Realm & Empire: new spring/summer collection










Ever since Massimo Osti launched Stone Island in 1982, modern menswear has been in debt, design-wise, to military clothing. 

British label Realm & Empire owes more to the designs of navy, army and air force garment than most. Ever since it began, it’s used its unrivalled access to the Imperial War Museum Archive as an inspiration. And each season, the clothes have got better and better. 

This year’s spring/summer collection is undoubtedly the brand’s best yet. Using ‘demob’ – post-war demobilisation – as a starting point, the  range mixes tough workwear with elements of tailored formality. It’s one hell of a look. 

The brand says: 

“The austerity and practicality that followed the implementation of the CC41 Civilian Clothing Order (the original resource for British workwear) can be seen throughout the collection in pared down utility and workwear styling, traditional fabrics and practical details, all brought up to date with Realm & Empire’s signature contemporary design twists.

“Hardwearing and functional materials underline the ‘demob’ theme. Traditional herringbone is used for the Bacton Artisan Rifle Jacket, an update of the popular Artisan Jacket with new scoop, asymmetric pockets in contrasting fabric. Practical cotton canvas is employed for both the Wyton Utility Blazer and the lightweight summer Calshot Bomber Jacket.”

Here, Umbrella picks its favourites from the new season range – all you have to do is decide what you’re going pair that green parka with. At ease, men.

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