While you are enjoying the last few weeks of great weather, fall is looming around the corner. However that is no reason to be alarmed, because Universal Works has arrived in store. Under the guise of co-founder and designer David Geyte, Universal Works perfectly blurs the line between contemporary and work wear. These pieces look and feel as much at home in the workshop as they do at the local restaurant where the chef knows you by name. UW provides you with the workwear that is rooted in actual bake shops around Britain. Take for example, the Baker’s Jacket. The first iteration, once crafted at Geyte’s kitchen table is a namesake piece inspired by the jacket his father wore everyday as a baker. The Nottingham based brand is proud to provide you with meaningful workwear that is always approached with a sense of humour.
With the workwear silhouettes, come a natural opportunity for layering. This look, worn by Vince, shows how the mixing of textures can create a look that keeps you warm for fall. It starts with a good bottom layer, like the stoke shirt in sand. With a cotton poplin material and a band collar, it creates a very simple look that will keep the bulk to a minimum around the neck. It provides a simple base layer allowing things that go over it to lay flat. For warmth, this look puts to use one of the centrepieces for this collection. The Sheepskin Gilet uses 100% real sheepskin in the shape of the popular Chore waistcoat. With a ribbed collar and a button adjustable waist, this vest will carry you well into the colder months. The leather has been tanned in a manner that makes it extremely soft to the touch. With hints of workwear and vintage pilot this vest is a must for fall.
The bottom half of this outfit is finished with the olive Aston pant. While traditional workwear bottoms run wide for the most part, Universal Works focuses on bringing the old silhouettes into modernity by borrowing details and slimming down the legs. These are described as “semi-slim,” with two rear button flap pockets, and a durable cotton twill construction to ward off the cold breaks. This look, inspired by our recent viewing of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, is fit for a Spitfire pilot high above the sea, or for a stroll around High Park, it’s really up to you.
UW doesn’t stop there for Fall. This look combines the brown Bakers jacket and the matching Aston pant for a workwear inspired suiting look. As mentioned the Bakers jacket was one of the pieces that birthed the brand, partly because of its versatility. The outer patch pocket work allows for close storage of your personal items and adding a bit of flavour to the traditional jacket. It can be dressed up or down depending on your chosen pairings. This casual look shows how an untucked Stoke shirt can bring some informality to the occasion. The jacket itself is a very lightweight wool blend that will keep you warm without weighing you down.
The Bakers jacket is easily contrasted with dark denim or khakis, but is just as easily worn with the brown wool Aston pant of the same genetic makeup. They go together as well as a pint and the English countryside.
One of the most unique shirting options Universal Works has rolled out for Fall Winter is the Sport shirt. The revised work shirt uses a ribbed collar and sleeves to give you another layering option to help with the transition from summer to fall. Needless to say, whatever you need for the inevitable colder months, UW has plenty of options for you to consider. Available online and in-store now.