Established in October 2018, the Benedict Raven ethos is simple: to offer a complete wardrobe of timeless and high-quality clothing to the modern professional man with an appreciation of the foundations of a solid wardrobe.
It does this by focusing on the classics – and not compromising on quality. Benedict Raven’s offering might be concise, but at a time when men own more clothes than ever before, the label’s utility and interchangeability is one of its key strengths. Show us a man who enjoys the pre-commute rush to get ready when you’ve got a million other things on your mind and we’ll show you a liar.
It also reflects the fact that dress codes are relaxing for men across the board. So, you’ll find no suiting in the collection at all – rather navy and grey blazers cut from pure Italian and British wool, and made here in England.
There’s also an impressive offering of shirting, from solid- coloured, business-friendly button- ups to long- and short-sleeve polo shirts in premium Egyptian cottons, finished with a subtle jacquard logo on the chest. Cuts are slim, designed to sit close to the body to maximise their, and forgive us for the flagrant word invention here, layerability.
However, it’s not all work and no play. When it comes to downtime- friendly kit, the knitwear offering is particularly noteworthy, with fine Merino wool roll- and V-necks available in black, grey and a delicious oatmeal. We suggest you slip one on with a pair of the label’s slim-fitting jeans (available in black and indigo washes), for the kind of dress-code-cracking outfit that works for pretty much any occasion the city might throw at you.
With autumn fast approaching, we picked three of our favourite pieces from the new season collection which you should consider adding to your wardrobe ASAP.
Benedict Raven ‘Ascot’ blazer in grey wool-blend
It’s rare to find a Made in England blazer at such an attractive price. Cut slim with a gently-padded chest and shoulders, the Ascot blazer cuts a sharp and strong silhouette and is made from a wool and cashmere blend to give it a luxurious handle that will keep you coming back to it time and again.
Benedict Raven ‘Soho’ rollneck in oatmeal melange Merino wool
Rollneck season is now upon us. Benedict Raven has a concise range of these neck-protecting knits to choose from, including black and grey, but this one in oatmeal is our pick. A rollneck in a neutral colour such as this softens the formality of a tailored jacket. Try wearing it beneath a chambray shirt, or even on top with the shirts’s collar standing tall and peeking through over the roll like they’d do in Pitti.
Benedict Raven ‘Clifton’ slim-fit black jeans
There are few wardrobe items that look as effortlessly good on a night out in a West End bar than a pair of black jeans – preferably worn with a pair of Chelsea boots. This pair from Benedict Raven are a perfect example. Slim with a little added stretch, they’ll make you stand taller, feel sharper and instantly flatter. Date night just got a bit more exciting.