By Beppy Marriot
Monday 24 Oct 2011 14:33:00
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Archive Range


For the regular followers of this column you have probably gathered that I have a great appreciation for Lyle & Scott. I have spoke about this label on many occasions but felt that I needed to especially talk about the Archive range after being totally inspired by my new purchase.


Lyle and Scott have been running with the heritage range for some time now and its built up a massive following with people who like something a bit different. Now they have added another string to the bow and launched Archive.


There is nothing better than an item of clothing being worn on the physique it was designed for, Lyle & Scott make it clear from the outset what their clothes are intended to look like. Stemming from the quality of the knitwear solely intended for golfing attire now its spread to mainline designer product and worn by everyone from indie kids to rarr's all the way through to the terraces but I think with this new line of expensive British street (golf) wear even the most label conscious dresser will be impressed by what they have to offer.


Tailor fit clothing off the peg has never been more true with this collection. For anyone who shops online and uses a search engine for L&S, they will have noticed that the extent of colours and product styles of their mainline collection but surprisingly for their designer collection there is a use of minimal colours and a vintage cut which looks absolutely mint!


The most noticeable change is clearly the size of the eagle, it has been inflated about five times the norm but looks as cool as anything else iv seen that has been modified in this way ie the Fred Perry Italian collection. Any one that’s a fan of the limited edition Fred Perry ranges which are always on top form will be bang into this Archive range. The price points are extremely high so don’t buy unless you can pull it off less you'll hold a grudge for the rest of your life, a basic jumper (basic in colour and crew) will set you back around £200 but the hole point of being a dresser is showing that you’ve got the biggest bollocks isn’t it? so hoy an extra 130 sheets to the wind and upgrade to a “proper jumper”.


After my £300 duffel coat arrived which I sacrificed a Archive research parka for I was loved up to the hilt, so sacrificed a months worth of boozing and spent all me wages on getting kitted out in this full range, iv always been a fan of the basics from them anyway but never been able to wear the polos as the body of them is too long and the necks too low so Iv always felt scruffy in them so stuck to my 80s izods, the range is very similar to that of the 80s Lacoste look, well that and 70s Fred Perry so its onto a winner straight away but for some reason it manages to ooze Britishness, it could be something to do with the faces of the items being middle class and wearing boating blazers but its still all good in my book.


I opted for navy blue chino trousers, white canvas Oxford shirt and a cable knit sweater with the L&S sperry copy deck boaters. When they arrived and my bank account was empty, I tried them all on together, which could be a eagle overload but it actually looked spot on. So I will defo be sporting this on my next footy match out. The hole outfit coming to little less than 600 bar (not including the coat) its a steal for how good it looks... Britain really does have its own Ralph Lauren!!!


Fred Perry laurel Wreath


This has got to be the only label that’s in the same league as the above so thought id hoy in a few words about this as well.


I’m not mentioning this just because I’m the current campaigns face for this collection, I’m mentioning it 100% cos its one of the top British brands carving the way for the likes of Lyle & Scott Archive and as iv getting to see before anybody else how amazingly good the new seasons collection are it deserves its place in this piece so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some stunning outerwear and some top notch Italian collection merino pieces, at a similar price point to the Archive collection you better get saving!!!



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