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November 8, 2010

Whilst I was in Australia one of the brands I saw a couple of times and was really interested in was Handsom. Well, as a nice little coincidence I got an email last week from Henry asking if I’d seen the range whilst I was out there, and he was also good enough to send me their new season lookbook to feature on the blog.

Handsom is a Men’s and Women’s label started by British designers Sam Rush and Henry Allum, who both moved from the UK to Sydney two years ago after graduating in fashion and industrial design respectively. This is their third collection and is for the Southern hemispheres Winter 2011 season.

The first thing I thought when I saw the collection was “good knitwear” because chunky knits in great colours is always going to be a winner with me (because I’m a massive knitwear slag). Obviously the pick of the bunch is that mustard yellow roll neck jumper in a sixteen ply cable knit – as chunky as you like and guaranteed to keep you warm. If the colour’s not to your liking then maybe you’d be more taken with the navy crew neck in the same gauge or the burgundy cardigan with Coconut shell buttons? Whatever the case, all three pieces look fantastic.

Then there’s the shirting, each piece of which contains interesting details – from the tab collar and box pleat pockets on the green herringbone military shirt, to the salvaged cotton shirt with contrasting piping along the hem and its real shell buttons and then taking what could be just another Chambray and making it interesting with the printed pattern on the hem and placket.

Legs are taken care of via brushed cotton twill chinos in either chestnut or navy, or thick wool flannel tailored trousers with a top stitched front pleat. I’m especially taken with the chestnut chinos, a great colour for autumn and a much welcome change from boring beige.

The outerwear comes in the form of two overcoats – one in a dark slate blue and the other in the same colour but covered in a bold zig zag print. Both are three quarter length, made from heavy-weight cotton canvas and each has a five button, concealed placket and shell buttons throughout. The slate blue is  such a good colour and would go with pretty much anything you owned. It’d take a brave man to wear the other version but I think it’s good that they’ve actually made it rather than just sticking to the flat coloured one. Then to finish off there’s a bomber jacket made from quilted cotton, with a tartan lining and cotton jersey ribbed neck and cuffs – it’s a simple, short jacket and it looks perfect for warmer Autumn days when a big coat is too much.

All-in-all a great collection and one that I hope makes its way over here, mainly so I can get my grubby little mitts on it. For more information on the brand check out their website here: Handsom.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Vern permalink
    November 8, 2010 9:12 pm

    The model’s body looks completely out of proportion in the third last pic, hehe.

  2. November 8, 2010 9:19 pm

    The shirts and the burnt yellow chunky jumper are great but the patterned overcoat is really stunning.

  3. Rob permalink
    November 8, 2010 9:45 pm

    The overcoat is great in both colours. I thought it was reversible at first glance, now that would be amazing!

  4. November 8, 2010 9:51 pm

    really impressed, looks very very comfy too. love the detail and materials of the shirts the most

  5. james permalink
    November 8, 2010 9:58 pm

    Well nice! like you I’m loving the chestnut chinos, that bomber jacket is the perfect combination for them too, I’d wear Vans with it though and leave the hat.

  6. November 9, 2010 9:56 am

    Terrible, terrible name…..

  7. E I G H T S permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:25 am

    Some nice bits in there but that is all terribly shot and styled.

  8. richard permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:30 am

    Awesome. Nice, uncomplicated, where can I buy?

  9. Smartypants123 permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:39 am

    The bloke looks a bit short to be a model (maybe it’s the baggier cut of the pants though) but I tell you what, the knitwear looks the nuts.

  10. November 10, 2010 7:13 pm

    Love that bomber!

  11. marvin100 permalink
    November 12, 2010 3:03 pm

    awful awful awful – someone dressed this dude up to look like the old bloke who sings and smiles to himself whilst hanging out the front of hi rolled up school trousers


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