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Another day, another nod to Britain’s sartorial prowess: today takes us to the Scottish borders and brand Lyle & Scott’s journey from undercrackers to golf to a Royal Seal of approval.
Founded by the eponymous William Lyle and Walter Scott way back in 1874 in the Scottish town of Hawick, Lyle & Scott kicked off with underwear before moving into get up in 1926. They picked up the pace with a string of collabs throughout the 30s, 40s and 50s – including with no lesser names than Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent – before fashion-forward mods noticed the brand’s steez in the swinging early 60s, and elevated them to subcultural fashion staples.
The brand’s golden eagle logo didn’t swoop in until the 60s, coinciding with the introduction of a golf-wear range that found favour with pros Gary Player and Tony Jacklin, as well as celeb amateurs like Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
After they hit it big with a Royal Warrant in 1975, the 80s saw Lyle & Scott picked up by the 'casuals' youth movement before the indie scene of the early to mid-noughties – think Bloc Party, the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand – saw William and Walter’s yarns once again looking good on the dancefloor.
And now? A characteristic combo of subcultural styles and British workmanship, their latest collection features mod-inspired essentials such as a classic Harrington and bowling bag, alongside heaps of tartan, contemporary crew-neck tees – all stamped with that iconic golden eagle. Isn’t Britain ace?
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