Our photographs for our new men’s collection are a (modest) homage to Irving Penn and his great Small Trades series – portraits, shot in 1950/51, of tradesmen in Paris, London, New York, dressed in their work clothes, carrying the tools of their trades.
Neil Gavin took the pictures – portraits of six interesting men shot over two thoroughly enjoyable days. It felt refreshing to be taking pictures of individuals as they are, dressed as they might be – no pretence. It felt like the right way to show these clothes.
The eagle-eyed might notice repeated connections between the men here and Caught by the River, the excellent website/gentle affiliation of the like-minded; and Port Eliot Festival, the discreet queen of festivals. We have no official connection to either but this book’s second homage is to both for providing wonderful times and