Kevin Harter, vice president of men's
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As the birthplace of bespoke suiting, the tuxedo jacket, and the pea coat—and home to the renowned Savile Row and Bond Street—London is a city of groundbreaking fashion. For fall, menswear collections from leading, international fashion houses display myriad references to London. Pieces like Bottega Veneta’s double-breasted jackets, Gucci’s military jackets, and trench coats from Salvatore Ferragamo reflect Washington’s polished aesthetic.
In the most extensive tribute to English menswear yet, Bloomingdale’s has tapped more than 50 celebrated designers to contribute exclusive pieces to the retailer this September. Paisley wool scarves from Liberty of London, Smyth & Gibson oxford button-downs, and Burberry Brit double-breasted wool coats are not to be missed. Kevin Harter, Bloomingdale’s vice president of men’s fashion direction (5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, MD, 240-744-3700), recommends Turnbull & Asser’s printed pocket squares featuring Beatles album cover graphics, exclusive to Bloomingdale’s. Other “Beatlemania” treasures include John Lennon glasses as cuff links by Simon Carter, along with suits inspired by the group from Hardy Amies. “British heritage is having a huge impact on fashion right now,” Harter explains. “DC gentlemen are known for their power dressing, and these British influences lend themselves to that while enabling men to add some additional flair to their wardrobes.”
Trained by his father, an apprentice of Savile Row, William Field II is the owner of Field English Custom Tailors (2134 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-2222), an enterprise that works with traditional fabrics to create English styling tailored to the Washington gentleman. This fall, he will debut around 31 new styles of Scotland’s renowned Harris Tweed. “This is the first time I’ve gotten a new sample book of Harris Tweeds in 10 years,” he reveals. “Since the fabric is woven by hand, everything is done in such a limited run.” In particular, he finds the classic gray herringbone most appropriate for distinguished gents.