(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.
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 whilst agents sent overseas by Britain’s Special Operations Executive were equipped with specially designed IDs and civilian clothing. This season, the Realm & Empire classic collection combines casual functionality with 1940s European influences. French workwear style chore jackets and shorts are stone-washed for an authentic vintage look and exceptional softness. Our new work-pant is crafted in a loose fit, straight-leg chambray for a relaxed, lightweight denim appearance. An R&E re-issue wadded nylon bomber jacket, jersey cardigans and a selection of poplin shirts complete the look.
Forming part of our smarter, covert range, a single-breasted showerproof mac is bonded with a concealed front fastening and a decorative zig-zag stitching– a nod to one of Britain’s most successful double agents! The look is complimented by short sleeve jacquard weave lapel shirts and fine British-made knitwear, fashioned in Leicestershire.A fresh consignment of jerseywear includes typographical and linear screen-printed graphics based on radar transmittance and covert communications, whilst 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.
Realm & Empire’s high summer offering comes in the form of an athletic leisurewear range featuring a hooded raincoat constructed from light performance fabric as well as training wear, expertly cut from premium cotton loopback – great for working out or hanging out.
Our motto is hard-wearing not hard work. With a salute to the past and nod to the present, Realm & Empire clothing echoes the purpose and practicality that has contributed to our country’s unique story, proffering style with a contemporary edge.
Realm & Empire produce high quality menswear with a genuine story. Our exclusive access to the Imperial War Museum's archive of garments, artefacts and photos provides us with a fundamentally British starting point, from which our designers create striking contemporary clothing infused with meticulously researched historical detail.
This year, we are kicking things off with a celebration of British history and craftsmanship in Menswear. Joining forces with British shoemakers Loake and our partners at IWM London, we are giving one of you the chance to win an authentic military kit bag containing:
A selection of Realm & Empire garments (including: 1 x Wool Overshirt, 1 x Kit-Bag Design T-shirt, 1 x Dazzle Sweatshirt, 1 x Diver's Hoodie, 1 x Commando Beanie); a pair of British-made Goodyear Welted Bedale brogue boots and a premium leather belt from Loake, as well as a pilot watch and an aviator wallet, courtesy of IWM.
Pretty good, huh!
The process is simple...
The Loake family has been making shoes in Northamptonshire, England, for five generations. The company is one of the most experienced producers of fine, Goodyear welted footwear in the world, estimating it has made more than 50 million pairs. The tradition began in 1880 when three Loake brothers set out to produce the best men’s shoes possible. Today Loake’s premium Goodyear welted shoes take eight weeks to produce. Some 130 skilled craftspeople, up to 75 shoe parts and 200 different operations are involved. Only the highest quality materials are used. Loake is a truly authentic British brand, having made footwear for British soldiers and officers in two World Wars, British Olympic teams and other high profile British sportsmen, actors and musicians. You can find out more about Loake here.
At Realm & Empire, our partnership with IWM supports everything we do and ensures that all Realm & Empire apparel is fundamentally inspired by real history. This year is a big one for IWM London, marking 100 years since it first opened its doors. The museum explores how the history of modern conflict affects us all, from the front line to the home front. Exhibits range from objects of war to photographs and personal letters; they include film and sound recordings and some of the twentieth century's best-known paintings. Visit the IWM shop here.
Terms & Conditions
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In a month that saw the end of the Black Friday hysteria and the launch of our very first Christmas Gift Set Curations, here's what some of the menswear aficionados had to say about R/E...
1. "This year, the military menswear maestros have curated seven different ‘kit bags’ each of which has been given a suitable name and filled with a well thought out package of their fantastic products." - Proper Mag reviews the Kit Bag collection.
2. Realm & Empire AW16 on the streets of Tokyo courtesy of Individualism. Check out the feature for Tokyo tips and talks of nostalgia whilst soaking up some sweet style inspiration.
3. "A gift should always be appreciated whether it is something you wanted or not, however its always a bonus when you get something you would actually go out to buy yourself." - The fine chaps at Real Clobber review the new R/E kit bag gift ideas.
4. On board the good ship HMS Belfast, blogger Alex Canizares' R/E olive wool duffle coat is lined with a luxurious military-grad thermal lining for extra warmth for a cold Winter in London.
5. Friend of Realm & Empire and revered menswear blogger has put together a stellar selection of last minute gift ideas for men, which includes our Christmas Kit Bag offerings! Stuck for ideas? Take a look here.
Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Realm and Empire Gift Card.
Gift cards are delivered straight to your email and will contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. All you've got to do is print out or forward on the code, and voila, job's a good'en.
There's no additional processing fees. Merry Christmas y'all.
Images courtesy of IWM London Collections. Top: (IWM reference: A 13326) Men of the Home Fleet enjoying their Christmas mail; bottom: (IWM reference: A 13403) 1942, AT THE NAVAL BASE HARWICH. Stoker G A Revell (R Fleet Reserve) drinks to Victory in his Christmas tot of rum.