Anybody who knows Rita Britton will be well aware that she isn’t afraid to express an (informed) opinion and that she thrives on solving style problems. “I’m sick to death of the fact that there is no stylish alternative to denim jeans and jogging bottoms. So we have provided the perfect solution: a new weekend collection sliced from merino wool jersey.” Without further ado, Britton pulls on Nomad Atelier’s new ‘Kimono Coat’: a cover-up that is as cosy as a dressing gown, and luxuriously edged in silk. “We asked ourselves what does a woman want to wear at the weekend if she’s not at work? We realised that there was a gap in the Nomad Atelier collection for something that was not quite as precious as our signature cashmere and silk pieces, and not as formal as our tailored gaberdine pieces. So virtually everything that we make in wool gabardine and cashmere will now be offered in merino wool jersey too — including our most popular trouser styles: the ‘Cuffed Trouser’, the ‘Bovver Boy’ and the ‘Paperbag Trouser’.” 

Continuing on this theme of chic comfort dressing for Winter 2019, Britton has introduced the tactile plushness of silk velvet and velvet corduroy. “I love the fact that corduroy is a hardworking, almost utilitarian fabric — especially in military green; and that when cut into our signature egg skirt it adds a new sense of structure. As for the silk velvet, we’ve made sure that it works just as well with the new merino wool jersey pieces as it does our gaberdine tailoring. It looks incredibly elegant cut into our jackets — the ‘One Button’, the ‘Boyfriend’, and the ‘Double-breasted’ — and comes in jet black and scarab green.” 

Of course, with Christmas just around the corner, it’s inevitable that thoughts turn to what to wear to the office party or festive get-together. “Winter has always been my favourite season but Christmas party dressing does bring its own problems,” says Britton throwing a knowing look. “I don’t want the modern woman to have to overthink how she dresses.” With this in mind, Britton has collaborated with Scottish weavers to create a fabric that has just the right amount of sparkle. “The Scots have woven the most exquisite silver tweed. It’s our take on the traditional Scottish tweed but interwoven with silver.” With her signature subversiveness, Britton promptly styles a silver tweed one button coat with a cashmere hoodie and hiking boots. “It tones down the glam factor of it all but let’s face it, you’d be the best dressed there.”

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