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Private White Collaborate with Grenson

That Dapper Chap tell us about an exciting collaboration between Private White and Grenson shoes. 

For the Spring/Summer’15 season, Private White V.C. unveils an exclusive collaboration range with Grenson Shoes.

Grenson is a traditional English shoemakers with a rich heritage and Private White V.C. are proud to collaborate with such a remarkable company. Despite the many years that Grenson has operated, the brand has modernised to produce some of the world’s best contemporary footwear, under the direction of owner, Tim Little.

Tim Little says of the collaboration “We are very proud of our factory and when we meet someone else who has a British factory, we feel a connection. The Private White V.C. factory has been in operation for over 100 years, so the chance to collaborate was irresistible”

The Private White V.C. X Grenson range, produced in collaboration with the shoemakers’ designers, features three exclusive styles.

All handmade ‘from skin to box’ at the Grenson factory in Northamptonshire, these shoes are made using the traditional Goodyear Welted construction; a world renowned hallmark of quality shoemaking and process which was pioneered by Grenson Shoes.

Featuring distinctive details like bespoke colours and trims, as well as handwritten detailing of the shoes in the lining of each pair.

Private White V.C. Managing Director, James Eden says;

“We have long been fans of Grenson Shoes. The company has an incredible history in shoemaking and their ethos of preserving time-honoured manufacturing skills while evolving to create cutting-edge styles which are relevant in today’s market mirrors ours.

The ‘Wilde’ canvas derby shoes in olive

The Wilde shoe is created in finest cotton canvas in a distinctive Olive green. The canvas is bound around the quarters in a copper shade petersham to finish the edges. This style features a full leather lining and sits on a solid rubber ribbed sole attached to a leather through. Finished with copper eyelets – a signature Private White V.C. touch.

Side view of the olive coloured ‘Wilde’ shoes

A closer look at the ‘Wilde’ shoes

Front view of the ‘Wilde’ shoes

Get yours HERE – £325 (GBP)

The ‘Williams’ suede derby shoes in snuff or mushroom

The Williams shoe is a whole cut Derby shape, made from the highest quality English suede which has been perforated throughout the design. This lightweight shoe carries a ‘skeleton’ lining which allows the holes to function as genuine ventilation. The Williams shoe has matching solid suede facings and sit on a lightweight rubber Vibram Gumlite sole. Available in two shades; Snuff and Mushroom

The ‘snuff’ coloured Williams shoe

The renson and Private White collaboration

Front view of the snuff coloured Williams shoes

The mushroom coloured williams shoe

Get yours HERE – £350 (GBP)


The Private White V.C. clothing range is manufactured at its very own factory, nestled in the heart of Manchester. The factory is currently run and managed by World War I Victoria Cross recipient Private Jack White’s great grandchildren who all share his undying love, passion and dedication to both the British and local textiles industry.

The brand utilises the finest British materials and craftsmanship, sourcing fabrics from local mills and employing traditional manual production techniques. The collection is designed by Nick Ashley, former head of Dunhill menswear and son of interior designer, Laura Ashley.

Social Media: @privatewhitevc

Contact Information

Manchester Factory Store

Cottenham House

1 Cottenham Lane



M3 7LJ

+44 (0)161 834 7521


Carven Pour Homme Eau De Toilette

That Dapper Chap gets a whiff of the Carven Pour Homme Eau De Toilette and shares his thoughts.

September 2015 saw French fashion giant Carven bring in perfumers Francis Kurkdjian and Patricia Choux to reintroduce the Carven Pour Homme fragrance. With it’s immediate hit of violet you’d be mistaken for thinking that this could be a less than masculine fragrance but don’t be fooled.

Underneath the heady and uncensored scent of violet you will find a complimentary fresh burst of grapefruit to bring a hint of sharpness to the proceedings, before you’re then plunged into it’s woody depths and the masculine and warming aspects of nutmeg, cedar, sage and sandalwood.

It’s a sophisticated fragrance, more gentlemen’s drinking club than sunday football dressing room. I see it more suited to a man of class, maybe slightly older, but certainly a man of confidence.

Available at Debenhams Aftershave in 30ml (£35), 50ml (£50) and 100ml (£70) Eau de Toilette there is also a range of products available for gents who want an all over smell such as aftershave balm (£29), deodorant (£21) and shower gel (20), but these are not too widely available in the UK.

Top Notes

Violet Leaf


Middle Notes








That Dapper Chap Meets Hammond & Co

That Dapper Chap takes a look at Hammond & Co clothing and creates some looks with pieces from the range.

In collaboration with Debenhams & all opinions are my own

As a dapper chap I have been an avid fan of the Hammond & Co range of menswear available at Debenhams for sometime now. Created by Patrick Grant, it’s classic British style and heritage feel make it a range suitable for all gentlemen.


