It’s been a long cold winter metaphorically speaking so far this year and it hasn’t even really started properly yet. I’ve just come back from an enforced exile from the UK while the days got shorter and the temperature got colder, but at least the sky was blue and the sun was in the sky.
Coming back to blighty can be a bit of a culture shock at the best of times, (ask the guy in shorts on the plane) but there is really nothing like scraping the ice from your windscreen on a cold November morning for wrenching you back to reality with a bang. As my hands began to freeze the one thing I realised was that in this weather you really need a decent Winter coat.
A Design Classic
Henri-Lloyd was founded in 1963 and their iconic ‘Consort Jacket‘ really came into its own in the late Seventies and Eighties when they became must-have fashion items all over Europe and beyond. Everyone from Bearded Arctic Explorers to fashion-conscious Italian high school kids were wearing them and the brand’s success has continued ever since. It may sound like a cliche, but quality really doesn’t go out of fashion
The Next Generation
Fast forward to 2020 and the Consort II is here, a new reinterpretation of the original Consort jacket that is catching people’s attention. With modern times, comes new features and in addition to being super lightweight, the Consort II has been designed as a practical on-the-go jacket for when the temperature isn’t too cold and features a quilted lining and Eco Bionic© water-resistant treatment technology to repel water and keep you dry . There are also cool lightweight, chunky Vislon© zips that are super strong and an adjustable hood to keep ears warm and toasty too.
You don’t survive in the fashion industry for so long without having a good reputation and part of Henri-Lloyd’s success has been their connection to innovation. Sustainability may be a buzzword, but it is one Henri-Lloyd has been taking seriously and its ‘Mav Mid Layer Series‘ is a collection comprising a jacket, two hoodies and a sweatshirt that are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
The results are not what you think. My favourite is the Mav Mid jacket it is really cosy and comfortable with great thermal insulation. It also dries really quick too, so it is perfectly equipped to deal with the odd storm, whether that’s sailing around Cowes or queuing up outside the supermarket waiting to get in.
Finally, if you’re looking for a Christmas jumper with Santa on the front then the Hayling or Lawrence Knits from Henri Lloyd might not exactly be what you are looking for, but if you want something stylishly understated and beautifully manufactured both sweaters are 100% cotton (the Hayling a polo neck jumper, the Lawrence round high neck) and for once may just be what your other half actually wants. How nice would that be for 2021?
For more info on the past, present and future of Henri-Lloyd (and to see their latest range of clothing visit www.henrilloyd.com