With Father’s Day on the way, we thought some education on the menswear design world was in order. This past week Casely-Hayford, the father-son duo, presented their spring 2016 looks with enthusiasm and color. It was great to see red, green and blue on a menswear runway.
The collection featured everything from suits to tee shirts. There was an apparent elongation of torso with button-ups under t-shirts and sweaters. We also loved the sporty looks featured through polyester style fabrics. We can’t wait for this collection to hit stores next spring.
Designer Spotlight: Casely-Hayford
Joe Casely-Hayford is a London-based designer with deep roots in the British fashion scene. Having started up his business in the mid 1980s, Hayford is a menswear gem. His list of achievements include being appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for the fashion industry, and in 2008, Hayford’s family was named the most influential black family in the UK.
Casely-Hayford started his fashion journey at the Tailor and Cutter Academy in London. He was taught to draft and construct garments from scratch. He then started spending his time in the workrooms of Douglas Hayward, a celebrated London designer. In 1978 Casely-Hayford then attended St. Martins School of Arts. The in 2008 his son, Charlie Casely-Hayford, joined his father in the brand. He quickly followed in his fathers footsteps and also decided to attend St. Martins for design. Having styled a variety of musicians such as Nas and The xx, Charlie adds a contemporary aesthetic to the brand.
“The Casely-Hayford ethos represents a unique expression of freedom created when conformity threatens identity, or convention restricts spontaneity; we fuse this expression of the free spirit with the very particular gestures of English sartorialism. The House aims to distil a multitude of ideas into a simple pure entity: innovation through tradition.” These ideals have been projected through the brand with clients such Lou Reed and Benedict Cumberbatch.
“The skills of master craftstmen are utilised at every stage of the development process to hone each product and employ original methods of construction, which continue an English discipline passed from generation to generation.” The brand has been widely celebrated due to their attention to detail. Casely-Hayford is now sold in more then 150 stores around the world, especially Japan. This duo has caused the fashion world to turn upside down with a “duality between sportswear and tailoring, sophistication and athleticism – creating a fusion of modern English style. “