“Fashion is over in a moment, style is timeless,” reads the quote on Benedict Raven’s website. Here at Gentleman’s Journal we couldn’t agree more which is why the fine British menswear brand bounded right to the top of our wardrobe wish lists when it entered the scene in 2018.
Since then it’s gone on to become a go-to for seasonal updates not, you understand, because it deals in trends or fashion fads, but because of the care and attention it pays to the staples that create the building blocks of a well devised wardrobe. Benedict Raven’s approach is all about quality over quantity, with all of its pieces made in limited numbers using the finest fabrics from around the world, resulting in elegant, well-cut garments guaranteed to stand the test of time.
Take, for example, its new Essentia grandad-collar shirt. Made by hand in England using a crisp Oxford cotton, it is the ultimate in versatile weekday shirting, but thanks to the brand’s commitment to quality only 15 will be produced – an exclusivity belied by the shirts astoundingly affordable £99 price point. Shrug the elegant pure wool Windsor blazer on over the top for the ultimate in boardroom to bar outfits (we promise it won’t be long before you’re back in both the boardroom and the bar).
Now, however, we’re guessing it’s relaxed, casual and comfortable staples you’re after – and Benedict Raven has those in droves. The brand boldly claims its Clifton denim is ‘the best denim a man will ever own’. Well we’ve tried it and, we have to admit, they might just be right. Available in a single flattering slim fit in either black or indigo, Benedict Raven’s Clifton style takes the hassle and guess work out of buying jeans and, thanks to their cotton-stretch denim construction, are supremely comfortable while retaining their shape wash after wash. Once you’ve tried them you’ll never look back.
And what to wear with them? No wardrobe is complete without a great T-shirt and, in its Lounge design, Benedict Raven has perfected the art. Cut from super soft organic cotton with a relaxed fit, its ribbed crew neck and subtle feather embroidery to the chest elevate this everyday must-have to new heights.
Finally to knitwear, where Benedict Raven has found a best seller in its Soho roll neck – and it’s not hard to see why. Crafted from a soft and lightweight fine merino wool yarn, it is the quintessential layering piece. Wear on its own in spring, under a jacket in the autumn and layer under a chunky sweater in winter. Available in black, oatmeal and grey colourways, this is a knit that will go with everything in your wardrobe.
Of course, there’s far more on offer than just the highlights above and we heartily recommend you head to the link below to check out the full range. Or better yet, send it anyone enquiring as to what you might like for Christmas this year and tell them to take their pick. We guarantee you’re going to love it all.