Whether summer or winter, cotton fabrics form the the backbone of a gentleman’s wardrobe. At New & Lingwood, each different kind of cotton material we use brings with it different benefits and characteristics; from our warming winter cords and moleskins to luxurious socks. In our Spring/Summer 2019 collection, we’re using cotton materials across several different products, each intended to complement the other.

The first is our range of classic cotton chinos. Chinos are a versatile summer staple, and ours are available in no less than 13 different colours. They are tailored in Italy, and cut from Italian cotton twill. In contrast to our winter chinos, we cut our Spring/Summer chinos from lightweight cotton, which is soft, cool to wear and has just a touch of stretch. With gently tapered legs (neither too slim, nor too wide) and a mid-high rise, these are both stylish and comfortable to wear in warm temperatures – whether you pair them with a tailored jacket or a relaxed summer shirt and suede loafers.

Of course, fine cotton shirts are an important part of our offering too. New & Lingwood has made shirts for over 100 years, and we incorporated another storied British shirtmaker, Bowring & Arundel, in the 1990s. In summer, we take great care to use the coolest lightweight cottons (again, our shirting fabrics are woven in Italy), for a range of shirts that varies from classic Bengal striped business shirting, to plain collar poplin shirting evenings and weekends.

Left: Olive Whitebeam Stripe St James's Collar Classic Fit Single Cuff Shirt Right: Pink Poplin St James's Collar Tailored Fit Single Cuff Shirt

Specifically, we use luxury two-fold cotton shirting cloths wherever we can, which are prized for their superior softness and performance. Unlike single-ply cottons, two-ply fabrics are smoother against the skin, and wear and wash well over time. This, combined with the superior workmanship that goes into our shirts (12-piece collars, single-needle side-seams and split back-yokes that sit flush against the shoulder blades) ensure that our shirts are both flattering and comfortable to wear, no matter the season.

To complement our shirts, we’re also offering a trio of lightweight cotton crewnecks this season, knitted in Italy with a soft handle and open yarn structure. They’re light and airy enough for the warmer months, and layer easily over an open-collar shirt on chilly evenings. You can also wear these next to the skin like a long-sleeved T-shirt, which is a smart, modern look under a checked summer jacket.

Cotton is something of a miracle fabric; it can be warming in winter, cooling in summer and in our Spring/Summer 19 collection, it is as comfortable to wear as can be.