Independent producer-retailer Blackshore Coastal Clothing, of Southwold, Suffolk, has launched two new designs to add to its handmade collection.
The Lighthouse Jersey Jacket and the Boardwalk Drywax Raincoat are both designed in-house and handmade one garment at a time in the company’s tiny sewing room behind its shop on Southwold High Street, just half a mile from the town’s fishing harbour, after which the business is named.
The Lighthouse is a classic British-style engineer’s jacket design, but with Blackshore’s unusual twist of being constructed from a super heavyweight (560gsm) 100% organic combed-cotton jersey, knitted in England.
The terry reverse of the fabric makes this a cosy self-lined jacket which gives warmth and wind protection even just over a T-shirt (just like a heavy sweatshirt would).
The soft black of the knit fabric is relaxed but smart: from just a few feet away it looks like a melton wool.
The Corozo (nut) buttons are made for us in the Cotswolds by England's only traditional button manufacturer, on the last purpose-made button-making machines left in the UK!
Initially available exclusively in black, sizes XXS to XXL (unisex). The Lighthouse Jersey Jacket retails at £299.
Another new design from Blackshore is the Boardwalk Drywax Raincoat.
Also retailing at £299, and handmade in Blackshore’s Southwold workshop, the Boardwalk is the company’s interpetation of a classic ‘mac’ profile.
Staying true to their workwear aesthetic, the Boardwalk is made in a midweight (250gsm) drywax cotton canvas which is finished and dyed in Dundee. The Boardwalk has a slim profile and clean lines, with hidden buttons and flap pockets.
Available initially in a discreet indigo-slate colour, sizes XXS to XXL (unisex).
Blackshore’s Founder and Creative Director Simon Middleton commented:
“We’re excited about both these new garments because they combine the three elements that I was so passionate about when I started the business.
“First, they’re handmade, with immense care and attention, in our own workshop in Southwold, which is Britain’s most easterly atelier.
“Second, as far as possible we use British-sourced fabrics and components, and in the case of these two designs, we’ve got British-made buttons, British-knitted jersey, and British dyed and finished wax cotton canvas.
“And third because the designs aren’t remotely responding to trends or fashions. They’re just our creative interpretation of classic shapes and timelessly wearable garments.”