NOBODY DOES IT LIKE THE ENGLISH
Ever since Stella Tennant and Isabella Cawdor took the reins of Holland & Holland, they have applied their personal principles of luxury irreverence and resolute practicality to each and every piece they design. From wide-legged checked trousers as suited to afternoons in the city as mornings on the moors, to detachable coyote fur collars as insulating as they are elegant, they present storied British clothing with a contemporary ease. “This is stuff that is in our blood”, says Stella. “And it all comes from a real understanding of the outdoors, and what you need for it”, continues Isabella.
For their second Autumn/Winter collection for the house, resilient outerwear is key; after all, “it has to protect you from the weather, and then allow you to move around in the landscape.” Padded parkas lined with rabbit fur are made for brisk walks; tailored tweed jackets are cut for movement and Teflon-coated to protect against downpours. Thermal knits and felted wool jumpers are made for layering in the country or the city; traditional Lovat tweeds and Barrie cashmere used with pragmatic finesse. “There’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothing”, the women say. “In England, you just can’t be beholden to the weather otherwise you wouldn’t leave the house.”
This season, inspiration has been found everywhere from the clothing of these women’s ancestors, to the outfits worn by their local mole catcher: people whose eclectic style is a celebration of individuality. Presented through a series of images captured by Jamie Hawkesworth and art directed by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse/HOUSE AND HOLME, which feature the women’s friends and family exploring Bolton Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales, the collection is visibly tried and-tested, proved fit for purpose. This is unwavering dependability designed for intrepid adventure – and nobody does it quite like the English.