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JOHANN SCHNEIDER TO JENNY SCHWARZ

The man you see gripping the rock face is Jenny Schwarz’s Great-Grandfather, Johann 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 Johann’s personality in the same garment creating rugged but elegant pieces.

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JOHANN SCHNEIDER TO JENNY SCHWARZ

The man you see gripping the rock face is Jenny Schwarz’s Great-Grandfather, Johann 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 Johann’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 Johann’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 MADISON JACKET IN NAVY COTTON GABARDINE

The Madison jacket is created from a navy gabardine cotton. The weave is very tight and the treatment of the fibres give it a smooth look with a hint of natural sheen. Gabardine cloth was developed for the trenches of WWI in an effort to replace the heavy wool overcoats that held moisture and dirt rendering them inefficient. Lightweight but strong cotton gabardine proved to be superior and went on to become the foundation of early sport’s clothing. In particular fishing because a wayward hook would not catch on the flat gabardine surface as it would with a fibrous wool.

The lining is a 50/50 viscose cupro twill; a high-quality and robust choice from Bernstein & Banleys, a British lining company founded in 1953.

We offset the gabardine cotton 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.

The Madison jacket is a very forgiving and wearable garment. The strong, durable cotton gabardine lends a utilitarian note to a jacket which is ultimately practical against wind and rain. The shoulder is made soft by the manipulation of pattern panels that run from the neck seam and down the sleeve creating an inverted ‘T’ shape. Much like a raglan sleeve it follows the shoulder’s curves rather than the more defined, angular shaping of an inset sleeve. The top pockets are also of interest as they sit flush with the body rather than sitting on top like a traditional ‘patch’ pocket.