That Dapper Chap Meets Patrick Grant

Craig meets business man, designer and TV personality Patrick Grant

With five successful business and a number of awards under his belt along with a BBC television series, Patrick Grant is a force to be reckoned with in men’s fashion. What made him buy failing business Norton & Sons, Did he really work as a nanny? Can he knit? What’s his favourite piece from the current Hammond & Co collection and will The Great British Sewing Bee move to Channel Four? Find all this out and more.

Myself and Patrick Grant with some of the new collection for SS18

After browsing what Debenhams has on offer for next year while Patrick finished his coffee and a phone call, it was time to pose some questions.

TDC “We’re at the Debenhams SS18 press day to see the latest collection from Hammond & Co, but before Hammond & co, you’ve had a few other jobs: Ski instructor, model and Nanny?”

PG “I actually wasn’t a ski instructor, I worked at a Ski resort. I worked at the hotel and at the bar in Vale in Colorado”

TDC “I was thinking that you must have been great at Skiing to become a Ski instructor!”

PG “I was pretty good at Skiing. I started skiing about seven. In Edinburgh there’s a dry slope just up the road from where my parents lived so all Edinburgh school kids learned to ski at an early age. Yes, I was a Nanny, I worked at a kids summer camp during the summers, so I spent two summers working at Santa Cruz in California on a kids summer camp and after my second summer there I got a job nannying for one of the families whose kids were at the camp”

Patrick Grant wearing Hammond & Co

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My London Fashion Week Mens: Day 2

Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us around the shows and presentations of day two of London Fashion Week Men’s

Ready for day two of London Fashion Week Men’s wearing my bespoke suit by Jeff Banks of Savile Row

If you want to read about what we saw on Day one of LFWM, check out my last post HERE.

Day two began with a hearty breakfast and a tube ride into central London, back at 180 The Strand, to kick things off with the E. Tautz catwalks show.


I’m a huge fan of everything that Patrick Grant does, and his E. Tautz range is no exception. While I thoroughly enjoyed the show and all that he had to offer this season, I’m afraid that due to technical difficulties I have no images to share with you other than a brief iPhone video which isn’t the best quality, and some pictures lifted from the London Fashion Week Men’s website. Sincere apologies.


After grabbing a quick coffee and a chat, catching up with some fellow minded bloggers, we made our way across town to No 2 St Jame’s Market for the Lou Dalton presentation. Not an area I’m hugely familiar with I have to admit, but the space was perfectly suited for the presentation.

Again I was impressed by the collection and the collaboration with John Smedley knitwear. The relaxed silhouettes appealed as did the inspired use of colour, bleached out denim and relaxed tailoring.

Knitwear came oversized in beautifully textured boulcé Merino wool and screen-printed fine-guage Merino wool sweaters in grey gave us colour blocking.





If avant garde was on your wish list, the Art School and Fashion East AW17 presentation at the Topman Showspace would hit the mark.

Fashion East is a well respected non-profit organisation established by Lulu Kennedy MBE and the Old Truman Brewery in 2000, and is considered to be the place to see new up and coming talent.

Fashion East gave us a mix of exploitative showcases utilising every day objects to inspire and deliver a less usual aesthetic.






After a quick bite to eat it was back once again to 180 The Strand (LFWM keeps you fit, let me tell you!) where we saw the Tourne De Transmission presentation. Using a combination of words, textures and visuals, Tourne De Transmission presented a relaxed and urban collection of heavy coats in blacks and greys, and other outwear elements which are easily transferable from show to street.






One show that I was super excited to see was the Oliver Spencer AW17 catwalk.

To say I appreciate Oliver Spencer and his incredible talent for wearable clothing is an understatement. This show along with E. Tautz was by far my favourite. That’s simply down to the fact that I’d happily wear every single piece in this new range without exception.

The autumnal colour palette shone through the range with oranges and greens, but these were broken up with less traditional colours of the season such as powder blues and dusty pinks.

With great tailoring and mix and match British made pieces utilising fabrics from British mills, Oliver Spencer has once more presented a truly first rate collection.



What We Wear

Last, (for us) but certainly not least was Tinie Tempah’s first foray into fashion with his What We Wear label.

The range is very relaxed, very sports luxe and a bit street. Loose drawstring trousers were paired with tech fabric and jersey jackets and T-Shirts. With a colour palette of black, grey and blue it’s a range that’s sure to fly off the shelves.


And day two was done! tired, hungry and but happy we made our way home to get warm and refuel for our final day.  Check back for that soon! Thanks for stopping by.


London Collections: Men – Day 2

Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us around day two of London Collections: Men and shows us what Saturday had to offer



After a good nights sleep in my Uncle Steves spare bed I woke fresh and ready for day 2 and made my way from leafy Hanwell directly to the E.Tautz catwalk show on the Strand.


