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Spring looks for Tokyo Part2(#3,#4)

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  • In London
  • On May 18th, 2016
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For this edition, Fujita-san asked me to suggest a few nice Spring looks for Tokyo.

Since he specifically said Tokyo, I used it as an excuse to be more liberal with colour since it’s such a stylish city.







Ring Jacket  Honey and Blue Checked Jacket online


Drake’s  Navy Overdyed Cotton Shirt


Ambrosi  Bespoke Grey Wool Trousers


Drake’s  Navy Paisley Silk Pocket Square similar


Carmina Brown Suede Penny Loafers online


Grey trousers with a jacket in warm colours is one of my favourite combinations.

It’s a combination very skillfully used by the Italians, I don’t see it as often in England.

Since the grey is neutral, I find it shifts attention up towards the jacket, shirt and tie.





I was very excited to see this jacket arrive in our stores this season.

The base colour is a rich honey and the blue is just the right shade to add interest.

Given the blue accent of the jacket, I automatically search for blue items to match.





This blue overdyed cotton shirt was in the Drake’s store last year.

Its heavy weight and marbled colour goes perfectly with the textured jacket fabric.

I wanted to add a little more elegance to the combination so I used a classic paisley square to complete it.


ヘビーウェイトで 杢色のこのシャツは、質感のあるジャケットの生地とバッチリ相性が合います。






Ring Jacket  Balloon Brown Wool Jacket online


Drake’s Green and White Striped Linen Shirt online


Drake’s Panama Silk Tie online


Liverano & Liverano Cream Linen Trousers


Drake’s Pink and Navy Silk Spotted Hank


Koji Suzuki Cream Nubuck Derbies


I love this shirt so much, I built the outfit around it.

It’s an unusual shade of green, similar to teal, and with a very bold, wide stripe pattern.

The first instinct is wear it casually and without a tie but it’s so appealingly decorative,

I want to wear it in a more complex, dressy way.





To really highlight the shirt, I stayed tone-on-tone for the trousers and jacket and tried to avoid any items that were too dark and would overwhelm it.

The tie is a new fabric we are using at Drake’s called Panama Silk.

It has a lovely, dry hand with slight texture to it.






Colours on Panama Silk tend to look a little bit dusty and this one also had some green in the motif so it was a very natural match for the shirt.

The pink square was to add a touch of unpredictability to the outfit.




Spring looks for Tokyo Part1(#1,#2)

  • By edit
  • In London
  • On May 2nd, 2016
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For this edition, Fujita-san asked me to suggest a few nice Spring looks for Tokyo.

Since he specifically said Tokyo, I used it as an excuse to be more liberal with colour since it’s such a stylish city.







    Ring Jacket Blue Herringbone Jacket online

Drake’s White Oxford buttondown Shirt online

Ring Jacket Pale Blue Cotton Trousers online

Drake’s Kelly Green Grenadine Tie online

Drake’s White Cotton Pocket Square similar

Drake’s Lapis Lazuli Cufflink

Saint Crispin’s Medium Brown Split Toe Derby


Everyone knows and loves navy jackets with grey, cream and white trousers but there is also the possibility of using pastel blue,

especially with a jacket that is closer to medium blue than to navy.

The problem with wearing pastel blue, is it’s easy to look like an ice cream salesman.





I tried to use colours that have distinct contrast from one another and without going back into pastel shades.

Hence, a white oxford shirt and a strong green tie, a favourite of Michael Hill and myself.

I really like how it turned out but because of the colour of the trousers, I find it difficult to add or substitute other colours into the palette without it becoming overly playful.





I thought about using a yellow tie but since I wanted to use a very saturated colour, green worked better.

I added an old cufflink I had as a lapel decoration for a bit of extra interest.

黄色のネクタイもいいかなと思いましたが、彩度の高い色を使いたかったので、 緑色のほうがうまくはまりました。





Ring Jacket Navy Tropical 4-Ply Suit online

Drake’s Denim Chambray Shirt

Drake’s Shantung Silk Block Stripe Tie online

The Armoury Lotus Lapel Chain online

Koji Suzuki Dark Brown Oxfords


The Tropical 4-Ply is one of my favourite fabrics in the world, perfect for spring/summer use.

It has a matte texture that sits well alongside other textured items,

so I put together a look that could also have been made in finer cloths and silks but instead has all been translated into softer, more casual fabrics.




This was one of the earliest Drake’s shirts made, with the original label we designed when we started manufacturing our own shirts.

It is made of denim chambray that used to be light blue but I’ve washed it and worn it so many times,

it’s faded to a pale, ice blue. It is one of my favourite shirts.





The block stripe has been a Drake’s standard for years but this year we issued it in raw, shantung silk, with imperfect slubbiness for additional texture.

Since the whole look is a little off-beat,

I skipped using a pocket square and just used our signature lapel chain as the pocket decoration.