I’m a country girl at heart, having spent years 3 – 19 twiddling hay bales in the wild wild west country. I may now consider myself a girl-about-London town, but I know my roots still lie somewhere near a muddy Wellington boot in north-east Somerset.
This could go some way to explain why I’ve fallen, perhaps disproportionately for a girl who lives in Hackney, in love with Lavenham’s S/S 11 quilted jackets.
Lavenham is a brand that started life designing horse rugs. It made the first quilted pony coat back in 1969, later expanding to include jackets. It is worth noting that all this equine quilting is pre-Barbour.
A calling from APC Japan and the brand has been shipping out its padded pieces to a warm Japanese reception ever since. The last few years however, have seen a resurgence in style’s love for all things English countryside (Catherine Middleton, Pearl Lowe, Babington House you are each to blame) and as such Lavenham have bought their focus home.
For S/S 11, Lavenham’s range rises to the season’s colour blocking trend. Sunshine yellow coats are trimmed with navy cord piping and cutesy detachable hoods, while coral and lime green options make a gleeful departure from the Sloaney khaki versions we’re used to seeing at equine events (and public school runs).
Celebrating forty strong years, Lavenham’s very British identity is cemented this year, with the use of 1969 Liberty Art Fabric Print on inside linings (pictured, top). There are also sleeveless options available in dusty blue with Liberty Print lining, which I might add are fully reversible. And we all know how much joy a reversible top can bring – almost as much as a Global Hyper Colour tee. Seriously though, for a mucky pup like me, reversible jackets are a lazy girls way of postponing the weekly wash.
This version in muted caramel is surprisingly versatile – seen here looking all 1940s preppy chic (I think that may be a look I’ve just made up). But imagine it worn with a messy bun piled high on your head, statement red lips and dark denim – you’ll suddenly err on the side of undone glamour. Not bad for a brand that started out keeping horses toasty.
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