The Universal Works story is as much about founder David Keyte, as the label’s years in business building a solid reputation for good, honest menswear. It’s the kind of story we love. Twenty-five years ago Keyte was a Saturday shop boy working in a small fashion store. From there he went on to climb the industry rungs at Paul Smith and Maharishi. As he puts it, “I was always telling others how they were getting it wrong, and at some point you have to put your neck on the line.” And in 2008, he did just that with Universal Works.
“Less interested in fashion and more in the function, fit and cut of garments” David placed these values at the heart of the Universal Works brand. Pioneering a distinctly British look, loosely based on traditional workwear, the focus is simplicity and craftsmanship rather than seasonal trends. As such, provenance is paramount and there’s not a whiff of mass-produced to be had. Everything is made in small, highly skilled factories, many of which are here in the UK.
AW17 continues Universal Works' use of classic fabrics in basic cotton for our core lines, as well as British workwear fabrics like cotton drill and moleskin. Traditional corduroy, tweed and melton wool sit alongside classic Scottish Harris Tweed and waxed cotton. To compliment and contrast we have waterproofed nylons, many with modern technical insulation as well as hints of blanket stripes and patterns running through the collection.
And STOP THE PRESSES our Autumn Project is Ltd. Store, an exclusive collaboration with Universal Works and The Hambledon in the Project Space from 9 September -8 October, featuring menswear, womenswear and homeware.
Universal Works A/W'17 is now available in our Winchester store.