Monday 4 to Sunday 10 October
After a year in which so many of us have spent possibly too much time at home, embracing the ease of 'WFH' leggings, trainers and oversized sweatshirts, The Beaumont aims to elevate the status of comfort clothing and celebrate the sort of luxurious loungewear reminiscent of an earlier, more glamorous age.
Visitors will be able to experience the exceptional craft of Lounging in Style in the hotel's striking Art Deco lobby from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 October, from 10am to 5pm.
In collaboration with some of the UK's finest makers of menswear, The Beaumont presents a collection of beautifully crafted dressing gowns, pyjamas, leisure jackets and slippers made of the softest cashmeres, opulent printed silks, richly embroidered velvets and innovative, plant-based fabrics, all exquisitely detailed and hand-finished. Many are crossover items, bridging a gap between loungewear and nightwear, with pieces transitioning into eveningwear. Harking back to a more sumptuous time, each design takes inspiration from one of the best-dressed icons of screen or stage icons whose portraits line the walls of The Beaumont, including Clark Gable, Sir Noel Coward and F Scott Fitzgerald.
Presented with the participation of Budd Shirts, Purdey, New & Lingwood, Turnbull & Asser and Edward Green.
The exhibition is free of charge.
Handmade in England, of the finest English fabrics, the feathery gold leaves on this lined dressing gown are framed by quilted black silk lapels, making an extravagant statement of both style and substance. New & Lingwood's decorative and signature silk jacquards are expertly woven in Suffolk before their skilled tailors complete the precision stitching of the final piece. At New & Lingwood they believe that a well-made dressing gown is one of life's greatest pleasures.
Red English silk pyjamas with a navy hand-piped edge and mother of pearl buttons, with a 40oz madder silk dressing gown in a navy, over-sized paisley with a shawl collar and piped edge. Genuine madder silk, produced exclusively for Budd in Macclesfield, has long been synonymous with the company and is loved for its rich depth of tones and heritage. Budd has produced madder silk gowns since its earliest years and would like to think Gable might have made visits to the store whilst staying at The Beaumont, picking up items for black tie, white tie and nightwear.
Made from the softest Loro Piana wool, the unstructured construction of the Men's Teba jacket has a relaxed lounging feel, making it a perfect transition piece. Hand-made velvet slippers can be personalised from a range of colours, fabrics and embroidery options, with hand-sewn monogrammed initials.
At the height of the Jazz Age Cole Porter was a keen Edward Green customer and were he to walk into the Jermyn Street store today looking for something comfortable to wear with his smoking jacket, he would be guided to the Penzance, a tasselled slipper cut from the finest Italian calf suede. Like the classic Albert slipper, the Penzance is made in Edward Green's Northampton workshop alongside the Goodyear welted shoes which earned Mr Green his reputation as the country's outstanding shoemaker, as well as a pre-eminent place in Mr Porter's shoe collection.
The ensemble is centred around Turnbull & Asser's linen & cotton cord gown: a traditional gown style in a navy cord, made in England from an Italian cotton and linen mix fabric with burgundy piping.