When an establishment requires a man to wear a jacket, it should be seen as an opportunity rather than a dress code. Annabel’s is the Berkeley Square equivalent of a household name when it comes to Mayfair’s genuinely exclusive nightclubs, and it has always required that its gentlemen members arrive in appropriate attire. Somewhat thrillingly for those who appreciate contemporary British design, the club has collaborated with London-based tailoring-focused menswear brand Casely-Hayford to create what might be the ultimate jacket for a night out in its opulent basement – or, indeed, anywhere else.
The single-breasted deep-navy velvet Annabel’s smoking jacket (£675, limited edition of 50), available exclusively at Harvey Nichols from Wednesday October 12, is glamorous and dressy, with a generously wide-set shawl lapel. The gentle quirks of the cut and a blue camouflage lining (finished with a label bearing a specially designed Annabel’s and Casely-Hayford logo) set it apart from the traditional smoking jacket. It’s a design that has its roots as much in the Casely-Hayford studio in Seven Sisters as in W1.
“The camo lining alludes to our autumn/winter 2016 military-inspired runway collection Irregimental Youth,” explains Charlie Casely-Hayford, the younger half of the father/son design duo. “The cut and fit give a modern feeling to a true classic. Whenever you walk down the steps to Annabel’s, you feel transported. We wanted to reflect that by designing a smoking jacket that had old-school glamour, but still using Casely-Hayford handwriting.”