"A key menswear name in the British design team, Realm & Empire strengthens its position even further this season with one of the best collections to date." - MWB Magazine, January 2015.
We're glad that the AW15 selling season is full swing, as we don't think we could keep quiet about this collection for much longer. Taking inspiration from WWII aviation, the new range, entitled Flyers, is based on designs and details found in the garment and print archives at the Imperial War Museum – unique access to which is enabled by the R&E's ongoing partnership with the museum. Highlights include a hand-painted A2 leather flying jacket in collaboration with Cockpit USA, a British-made knitted bomber-style cardigan, contrast-colour sleeve panelling and flash pockets inspired by the fluorescent painted hoods of Coastal Command jackets. Other WWII influences included all-over prints featuring the iconic Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane and technical, parachute fabrics and features inspired by a WWII parachute bag.
Welford Ground-Crew Smock: When the weather gets really miserable, a man needs a coat that’s going to stand up to elements, which is why precisely why we created the brilliant pop-over smock! Inspired by WW2 ground-crew, it’s fully lined with a button-up throat guard and a drawstring waist and cuffs for the ultimate warmth and practicability. The best bit? Well that’d be a tough call between the incredible contrast sleeve ‘visibility’ patch and the internal headphones holes we’ve built into the hood! We’ll let you decide.
Kemble Utility Waistcoat: It’s the Airbourne division’s paratroopers that provides the key source of inspiration for our tremendous utility waistcoat. Made from a robust herringbone fabric, the waistcoat features a superb diamond quilt pattern wadded liner, making it the perfect choice for effortless, winter layering. Details include oversized utility pockets, R&E’s signature rusty gunmetal buttons and a brilliant para-cord loop for attaching your key chain.
Available online: August 2015.