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JOHAN SCHNEIDER TO JENNY SCHWARZ

The man you see gripping the rock face is Jenny Schwarz’s Great-Grandfather, Johan Schneider. In 1930’s Bavaria he divided his time between sheer cliff faces and his bespoke tailoring atelier. He was both a precise tailor and a wild adventurer.

The link from present day London to 1930s Bavarian Alpine adventures is the inspiration behind everything we make and do at Jenny Schwarz Menswear as we reflect both sides of Johan’s personality in the same garment creating rugged but elegant pieces.

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JOHAN SCHNEIDER TO JENNY SCHWARZ

The man you see gripping the rock face is Jenny Schwarz’s Great-Grandfather, Johan Schneider. In 1930’s Bavaria he divided his time between sheer cliff faces and his bespoke tailoring atelier. He was both a precise tailor and a wild adventurer.

The link from present day London to 1930s Bavarian Alpine adventures is the constant force of inspiration behind everything we make and do at Jenny Schwarz Menswear as we reflect both sides of Johan’s personality in the same garment creating rugged but elegant pieces.

READ MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF JENNY SCHWARZ

THE FOUNDATION

Every Jenny Schwarz garment is underpinned by exemplary raw materials and a quality construction.

In the spirit of Johan’s bespoke tailoring atelier, our job is to create timeless, seasonless menswear that is designed to last. Jenny designs with a tailor’s eye for proportion and production but with a modern lean, innovating with fabric choices or pattern manipulation.

OUR DESIGN ETHOS

Each garment is a fine balance. First and foremost it must be practical. But, it should also be interesting. The interest may come in the form of cloth used for an uncommon purpose, the positioning of a pocket or the line of a jacket. With careful thought and experience it could be all three at once. We like to put as much thought into the zip or the button as we do the fabric or the design.

FEATURED: THE NESTOR JACKET IN A.W. HAINSWORTH BLACK MELTON WOOL

This Nestor jacket is assembled using cloth from one of England’s oldest and historied mills. The black melton wool comes from A W Hainsworth in Pudsey who, among other incredible stories, made the fabric for the Battle of Waterloo soldiers in 1815 and invented the colour Khaki. The cloth itself is a hardy, thick wool with a twill weave. The twill appearance is lost beneath the felted surface texture which is soft to the touch. The short melton fibres allow for a very slight but natural sheen.

We chose a 100% diamond quilted cotton lining to add warmth for colder months.

We offset the enduring wool with black lip mother of pearl buttons. Taken from the troca shell, these dark buttons occasionally catch the light and harmoniously reflect the cloth they sit on.

Black melton is synonymous with the working man’s donkey jacket, while scarlet melton hunting coats have long been a symbol for the upper classes. Its use cases are unsurprising because the cloth is wind and water resistant and very robust. It was intriguing for the same cloth to have connotations with each end of the social scale and pleasant to note that the same properties were enjoyed by both. Our design is utilitarian instead of ceremonial and utterly timeless. The natural light sheen of the A W Hainsworth melton beside the mother of pearl buttons nudge the jacket away from literal work wear.