June 7, 2020

This is E-Tautz: FW2020 Menswear Featuring Mending + Upcycled Denim

E. Tautz AW 2020 Menswear collection is all about repair, recycle which includes pieces that have been fixed, darned, patched, mended, and improved. A large number of the pieces in the show uses textiles recovered from unwanted clothes from the recycling banks across the UK. The brand also enlisted the help of The Royal School of Needlework to resurrect often forgotten skills like darning, mending, and patching.

Edward Tautz founded his eponymous label E. Tautz on Oxford Street, London in 1867 after a spell as tailor to King Edward VII and an array of leading sportsmen. Now headed by Patrick Grant, the label prides itself on catering for the fashion-forward yet nonchalant everyday man, keeping the original aesthetic of sharp tailoring with sport and workwear influences at the heart of the brand. Design codes include relaxed silhouettes with a 1980s-inspired verve alongside timeless wardrobe essentials to take you through the seasons.

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About the Collection

The emphasis here was on sustainability—about 50% of the collection made from repurposed fabrics provided by Astco, an industrial recycler. Then there was the darning and patching, executed by students from the Royal College of Needlework (also an often-time collaborator of Sarah Burton’s). This technique added irregular check patches insinuated upon herringbone outerwear or herringbone patches upon check suiting, or layers of differently washed denim patched onto denim. In the suiting, especially, it was interesting, adding a depth of patina and pentimento, a roughness, to that most surface-defined of menswear genres.

All Images from E. Tautz