Alfred Dunhill: Provenance

Alfred Dunhill: Provenance

At a time where budget is King, there is extra joy to be found in heritage, quality of fabrication, and most of all, loyalty. Loyalty to your suppliers yes, but also loyalty to your custom by retaining the quality of produce for which you are renown; the finer details that create the ‘magic’.

The two relationships come hand in hand as proven by Alfred Dunhill, in an Autumn Winter Collection ’12 they have quite aptly entitled Provenance.

For Alfred Dunhill, English provenance and heritage remain as important as ever in the pursuit of excellence. The garments that Alfred Dunhill create are the product of time honoured craftsmanship so this season Dunhill have worked alongside a number of the greatest British manufacturers and mills to create the best in modern luxurious goods. This AW12 collection is created using the finest materials, and always with legacy and tradition at its roots; a collection we aspire to own.

The Suppliers

Stephen Walters & Sons

Silk weavers for nine generations, Stephen Walters & Sons can be credited for the oxblood, plum and crystal grey 7-fold ties made from 350-end silk twill. The family weaving business was originally founded in Spitalfields, London in the 18th century by Huguenot artisans before relocating to Sudbury in Suffolk in 1894.


Nestled in the foothills of the Pennines lies the Macclesfield specialist silk printers Adamley who have delved into their exclusive archive to help produce the paisley, polka dot and geometric printed ties and pocket squares in an array of colours. Macclesfield is historically famous for being the end of the Chinese silk route where they use water from their own reservoir to create the exquisite printed silk cloth.

Burfields & Co.

A suggestion of history is also built into the family run Burfield & Co. leather gloves. Established in 1944, it is one of the only two surviving glove manufacturers in Somerset – an area that once boasted 38.  The soft lambskin leather is locally sourced and the final article offers the same renowned technical finishing used for sections of the British military.

Sea Island Cotton

Function and performance is at the fore of the sea island cotton woven shirts. Exclusively cultivated in the British West Indies, it is the rarest and costliest strain of cotton in the world and bears the WISCA certificate of authenticity. A raw material for producing high-class yarns, it is as soft as cashmere and long-lasting as wool.

West of England Flannel Mill

The plain grey flannel that personifies the Alfred Dunhill Autumn/Winter 2012 single breasted suit and the charcoal Prince of Wales check, used for both key outerwear pieces and the Bladon flannel bag, are courtesy of a 250 year old West of England Flannel Mill where knowledge, craftsmanship and heritage are at the heart of the process.

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