This is one show that I was really looking forward to as Patrick Grant is one of my style idols and he didn’t disappoint.

I was disappointed however by the fact that I ended up standing right at the back and having to crane my neck to see even a smidge of the great stuff he put out.

For me the coats ruled the day as did the great range of fabrics that Patrick gave us including Donegal tweed, cashmere, Shetland wool and leather.


E.Tautz accessorised with some great scarves
Another great coat and more cool neckwear


Classic styling in great fabrics
I love the wide collar on this coat and the Christian Louboutin shoes
An incredible checked double breasted coat



So disappointed by mor poor positioning at the E.Tautz show I left down hearted but determined to make sure that next time I would get a better view.


Next for me was Berthold so I trekked back to Swiss Church in Endell Street and was one of the first people there. Yes, front row! No jostling, no elbows in the ribs.


While slightly out of the That dapper Chap comfort zone, I did appreciate the shapes, cuts and styling that Berthold gave us.


Named ‘Drowning’ the presentation gave us sculptural qualities in supple rubber, coated cottons and other robust textiles, all designed to protect the wearer from the elements.



The new Berthold collection at LC:M
A twist on the traditional yellow fishermans coat
Heavy scarves and thick jersey sweaters protect the wearer


classic and wearable items from Berthold
A nod to the life jackets in this cropped coat
High necklines and ling coats in the ‘Drowning’ collection

Lou Dalton


I didn’t realise I was a fan of Lou Dalton’s work until I saw this show. Lou’s Father was a Teddy Boy and there are clear influences in this collection, particularly in the oversized check trousers and jackets.


Described as “thought provoking and considered” Lou’s contemporary classical tailoring has won her many awards and its easy to see why.


With a range in River Island and a Thunderbirds themed collection under her belt it seems Lou is becoming one of the best female designers in London.


The check fabrics was a highlight of Lou Dalton’s show
fashionable and functional style from Lou Dalton


Another great jacket that I’d personally like in my wardrobe
Maybe not That Dapper Chap style but there’s something about this I really like
It’s that check fabric again, this time teamed with a great camel coloured coat

Oliver Spencer


After a quick coffee and a bite to eat it was back to the Strand for Oliver Spencer. Another of my favorite designers Oliver is a self taught tailor and started his career from a small market stall in London’s Portobello Road.


Oliver Spencer gave us one of my favorite collection of relaxed and contemporary formal pieces. Great jackets and waistcoats teamed with unstructured trousers in stripes and checks.


Knitwear was also showcased with many of the models wearing staple items for the coming season.


A beautiful jacket and waistcoat worn in a contemporary styling
Modern sophistication from Oliver Spencer
I love everything about this look


Another awesome look from Oliver Spencer
This patterned coat over a plain grey suit made my day
Model Richard Biedul wearing some very cool knitwear

Matthew Miller


Matthew Miller was up next on the That Dapper Chap itinerary. remembering my positioning at the E.Tautz catwalk I did my best to get a spot with a better view and I’m pleased with the few shots that I got.


With the theme of ‘Nouveau Riche’ as it’s inspiration the AW16 collection from matthew Miller gave us lots of black in addition to a contrast of hand-painted oil on canvas with their ‘David & Goliath’ coat.


Shapes hailing from a forgotten historical era were given updated silhouettes and both biker and bomber jackets and graced the catwalk.



Unstructured shapes, belted for a clean silhouette


Matthew Miller monochrome
The biker jacket the Matthew Miller way
Hand painted oil on canvas

Thomas Pink


Finally, after a day of running around London, feet hurting and back aching I made my way to the Thomas Pink presentation. Always a riot of colour and pattern this show is one that I always look forward to seeing.


from bar to botanical to block colour, Thomas Pink is always treat for the eyes.


Taking inspiration from the enchantment and hideaways offered by the British countryside and coastline, industrial and architectural elements were hinted at and enjoyed by the crowd.


I always enjoy the Thomas Pink show, not only do I genuinely love the collection but the Williams Chase gin cocktails helped me enjoy it just that little bit more.


The new Thomas Pink Collection at LC:M
Suited & booted in grey check suit and pink bow tie
Rich burgundy and blues for AW16

Its all about colour for Thomas pink, it shouldn’t work but it really does!
Colour on colour on colour a feast for the eyes
I really love this blue shirt with its architectural pattern
Maybe not for TDC but this is one statement shirt not to be ignored


So, with a busy day two under my belt, tired, weary but inspired I made my way back to Hanwell where a warm welcome, a hot meal and a comfortable bed waited and boy did I need all three.


Thanks for taking time out to read the blog. You’re welcome back any time.