Sartorial Splendor

Jane’s Vanity features two design labels that conjure up the rarefied world of gentleman’s “requisite” houses in London’s West End. These formidable shops, sprinkled through Mayfair, Piccadilly, and St. James, are the stuff of English sartorial legend. Here one might follow in the footsteps of Gary Cooper, or even Pablo Picasso, to be fitted for shirts, suits, shoes, and whatever else a gentleman might require.

But, nice as it would be to do so, one needn’t travel to London to absorb a bit of this world. Sleepwear from London labels Derek Rose and Morpho+Luna is available here at for you and yours..

Derek Rose London was founded in 1926 to create a brand of the finest gentlemens nightwear. Now in its third generation, this heritage company prides itself on its quality, design, and service. It has even clothed Harry Potter for the night! Although women have not hesitated to borrow the snappy men’s pajamas, a ladies line was added in 2004. So pair up in charming striped, printed, or piped numbers in cotton or silk. Add one of their transporting robes. See teatime transform itself into a house party.

Young English company Morpho+Luna, founded in 2014, brings a French/Italian twist to the masculine shapes well-known on Savile Row.The co-creators draw upon their European textile backgrounds to add zest and sophistication to both men’s and women’s sleepwear. Made of the finest materials, the men’s robes are tailored as blazers and fit true to size. A pocket square is included with each. And to the question “Are you posh enough?” the robes would all answer “Quite.”

Worn behind closed doors or while out playing footie on the lawn, these garments promise to keep up their end and get on with it. They connect the wearer to a rare breed of artisans who take great pride in offering the best.

And, if you can drag this gigantic and wonderful book home from the library, you will enjoy reading The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London by James Sherwood. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2012.

-Kate L

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