Orlebar Brown has made collaborations which hit the crosshair of surprising and superbly stylish part of its brand DNA. Previously, these have included collections of swim shorts featuring Slim Aaron’s most sun-drenched images, as well as working with cool East London illustrators Good Wives and Warriors on a series of vibrant summer prints. Last summer, it also worked with EON Productions (the company that makes the James Bond films) on a collection featuring designs from famous 007 posters – and now it’s back.
However, for the sequel, Orlebar Brown has created an entire holiday capsule collection inspired by clothing featured in the films from the golden age of Bond, but remixed for right now.
The range includes items influenced by the likes of Bond’s pink linen camp collar shirt from Thunderball, the pastel blue terrycloth playsuit worn by Sean Connery in Goldfinger (one of The Jackal’s favourite 007 style moments) and the olive safari jacket from The Man With The Golden Gun. Bond’s tailored swim shorts, polo shirts and espadrilles – the returning staples of his tropical island wardrobe – also feature heavily in the collection.
In fact, by taking the clothes made famous by the Connery and Moore-era Bonds as the start point before giving them a few updates (slimmer cuts, smarter materials, and, in the case of the playsuit, a dropped waistline that makes the item far less crotch-centric), this collection feels totally contemporary thanks to the proliferation of Sixties and Seventies details on the menswear scene right now.
Here’s hoping this collaboration, much like its super-spy namesake, will return.
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