Socks Appeal

Small Stars

A timely winter medley of stunning Richard James English-made Merino wool socks, an accessory that we have made a bit of a name for ourselves with since we first started out on Savile Row.

Mid calf length and hand linked (no unseemly and uncomfortable seams), these socks are fine and soft, but beautifully warm when you want them to be.

From the top: Small Stars, Double Stripe, Top, Heel and Toe and Double Hoop.

Double Stripe

Top, Heel and Toe

Double Hoop


Check This

An exclusive Richard James fabric

Our two button brown and green check with a lifting turquoise and cherry red overcheck jacket in a beautiful West of England flannel. It’s worn here with our white, single cuff cotton poplin shirt and our broad, olive and pink striped tie. The fabric – both the check and the colourway – is exclusive to Richard James. A jacket that is as soft to touch as it’s bold to behold.


Scarf Ace

Scarf style 1. Over one shoulder

How to wear a scarf? By way of introducing our oversized (they measure an overly generous 180cm x 38cm), three tone, Sottish-made, brushed cashmere scarves, we present three simple, classic ways of wearing them: three timely alternatives to the ubiquitous ‘loop’, aka the Chelsea knot, which, in the distant days before it achieved world domination, was, we understand, the sole preserve of French schoolchildren.

The scarves come in three, spectral colourways: Brown/Grey (top); Brown/Green (middle) and Purple/Green (bottom).

And a quick Richard James staff (male and female) survey of which of the three styles we most favoured revealed the following:

Scarf style 1 – 1 vote

Scarf style 2 – 2 votes

Scarf style 3 – 9 votes

Abstentions (Chelsea knot wearers) – 2

Scarf style 2. Around and around again

Scarf style 3. Around, over and under


The AW10 Floral Jacquard Shirt

The red Richard James AW10 floral jacquard shirt

Jacquard takes its name from the Frenchman Joseph Marie Jacquard who, in 1801, had the bright idea of a mechanical loom that, through the cunning use of punched cards, could be programmed, computer like, to weave all sorts of rich, intricate patterns into cloth. True to tradition, the subtle, floral jacquard that our classic, single cuff shirt, above, is made of is both luxurious and substantial, quite perfect for autumn come winter. Available in red and black/blue.


Tea And Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry wears Richard James in Attitude

A svelte Stephen Fry takes tea in a Richard James navy twill suit, purple Panama gingham single cuff shirt and burgundy and orange polka dot tie for the new, November 2010 issue of Attitude. Tea drinking etiquette: small, ‘pinky’ finger raised as in the picture below, or kept in check, as above?

Stephen Fry wears Richard James for Attitude


Hats Off

Hand knitted from 100% cashmere in the west of Ireland

Hand knitted in the west of Ireland from 100% cashmere, these very snug hats hark back to a more innocent, outdoor age of wooden skis and Bovril on the terraces.  They come in three styles: the beanie (available as a plain knit or a contrasting marle); the ‘ski’ (longer and tapering at the back and sides to properly accommodate the nape of the neck and the ears), and the particularly popular cable knit bobble. For colours, see the picture above.


A Right Liberty!

Merino wool star socks at Liberty

Richard James AW10 merino wool star socks in the window at Liberty, Regent Street, London W1. Worn with, er, heels and a nice, pleated, cream mid-length Felicity Brown dress. It’s a right liberty!

What a liberty!


Tom Hiddleston In Our Blue Dotty Stripe

Tom Hiddleston wears Richard James

Here’s Tom Hiddleston – who won an Olivier award in 2008 for his part in the London Barbican’s production of Cymbeline and who you might more readily recognise from the BBC’s supremely dour Wallander – in Richard James for the new, November issue of British GQ.

The suit is our AW10 single button Blue Dotty Stripe which is made from 100% super quality, award winning Lumb’s Goldenbale (more of which very soon), and with it Tom wears our Blue, Panama cotton gingham shirt and a large blue and white dogtooth tie.

Tom is now ridiculously sought after in Hollywood, with next year seeing him star in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and the Kenneth Branagh directed Thor. And then, closer to home, and by no means least, he is also playing the lead in Joanna Hogg’s much anticipated second feature, Archipelago.


It’s A Scardigan

The scardigan laid bare

How to keep warm but not too warm and retain maximum upper body movement this winter? Here, as promised last week, is the scardigan, an ingenious one part scarf that buttons, nine parts sleeveless, backless cardigan.

“It’s a way of layering for winter without getting too hot,” explains Richard James. “Our jackets are cut quite close to the body so you can’t wear a thick jumper underneath, though that look is beautiful. But the scardigans are very comfy with a jacket because they’re not too bulky and stifling under the sleeve or at the back .”

Hand knitted in Ireland from 100% cashmere and with leather football buttons. Available in navy, chocolate brown, light grey and dark grey.

A light grey scardigan worn under our charcoal velvet birdseye jacket, with a plain white single cuff shirt and a broad, burgundy and silver striped tie


Luke Evans And The Teddy Bear Coat

Luke Evans wears the Richard James Teddy Bear coat

On the up actor Luke Evans, he of Stephen Frears’s Tamara Drewe, gives a sneak preview (more soon) of our AW10 100% alpaca Teddy Bear coat on the cover of the out now, fall issue of Filler magazine. Big, double breasted and belted, this – as its name suggests – is a most cuddlesome coat. Available in a deep, mousy grey.