BELSTAFF LAUNCHES SPRING SUMMER 19 WOMENSWEAR
For Spring Summer 19, Belstaff embarks on the greatest journey of them all – the road trip – that iconic modern-day odyssey of escapism that tests the traveller’s courage, self-sufficiency and spontaneity in the pursuit of freedom. This collection takes inspiration from Robert Edison Fulton’s seminal travelogue, One Man Caravan, which documents the American’s solo round-the-world tour on a two-cylinder Douglas motorcycle between July, 1932 and December, 1933. It was this concept of the fearless, self-sufficient adventurer that when combined with Belstaff’s heritage for fabric innovation – once producing waterproof tents, capes that could turn into groundsheets and even parachute silk for the military – that became the idea for Belstaff’s most technical, functional and lightweight collection to date. While all of the iconic Belstaff silhouettes are present, including the belted Trialmaster, this collection is unique for its externalisation of the functional design elements, from bonded taping to zips and patch pockets.
Spring Summer 19 captures the true adventurer’s spirit of Belstaff, being modular, packable, with plenty of storage and extremely lightweight. Technical innovation ensures comfort, while also retaining the most luxurious feel and look with the use of the finest natural fibres.
The palette for Spring Summer 19 consists of a spectrum of neutral tones to complement the lightweightfabrications, moving through off-white, stone, sand, tan and khaki with flourishes of blue hues, solarized yellow, and a beautiful almond green. There is a subtle, washed-out or solarized finish to the palette that offers a warm, lived-in effect.
This season’s outerwear is notable for a host of new lightweight cotton fabrications, combined with numerous unlined silhouettes that have become inimitable Belstaff shapes. Take the new waxed-cotton Trialmaster, Belstaff’s most iconic jacket, which this season comes with two patch pockets at the rear and with the original slanted breast pocket, providing additional functionality as per the traditional moto-touring jackets of old. It once again comes belted, just as the very first Belstaff Trialmasters were.
Light, sun-bleached cotton styles in classic silhouettes such as the Trialmaster, parka and cape also feature the brand’s original check lining. The cotton exterior has been treated with a chemical extract that strips some of the dye from the cloth to create a unique worn-in effect, ensuring that no two jackets are the same. The women’s collection also features field jackets with badge details and oversized parkas with externalised taping for an elevated military look.
Indeed, across both sexes, the lightweight cotton blousons have surfaced a number of interior details such as taping, patch pockets and zips.
A more elevated genre of outerwear consisting of a blouson, hooded jacket and Explorer jacket is comprised of an extremely soft and lightweight cotton-linen blend fabric that is perfect for more considered wear in the summer. Elsewhere, blousons, bomber jackets and field jackets are constructed in a garment-dyed cotton with contrasted patches.
Nylon also plays an important part in the outerwear collection this season, given its incredible technical properties. Belstaff have created a number of garment-dyed nylon pieces in mens, including a crinkle-effect
pouch-pocket parka that features internal straps that can be externalised so that the jacket can be carried as a backpack: hands-free functionality perfect for British summer festivals. For women crinkle nylon plays an
important role, the bomber jacket features top-stitching and comes roomier in the sleeves in reference to the classic A1 bomber jacket silhouette, while a nylon field jacket features an elasticated waistband to accentuate
femininity and an oversized parka that you can wear as a back pack as well complete the theme.
Exploring the technical theme further in womenswear, Belstaff have also created an unlined, cotton-nylon rider coat with a snap belt, contrasting taping and laser-cut pocket details, providing a unique balance between heritage and technology. In Mens this also comes in a car coat and four-pocket field jacket. The same rider coat shape has been replicated in a shiny rubberised vinyl version in both pale pink and black, and features a bonded cotton membrane to feel soft and natural on the skin.
Finally, Belstaff has also continued to evolve the classic silhouettes with the most lightweight and technical fabrics used to date for Origins. Using an incredible new stretch ripstop, the brand has designed a minimal, laser-cut genre of outerwear featuring waterproof membranes, bonded zips, rubberised trims, and reflective details and external bonded contrasted tape for a very contemporary look as a parka, anorak and a cape.
This season, a notable new addition to Belstaff’s family of leather pieces is an oily suede group, that features three different jacket silhouettes all from a light, neutral palette for men, while in the women’s offering, there
are new four-pocket, racer and Rider coat shapes.
New leather styles for men include a tougher calfskin waxed in such a way to create a matte effect, together with an extremely soft lambskin. For women, a new bubble-effect leather comes in a more masculine racer silhouette
while a four-pocket field jacket is constructed from a beautifully soft napa to create an elevated version of the Trialmaster. There are also two long leather skirts that come in bronze tan and black. Other leather blousons are
offered in a variety of neutral and pastel tones, including a rich almond green and pewter.
The hand-waxed leather styles across both sexes this season have something definitively ‘biker’ about themthanks to a black-waxed technique on the exterior, giving the fabric an almost dirty lived-in patina. This leather comes in both blue and yellow.
Knitwear adheres to the overall lightweight theme of the collection, with menswear garments such as a fine linen hoodie and crew neck constructed with delicate ribbing on the shoulders to riff on the moto-aesthetic of
the leather outerwear. Likewise, the cotton knitwear also plays on the moto heritage with both stitching and ribbing creating a flattering contouring effect. Lightweight waffle knits provide a slightly chunkier fabric for
Men’s and women’s t-shirts take on a vintage moto theme with illustrative graphics in keeping with the collection palette. Sweatshirts feature the subtle reflective details and black silhouette badges referenced
elsewhere in the collection. The women’s jersey offering also includes a military rib with a zipper for an athletic and easy-to-wear style.
New for men this season is a lightweight combat boot constructed from suede and a cotton ripstop. With a rubber and leather sole, it is completely unlined, making for a versatile boot. It comes in almond green and
black. Elsewhere for men, a chunkier version of the classic Chelsea boot has been cut from a new pebbled leather for a vintage finish. Women’s boots also revisit combat boot and Chelsea boot styles in white leather
with black contrast soles, while there is also a winklepicker ankle boot with triple latches that is offered in black leather, stone suede and rich lezard tan.
For close to a century Belstaff has been making clothes for men and women who want a bit more from life, to push the limits.
With heritage of technical innovation rooted in the north of England, the company started life by kitting out some of the most daring people the world has seen. Our iconic jackets had the back of everyone from aviator Amy Johnson to adventurer TE Lawrence and revolutionary Che Guevara. We still make those jackets today - and we still kit out some of the world's most questing individuals - but we are much more besides.
Technically excellent, beautifully crafter British design and know-how - this is at the heart of what we do. Our clothes and accessories are beyond fashion but always in style, innately cool, appealing to men and women who are used to going the extra mile and living life on their own terms. Our clothes range from robust, high performance wear for the most exacting of conditions to perfectly judged pieces for more everyday adventures.
Whether around the town, trekking across the world or flying off for a long weekend, Belstaff has the clothes, the boots and the bags to take you there.
Rigorously designed, effortlessly good-looking and built for life: Belstaff is for people who don't think getting dressed is the most important thing they'll do that day.