Smart Dressing

Around the block: New & Lingwood’s fresh look

The Jermyn Street outfitter has just transformed its ancestral home, but its unique British character still shines through

Jermyn Street stalwart New & Lingwood has never been afraid of a splash of colour. The gentleman’s outfitter was founded at Eton in 1865, and immediately made a name for itself thanks to its eccentric designs, which were enthusiastically embraced by the students and dons of Eton College. It opened a second shop on Jermyn Street in 1922 that became a favourite haunt for London’s best dressed. It was bombed during the war – depriving cool-cats all over town of their plush silk dressing gowns and striped shirts – but it reopened further up the street in 1946.

Now, it’s reopened again, after a root-and-branch overhaul. Where once was mahogany panelling and faded velour upholstery, there are now vivid silk peacock and parrot jacquards lining the walls, a smart new floor plan and bright floor-to-ceiling windows.

New & Lingwood shop, The Jackal magazine

The house's new shoe department, displaying its footwear collection, all proudly made in England

This season’s collection also marks a change in step for New & Lingwood. Its signature British quirkiness remains, but it filters through designs that feel contemporary and sharp. Whether indulgent French blue or burned orange cashmere overcoats (inspired by the ‘British Warm’ coats favoured by Churchill in the 1940s, no less), trim checked sports coats that feel suitably sleek for winter, fine cashmere roll necks in all the block colours you could wish for, or the perfect grey flannel trouser, it’s all there.

Below are three of our favourite pieces from the autumn/winter collection. They’re guaranteed to put a spring in your step and some colour in your wardrobe.

This piece is something special. It’s cut in a superfine wool and cashmere blend with a generous archive-inspired ‘British Warm’ silhouette, perfect for making a statement. The half-belt, flap-covered out-breast pocket and turn-back cuffs add gravitas to an already impressive design. It’s available in burned orange and olive green, but our favourite is this rich royal blue version. Wear over a suit or sports coat for formalwear and dress down on the weekends with a chunky rollneck and soft grey flannels.

This elegant checked sports coat is a contemporary take on a hacking jacket, cut with three-buttons to fasten and sartorial bellows pockets. Historically, they’d have been used to hold shotgun cartridges on shoots, but they’ll take your keys, wallet and oyster card just as well. In a large-scale navy and charcoal check, it’s a versatile design that is easy to pair with similar earthy colours. It's finished with a vivid blue paisley printed lining and two-and-two button spaced cuffs – both are New & Lingwood signatures.

The ‘Woburn’ double-breasted blazer is a great smart-casual choice. It’s cut with a soft chest and natural shoulder in the Italian fashion, so it’s ideal when a structured English looks feels too formal. It's unlined and in blue brushed cotton, it makes for a great layering piece on cool days. Note also that the confident colour is a smart choice to banish the winter blues (no pun intended). Try it with a soft merino crewneck or wear over a checked flannel shirt. If you work in a relaxed office, or you’re looking for a chic jacket to throw-on at the weekends, you’ve found it.