England and Australia have a brilliant relationship: we sent them criminals, and they sent us barmen, presumably to help create new recruits. Now, they're sending us clothes, from Whillas and Gunn
Available for the first time in the UK, Gunn's an offshoot of 3rd-gen 'Stralian outfitter Kakadu, whose ruggedness and eye for detail have now been combined with "contemporary styling and a polished fit" -- and of course if they're already getting the Polish to do stuff, they'll fit right in around here. Their latest urban-Outback gear includes
The Taree Brown Waxed Jacket: A Barbour-esque number with press-stud fasteners curving away from the neck, and, on the back, a vented yoke suggesting an Old West lawman -- leading people to mistake you for Kevin Costner, then beat the crap out of you.
The Charles Black: With a notched collar and horned buttons, this black woven cotton jacket's formality is belied by its worn, outdoorsy faded wash, like that of a country gentleman who actually has to work. So, an Australian.
The Harvey Blue Stripe Shirt: This relaxed-fit, finely striped, breathable cotton/linen number boasts a narrow Windsor collar, and also comes in both plain blue and red stripe, though apparently Ja'makin more colours
The drop also includes darted-knee, reinforced belt-looped, jodhpur-style trousers, coloured a lovely sage and dubbed the Darwin -- because for Australians, evolution means any trousers that aren't black & white striped.