The inspiration behind our menswear collection

For autumn winter 2015 we experimented with fabrics, cuts and construction to create a range that stays true to our heritage whilst pushing us forward into new and unexpected territory. The collection was built around four pillars that cover both daily essentials and standout pieces, all of which have that high quality, subtle, well designed feel that is distinctly Whistles. 

The British Isles

From rich Shetland wools to yarns speckled with Donegal nep, the British Isles provided the inspiration for our most English collection yet. We’ve merged heritage fabrics with contemporary shapes, to create pieces like the Reverse Stitch Sweater and Double Roll Beanie that feels traditional whilst being cut with a fresh, modern silhouette.  

Print and pattern

Print and pattern is an integral part of our design language and for this season we’ve taken inspiration from a diverse range of sources to produce pieces that were both decorative and wearable. Everything from vintage book covers, artist Howard Hodgkin and Japanese tapestry informed pieces like the Leaf Print Shirt (coming soon), which is ideal for finishing otherwise restrained looks. 

The Classic Shirt

A trip by our designers to our shirting mill this year allowed us to further improve our shirts, developing new colours, fabrics and fits for this season. The Panelled Shirt was a clear beneficiary of that process and we’ve overhauled its manufacture from start to finish to create a contemporary take on an office staple. 

Modern utility

‘Modern Utility’ runs throughout our collection, with each piece being elegant yet functional. We believe that modern menswear shouldn’t sacrifice utility for looks, so we’ve produced pieces like the Military Jacket that balances its sharp, complementary cut with a robust, durable fabric.