From an urban environment to the country; such is the inspiration behind the new merchandise, which will be delivered to Rodd and Gunn stores in Australia and New Zealand for the month of May 2012. Country concept mixed with city living that brings a sense of comfort and familiarity. It’s a mix of textures, wools, cotton twill and corduroy, comfort knits and a practical jacket. This trend is not groundbreaking, but it is solid, believable and commercial. A trend infused with rich, country inspired colours ranging from neutral tones to colourful highlights.
Particular attention is directed to the comfort knits in Ruby, Forest and Chestnut Moulinè. With the simple V-neck styling, it’s the colour and the wool quality that will attract attention. The Ruby colour knit (EP602) is a simple fold-over V-neck style knitted in Extrafine Lambswool from Italy. Another V-neck, slightly more relaxed in fit and feel is the Chestnut colour Moulinè (EP604). It’s knitted from Pure fine merino wool (from European mill) and with its rolled edge V-neck and loose cuffs, it will perhaps suit slightly younger mindset customers. A classic winter piece is the chunky Aran knit in Forest colour (EP603), knitted in Extrafine Lambswool from Italy. This is an absolute on trend, must have, piece for this winter.
The new slim fit soft tailored jacket (BP524), made from Italian wool blend (75% wool, 22% Nylon – for durability and texture and 3% elastane – for comfort), in a subtle dark grey/ black texture, is a staple to every mens’ wardrobe. The fit is slimmer, showing off a good shoulder line, trim body and just the right amount of fullness in the sleeve.
Textured, heavier weight Italian cotton pants (VP477) in a popular classic fit and corduroy jeans are good offering for this time of the year. The cord jeans (VJ330) made from Italian two-tone yarn dyed corduroy, with an interesting finish; washed and slightly worn looking, like they have been your favourites for some time. They are in the best-selling fit Barney, (slim fit) and they look particularly good worn with the warm handle twill shirt (LP1869) in richly coloured check design. And throw the forest colour Aran knit (EP603) over the top and you have the perfect mid-winter outfit, suited to the city weekend or a country outing.
Another perfect shirt for winter is the Oxford base check (LP1870) in Forest colour. This shirt comes already pre-washed, making it nice and soft to touch. If you are after something slightly dressier, the stripe poplin shirt (LP1868) is a good choice. With its white background and blue, grey and burgundy stripe, it is a nice update to a winter wardrobe. If it’s something slightly darker you are after, then there is another beautiful, classical design (LP1867) in Claret colour base with black and cream highlight mini-check design. All pieces in this collection (with one exception, which uses European yarn) use Italian fabrics and yarns, which for years now has been a trademark for Rodd & Gunn.