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Ben Sherman Modern Classics close up

February 23, 2011

In general the first time we’ll see new collections and form an opinion of them is through images in magazines or on the internet. Now that’s all well and good but what can look great when styled and photographed can sometimes be below par when you actually get your hands on it – there might be some detailing you don’t like but hadn’t seen on the pictures, or the clothes might not be that well made, or the way things fit are a million miles away from the way they looked on a model etc.

Which is why you can’t beat holding something, inspecting the way it’s made, studying the materials used and of course, being able to try things on. This is exactly what I did last week when I took the trip out East to look at Ben Sherman’s Modern Classics in Number Six London, where the guys had set up a window display highlighting the product.

I’d really liked the look of the Spring/Summer 2011 images that I put on the blog a while back (find them here) and was really interested to see what the clothes would look like when they were on, how the materials stacked up compared to similar brands and that sort of thing.

What I found was a range that’s very well made with loads of care and attention to detail put into the products. In all honesty I really wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is and was more than pleasantly surprised. Following on from their inaugural Autumn/Winter 2010 collection, the brand has taken some great steps forward with this range – with better production and higher quality materials, including British Millerain and Japanese selvedge cotton twills.

The wax jacket is probably the stand out piece for me and it’s a great bit of outerwear and one that’s chock full of details. First there’s its Millerain outer with those metal clips and wooden buttons, then the fully lined interior (in chambray and a cotton Tattersall check) plus a good quality zip, plenty of pockets, leather detailing and a build quality that jackets twice the price should pay attention to.

The shirting is equally as good, with the best of the bunch in my opinion being the denim shirt that I loved when I first saw the range. Again it’s very well made and there’s loads of details (apologies for going on about ‘details’ but the whole range is full of them), including the use of wooden buttons, the asymmetric pockets, tabbed Penny collar and contrast lined yoke and cuffs.

The Tattersall check shirt receives its contrasting fabrics on the outside, with its yoke and elbow patches being chambray, which sit really well next to the red, green and blue check (the same check as is inside the wax jacket). The fit is good but then Ben Sherman do have a little bit of history when it comes to making shirts so you’d expect them know how to make a decent one wouldn’t you.

Also worthy of comment are the brushed cotton chinos with that selvedge detailing on the seam (which I’m very tempted with) and that ‘wardrobe staple’ the Henley top – this one with a four button placket, chest pocket and vertical stripe elbow patches. All-in-all, if you’re after decent quality and not too expensive clothing then give this a look, it might just surprise you.

For more information on the brand, or to find your nearest stockist, have a look at their website here: Ben Sherman Modern Classics.

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  1. February 26, 2011 12:27 am

    nice to see it all up close. the wax jacket looks well nice in that rich brown colour, as do the buttons on the shirt

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