Gymphlex - Real English Clothing is Big in Japan
Placing importance on heritage and quality wins fans in Japan and the UK.
Gymphlex has produced high-quality sportswear and workwear since 1906. They have built a reputation for uncompromising quality of cloth and construction, often creating clothes for other brands who value the workmanship.
In terms of cloth, they seek out classic English fabrics, such as flannel from the world-famous Fox Brothers of Somerset - the original creators of the cloth with a history that dates back to 1772. We'll cover Fox Brothers in greater detail another time. The trousers shown below are in a raw flannel Gymphlex produced in collaboration with Fox Brothers.
The coat way above is produced in Ventile, the windproof and waterproof silent cloth developed in Manchester for the military. The coat below is produced in melton wool, another military cloth, produced by J & S Taylor of Halifax, who were established in 1861. We'll be covering Ventile and J & S Taylor when we get round to it too.
All the history, all the fantastic indigenous materials. The mission statement of Gymphlex is "contemporary, casual menswear made with the finest English cloth by traditional English manufacturers." Music to Tweedy's ears.
Compare and contrast with the big so-called British brands that ride on their heritage but don't use British cloth or British manufacturers, or reflect British style for that matter.