A Stitch in Time – Phillips Perpetual x The ArmouryBy Ross Povey
Phillips Perpetual is well known for forging partnerships that lead to high-quality, meaningful collaborations. The Singer Reimagined partnership celebrated Phillips Perpetual being the sole UK authorized dealer for the brand’s high-end wristwatches and last year’s collaboration with Thom Sweeny, Well Suited, showcased high-end horology alongside beautifully tailored suits from one of Savile Row’s finest. Now the London-based private sales wing of Phillips has partnered with The Armoury, a one-stop-shop for beautiful tailoring and accessories in Hong Kong and New York.
Hunting For a Jacket?
The City Hunter 2 for Phillips Perpetual jacket is the result of this meeting of minds. Designed and made in Japan, the City Hunter 2 is inspired by old English and Spanish Teba hunting style jackets. The Armoury teamed up with a Japanese mill to create a 100 percent wool jersey fabric. The Phillips edition is made from a dark grey hounds tooth cloth and has contrast cream stitching. The jackets are constructed using TPS seams, which joins the fabrics at major seams edge-to-edge, therefore avoiding excess thickness making the jacket appear almost seamless.
These being some of the most unprecedented and challenging times that our world has ever faced, the project will be giving something back to support the World Health Organization’s COVID-Solidarity Response Fund. All proceeds raised through the sales of this limited edition City Hunter 2 will be donated to the vital work that the WHO is doing to battle the coronavirus outbreak.
I caught up with James Marks to discuss the project and find out a little more about how it came about.
“We have always been great admirers of the Armoury and Drakes and we felt that this was an ideal opportunity to explore collaboration for such an amazing cause.” I was intrigued to know more about the horological twists in the jacket too:“Well this is the first time that a City Hunter 2 Jacket has featured this great contrast stitching that mimics the stitch on great leather straps. This jacket also has great versatility with its pockets for loupes and tools making a great travel companion to auction previews. And of course we regularly see it sported by industry titans such as Francois Paul Journe!”
A Moment In Time
The wider team at Phillips is fully versed in outstanding timepieces and the wider world of horology. They are also always well turned out and clearly use the same approach to monitoring the details of the watches they sell when choosing their wardrobes.
Does Marks see the parallels between high-end tailoring and high-end watches?
“We explored the similarities between high end tailoring and watches with our Well Suited exhibition. The combination of high quality products with limited production and the desire to stand out. This project was the natural evolution.”
And how is the wider business at Phillips Perpetual during these very unsettling times that we face?
“Perpetual remains open digitally and with some amazing high quality offerings we are thrilled to offer some distraction to collectors who are following Government advise to stay at home. Interest remains high and we thrilled with the response to our digital platforms.”
A limited edition of 25 jackets will be made available to purchase through Phillips’ Perpetual on 3 April 2020. Clients will be given the option to increase their donation to the WHO COVID-Solidarity Response Fund beyond the cost of the jacket.