CATCHER IN THE PECKHAM RYE

By Phil Hawkins Monday 15th Dec, 2014

When you think of Peckham you would be forgiven if the first thing that comes to mind are half priced cracked ice and miles and miles of carpet tiles thanks to its most famous son Delboy Trotter. But that’s all set to change as Dapper Chapper favourite Peckham Rye, the London menswear maker of ties, scarves, suits and accessories, makes waves in the mod fashion world this winter.

The family company, named after the cockney slang for tie, has its tailoring origins courtesy of the East India Co 1813 when Tommy McCarthy started out as a tailor in London over 200 years ago.

Peckham Rye is now in its sixth generation of a Victorian tailoring family, maintaining all the traditions, craft and styling of the true London cut.

To celebrate its bicentenary anniversary, the master tailors of Peckham Rye have created a strong contender for the must-have winter warmer with its hand made Victorian Frock Coat. The jacket features a navy barathea cloth with moire silk lapels, cuffs and buttoning, something that our dapper forebears would have been happily strutting about town in.

Also available from the Carnaby-based company comes the ‘Goodwood Revival suit’, a 3-piece mohair 1930’s styled suit, known as the ‘Derby Day Gent’, ideal if you’re planning ahead for race day meets next year. Like all suits from these tailoring wizards, the ‘Goodwood Revival’ comes carefully crafted and steeped history, making it the perfect investment for years of looking smart.

If you can’t quite stump up the cash for the bigger ticket items Peckham Rye has to offer, and we can’t blame you as it is nearly Christmas after all, then check out the wide range of dapper accessories on offer instead. There are pocket squares and ties galore, but the real must-have for these winter months is the range of silk scarves on offer, one of the simplest, most effective ways to add a bit of mod-retro to your outfit, and keep your neck warm of course. At just £65 each they’re made using the same methods as they were in the age of Queen Victoria, meaning you get a scarf that combines beautiful silk knotted fringing, a unique print and skilfully hand crafted block cutting.

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Our personal scarf recommendation is any featuring the enduring Paisley patterns, of which there’s plenty of colours and styles to choose from. And if you’re looking for tips on how to tie, try the Mail Coach – a touch of cravat and scarf knot. Just add a pearl hatpin and you have the perfect finishing touch to your look that even Boycie would be proud of.

Like the company that created it, the Peckham Rye scarf offers long lasting style that stands the test of time and you could win one yourself with our Twitter competition coming very soon. Keep checking @thedapperchapper for details of how to win which will be posted very soon, if you can’t wait then visit www.peckhamrye.com Either that or try and pick them up from a mush in Shepherd’s Bush, bush bush bush bush bush bush…..