All men possess elements of anarchy within their character. Anarchy is not about the total absence of rules, but rather the significance of autonomy. The Casely-Hayford ethos represents a unique expression of freedom created when conformity threatens identity, or convention restricts spontaneity; we fuse this expression of the free spirit with the very particular gestures of English sartorialism. The House aims to distil a multitude of ideas into a simple pure entity – innovation through tradition.
The energy, noise and culture of adolescence. Refined menswear collections.
Her USP? Having an innate and all-encompassing understanding of what men want from their clothes: practicality, a dash of adventure and, above all else, something that makes the wearer look damn good. In short, it’s masterful menswear with, as the designer herself would say, “Charm, Charm, Charm”. Having left school at 16 in her home county of Shropshire to take up an apprenticeship in bespoke tailoring and pattern cutting, she moved to London to study menswear at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1998. After this Dalton cut her tailoring teeth at a variety of brands both here and abroad - notably as a consultant for Japanese workwear-crafters United Arrows, and Iceberg and Stone Island in Italy - before founding her eponymous label in 2005. Since then Dalton’s collections have often been inspired by the men in her life: her father and her partner (and keen cyclist), Justin Haigh, as well as her Shropshire roots.
Capturing the DNA of the brand, QASIMI creates a minimalist tone combining themes of architecture and military aesthetics. Outerwear silhouettes of bomber jackets, car coats, and parkas created with bonded cottons and technical fabrics are inspired by Traditional Middle Eastern Costume. Longline and tailored shirting in poplin and voile cottons provide a quiet tone to the collection, focused on colour and organic juxtaposition.This is also interpreted in the considered finishing’s of each garment, centering in on the core aspects of military costume and architectural shapes.