Founded in 1979, Hackett London is known for its quality British heritage menswear and personal tailoring experience. The brand continues to grow, with stores in 28 countries and two new locations in London: a four-story concept shop with on-site tailor and barbershop on the high fashion King Street in Covent Garden, as well as a new Regent Street flagship.
After his Fall 2014 presentation at London Collection: Men, founder Jeremy Hackett chatted with us about his 3:1 rule, the patterns any man can wear, and travel tips for visiting London, Tokyo, and Australia.
1. Nothing spoils a good suit like a pair of cheap shoes. Properly made ones are a real investment. I've always been of the opinion that it's better to own one item that's beautifully made than three inferior products.
2. There are a few shoe brands I go to again and again: Edward Green, Brooks Brothers, J.M Weston, Henry Maxwell, and George Cleverley.
3. Get a blazer for each season. Flannel and cashmere for winter, and cotton and linen for summer.
4. There comes a time in a man's life when he should resist the temptation to wear a baseball cap.
5. Blue is one of my favorite colors, and judging by the sales in our shops, it is for most men.
6. For patterns, the Prince of Wales check is one that I've always found pleasing, and some form of herringbone cloth is so basic that it should form part of any man's wardrobe.
7. Tokyo has such an innovative approach to fashion. I go to Isetan, which is reputed to be largest men's store in the world, and I look in at shops such as United Arrows and Tomorrowland.
8. When in London go to the Portobello market. I still love to go; it's a hangover from the days I spent there routing out second hand clothes. For me it's the thrill of the chase, never knowing what treasure you may find—with the added pleasure of paying very little for it.
9. Galleries to visit in London are the Tate Britain and the Saatchi gallery. My favorite gallery is Kettles Yard in Cambridge, which exhibits works from the St Ives movement, and if I'm in Madrid I try to find time to visit the Prado museum.
10. In Australia, see Savannah's outstanding Antebellum architecture. I went for the first time last year, and willll probably go back this summer.
• • •