Where better to wear a tweed suit than at the Cheltenham Festival races, an event synonymous with this warm and durable fabric.
Swap the quintessential country gent style for a grittier urban look; a look influenced by the popular Peaky Blinders series. For inspiration, check out Garrison Tailors which was actually founded by the Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight in 2016.
As many people admired the look worn in the series, Steven started Garrison Tailors with the aim to bring the luxury style of men’s 1920s fashion to modern day, with a focus on good quality seen across the collections.
Their Arthur tweed suit is made in Britain from 100% Shetland wool in herringbone tweed. The jacket is two-button single breasted with peak lapel, double vent, five-button cuff and plenty of pockets for your betting slips and winnings.
Matching unhemmed trousers are half lined, have a single reverse pleat, side adjusters with buckle and an extension band with button and end button. Again, plenty of pockets with two slanting side pockets, change pocket under the waistband with flap and a back right hip pocket with flat hole and button.
Price from £499.
Fabrics are sourced and supplied by Abraham Moon & Son Ltd of Guiseley Leeds.
Artisans cut the suits from individual paper patterns, laid out on the tweed, traced around using chalk and cut by hand using shears that have been cutting tweed for decades.
Add a modern approach to the tweed suit and wear with the contrasting charcoal grey Shelby tweed waistcoat with its red paisley printed back lining. Price £160.
Superseded by the wristwatch in the ’40s, the ubiquitous pocket watch almost fell into oblivion. Now this elegant timepiece has regained popularity especially when worn with the three-piece tweed suit and partly due to the Peaky Blinders series.
Double hunter, Steam punk Skeleton style pocket watch in stainless steel is a steal at £46 from Pocket Watch Company via Etsy.
Engraving is available at an extra cost.
Worn in the series is the penny collar shirt. This slim fit collar doesn’t give much space for a tie, so choose a skinny tie, a tighter four in hand knot or go without (fully buttoned up of course).
Garrison Tailors shirts are handmade – chalked, cut, stitched and sewn in 100% cotton fabric. Available in blue, cream or white. Price £65.
Follow in Arthur’s footsteps with a smart version of his sturdy boots. Mod Shoes have created an exclusive design, to emulate Arthur’s plain-capped boots. The retro smart Arthur Cognac capped boot has a square front and comes in a cognac shade with leather sole and upper. Price £109. Also available in oxblood and black.
Brighten up the ensemble with a colourful pocket square. It may not be Peaky Blinder style but it is Cheltenham Festival style and that is where you are heading.
William Morris Rose design in silk twill with hand finished rolled hem. Price £45.
Made in England, David Watson’s silks are printed in Brighton and Worcestershire.
The Peaky Blinder look would not be complete without a cap. For Cheltenham add a more flamboyant flair and choose a rich colour to stand out from the crowd.
Kempadoo Millar’s limited edition Grassington Baker Boy cap is in racing green Doeskin melton wool by AW Hainsworth in Pudsey, Yorkshire with buttery soft green leather under peak and lined in fern print silk. Price £125.
But hurry as only six have been made.
Established in 2013, Kempadoo Millar, a Leeds-based designer brand creates a vibrant range of luxury flat caps perfect for the races. Fabrics are all locally sourced Yorkshire fabrics and manufactured within the region.