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History & Details - Ghost Patrol Showerproof Hooded Jacket

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Realm & Empire


Are you currently looking for a versatile piece of outerwear that will see you seamlessly through Summer and into the colder months? Then our Ghost Patrol Showerproof Hooded jacket may just be what you’re looking for…

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The History

The ghost patrol was the small, highly skilled assembly who performed clandestine reconnaissance and raiding missions during the North Africa campaign.

Formed in Egypt, June 1940, the group comprised of no more than 350 volunteers drawn from British and Commonwealth regiments.

The LRDG patrolled the desert in specially equipped Chevrolet trucks, gathering intelligence or participating in special operations. Its founder, Brigadier Ralph Bagnold, was a pre-war pioneer of desert exploration, who happened to know a thing or two about operating vehicles in tricky desert terrain. Sand mats, sand channels and sun compass were just a few of the modifications that were made to the trucks.

Part of the R&E active training collection, this zip-thru raglan-sleeved Ghost Patrol jacket taps into the patrol's ingenuity and diligent attention to detail. 


The Details

Constructed from a lightweight and breathable performance fabric with a drawstring hood, this jacket is ideal for combatting the sporadic summer showers, whilst the flattering ‘boxy’ fit, means that it makes the perfect layering pieces as the weather turns colder.

Other features include two over-sized front pockets with side entrance and durable, real-leather toggles and discreet ‘ghost patrol’ stitch detailing.

Here's a jacket that offers functionality and agility for both every day and those more adventurous, outdoor pursuits.

Have we convinced you yet? Head over to the product page here.

Or if you have any questions about this garment or a query about sizing, feel free to get in touch, where we’d be happy to help. 

…and good luck in those showers, comrades!


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How To Dress For Spring | Menswear SS17

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Realm & Empire

Winter dressing is great. It allows us to layer up all of our favourite pieces and go mad with our love of the colour navy. However, mastering the winter dress code doesn't have to mean that you should avoid adding a spring in to your wardrobe during the warmer months. Here's a few of our tips for building a super simple, transitional wardrobe that will take you from the office to the beer garden...

The Track Jacket 

 Along with the athleisure trend, the casual bomber remains a key look for the new season. Based on a classic bomber silhouette, our jersey sweater is crafted from a soft-touch loop-back jersey. An adaptable jacket to combat the every-changing weather features include a deep rib welt waistline, a high neck collar, large hand-pockets with additional side openings and our signature gunmetal buttons. 

The White Tee


A simple, white t-shirt is a staple item in any man’s spring wardrobe. It instantly freshens up your look. This season, seek out a plain white three-button grandad tee from our archive sale or take things up a notch with one of our new spring summer 17 offerings featuring a cracking plastisol print design, which is designed to crack during wash and wear to create a vintage worn aesthetic – a technique inspired by the hand-painted insignia found on original WW2 airborne attire!

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Adding a splash of colour to your look doesn't mean you have to go full on with it. Add a vibrant summer tee underneath a classic utility workwear jacket or blazer from our summer sale to brighten up your outfit. 

The New Stripe 


A stripe tee is pretty much a basic element to a capsule summer wardrobe but this season we have shook things up a little, with our contemporary, linear radio wave design as part of our SS17 Decoded collection, inspired by Second World War Intelligence Services. Or if you prefer a classic stripe, take a look at our time-honoured collection here

The Chunky Knit
Realistically, if you live in the UK, we're going to see approximately ten days of actual sunshine and the rest of the summer whilst be spent in a hazy grey fog. As such, invest in a chunky knit to brush off that evening chill. Our new knitted crew neck is crafted from a chunky merino wool rib, with full fashioned sleeves and contrast colour-block elbow detail. Or if you're on a budget, head to our archive for Baseball Bomber Knits & Moss Stitch Jumpers. 


The Slogan Tee

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Spring Summer 17 - Jerseywear

Posted on April 06, 2017 by Realm & Empire


Men's Graphic Print and Slogan Jerseywear for Spring

The days are getting warmer and the evenings lighter we've created a fresh consignment of jerseywear that includes typographical and linear screen-printed graphics based on radar transmittance and covert communications. A special all-over print cipher alphabet, honours the incredible work accomplished by Bletchley Park’s code-breakers. Indigo dyed jersey is designed to fade to reveal ‘barely-there’ insignia, a notion inspired by the fake Army groups that were assembled as part of Operation Fortitude.

Operation Fortitude South 


Double-agents, dummies and decoys; Fortitude South was the deception plan cloaked in trickery and misinformation that helped to keep the real destination of the Normandy landings under wraps.  Led by General Monty, the 21st Army Group were the team that controlled all ground assault forces from the outset and are the subject of inspiration for this classic-fit typography design. 

PLEASE NOTE: This garment is printed using a cracking plastisol which is designed to crack during wash and wear to create a vintage worn aesthetic – a technique inspired by the hand-painted insignia found on original WW2 airborne attire!


Operation insignia 


The Ghost Army was an American Unit with a unique mission. With illusion as their greatest weapon, they sought to deceive the enemy with a series of stunts and shams, fake radio transmissions, battlefield dummies and decoys.
This design pays tribute to those Second World War 'ghosts' featuring 'barely-there' military squad patches




This great contemporary design features a tonal transmission pattern, inspired by the Royal Signals Unit, the British Expeditionary Force. During the Second World War, the Royal Signals were often the first into action, providing a full telecommunication infrastructure on the battlefield and conducting electronic warfare against enemy communications. As the allies moved through North West Europe, the Royal Signals would make use of newly developed radar techniques to intercept vital information. All members of the Corps carried tactical recognition flashes on their arms. 

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      The Shirt Of The Season: The Cuban Collar

      Posted on March 29, 2017 by Realm & Empire


      Engineered by the prestigious Twenty Committee, the double cross system was the greatest intelligence coup of the Second World War. Risky reconnaissance missions were performed behind enemy lines and agents sent overseas by Britain’s Special Operations Executive were equipped with specially designed IDs and civilian clothing appropriate to where they were being sent.

      This season, the Realm & Empire classic collection combines casual functionality with design and style influences from all over the World.

      The Cuban Collar is one of this season's must-own pieces. Defined by a pointed, two-tiered collar, this shirt is typically short-sleeved and recalls that classic, vintage 50s Americana look. 

      Cut in a more relaxed fit and crafted from a jacquard weave with a scoop hemline, this new R/E offering also features a handy rouleau loop on collar; perfect for hanging up when your pool-side.

      Available in Grey Jacquard and Blue Jacquard.


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      As Seen On: Jordan Bunker | Realm & Empire Wool Overshirt

      Posted on March 21, 2017 by Realm & Empire


      (All images © of Jordan Bunker)

      It's always cool to discover a new blogger from our own neck of the woods. We've been fans of his simple, minimal workwear style for a while so we were chuffed to see that he'd featured our Wool Donkey Jacket in his recent 'Weekday in Nottingham' post. 

      The perfect cover-up for the transitional weather, our wool overshirt jacket in neutral black is made from a soft wool-blend with classic styling and practical functionality. A variety of pockets ensures you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to stow your essentials whilst our signature gunmetal buttons finish the look. Thanks Jordan. 


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