SUMMER MAY not actually be here, but at least the arrival of some quality Brit Kit will provide a warm glow and spark dreams of new additions to your wardrobe.
And the arrival of one of land’s finest clothing labels Paul Smith and a sterling effort from the nice new look kit of Barbour.
Having spent most of the winter so far, well at least the Festive period safely tucked up in my four-poster chugging away at countless bottle of XO Premier while releasing countless tons of buckshot from my Purdy as I battled the bastard noro virus.
Now I am struggling with a different form confusion and delirium at the plethora of summer lines around.
I clearly remember a classic line from the English comedy romp The Italian Job where Michael Caine’s character has returned from an imaginary trip to the jungle, where he has been hunting tigers, to collect his Aston Martin, which is a terrific little run around.
He produces a large handful of pound notes and is told by the garage owner: “You must have shot a lot of tigers!”
“I used a machine gun.”
There is a reason to that tale as the superb jungle print Paul Smith short sleeved shirts would be perfect for hunting tigers are anything else for that matter and I want one now.
The button down jungle print shirts, which are tailored in fit and part of the Jeans collection, are pure cotton and comes in white with the stunning print in green for the main. The branded buttons are nice finishing touch, as is the avoidance of a chest pocket.
The navy version of the shirt offers a real Copacabana feel with the brown jungle print on the shirt off-setting the navy beautifully.
Cocktails and Barry Manilow to one side, the next thing to grab my attention was the Barbour x Tokihito Yoshida Barton Hoody in navy.
This beautiful branded two chest and two hand pocket jacket comes in slim fit, with branded zip pull and boasts shoulder and elbow patches. It really is a delicious piece for any wardrobe and had draw strings to pull the hood.