Sir Francis Chichester first made Henri Lloyd’s Consort jacket famous in 1967 when he wore it on his solo voyage around the world. After nine months and two days at sea with Chichester, the Consort became the sailors’ favourite. Skip a decade, with designer Olmes Carretti collaborating, and the jacket was weaving its way through the streets of Milan as a style essential of the Paninaro – the city’s iconic ‘80s, scooter-obsessed youths. Then came the ‘90s where Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell paired the jacket with his trademark moustache. Now, with a 50-year birthday to celebrate, no mean feat in penny-pinching times, Henri Lloyd has reincarnated the Carretti Consort. The brand’s move is bold: 16 new colours from cobalt blue to fuchsia join the traditional navy blue. It’s a simple twist on a well-loved number.
Available online from December for £275. henrilloyd.com