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David Beckham’s Collaboration with Kent and Curwen

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SEEN is very taken with the latest creative collaboration between two exemplars of a particular kind of Britishness – David Beckham, and menswear brand Kent and Curwen, who have always prided themselves on impeccable tailoring and classic menswear.

Drawing inspiration from their long and venerable history, Kent and Curwen have reimagined and updated several items to create a curated wardrobe for the modern man, epitomised by legendary footballer David Beckham.

The Three Lions Rugby Shirt, harks back to company founder Eric Kent’s family crest of the three lions. It immediately recalls our British heritage as an established symbol of English sports teams. The Rose Sweatshirt evokes our heritage with its use of this most British of flowers. It bears the date 1926, when Kent & Curwen was founded. Garment washing techniques give the sweatshirt an authentic worn look.

The Shearling Lumberjack is cleverly reinvented in Shetland wool, recalling Britain’s much-loved rural character, and Eric Kent’s love of hunting. Kent and Curwen have a longstanding reputation for dressing the British Armed Forces – they began with neckwear – hence the Greatcoat is reimagined for today in a contemporary way.

The original Kent and Curwen cricket sweater, created in 1932, quickly became a British icon – when the brand was commissioned to outfit the Hollywood Cricket Club, the sweaters were worn by the likes of Errol Flynn and Cary Grant – style icons in their own right. The Kent brothers’ military influence is shown in the epaulette detailing of the Military Bomber. The bomber is elevated with a quilted tie lining, a reference to the brand’s heritage.

David Beckham wears the wardrobe as though to the manner born, combining elegance, ruggedness and his natural good looks with clothes that are obviously easy to wear and surely destined to become future classics. SEEN looks forward to visiting the brand’s London concept store when it opens in 2017.

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MO-GA: Perfectly Imperfect

As the Sun shines on Earth, so MO-GA’s gender-fluid designs grace the bodies of everyone, rejoicing in ambiguity. Multiple sleeves and feathers recall the animal kingdom in all its glorious diversity; it’s a new aesthetic.

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Cocktails at the General Store

SEEN is tireless in her cocktail research, and very much enjoyed travelling to Highbury last week to try The General Store’s new summer cocktail menu and to check out the new interior. She was delighted to sample a Honey Mimosa, very sweet and fruity and just the ticket after a hot journey. It was, as its name suggests, a Mimosa with just a touch of honey.

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Canaletto: A Drawing Workshop with Alexandra Blum

SEEN has long been an admirer of Alexandra Blum’s liminal and apocalyptic renderings of London’s urban spaces, in which the capital seems ever-changing. It is the artist’s job to capture not only space but the passage of time itself.

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Rock the Strand is Back Thursday 27th July

One of SEEN’s favourite live music events, Rock the Strand, returns to Strand Palace Hotel on Thursday 27th July for a summer showcase featuring a stellar line-up of talented artists. Curated by industry mogul Tony Moore, Rock the Strand is a free music night that showcases an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Love Hunt at the British Museum

SEEN had the pleasure (pun intended) of being invited to a ‘Love Hunt’ at the British Museum. The museum, founded in 1753, is committed to preserving art, culture and history, and has collected around 8 million objects. These artefacts come from every corner of the world, revealing a fragment of many significant moments in time, from Mesopotamia to the Vikings; from the Inuits to the Indians. So, when one embarks on a visit to the world famous British Museum, where does one start?