“Four passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life,” said the philosopher Bertrand Russell: “The longing for love, the search for knowledge, unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind, and the pursuit of the perfect wider-notch-lapel jacket in a rich oxblood red or a saturated khaki.”
Actually, Russell didn’t add that last one, but we’re sure that he would have been pretty passionate about the Timothy Everest Autumn/Winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection, inspired by a range of British trailblazers, including the Cambridge philosopher and his air of bookish authority combined with eccentric British charm. Russell reckoned that “the world is full of magical things waiting for our wits to grow sharper,” but you don’t need to have written – or even necessarily to have read – A History Of Western Philosophy to appreciate our waxed cotton jackets, heavy duty twill trousers, scholarly shirts, and fine gauge knitwear, in warm, donnish reds, Nobel-worthy purples, and erudite greys, mustards and greens – perfect for a spot of deep thinking in your club chair by the fireside, or for a promenade round the quad.
Keep the look feisty, rather than fusty, with our scarves in bookish boucle yarns, our knitted ties in bold Hellfire colours, and our socks in Reith Lecture-radiant shades. After all, visual and mental stimulation go hand in hand.
“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge,” said Russell. Would he have embraced our collection on both the physical and metaphysical planes? The question, surely, is academic.
The collection is available online now, with the full range in store at our Bruton Place shop in Mayfair.