-David Livingstone (19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873)

Orlebar Brown and Gieves & Hawkes have collaborated on a capsule collection that celebrates travel and exploration with a collection of tailored ready-to-wear worthy of historic adventurers and fit for their modern counterparts and we popped by the launch party to find out more.G&H 10.03.16_028

Taking inspiration from the pre-eminent Scottish explorer David Livingstone, Orlebar Brown has reimagined his meticulous hand-drawn maps onto a range of utilitarian clothing in an invigorating palette of navy, congo grey and limestone. Livingstone is one of the most popular national heroes of the late 19th century and owes his mythic status due to his pioneering expeditions and championing of multiple causes, from anti-slavery to social reform.


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[Guest & Toby Huntington-Whitely]

We were interested to hear that in many ways Livingstone’s fate has always been intertwined with Gieves & Hawkes. When the public feared the explorer was dead, Henry Morton Stanley was sent to find him by the New York Herald in 1871. Dressed in Hawkes & Co, Stanley found Livingstone alive and well, decked out in Gieves. Upon Livingstone’s death his body was returned to London to lay in repose at No.1 Savile Row – then the headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society – and since 1912 the home of Gieves & Hawkes. The spirit of curiosity, exploration and discovery reverberates through both brands and makes this a unique collaboration that unites an ethos as well as an aesthetic.G&H 10.03.16_028

Whilst perusing the collection we noted that every detail has been considered to provide practical functionality whilst remaining true to the precision and masculinity of Savile Row. The full ready-to-wear range includes a pith helmet, safari jacket, multi-pocket utility vest, cargo trousers, desert boots, along with T-shirts, swim shorts and accessories.

We had a great time catching up with the Gieves & Hawkes and Orlebar Brown folk and we certainly enjoyed the drinks which were kindly served by Sipsmith. A whole host of VIP guests chatted the night away including Toby Huntington-Whitely and many others.

The collection will be available at Orlebar Brown and Gieves & Hawkes as well as select stockists from March 2016.

Gieves & Hawkes (1 Savile Row, London W1S 3JR)
Orlebar Brown (24 Sackville St, London, W1S 3DS)