Patrick Grant

Hammond & Co. was founded by Robert Hammond around 1776, beginning life in the form of a celebrated London sporting tailor.

Tailors to King Edward VII, King George V, Queen Victoria, the King of Belgium, the Emperor of Austria, the King of Spain and the King of Portugal, other celebrated customers included Parisian couturier and founder of modern fashion, Paul Poiret, together with the United States of America’s greatest ever military leader, General John J Pershing.

Patrick Grant, Savile Row tailor, TV personality and designer

The Hammond & Co range is now being designed by British designer and Savile Row Tailor Patrick Grant. Patrick is also well known for being a judge on TV’s, The Great British Sewing Bee.


Today Patrick Grant continues to build upon Hammond & Co.’s standout heritage through the design of highly sought after collections that beautifully encompass quintessential British style.


My Look with Hammond & Co


After choosing a few items from the range, like a cat landing on my feet, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Matt Brooke an incredibly talented photographer with a huge portfolio and wealth of experience, working with stars, famous models and brands across the globe. Was I going to turn down the opportunity to have a few shots taken? Not likely!


Captured by photographer Matt Brooke

The vintage style label, nods to the Hammond & Co heritage


The Chiltern Blazer & Waistcoat


Both are a regular fit and have single button fastening, making for a classic silhouette. The waistcoat has notched lapel, which again lends itself to a heritage look, great for those guys who like a vintage feel.


The navy fabric has a textured effect, adding depth and interest to what could be a standard navy suit. With 27% wool, 47% linen and 26% polyester it’s easy to wear, relatively lightweight and good for those ‘in between’ seasons.


Yours truly wearing Hammond & Co



A closer look at the Chiltern blazer with free pin

In addition to the blazer and waistcoat Hammond & Co offer matching trousers. While I didn’t get these I’m now thinking that I should, as I can then take advantage of having a full three piece suit. This can be worn as one, or split up and incorporated in different looks, wearing the waistcoat with jeans for a more casual look for example.

A closer look at the Chiltern waistcoat


The cuff button on the Hammond & Co blazer


That Dapper Chap in Hammond & Co


A closer look at the lapel and pin


Both items are dry clean only, as you’d expect from an item of this nature. and they also come in a ‘big and tall’ option for the larger gents among us.

Get your Chiltern blazer HERE £99.00

Get your Chiltern waistcoat HERE £45.00

The Shirt


I’ve always liked pink with navy, and ‘real men wear pink’ right? This is the ‘Eden’ shirt in a pale pink check.


Also available in ‘big and tall’ sizes, the check on the shirt is very subtle, adding interest without being distracting. With a three point button down collar I did struggle to get the button at the nape of the neck done up after adding my bow tie.



Lose the waistcoat for a less formal look


In a regular fit with single button cuff and a chest pocket the shirt is made from 100% cotton. It is a very light weight cotton, perfect for the coming months and versatile enough to wear with a full suit or with jeans or chinos for a more relaxed look.


A look at the details of the Eden shirt
The back of the Eden shirt


Get your Eden shirt HERE £40.00

The Bow Tie


Being That Dapper Chap I had to wear a bow tie didn’t I! Patrick has added a few to the range in various colours. I’m a little disappointed, that considering his background that he opted for pre-tied bow ties rather than the self tie versions. There are nine in the current range and all are pre tied.


Wearing the Hammond & Co bow tie

Nevertheless, I now have one in my armoury. I opted for the burgundy knitted bow tie in 100% polyester. It would have been great for it to be in silk which would have given a more luxurious feel to it.


The bow tie is fully adjustable and once you’ve set it to the size of your neck, that’s it, you’re done. So, while I do like a self tie bow tie, this option is way less fiddly and time consuming, particularly for those gents who want to achieve the look but are too sausage fingered or busy to faff around with a self tie option.

The detailing of the knitted bow tie


Get your bow tie HERE £16.00

Other Items For The Looks


In addition to the Hammond & Co shirt, waistcoat, blazer and tie I wore a diamond top felt pork pie hat £32.95 by Jaxon, and a paisley patterned silk scarf £44.99 by Tootal Scarves. Altogether this creates a very dapper look which can take you straight from that candle lit meal to the opera.


Footwear was a burgundy tassel loafer £75.00 by Next, sockless despite the rain, and I wore my favorite navy chinos, £31.50 from Racing Green rather than a dressier trouser for some contrast and modernity.



The Links

Photography by Matt Brooke at Pure Agency


Hammond & Co clothing at Debenhams


Hammond & Co navy Chiltern Blazer

Hammond & Co navy Chiltern waistcoat

Hammond & Co pink check Eden Shirt

Hammond & Co burgundy knitted Bow tie

Burgundy tassel loafers by Next

Lawson Chinos by Racing Green

Burgundy paisley silk scarf by Tootal

Black felt pork pie hat by Jaxon Hats