Dunhill’s cool new leather jackets

Dunhill jackets run the gamut from subtle and sophisticated to outright outré

Suede blouson jacket, £1,095
Suede blouson jacket, £1,095

I’ve had a particular fondness for Dunhill since I visited its leather workshops in Walthamstow for my book Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands. So I was pleased to see the new collections under creative director Mark Weston taken in an interesting direction, stretching from the conservative to the experimental.

Sheared shearling track jacket, £2,595
Sheared shearling track jacket, £2,595

Take leather outerwear. Dunhill has always been top notch for quality here, but designs have typically been fairly traditional. Now there is much more of a range. So at one end of the scale there are thoughtfully executed navy suede and merino bomber jackets (from £1,095), while at the other are more unusual touches, such as a striking deep-red biker jacket (£2,195) or the shearling track jacket (£2,595). This latter piece is interesting in that it makes lamb shearling look like sportswear. It’s subtle, however, more a question of texture than anything else.

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Finally, there are crazy unique conceptions. At the Bourdon House flagship in Mayfair, I tried on a “racing smock” in burgundy leather (£3,495) – basically a square shape with a funnel neck and a zip running up one side. I would never wear it. But part of me wishes I was the kind of person that would.

Leather racing smock, £3,495
Leather racing smock, £3,495

There really is something for everyone here – it’s worth a look, particularly at Bourdon House, which has the greatest range.

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Simon Crompton is a men’s style writer and consultant. He is the founder of the award-winning website Permanent Style and author of Le Snob Guide to Tailoring (Hardie Grant Books, £8.99) and The Finest Menswear in the World (Thames & Hudson, £24.95). To read more of his columns, click here.

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