Colourful Chester May Races

A suit, collar and tie are the sartorial choice for many dapper gents at Chester’s May Festival, plus it meets the dress code for the County Stand – suit jacket, collar and tie.

Lighten up and embrace the spring weather with a powder blue herringbone suit from Gresham Blake. Made from lightweight Scabal wool cloth and lined in a contrasting bubblegum pink with lavender piping. Scabal (Societe Commerciale Anglo Belgo Allemande Luxembourgeoise) is a Belgian textile company founded in 1938 with a reputation of having the finest suit wool fabrics. Most of its cloth is woven in its heritage mill in Huddersfield. Trousers are sold unhemmed but Gresham Blake does offer a free hemming service.

The two piece suit is £495. Worn in image with daisy tie and pink flower power shirt.

Gresham Blake studied Fashion at Brighton University and launched the brand in 2000. He has two stores: one in the cool Shoreditch, London and the other in Brighton’s famous North Lane. He also offers a bespoke and made to measure service, and if you are looking for something really special, the brand designs and weaves in house fabrics which are not available anywhere else.

Fancy a flutter? Then don Gresham Blake’s moth shirt featuring a print of monochrome moths and colourful butterflies. 100% cotton. Price £120.

Pack a fun statement punch with a bright fuchsia POW tie from Gresham Blake. The POW is inspired by artist Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art and is a limited edition. 100% silk. Price £75.

More graphic pop style with Love Music Graffiti microfiber pocket square from Gresham Blake. Another occasion, another look – swap the pocket square around to reveal solid hot pink. Price £17.

Look celebrity cool in Oliver Goldsmith’s navy Rio aviator sunglasses with angled top corners and high gloss flat sun lens. Named after the Rio carnival, inspired by the architecture and the passion of the Brazilian culture. Available in other colours. Price £265.

Founded in 1926, family run Oliver Goldsmith was the first to see sunglasses as fashion accessories: first to make winter sunglasses, first to work alongside fashion houses for one off pieces on the catwalks, first to appear in Vogue and Queen, and the first to be endorsed by celebrities and Royals.

Tread softly in Russell and Bromley’s soft Oxford lace up ‘Flexing’ hand crafted in Tuscany from supple cognac calf leather with a flexible full rubber sole. Price £275.

Pair with Pantherella Tuvalu cotton Lisle floral socks with hand linked toes for smoothness. In fuchsia with a tropical print of exotic leaves and blooms. Price £11.99.

They say don’t mix your drinks, so stick with the cognac and match the shoes with the Tango leather belt from Russell & Bromley. In cognac leather with gunmetal buckle. Price £95.

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