Richard Anderson – Ventile Raincoat
Richard Anderson himself is a true lover of art, and the collection in the showroom on Savile Row attests to this, as does the exhibition he curated with Alice Ciccolini (the Art of Tailoring).
Richard’s latest venture takes the famous George Segal sculpture ‘The Breadline’, and reimagines it as a photograph, featuring Richard Anderson Ltd’s tailor made Ventile Raincoats.
The five male figures lined up by the wall on the sculpture pad represent a scene from the Great Depression. Originally made in 1991, the first edition of the sculpture is on view in Washington, D.C. at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
Launched earlier this year, Richard Anderson’s first raincoat is light weight and perfect for wearing over a suit on rainy days whilst offering protection and comfort, and they are available in three colourways.
Taking influence from the style of the 1930s, the discerning raincoat displays a fly front with vertical welted pockets, wrist wraps and tab and button on the collar. Inside detailing includes the chain hanger with two vertical inside pockets complete with zips.
Richard’s unique styling is visible in the design, showcasing his distinctive cut of the high positioning to the armholes and slim waist, giving its wearer a sharp and tailored finish.
Having chosen to keep with tradition, the design incorporates Ventile fabric, which was created in the 1930’s by scientists at the Shirley Institute in Manchester. Ventile was a staple fabric supplied to the Royal Air Force, and was a revolution in its time, as it protected pilots from immediate soaking and prophesised to extend life expectancy to 20 minutes, and the fabric is still used for RAF and NATO flight suits today.
The Ventile Raincoat, by RICHARD ANDERSON