Troop trendy: Club Monaco x Cookson & Clegg
Club Monaco has teamed up with esteemed British factory Cookson & Clegg to launch an exclusive collection of outerwear. True to the Club Monaco ethos, the collaboration pays homage to the heritage and authenticity of quality workmanship — made possible with Cookson & Clegg. Roping in creative director of menswear label E. Tautz, Patrick Grant, the line features utilitarian pieces for both men and women.
With experience dating back to the first and second World Wars, Cookson & Clegg’s knowledge and expertise in creating hardwearing apparel were precisely what drew the international lifestyle brand to them. “With these types of factories, it’s not just about preserving jobs but a sense of identity, and it’s important we help maintain that,” says Grant. “They create beautifully engineered clothing of uncompromised, fantastic quality that is every bit the authentic, military grade clothing that Great Britain used to produce. Club Monaco gets that and has gone to enormous lengths to support these products, and that resonated with me personally.”
The collection is a salute to Club Monaco’s knack for artistry, with the likes of London-based luxury linen supplier Place Nationale, as well as LA-based niche accessories label Kendall Conrad, under their belt of partnerships. “We wanted to support Patrick and the factory, but we were also inspired by bringing back the vintage military look and reinterpreting it,” said Caroline Belhumeur, Club Monaco’s senior vice president of women’s design. “As a brand, we’re always looking at these kinds of pieces, but for us it’s about adding a fashion look to it while maintaining its authenticity.”
Epitomising military chic, the platoon of outerwear takes on classic British silhouettes, enhanced with understated details such as frayed hems and leather trims. In modish shades of olive, sage, and khaki, we won’t be surprised if you’re tempted to make this collection your unofficial uniform.
The Club Monaco x Cookson & Clegg collection is available globally in the US, UK, Asia, Canada and online beginning in October.