A life of elegance: Courtesy of The Merchant Fox

Posted on March 4, 2013

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It’s true there’s been an uptick of classic English menswear coming from outside Savile Row now but we can still trust the British Isles to be home to some of the finest meccas to sartorial living and a lifestyle of elegance. This latest bastion of men’s style? The Merchant Fox. Based in South West England, The Merchant Fox is an offshoot of Fox Brothers, a clothier supplier supplying the luxury fabric fox flannel to the likes of Rake incarnate Duke of Windsor and gentleman performer Cary Grant.

This home to the best of British traditions purports to make classically styled, timeless heirlooms and I agree- I’ve spent most of my sunday looking through their catalog and falling in love with almost single every item.

(Short)list of elegant goods from The Merchant Fox

Come home and…

Globe-Trotter 18" Case

Globe-Trotter 18″ Case

Put down my Globetrotter-Fox Flannel 18″ attache case

A Merchant Fox exclusive by Globe-Trotter, this stylish and luxurious slim 18″ attache with chocolate brown body, tan leather trim, burgundy edging and brass fittings is lined with Fox Brothers and Co’s Prince of Wales check. 

Fox Brother's Reefer and Fox Flannel grey stripe scarf.

Fox Brother’s Reefer and Fox Flannel grey stripe scarf.

Take off my Fox Flannel scarf and Reefer double breasted peacoat

Available in midnight blue (pictured here) and grey herringbone, this double breasted and fully canvas lined reefer jacket is woven using Fox Brothers’ luxury wool yarn and in combination with this gorgeous lightweight 300g worsted wool flannel with subtle grey stripe scarf– sartorial perfection.

Fox Mask Sterling Silver Cufflink and Horn Bowl with Solid Silver Base.

Fox Mask Sterling Silver Cufflink and Horn Bowl with Solid Silver Base.

Place Fox Mask silver cufflinks into the Horn Bowl

Made by a Master Silversmith, these dapper fox mask cufflinks in sterling silver add a playful touch to my ensemble and obviously, I don’t want to misplace them so I toss them in this fine Horn Bowl with silver base.

Fox Flannel Glen Check Tie and Fox Russell Check Albert Slipper.

Fox Flannel Glen Check Tie and Fox Russell Check Albert Slipper.

Undo the glen check tie and slip into Albert Slippers

A traditional, 8cm width check tie made of super fine flannel compliments a business suit, jacket or blazer ensemble with classic English panache. As for the Russell Check slip ons, every man should own one of these and a smoking jacket.

Limited Edition Mr Fox and Vintage Wingback Chair.

Limited Edition Mr Fox and Vintage Wingback Chair.

Give my baby girl Mr Fox Teddy before slumping into a Wingback chair

The limited edition Mr Fox is handmade using pure mohair using traditional techniques, even his dashing check scarf is from the Fox mills and after a long day’s work, every monsieur deserves to rest in a vintage-inspired wingback upholstered with classic Covert pure wool twill, made famous by Cordings of Piccadilly.

Dart Oak Bark Tanned Leather Bag and Black Prince of Wales Check Jacketing Flannel.

Dart Oak Bark Tanned Leather Bag and Black Prince of Wales Check Jacketing Flannel.

Sling an Oak Bark tanned leather bag to go pick up some Prince of Wales check flannel over the weekend

Paired with indigo denim jeans, this beautifully handcrafted tan leather bag is an excellent weekend companion holding either books or a 15″ laptop. The solid brass roller buckles and traditional copper rivets make it a lasting weekender that would develop a beautiful patina with time. Meanwhile, the 370g Prince of Wales Check Jacketing Flannel would be perfect as I get another suit made at the Fox Brothers Bespoke Tailor.

With heritage of fine British luxury and design using the finest materials and artisan craftsmanship, Fox Merchant is truly a classic haberdasher for every Monsieur.

 

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