Dressing for overseas travel can be a chore. Many fabrics are too heavy and constricting for long-haul flights and international business meetings, leaving the wearer uncomfortable. Happily, Burberry provides a refreshing solution to this sartorial predicament for autumn/winter 2013.
Launched last week, the Travel Tailoring collection has been specifically designed with the jet-setter in mind and employs the same groundbreaking design advancements as those developed by Thomas Burberry in the invention of gabardine in 1879. Used to make the immortal Burberry trench coat, gabardine is simultaneously breathable and weatherproof, and is still used to this day to make the brand’s pioneering rainwear.
Maintaining the brand’s historical dedication to impeccably crafted and cutting-edge yet practical clothing, the Travel Tailoring range aims to give graceful suiting options designed specifically to allow freedom of movement – a must when sailing through the airport to catch that all-important flight. The lightweight fabrics used in the range have at their core an advanced internal structure and memory, meaning they provide a sleek, timeless silhouette while being flexible enough to allow for the body’s increased movement.
The flexibility of the garments is achieved thanks to the use of a naturally supple 100% fine Merino wool cloth. Developed in the northern Italian town of Biella, famed for its long-standing tradition of producing luxurious fabrics, the yarn is woven on an oversized loom setting to produce an increased stretch. The ‘spring-like’ structure of the fabric gives it an elasticity comparable to that of elastane, without the disadvantages of slackening around knees, elbows and other areas of strain that often occur in clothing made from this material. Burberry’s newly developed wool cloth also reduces lines and creasing, making the Travel Tailoring collection ideal for those who need to look as refined getting off a long-haul flight as they did getting on.
The motion-canvas construction of the tailored pieces includes a smaller number of internal components; in particular, the shoulders and chest canvas are made from fewer layers and are free from wadding, and Burberry’s classic horsehair canvassing spreads out to the shoulder – ensuring the suit maintains its sharp structure without weighing down or restricting the wearer.
Blending a functional yet stylish fabric and a construction that provides comfort and freedom of movement, the Travel Tailoring collection is essential for every international voyage.