The Experience at Belstaff House
David Beckham’s passion for vintage, classic styling is further explored with his second capsule for the Beckham for Belstaff collection. I had the pleasure of viewing the range this week at Belstaff House in New Bond Street, the location an experience itself. Everything about Belstaff House is impeccable. Beautiful architecture and from the street it is so powerful and engaging. The interior makes you feel at home, a grand home it would be too with furnishing and fittings that are worthy of a story on their own, but home all the same. References to times past are everywhere and there are numerous motorcycles to admire. Those working in the store make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive and the service is outstanding. I was ready to move in!
Now I move to the capsule, which has been described as pervasive moto pieces joined by an aviation inspired thread. Overall, there are five looks that have been put together to represent the capsule. Each look is strong with a jacket the main feature. The quality of each piece is exceptional. Every detail has been carefully considered and along with the strong visual design elements, the function and practicality of each garment everything even more appealing.
The first look features the Ryde Jacket, a vintage inspired leather aviator jacket, in a rich oak brown. The buckle fastening at the hemline is quite a nice feature to a simple silhouette. When paired with the Lowry Shirt in the Chambray Blue, the colour combination is a delight. This denim shirt is an essential piece in the capsule for layering. This look is finished off with the Harpton Denim Jean. A black raw stretch denim with articulated knees and a side zip pocket allows you to secure personal belongings with ease to reach.
Inspired by the aviator jackets of the 1950s, the Moore Bomber features in the second look. It is a boxy-fitting style, with a detachable faux-shearling collar and knitted cuffs. Combined with the Fornham t-shirt, Harpton Denim Jean and the Eastley bandana it is a fantastic look. Beckham loves classic riding accessories and chose an iconic paisley print for this cotton bandana, which is in Dark Navy.
Look three features the Stannard Jacket, making a welcome return with this capsule, offering colour options in black and racing green. While black is often favoured by most, the racing green is a fantastic colour, and one of my favourite pieces overall in the entire collection. The contrast between the soft cotton of the Fornham t-shirt and the strength of the Stannard Jacket is quite wonderful. I’m a big fan of a simple t-shirt. The hand feel of the cotton is beautiful, so very soft against the skin. Add in the trusty Harpton Denim Jean and you have look three covered.
The fourth look is led by the Marshfield Jacket, in an 8oz waxed cotton with a distressed effect. The colour is Antique Beige which shows up the effect quite well. This jacket was inspired by the legendary International Six Day Trial, an off-road racing even often referred to as the ‘Olympics of motorcycling’. Seven external pockets and a buckle belt at the waist make this jacket a real standout. Under the jacket there is the Buckler T-Shirt in Heritage Jersey in a Mid Grey Marle (Melange). Worn with the Harpton Denim, Eastley Banada and the Gipson Gloves. These leather gloves are beautiful and in a burnt brown. I love these gloves! Suede panels can be found on the palms and a simple tie fastener on the wrist.
The final look sees the new Stockfield Blouson, a black raw stretch denim jacket with black leather sleeves, worn with the Fornham T-Shirt, Harpton Denim and Gipson Gloves.
I loved the second capsule of Beckham by Belstaff and recommend you take a look on the website if you are not close by a store to visit. If you are in London pay a visit to Belstaff House, I highly recommend it. To go to the official Belstaff website, click on image below.
* Keep an eye out for my story coming up where I talk about the Belstaff Spring Summer 2016 which I will be attending the launch of tomorrow.
Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style
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