I came very close to shutting everything down for the Month of Football.
Turn off the brain. Become one with the game. Focus on footy. Football is all about focus. Everything else can be a distraction.
But then a pang of guilty, followed by seeing a very dapper Becks, standing pitch-side next to a very injured Rio-in-Rustenburg, and I knew I had a duty to uphold. I had to find out the story of that 3-piece English suit.
Whilst arguing over the choice of Green as England’s #1, we did agree that the Official Team Tailors for the England Squad had done a fine job.
“I think it is a Paul Smith“.
“Nope, It’s Armani.”
“Armani?! Why would the England Squad be dressed by an Italian. That’s not legal.”
“Guys, it’s neither. It is some Bespoke crew – think it’s Gieves & Hawkes.”
As a little investigation proved, we were all wrong. It was in fact, Timothy Everest’s collaboration with the UK’s Marks & Spencer, that dressed all 23 of the 3 Lions. And a great link from Marks&SpencerTV for some more detail.
It’s has some great details, like super-narrow lapels, a shorter jacket and a slimmer silhouette. Kind of more Carnaby Street than Soho Square. For me, the waistcoat is the winner. The suit is made using a pure wool, birdseye cloth from Alfred Brown, one of England’s premier fabric mills. Not so sure I like that fact that office workers across the UK can buy their own England Replica Suit, but for GBP 199 (R2,300.00), you too can look like Becks.