About Chester Barrie
Richard Biedul’s Three Key Pieces for AW18
About Chester Barrie
“Chester Barrie are like family to me”, says Richard, once a solicitor, now-turned model and style aficionado. You may recognise Richard as the bearded and infinitely suave man fronting the latest Chester Barrie campaign, or more generally stylishly gracing the streets and social events of London.
Perhaps one the most stylish men in London, not only does he love Chester Barrie, he wears it regularly. So, while watching Central London flurry and bustle past from our café chairs, it only felt natural to get the low down on Richard’s top three Chester Barrie pieces from the AW18 collection.
Tonik Ebury Navy Suit
“I love it because it’s a reimagining of a very classic, traditional British fabric. Chester Barrie has done it in a contemporary way. It’s got a beautiful silhouette and it is probably the most streamlined suit. I think it’s a nice offering as it has that nice juxtaposition between old and new.
For me, anything in navy blue is quite versatile. As soon as you add the aspect of it being mohair, it means you no longer need an overcoat with it because during the winter it’s so robust. So, I’ve worn it with a roll neck in Japan and it was 20 degrees and it was fine. I’ve also worn it here [in London] with a shirt and tie; it’s been 8 degrees and it’s been fine.”
“I’m actually wearing the denim shirt today. I love it. It goes under a suit and it goes over layering which is perfect for me, because I don’t necessarily like to wear an overcoat all the time.”
Blue Fox Flannel Prince of Wales Check Double-Breasted Suit
“I own this suit as well. For me, it is so well structured and so beautiful across the shoulder. The lines of the suit are lovely but it’s more voluminous than the mohair. It’s a bit more casual, but also super formal as well because of the structure of the jacket. The beauty of tailoring is that the jacket should force you to stand in your best posture. The moment you’re not in your best posture, the suit goes to pieces, so it almost encourages you to hold yourself better. This is the jacket that stops you hunching!”
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