The collaboration between Mr Start and Mr Hare was one of the high points of the first day of LC:M, bringing together some of the best in British menswear and footwear on the ground floor of the luxe House of St. Barnabas in Soho.
Mr Start, founded by Philip Start, has made a name for himself in contemporary tailoring, and his seamless blending of men’s casual wear with smartly tailored pieces was evident in the presentation. Neatly cut shorts were key to the spring looks, teamed with crisp button down white shirts and statement jackets, from a neat white sports jacket to a structured blue blazer. Mr Start’s outifts were finished with Mr Hare’s admirable contribution; suede espadrilles, silver trainers and classic loafers implied the variation implicit in Mr Start’s range. The next room demonstrated the pair’s aptitude for smart options, too, with variations on the checked cotton shirt displayed alongside stunning black tuxedoes, both classic and with fur-lined lapels, and a selection of high shined classic black lace ups.
Arguably it was the third room which really brought the pair together though, a display of Mr Hare’s shoes showed the true breadth of his design; from suede double monk strap dress shoes to the woven tassel loafers which the brand was initially created to design, and soft suede espadrilles in every colour of the rainbow.
Words: Maisie Skidmore