Corduroy called... it's coming to the party

The last time corduroy achieved fandom, it was in the 60s and 70s when the likes of Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman were sporting knockout corduroy jackets and suits in films such as All The President's Men and The Graduate - only to enter the 80s as everyone's favourite fashion scapegoat. Librarians and geography teachers - obviously an underrated bunch back then - seemed to somehow tarnish corduroy with a reputation for being boring and staid, which is not wholly unbelievable given that the 80s was the decade of Spandex and the New Romantics. 

Cream Cord Newport Jacket

Cream Cord
Newport Jacket

Cream Cord Dress Trousers

Cream Cord
Dress Trousers

Thankfully the menswear world has returned to its collective senses, not only letter said librarians and geography teachers off the hook, but also embracing corduroy for what it is - a tremendously textural fabric literally channelling character and fun through those wales. For too long, corduroy - the origins which are French (the etymology of the word is believed to come from late 18th century France, from the term 'corde du roi' meaning 'cloth of the King') has been seen as a casual cloth, being traditional made from heavy and rugged cotton yarns, but at Favourbrook we've always seen its appeal through a more sartorial and luxury lens. 

Mustard Cord Newport Jacket

Mustard Cord
Newport Jacket

Mustard Cord Dress Trousers

Mustard Cord
Dress Trousers

It's most unique feature are the raised ribs that run parallel to the selvedge of the  cloth. The ribs are formed by cutting the threads in one direction, resulting in the rows or what is better known as 'wales' in the fabric. The higher the number of wales, the smoother or less textural the cloth will be. Fewer wales give a far more obvious striation in the cloth and generally makes it more lightweight. Classic corduroy typically has about 14 wales per inch, whereas needlecord has much finer ribs and is typically around 18 cords per inch. This season we have crafted our perennial Newport suit is three tones of needle corduroy (very fine wales) that we think are perfect eveningwear for the beginning of the autumnal party season. Whether you're attending a cocktail party, birthday gig, or just a swish night out at a fancy London restaurant, these corduroy suits pack fun and sartorial finesse in equal measure.

Ink Blue Helmsley Cord Newport Jacket

Ink Blue Helmsley
Cord Newport Jacket

Ink Blue Helmsley Cord Dress Trousers

Ink Blue Helmsley
Cord Dress Trousers

Available in mustard, ink blue, and cream, these tactile suits can be dressed down with an open shirt or even a fine gauge roll-neck sweater on cooler days, but where we think they really pack a punch is for smarter engagements when you can dress them formally with a tie or bow tie, and a waistcoat for example. The three tones are extremely versatile, allowing you to pair with contrasting tones (our pale blue pleated front dress shirt, for example, is an excellent choice with all three). As a more relaxed alternative to velvet, there's no better fabric this season. 

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