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S.E.H Kelly – pre-fall collection

August 29, 2014

Friends of the blog, S.E.H Kelly are about to launch a pre-fall collection chock-full of more cracking pieces, from outerwear to soft tailored suits. And rather than me waffle on about it, I caught up with Paul from the label and got him to talk through what we can expect to see from them going forwards.













So it’s going to be Autumn soon and you’re releasing some new stuff, what can we expect?

You can expect things which are neither too light, nor too heavy, and which are all very well made with the best cloth made in the British Isles. Ahem. Most of the garments are updates on what we have made before — we learn how to make them better by what our customers tell us, and our own experience, of course — and one or two are new developments. It will set the path for heavier and woollier things later in the year: top-layers for now, and mid-layers when things get chilly.

I know you give every garment the same amount of attention and development but what’s your favourite piece of the collection?

The new reversible overshirt. It is the simplest thing we have designed in a fair old while. Very reductive sort of approach we took with it. It has two sides — one of which is deadstock cord, and the other is a clever type of wool with a cord-like corrugated structure. So you have a sort of balance and logic there. It has six pockets, but none of them are immediately visible. It also has a two-piece raglan sleeve. The balance and pitch of it all is tremendous. It is cut like an overcoat or mac, proportion and fit-wise, but it is an overshirt. Time to make the overshirt more than just a heavy shirt, if you ask me. There is quite a lot to it, and it is a tricky one to manufacture — despite its simple appearance. I like that sort of thing.

Fabrication’s always a key point of your clothing, is there anything new you’ve been experimenting with recently that will see itself on future pieces?

Yes. We’ve begun work with a little mill in the Inner Hebrides. Not the Outer Hebrides. The Inner. It is Scottish, and it is a type of tweed, but it is a world away from Harris. Garments made with it will pop up early winter.

Are there any plans to expand the range into accessories? You did a small run of socks not so long back and you’ve got some hats in the range too, any more of this on the horizon?

Gloves are coming up before too long. Deerskin or peccary. Cashmere-lined. Some wool on them somewhere. Excellent things, made by a place so old and venerable, it seems remiss not to bow every time we mention them. And then spectacle frames. These are probably the most exciting of our new developments. There is a lot to the design of a spectacle frame. Lots of variables. So this has kept us very busy indeed. Right now, I’m on the way to a little leather workshop who is making our cases. Watch this space and all that.

For more information on the label and their products, or to buy from their online shop, go to the website here: S.E.H Kelly.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2014 10:12 pm

    the black coat in the 4th pic is simply awesome

  2. October 1, 2014 8:19 am

    That reversible over shirt is absolutely stunning. Excellent work Paul and Sarah.

  3. Smartypants123 permalink
    October 1, 2014 1:22 pm

    That reversible shirt has given me a proper semi. Want and NEED.

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