A renowned Huddersfield-based tailor who makes suits for some of the UK’s most coveted businesspeople and well-loved sports stars has collaborated with Ellesse to design and produce the world’s first tailored tracksuit in response to the Work from Anywhere revolution.
Scott Hufton, founder of Owen Scott Bespoke, has created the smart-casual suit with all working environments in mind, from the boardroom to a bar – and it’s even suitable for cycling to work.
A recent survey by the world economic forum found that two-thirds of people around the world still want to work flexibly when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
So, after 12 months of development, the result is a collection which combines the ease, comfort, and convenience of wearing a tracksuit with the sharp style of a suit.
The collection – named Sarto Collezione – is cut from high-quality Italian stretch fabric in navy blue, with an orange half lined jacket, tulip pockets and orange collar detailing. But this is where tradition ends and unique casual styling begins, with a muscle fit to the product, ribbed wrist and ankle cuffs, a stretch drawstring waist on the trousers and the removable gilet that provides a fashion-forward alternative to a formal shirt.
It is also crease-resistant, meaning the suit lends itself perfectly as a commuting outfit to wear on a train, to jump into boardroom meetings or to afterwork drinks at a bar. The ribbed cuffs also make cycling to work easier, as the sleeves can’t be caught on the bar handles.
The three-piece suit is available at £395. Able to be worn flexibly as a three piece, with or without the zip-in gilet, and with trainers to match, Scott believes it is the style of the future.
He said: “During the pandemic, many of us became accustomed to a more comfortable, casual look, but not everyone wants to drop the suit entirely, so this hybrid suit offers the best of both worlds. It’s a suit for men who believe that casual is a concept that’s open to personal interpretation, rather than a stylist’s rule book. It’s a statement look that re-invents the idea of ‘smart casual’ for the 2020s, bringing two classic styles together to create something truly unique and extraordinary.
“Something that many people don’t realise is that Leonardo Servadio, the founder of Ellesse, was an Italian tailor who brought a tailoring edge to sportswear, so it feels very fitting.”