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Daniel Kearns and David Beckham on the mood at Kent & Curwen

The company's creative director discusses his latest collection, inspired by the brand’s heritage, with business partner Beckham

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Daniel Kearns

We started the season thinking about who the characters could be that would embody the DNA of Kent & Curwen – drawing on our sporting traditions and heritage, but also our history of breaking rules at times, too, by making sports-inspired clothes that can be worn as daywear. Rebellion has always been such a big part of British culture and Kent & Curwen style has been part of that: think of Paul Weller and the Mods wearing a regatta jacket, for example.

JAMIE MCGREGOR SMITH

With the collection, we want to appeal to a new generation. They have a sense of pride in the fact that these pieces are made from the same type of fabric that would have been used in a World War I officer's coat – for example, a traditional Melton. There's a huge history to our long coat in particular. We fitted it several times on David [Beckham] to make sure the length was right and the fit of the sleeves correct because we wanted to incorporate a modern approach.

JAMIE MCGREGOR SMITH

David Beckham

I've had a lot of people come up to me and say: "Those jackets - are they original?" That's when I know we've done a great job; it's something that Daniel and the team have created. The collection is authentic, staying true to its British heritage while offering something more contemporary for a modern man.

kentandcurwen.com

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