On Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street, in the former premises of Watson Bros, a gun and rifle maker established back in 1885, the UK's first Club Monaco menswear store has opened its doors. The store features a curated selection of the company’s Made in the USA menswear, specially sourced vintage pieces and third party accessories, set inside an interior which recalls the space’s heritage.
As Club Monaco prepared to open its first UK flagship in Sloane Square, head of womenswear Caroline Belhumeur revealed why she took a dive back to the 70s for their autumn collection.
“This season, we were really inspired by the vibe New York had in the 70s. I love all the great movies that Faye Dunaway was in, Anjelica Huston too, she has a sort of timelessness to her style. The unfussy way that they put themselves together was just very effortless. We’re always looking at vintage stuff; we like the idea of mixing it all up.
I also looked at Elizabeth Peyton’s paintings, I really love the energy in her portraiture. There’s a real strength to her work. Her strokes are bold, but at the same time there’s a sensitivity to her technique and to the way she uses colour. I like that juxtaposition. The painting she did of Kurt Cobain is one of my favourites – I like that you don’t actually know if it’s a boy or a girl. Androgyny’s definitely something we like to play with at Club Monaco.”
Photography by Felix Cooper; Styling by Celestine Cooney; Make-up Celia Burton at CLM; Hair Cyndia Harvey at Streeters; Model Doug Douglas at Premier; Photographic assistant Bror Ivefeldt; Styling assistant Poppie Clinch. Special thanks to ProLighting London, Labyrinth Photographic