Black Shantung silk: you won't find it anywhere else but at Hollington!
At the time, Patric dreamed of creating a very chic and sober yet flashy formal wear. Shantung silk seemed to be the ideal fabric for a social outing to the opera. Patric Hollington went to great lengths to get this fabric, as the finishing process of this fabric means that the black dye is hard set. Shantung silk starts out as a grey colour and is always dyed. It is very difficult to achieve a deep, dense colour with this quality of shantung silk, which is why it is impossible to find garments with darker shades that will keep the colour. Its ribbed appearance gives it a truly chic, truly classy "real" feel. The fabric feels fine and dry to the touch. The dirty black colour suits it well as it is neither too shiny nor too matt. Let's hear it, let's hear it...
Attention messieurs: it is not a question of carrying a big bag in shoulder-belt on this clothing. The fabric is still fragile; you'll have to use the zipped inside pockets for your EXTRAordianary occasions.
In case you don’t know hollington’s nehru-collar jacket, just try it on and you will not be able to go without it anymore. Patric Hollington designed it shortly after he opened his first store in 1974 and it soon became one of the brand’s iconic pieces.
At first, its cut was straight. But many of you expressed a desire for a slightly slimmer fit. Patric modified the cut, still keeping it comfortable by adding a back pleat that allows you a great freedom of movement.
Being detail-oriented, maybe you did notice that its buttons are made in a natural material. They are made either of horn or of corozo, a natural ivory that is actually palm fruit albumen.
Inside is a zipped chest pocket large enough to contain your wallet. Outside, three patch pockets are maintained by topstitched seams.
Hollington favours double, symmetrical seams to underline the architectural structure of the garment.
Inside are two pen pockets and four zipped pockets to slide your favourite items.
Its collar, now called ‘mao collar’ to make it standard, was first named ‘nehru collar’ by Patric Hollington. A nehru collar goes slightly higher on the neck than a mao collar – this is the key of its increased elegance.
Are you not very familiar with the name of Jawaharlal Nehru? He is best know under the name ‘Pandit’ Nehru and was one of the figureheads of India’s fight for independence, opening the way to a secular and modern state. If you look at pictures of him, you will see that he wore shirts and jackets which collars resemble hollington’s.