When Connolly’s London store closed nearly seven years ago, for many style-conscious men it was the end of an era. Opened in 1995, just off Belgrave Square, Connolly was chic and cosmopolitan in a way the London of the time really wasn’t. News that it would return to Mayfair’s Clifford Street last autumn was welcomed, if apprehensively.
But despite the break, Connolly – long-time leather supplier to Ferrari and Rolls Royce – has lost none of its ability to cast a spell. Its new collection, designed by Marc Audibet, is full of timeless British classics that benefit from a subtle injection of continental flair, and has had an immediate impact on British luxury fashion. From the very softest of suede driving jackets to refined double-breasted suits and butter-soft camel rollneck sweaters, everything is perfectly considered, understated and exquisitely made. Audibet’s designs are also androgynous: flattering to both men and women, with attention paid to silhouettes, cuts and colours that compliment either sex. It’s a bold statement of intent and takes British heritage clothing into a more forward-thinking space.
For those in search of a cosmopolitan, luxurious and investment-worthy approach to British fashion, the house is a must-visit. More importantly, for those who remember the company of old, it’s like Connolly’s never been away.
This double-breasted peacoat offers a contemporary take on the tailored classic; with notched lapels, front-welt pockets and discreet zip-closure beneath its button fastening. £1,990, shop now
Striped Wool & Cashmere Sweater
This dove grey and navy crewneck is a fun option for cooler days and thanks to its cashmere blended yarn, its remarkably soft on the skin. Layer beneath one of Connolly's exquisite tailored coats for a clean look. £325, shop now
Lightweight Shearling Coat
As you'd expect, Connolly's leathers are first class. This stunning shearling coat was made in Italy from supple lambskin with a honey coloured lamb's shearling lining. Warming, yet lightweight and practical, it makes for a luxurious one-off investment piece that will doubtless improve with age. £4,050,shop now
Aran Knit Sweater
Hand-knitted in Scotland, this ageless cream Aran wool sweater is chic and luxurious. Dress it up with a blazer and flannels or down with a chambray shirt and chinos. £395, shop now
Hex Leather Portfolio
An elegant take on the classic portfolio, this simple tan calfskin design uses the finest leather available and is hand-stitched for an immaculate finish. It features an internal slip pocket for added practicality. £750, shop now