Tech capabilities are mined this season but crucially the Henri Lloyd team never let them obscure its style credentials. A slimmer fit on shirts and tailoring updates the look, with lumberjack checks and pin-dots giving shirting a contemporary feel as a smarter look infiltrates the range. A touch of 1960s inspiration comes in the guise of narrow lapels on tailoring, and hidden plackets and contrast collars on shirts. In knitwear, apposite marine inspirations include shawl collars and cable details, used on cardigans and jumpers in a spectrum of blue shades from aquamarine to navy, often teamed with grey; meanwhile multi-stripe patterns also come in blue and grey tonal looks.
The outerwear likewise is sea-worthy with impressive tech capabilities upping the ante across the range. For the purist, ocean-tested performance outerwear scales new price peaks though these performance elements are morphed into terrace and pub-friendly pea coat, bomber and blouson styles. Overall the range is anchored to grey with a spectrum of blue shades and lifted with pops of yellow and orange
- Fully waterproof, black tech marine jacket with a rubberised resin coating, reflective taping and opti-vision hood
- Slim fit, navy micro-dot shirt with hidden placket and narrow, contrast collar
- Wool melton duffle coat
- Grey herringbone 2sb suit
- Glen check hi-shine nylon coat in bomber and pea coat styles
Dean Gomilsek-Cole, head of design for lifestyle, marine and HL Jeans company: “The theme for the season is the 1960s. It’s not quite mod but it is a little bit London; it’s about that optimistic spirit. What I didn’t want to do was play it safe and relent to the credit crunch. We have upped the profile of the outerwear in the range; in terms of the tech, the ergonomics and the qualities like breathability, we have ocean-tested the coats and we thought about how we could show that in the mainline. As for the colours, the reason we use grey is that is a good anchor colour that matches with the orange and yellow shades as well as the navy. It’s not about being in-your-face but about being interesting. We’ve put a lot into keeping the quality levels high and have concentrated on giving value for money.”