Taking inspiration from the mean streets of London’s Mayfair, and with a healthy nod to 1960s British sartorial style, M.J. Bale presents its Autumn 2016 collection. Themed ‘The Return of a Well-Dressed Gentleman’ the collection double-downs on masculine elegance and garments that are lightweight autumn layering specialists.
For Autumn 16 big-end-of-town tailoring makes a suiting resurgence: razor sharp single- and double-breasted suits in inky blues and muted autumnal tones, supplemented by dapper old school checks. Heavy wool-silk jackets and sports coats in multicolours are constructed from Italian fabric, while one-and-a-half breasted jackets return with updated silhouettes in flap and patch pocket variations. Perennial wedding favourite the navy woollen Saunders suit gets an upgrade as an 8-piece infinity collection, available in lean and regular single-breasted jacket and trousers fits, a double-breasted jacket, tuxedo jacket and single-and double-breasted waistcoats.
The cigar club hero of the collection, and one inspired by a classic photograph of Sean Connery in Dr No that sits above the desk of M.J. Bale founder, Matt Jensen, is a debonair velvet smoking tuxedo with peak lapel in navy, burgundy and emerald green colour options. Lifting the formal quotient is a perfect black velvet with satin shawl lapel. The dandy theme continues with trousers in special black watch tartan and Prince of Wales checks to be worn as tailored separates.
Woollen car coats, woollen and double-faced cotton pea coats, a denim melange lab coat and traditional shower proof trenches made with technical fabrics keep off the autumn drizzle. Italian knitwear is also revitalised this season. The best-selling cable knit has been reintroduced in colours of dark navy and charcoal, while new to the brand is a superfine wool crew neck in black and navy. Also new is a heavy gauge fisherman’s-style crew neck in oatmeal and navy, a navy chunky knit cardigan for the creative set and a turtleneck to wear under a jacket for the sartorially adventurous (or for those whose parents are Scandinavian).
M.J. Bale’s new creative and deconstructed label, MJB, introduced late 2015, makes its cool climate debut. Highlights include an all-new denim jacket, Nordic-inspired striped tees, striped pullovers made from French terry fabric and chinos in two distinct fits and colours of navy, rust, khaki, stone, marine and steel. Against all odds white denim jeans get another call up, joining indigo as one of two seasonal colours in the brand’s limited edition Japanese Selvedge project.
“This is a true autumn collection”, says M.J. Bale Founder & CEO, Matt Jensen. “We created it specifically for the purposes of lightweight layering, pulling together overcoats in technical fabrics, double-faced Italian knits in new silhouettes and tailored separates. We’ve developed and expanded the range more than ever, to the point that we’re confidently now a total wardrobe solution brand.”