A beautiful Velvet that we presented in December 2013
What jacket can I wear with my Richard Anderson Jeans or Chinos? For an evening at a restaurant or theatre, or lunch with friends what could be more appropriate than velvet? A joy to wear and one of the few fabrics whose appearance becomes more attractive with wear. Velvet is an option we strongly recommend.
The natural comfort and luxury of the material is common knowledge but its origins may not be as well known; it was for many centuries the cloth of kings and rulers. In 1399, King Richard II gave orders that after his death his body should be clothed in velvet. Originating in the Middle-East in the 12th century, it was exported to Venice, thence to other Italian cities. Eventually the craft was taken up by the Flemish weavers of Bruges and the French weavers of Lyon.
Originally made from silk, it was prone to tearing. Stronger, more durable cloths of lighter weights are now made from cotton or cotton mixtures. Our collection includes classic black, navy, bottle green, red and burgundy; rich colours that are appealing to the eye and a pleasure to wear. We know it will be a favourite in your wardrobe.