Here in the UK we undeniably have some truly iconic sights. Things that make you pause for a moment and think you know what, despite the crap weather and grey mornings Britains not that bad. Big Ben, a good cup of tea, Sunday roast, Miles Kane in a Fred Perry polo shirt the list goes on. Well, if like us, the sight of The Last Shadow Puppets co-frontman clad in soft cotton pique, Laurel Wreath emblazoned on his chest inspires some bouts of patriotism then you’d better get the kettle on because there is much, much more than where that came from.
Following on from their two previous collaborative efforts, heavyweights Miles Kane and Fred Perry have stepped into the ring once again for another lesson in effortless styling with plenty of timeless Brit inspired edge and vintage appeal. Coming out swinging the pair deliver a selection of quality top half clobber perfect for when things begin to heat up and the oh so far away summer time arrives. Polo shirts are of course on the agenda with a variety of them on offer that both stay true to the traditional, much-loved design but with the usual tweaks and variations courtesy of Mr.Kane, including exaggerated ’70s style collars, elongated two-button plackets and crisp single gold stripe cuffing to the hems across hues of white, burgundy and royal blue. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and in true British pessimism, the capsule collection features a substantial, textured, woven cotton t-shirt with a ribbed high neck and cuffs perfect for those chilly in-between months.
If this capsule collection was a live performance than the floral print fabric courtesy of the renowned Liberty London would be that song that you can’t quite get out of your head. Placed subtly to the underside of one of the polo shirts hidden button placket the fabric can also be found not so subtly across a short sleeve, revere collar shirt. Finished with the usual gold, slightly modified laurel wreath embroidered logo the shirt conjures up some serious suave sophistication, perfect for stepping out on those cool evenings abroad when the swim shorts get swapped out for a crisp pair of chinos.
Rounding off the retro-inspired capsule collection is the full-button up, colour blocked cardigan. Similar to the double acts previous collaboration when Miles described the cardigan as something from Goodfellas, the knitwear piece this time comes dressed in a black and white ensemble, with a cotton-viscose blend construction for a flowing, comfortable fit. Thanks to the addition of ribbing to the cuffs and hem the piece retains a strong silhouette and is finished with the same slightly larger collar and you guessed it a gold laurel wreath.
The best thing about these collaborations – aside from the very nice clothes – is how natural and organic they feel. Having been a long time fan of the Fred Perry for years, Miles brings with him a swagger and attitude that compliments Fred Perry’s rich history and cultural significance perfectly. It feels like Miles is designing clothes he would want to wear and you can see the enthusiasm and passion for each project through the quality of the end product.
The latest Fred Perry x Miles Kane collection is available both in store and online Now.