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Beyond the Bale : March 2019
THE MERINO WOOL COLLECTION The Merino Wool Doeskin Mac is an elegant single-breasted overcoat handcrafted using a super-soft 100% Australian Merino wool woven in Yorkshire with an exclusive doeskin weave. Half-lined, fly-fronted with a military grade centre-front zip and stud fastening, this shower-proof Mac is the perfect silhouette to transmit the luxurious look, feel, drape and performance of the Merino wool cloth. The Merino Wool P.O.W. Bomber is a versatile wool bomber with signature military-grade copper centre-front zip from RIRI of Switzerland. The 100% Australian Merino wool outer cloth has been woven in Yorkshire in an exclusive tonal Prince of Wales check pattern. It features two external patch pockets with stud-secure flaps and side entry and two internal double jet pockets. The Merino Wool Shacket is a more casual but equally dependable alternative to the traditional blazer. With an elegant double vent at the rear with concealed button fastening, the Shacket boasts enough formal features to pair with a crisp shirt and tie but also equally Three items from the five-piece collection: the Merino Wool Shacket, Merino Wool P.O.W. Bomber and Merino Wool Doeskin Mac. Private White V.C. is a renowned British menswear brand committed to producing garments of the highest quality, all manufactured in its very own factory in the heart of Manchester. lends itself to weekend wear. It is unstructured and fabricated using the finest 100% Australian Merino wool woven in Yorkshire. The Merino Wool Gilet is wool-wadded and has been fabricated using the finest 100% Australian Merino wool woven in Yorkshire. The innovative 100% wool wadding provides optimal breathability and extreme insulation from the elements. It features two external patch pockets with side-entry and stud fastening, along with centre-front fastening with gunmetal snaps and an Alcantara trim detail. The Merino Wool Round Neck Sweater is made from 100% extrafine Australian Merino wool by Johnstons of Elgin. The collection is available online on the Private White V.C. website, in its London store and on the hugely popular Mr Porter luxury menswear online store. MORE INFORMATION www.privatewhitevc.com *The use of distinctive copper zips, studs and rivets throughout the Private White V.C. collection are an easily identifiable tribute to the copper telephone wire used by Jack to bring the pontoon back to safety back in 1917. THE STORY OF PRIVATE JACK WHITE V.C. The founder of the Manchester factory was born in Leeds in 1896. At the tender age of 18, he joined the Royal Lancaster Regiment and became Private Jack White. On 7 March 1917 his unit was detailed with crossing the Dialah River in Mesopotamia during battle. The two pontoons ahead came under heavy fire and when Private White reached the mid-stream point, he realised he was the only soldier who wasn’t fatally injured or already dead. Summoning tremendous courage, he jumped overboard with a copper telephone wire* tied around his waist and dragged the pontoon safely back to shore whilst under attack from persistent enemy gunfire. Commended as a WWI hero, Private White’s bravery saved the life of his commanding officer and preserved the valuable equipment aboard the pontoon. After his service in the military, he returned to Manchester and began work as a trainee pattern cutter at the local garment factory. On completion of his apprenticeship, he rose through the ranks to become General Manager, and then factory owner. In the years that followed, his influence led the company to specialise in the manufacture of garments made from fine woollen cloths made in Yorkshire – as opposed to specialising in cotton raincoats and mackintoshes that were more commonly made in Lancashire at that time. Following WWII and with failing health, Jack was forced to retire and passed away in 1949, aged 52. Remarkably, in 1997, Private Jack White’s great grandchildren joined forces to bring the company back to family ownership. Nearly 70 years after his death, they are once again championing the virtues of Manchester’s garment making industry. OFF FARM 21
In the Shops - March 2019