London Collections: Men – Day 1

Craig of That Dapper Chap attends London Collections: Men as an accredited blogger and takes us through the events of day 1

Once again all the build up and anticipation of the largest menswear event in london comes to fruition and on Friday 8th January London Collections: Men once again opened its doors and showcased all that the British menswear industry has to offer.

This season saw me with a packed itinerary so I unfortunately had to choose which shows I wanted to see more as a lot overlapped or were logistically impossible to reach in the time between shows.

Stylists, press, editors and bloggers line up to sign in to this seasons LCM

After signing in at the stunning Victoria House in Southampton Row, this seasons LC:M hub, I took my official book and lanyard, pinned my badge to my lapel and made my way to the Barbour presentation. 


Barbour never disappoint. The inherent quality comes through in every piece and they offered us everything that we’ll need for AW16: heavy knitwear, their iconic wax jackets and a collection of great shirts and accessories.

Very accessible and easy to wear I’ve been a Barbour fan for a while and I really like the new collection.

Chunky textured sweaters continue to be a staple items

Beautifully tailored shirts in some great fabrics

Casual styling by Barbour to keep out the cold

The latest style Barbour coat

The classic Barbour wax jacket

Another great collection from Barbour


After a quick coffee break I made my way to Marylebone to see the Cottweiler show. Designers Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty showed us a range of intelligent and futuristic designs in metallic fabrics and sheepskin-like woollens.

Moody models in fields of wheat from Cottweiler

Futuristic designs in metallic fabrics

Fashion folk flocking to see the new Cottweiler collection

Modern fabrics in relaxed design

Impressive designs with a real edge

The new Cottweiler collection

Universal Works

Leaving the Cottweiler show it was a hop and a skip over to Blandford Street to see what Universal Works had to offer. I’ve always enjoyed the Universal Works show and they always offer up an interesting concept.

This season was no different and we walked in to a virtual fairground, complete with 90’s dance tracks and ‘all the fun of the fair’ Guests enjoyed mushy peas with mint sauce and popcorn while we perused the collection.

Unstructured, relaxed and comfortable clothing for the cool and youthful won the day, and they again showed a very British and very wearable collection that could be enjoyed by anyone.

Time for the Funfair with niversal Works

Prizes for everyone at the Universal Works funfair

Relaxed but stylish

The classic funfair goldfish, its all in the details

Casual footwear from Universal Works

I enjoyed the mushy peas and they certainly filled a void in my stomach

Unstructured and easy to wear

The new Universal Works collection

Private White V.C.

So leaving the sights and sounds of the fairground behind I legged it, in the rain, over to Mayfair to the Private White V.C. store on Duke Street.

Upon entering the store I was immediately welcomed by Brutus the Bulldog who took an instant liking to my trousers, pressing his nose against my calf and following me around the store. Apparently he likes the smell of my cats!

Private White never fail to impress and I was already converted way before I stepped over the threshold. The nod to classic wartime tailoring didn’t go unmissed. Designer Nick Ashley continues to offer us some great pieces and I very much need to get some in my armoury.

Arriving at he Private White V.C. store in Mayfair

Classic styling from Private White V.C.

The new Private White V.C. collection

My new buddy Brutus

I’m in love with this heavy shearling collar coat

rails of clothing from the new collection waiting to be browsed

The models take their place in the store

More elegant clothing from Private White V.C.

I managed to snap designer Nick Ashley at the event

Guests mingle, drink cocktails and enjoy the canapes 

So after a fun filled day with very little to eat, cold and slightly wet, I called it a day and made my way to my London home where I had set up base for the weekend. Day one was a success on many levels. I met some great people, reconnected with my ‘LCM Buddies’ and saw some great menswear.

Roll on day two I thought. That was a success too and I’ll report on that very soon so watch this space.

Thanks for taking time out to read this. Pop back again soon!

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