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RADAR Spotlighting style SAIL AWAY Quba Sails originates from the seaside town of Salcombe, Devon, where the brand started out producing unique jackets from reclaimed canvas sailcloth. Working with only one local seamstress, the popularity of the unique designs spread by word of mouth and soon the brand was being sought after by sea-travelling locals from yachtsmen to holidaymakers. Today, the brand sells to customers around the world. Now employing eight craftspeople, including the original seamstress, at the specialist manufacturing unit in Devon, the team creates a range of sailcloth products, which are handmade to order, including jackets, holdalls, deckchairs and cushions. As well as the original Devon-made sailcloth products, Quba Sails produces a wide range of nautically inspired clothing and accessories for men and women. —

DRAKE & HUTCH ESTABLISHED: 2013 — SIGNATURE STYLE: Classic British tailoring combined with modern fabrics and production methods. The result is a line of crafted garments, aimed at the everyday man. — HISTORY: With an interest in the historical aspects of clothing, founder Pete McGuiness noticed a gap in the market for a brand that created everyday essentials with the same design focus found in bespoke tailoring. Underwear brand Drake & Hutch was established in 2013 by Pete McGuiness. Inspired by his role at the time, working in product design and development, McGuiness was drawn to the finer details and historical elements of menswear style. After working for a Jermyn Street tailor, McGuiness took the bespoke aspects of typical Saville Row design and fused them with modern fabrics and production methods. Primarily, the brand’s target audience extends to design-conscious, affluent professionals, who have a preference for timeless style. Catering to its target audience, the brand’s upcoming pima cotton line will showcase more tailoring-inspired designs. Garments feature a hand-printed lining, which draws inspiration from suit jackets, while the rest of the piece is kept simple and classic. Further underwear designs will follow on from this line, and the brand has also revealed plans to release an initially small offering of quality loungewear catering for city living. Currently, the line is stocked in UK boutique underwear stores, though the brand plans to export on a global scale. Wholesale prices are available upon request. www.drakeandhutch.com —

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MWB MAGAZINE DECEMBER ISSUE 226

MWB MAGAZINE DECEMBER ISSUE 226  

MWB MAGAZINE DECEMBER ISSUE 226

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