DUCHAMP - A TERRIBLY BRITISH BRAND

The first thing that struck me about Duchamp was how English the looks were, considering it's a French name. Then of course there was the selection of beautiful three-piece suits... First, the French name was taken from the surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp, as the founder was reading a book on Dadaism at the time, and the three-piece suits? Well that's the work of Marc Psarolis and Alison, his design director wife who took over the companThe first thing that struck me about Duchamp was how English the looks were, considering it's a French name. Then of course there was the selection of beautiful three-piece suits...y.

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Luckily I got behind-the-scenes access and really was able see the detail and craftsmanship of the pieces up close. When Duchamp started in 1987 it was accessories only and then later ties came, of which the fabric is woven in England by a Suffolk-based company that dates back to the early 1700s. It is one of the oldest still designing and weaving silk in the UK. I didn't even know anything like that existed!

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Of course the evening jacket in a striking velvet royal blue was glamorous, well a much as a piece of British tailoring with taste can go down that road. Accessories still play a part, but really the core of the collection is very much occasion wear for men who love dressing up. Think velvet tuxedos and evening dress shirts for events spanning big nights out to a day at the races.

Although, I must add that there really were plenty of jackets, trousers and shirts for just milling around the city.

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Of course my FAVOURITE ensemble has to be Marc Psarolis three-piece suit (above), which he was wearing just before setting off to Italy to show there.