tie

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.

tv host with fish tie

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!

  • http://www.abcddesign.com ABC Dragoo

    The menswear in London, is the best. Heck, it’s the men in London who a lot more willing to ‘play’ with the quirky elements of their clothing. First thing is: Men in London wear suits almost all of the time. Really, on a Saturday morning, many roll out of bed and throw on a suit. Menswear in London is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, it’s their uniform.

    The suits cost a fraction of what they cost here in America = and are higher quality.

    When my husband and I were living in London, he’d only buy his clothes in the UK because they were far better made and more interesting than the ones he could find here in the US. Not to mention, he could pick up 2-3 suits (with working buttons and higher quality wool/beautiful fabrics) for a fraction of the cost he’d find one in the States for.

    The ties are the best – colorful and full of sass.
    Love this post – it makes me long for a trip back to Jermyn Street!

  • http://www.pillowthrowdecor.com PillowThrowDecor

    Love the “want to be noticed” dress. LOL… I didn’t know the British men enjoyed sass. It sure breaks the myth of “stodgy”. Interesting post!


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