Summer Suit

Inspired by the master tailors and old rear guard of Italy’s rag trade, with their easy style and ability to make even casual clothing look sophisticated, the Custom Collection Summer Suit is as easy to wear as a pair of chinos - little wonder, as the suit is fashioned from soft cotton twill and available in either an 8 1/2oz or 11oz.

However, the similarities with the nation's favourite slacks stop there, as these are not slacks, but trousers in the truest sense. Replete with centre-creases, hip adjusters, single or double jetted hip pockets, slanted side pockets and a choice of either a zip fly, or a button fly.

A fishtail is also available for those who favour the added comfort of kidney warmers with their braces. The jacket features patch pockets on the hip but a welted breast pocket, so as not to exude the blazer style overly, but retain a suit jackets aesthetic. Notch lapels and a double vent galvanise the jackets intention to be suit not separate.

Offered in navy or tobacco cotton twill and a choice of two weights; a lighter weight with an incredibly silky finish and soft handle from Holland & Sherry and a slightly heavier weight in a mat finish from Brisbane Moss; two of the UK's most renowned mills and cloth suppliers to Savile Row among other top tailoring houses around the world.

I had never imagined that we would offer a two piece suit as part of the Custom Collection, but given it's rakish appeal, the Summer Suit has earned it's place among the separates associated with a versatile wardrobe, which are the Custom Collection's main stay and intention.

The Summer Suit is incredibly versatile; casual yet sophisticated, understated but with the ability to be dressed-up - my favourite accessory is a Bristolian alpaca scarf which we have recently stocked, which is worn under the jacket like a sweater.

The Brown in Town Summer Suit comes as a timely reminder that style is indeed a journey and not a destination, that we should never stop being inspired by those around us and that above all else, we should never say never..