First and foremost, if you haven’t yet watched the above campaign video titled The Getaway, we thoroughly recommend doing so for the sake of this journal entry.
Now that you’ve watched it, those of you who are lovers of classic Hollywood would have quickly recognised that the video pays homage to the iconic scene in To Catch A Thief (1955), whereby Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are speeding away in a 1953 Sunbeam Alpine in a bid to escape the arms of the law.
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief" (1955)
Both Grant and Kelly are, as ever, immaculately turned out, and it would be disingenuous to pay homage to one of the most loved scenes in cinematic history without dressing up our own driver and navigator. As such, we sought out the expertise of some fellow British brands and asked them for assistance.
Navigator and driver in "Yvan" and "Grace" tortoiseshell sunglasses
We start with our driver, Marina, who’s wearing a khaki cotton safari suit from The Deck, which is a women’s tailoring brand from London that was founded by Daisy Knatchbull in 2019. Daisy worked for many years on Savile Row, and her brand offers made-to-measure suiting with serious attitude and is now a regular sighting on red carpets of considerable note.
Marina wearing Safari Suit by The Deck with black "Grace" sunglasses
Gripping the steering wheel is a pair of crochet-backed gloves from Dents, a Worcester-based business founded by John Dent in 1777 can you believe. Handmade in its age-old factory, Dents is the foremost glove manufacturer in the world.
Crochet-backed gloves - an essential driving accessory
On her feet is another heritage brand, Joseph Cheaney & Sons, who’ve been making Goodyear-welted footwear in Northamptonshire since 1886. The style she wears is the two-tone Milly model, which is very fifties we might add.
Two-tone "Milly" brogues by Joseph Cheaney & Sons
Around her neck is also something equally special, a Richard Allan printed silk scarf. Richard Allan has garnered a reputation for its eclectic designs that are designed, printed and made in England, no less. The business was established in 1962, and in addition to early collaborations with Schiaparelli and Yves St Laurent, Richard produced scarves that were used in many film and television productions – including those worn by Diana Rigg in the popular 1960’s television series The Avengers.
Diana Rigg illustrates perfect driving style in The Avengers (1966)
Now, to our navigator. Not nearly as accessoried as the driver, James is mostly wearing clothing from Mason & Sons, a company based in London that’s ‘Dedicated to British Design’ and owns several brands that come beneath its Union Jack umbrella. For instance, one of the brands it owns is Motoluxe, which was founded during the dawn of the motoring age and specialises in utilising the performance capabilities of alpaca fibres.
James wearing Motoluxe tailoring with "Charlie" sunglasses
He’s wearing a soft-shouldered, dark brown sport coat which is punctuated by an ecru pique-cotton popover shirt, which is also from Motoluxe. Finally, the beige calvary twill trousers are from its eponymous line that entirely consists of menswear staples and although you can’t see them, he’s also wearing the suede chukka boot from Sanders, another Northampton stalwart.
Sport coat and cavalry twill trousers - a classic combination
We’d like to say thank you to our collaborators for their involvement in the project and hope that it goes to show that British brands have a lot to offer in this day and age, no matter if you’re a young company like The Deck or a Georgian-era business like Dents.