Bailey x Budd

Introducing the Bailey x Budd CollectionIntroducing the Bailey x Budd Collection
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Sustainable, slow fashion. Reimaginging classic menswear and bespoke shirtmaking.

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The perfect man’s shirt, as worn by a woman, epitomizes nonchalant, timeless chic. If you are looking for the perfect man’s shirt where would you go other than Budd, the 100-year-old Mayfair shirtmaker, famed for its bespoke expertise? Budd has been a fashion insider’s secret and now, courtesy of Laura Bailey and her long-term creative collaborator, Cathy Kasterine, you are being let in on it too. They have partnered with Budd to create Bailey x Budd, a highly considered capsule.

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The creative collaboration between Bailey, Kasterine and Budd can be traced back to a Scottish road trip late last year, when Cathy gave Laura a set of Budd pyjamas that she fell in love with and the seed of an idea for a collaboration was planted.

“We talked about heritage and timeless style, tradition and our shared love of menswear- or anything borrowed from the boys.” Laura Bailey.

“We both loved the idea of telling the story of the unique world of Budd - and of developing a capsule collection for women inspired by classic bespoke menswear.” Cathy Kasterine.

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Upon returning from their trip, a letter to Budd’s owner Stephen Murphy quickly snowballed into mood-boards and sampling. Cathy and Laura’s creative process is woven throughout the whole project from design to imagery.

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"For me, tradition and sustainability become more and more important and Budd delivers on that. To know that you are investing in a forever piece where production has been kept local, sustainable and transparent plays a huge part in Cathy's and my passion for Budd."

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George

The iconic Dress Shirt in black or cream spun silk.

Based on a traditional men’s stiff-bibbed dress shirt owned by the father of interior designer and friend of the brand, Rita Konig. Traditionally worn for White Tie evening attire, George has been softened down for a more casual look. The bib is unlined and unstarched for softness and is cut from matching silk. It has ethically sourced smoked mother of pearl buttons, which are also featured on the single button cuffs. The neckband collar has been kept skinny while the sleeves are gathered, as is the centre back of the shirt. The shirt features a hanger loop just below the collar, mirroring Budd’s men’s version. The cream version features white linen cuffs, creating a fresh yet subtle contrast against the silk.

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Penny

Round Blouse

The Penny blouse is cut from a high grade 140/2 ply cotton poplin, which offers up a silky yet crisp handle. A little boxy in shape, the shirt sits at hip height. The sleeve is cut to sit a little cropped, just above the wrist bone. The delicate 1 ½” cuff is gathered and fastens with a single button. The short gauntlet adds extra comfort and ease of wear. The front of the blouse features a small, rounded out-breast pocket and a raised front placket, that mirrors the 1 ½” width of the cuff. Buttons are 14-line ethically sourced mother of pearl buttons. The back has been kept plain, with no pleats, whilst the bottom hem of the shirt is a little shaped as opposed to straight. The top of the sleeves is gathered to create a decent puff.

Available in a choice of royal navy and white or
scarlet and white stripe

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Frank

Pleated Front Neck-band Shirt

This hand-pleated neck band shirt echoes a traditional men’s dress shirt. Cut in a pretty candy pink and white stripe, it is made in a fresh 2-fold 100 cotton poplin. The pleats run from the shoulder line down to the waistband. The placket is flat so as not to overcomplicate and features exposed ethically sourced mother of pearl buttons. The neckband has been frayed at the edges, Bailey and Kasterine deconstructing the traditional lines according to their modern aesthetic. Sleeves feature a deep 3 ½” cuff with a one button fastening. The bottom of the sleeve is pleated as opposed to gathered, the gauntlet kept simple. Cut oversized, the back of the shirt has a classic yoke and is shaped. It includes two darts, instead of pleats for a flattering fit. A back-loop detail, evocative of Budd’s men’s shirts sits just below the collar and the tails of the shirt are curved.

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Poplin pyjamas

Having long coveted Budd’s men’s pyjamas, we wanted to create a perfect, oversized, yet elegant pair for women. Whether you wear them at home or when out is the only problem they might pose. Cut from a butcher stripe cotton poplin in a great shade of blue, they are hand-piped with a scarlet trim. This detail is continued on the outbreast pocket too. Buttons are made from ethically sourced mother of pearl. The bottoms feature a hidden elastic waistband with matching stripe cloth drawstring. They have a 3 ½” cuff, again trimmed in red scarlet. These are pyjamas that are comfortable, versatile and covetable in equal measure.

The bottoms feature a hidden elastic waistband with matching stripe cloth drawstring. They have a 3 ½” cuff, again trimmed in red scarlet. These are pyjamas that are comfortable, versatile and covetable in equal measure.

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Charlie

Shorty pjs

A short sleeve shirt and matching boxer make up this pyjama set. They are cut from cool, luxurious sky-blue Batiste cotton with a hand-piped white edge and are finished with ethically sourced mother of pearl buttons. The top has a pretty petal shaped collar and two lower pockets. The shorts have an elasticated waist at the back and a matching drawstring belt at the front.

Kitty

Nightshirt

The Kitty nightshirt follows the same styling as Budd men’s nightshirts but has a more slender collar and a plain front. It is cut from Swiss Superior cotton and is hand-trimmed with scarlet piping. Finished with ethically sourced mother of pearl buttons and it arrives at the calf. Not just for sleeping, Bailey and Kasterine intend this to be a travel favourite, epitomising the free spirited style of the collection.

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About Budd Shirtmakers

Budd is famed for its bespoke shirt-making expertise and for being the only Mayfair haberdasher with its own cutting room. An expert team continues to cut iconic, beautifully crafted shirts, within the store. Budd has a heritage spanning over 100 years and maintains its workshop in Andover, Hampshire. Its Piccadilly store is a quintessential gentlemen’s haberdashery and the brand is considered a leading authority and destination for shirts, dresswear, nightwear and accessories.

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Bios

Cathy Kasterine

Cathy Kasterine is a stylist and creative director with 25 years’ experience in the fashion industry. She has contributed as a fashion editor to many international titles including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Porter, I-d as well as many independent magazines. She brings to Budd her wealth of experience as a creative director, having worked in this role with a diverse range of brands, from the luxury sector to smaller bespoke labels.

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey is a photographer, model and creative consultant as well as a Contributing Editor to British Vogue and Ambassador for Save The Children. She brings to the Budd collaboration her creative vision and a passion for classic and sustainable style as epitomised by iconic Budd.

Her creative partnership (and inspiring friendship) with Cathy Kasterine across diverse editorial and brand relationships over the last five years finds an ideal home with Budd this season and beyond.

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