‘I think brands and designers are looking at the suit and adapting it for the way that we all live and work now; right from the cuts to the fabrications. Those who have succeeded – and Sunspel is one of them – produce timeless, seasonless collections. You can scale back for the warmer months and layer up for the colder winter months, but essentially you're working with the same sorts of collection.’
Buying clothing that transcends seasons leans into a growing desire to be more sustainable and, as Scourfield puts it, to ‘get more use out of your wardrobe’. So, quality and durable materials are essential. From Sunspel’s new collection, Scourfield highlights a jersey blazer and a navy ‘travel wool’ jacket, which could be worn throughout the seasons. Overall, the colour palette of the new range is typically neutral so that it can be interwoven with existing items in your wardrobe or offset by a pop of colour or unexpected accessory. The new jackets are soft and unstructured, feeling more akin to a cardigan than traditional tailoring while retaining the look of a blazer.
‘It's those little details that take some of that more relaxed clothing you associate with tracksuits and sweatpants into more tailored pieces,’ says Scourfield. Smart knitwear, polo shirts and cardigans also fall under the Casual Tailoring edit as more contemporary work-wear essentials, with the idea that they can be paired with more formal or casual items depending on the occasion.
‘Casual tailoring is as much about the fabric as anything else,’ says Scourfield. ‘The fabrics are lighter and the trousers have hidden elastic for comfort, but they’re still tailored. So you can put on a jacket that feels more like a cardigan, sit in front of a screen or travel to the office and still feel dressed for work. Psychologically, I think you need that because you feel more professional. I think Sunspel has been very clever in that what it’s offering is considered and tailored, but it’s within that parameter of the comfort zone.’