Regatta Professional’s new Originals brand derives from the Manchester-based company’s desire to inject some Manchester style into the industry. The range encapsulates the Mancunian spirit and all that Manchester is recognised for.
The city of Manchester really oozes through the Regatta Originals range. It is youthful, it is urban and it certainly is a more fashionable approach to corporatewear.
Explaining the origin of the range Megan Pacey, assistant marketing manager, says: “The range was borne out of the fact that we are a Manchester-based company and this brings with it a lot of benefits. There is a lot of culture, creativity and innovation in the city, which we wanted to harness in this range.
“All of our designers live in and around Manchester and we thought it was important to design a range that reflected the city.”
Adds Anthony Haber, managing director: “We realise a collection like this has to have mass appeal and can’t be too niche, but we feel the products we have selected have instant desirability.
“People resonate with this range as it takes them straight back to their youth, while the younger generation relates to this range in a different way as it enables them to reflect their personality.”
Here we take a closer look at the nine pieces that make up this exciting new take on classic corporate jackets to see exactly what Megan and Anthony are alluding to.
This modern take on the iconic MA1 style was a must addition to the range. This lightweight diamond-quilted jacket has a great fashion feel and wouldn’t look out of place in any high street store. The exposed zips and ribbed collar give it a real sense of authenticity.
Explaining this jacket’s inclusion in the collection, Megan says: “There are pictures of Morrissey and The Smiths standing on the doors Salford Lads’ Club and they are all wearing these over-sized bomber jackets, turned up jeans – it’s a real key piece.”
“We have taken a lot of time and consideration over the finer details of this jacket to bring it right up-to-date,” adds Anthony.
Anthony says that out of the whole collection this is the one that he would choose to wear.
It features Thermo-guard insulation, which can be seen on other pieces in the range. As an outdoorwear specialist it was important for Regatta to add technical elements to every jacket in the collection.
This transeasonal piece is already universally loved by wearers and is available in navy, black and dark khaki.
This effortlessly trendy take on a classic Harrington jacket has already been well-received among customers. “Everyone recognises this one,” says Anthony.
As a classic style that could be seen around the city in the 1980s, it was definitely a jacket that needed to be included in the collection. It has been brought right up to date with new trims and chequered lining.
“This jacket would look so classy with a small tonal logo on it,” says Megan.
This lightweight jacket provides a cleaner, smarter option in the collection and is available in navy and parchment.
This is a modern take on the traditional bomber jacket, blending wool effect fabric with leather-look sleeves. It is a mid-level piece in the collection and appeals to a different type of customer because of its look.
Megan says: “This is a real merging of sports and fashion. It is the jacket that has most shocked people with its inclusion in the collection.”
No other jacket in Regatta’s extensive collection features a leather-effect fabric, making the Corner House truly unique in its styling.
The jacket has been designed to be slimmer fitting than a typical bomber jacket, while the stretch rib collar, hem and cuffs add to this. The Corner House is available in ash/black.
This relaxed fit bomber jacket is a slightly different take on the instantly recognisable style, all that is missing is the diamond-quilting as seen on the Fallowfield.
The Castlefield is yet another iconic piece that the Regatta Originals range wouldn’t be complete without.
It is available in three key colours; navy, black and dark khaki.
This classic double-breasted military-style jacket is one of two premium styles that make up the collection.
The premium fabrics used in this jacket really give it a lift above the others in the range as does its waterproof and breathable qualities. Regatta has gone above and beyond with the design of this coat. The wool-effect fabric and lack of zips is what makes the Whitworth different from anything else in Regatta’s current offering.
The detachable fleece collar means the wearer gets two looks in one. The Whitworth is available in ash.
This 3-in-1 waterproof is the jacket that is most resembles others in Regatta Professional’s range, just with a few key differences. It is a real staple piece for Regatta and shows off the company’s technical expertise and heritage.
The little add-ons, such as the high shine, the epaulettes, the taping down the zips and the press snap fastenings on the collar, really help elevate this jacket above the ordinary.
“We have given a staple style some fashionable lifts and it really works,” says Megan.
The outer jacket can be taken off to unveil an insulated lightweight bodywarmer underneath, which is great for those warmer days. This Deansgate has been designed for practicality and this is clear.
The Deansgate is available in black and navy with a matching colour bodywarmer inner.
Withington and Longsight
The Withington is a real trend piece in the collection. It features vertical baffling down the front and has a real sports feel.
The high shine and soft handle fabric this jacket has adds to the quality feel.
What makes this jacket stand out is the fact it comes with a matching bodywarmer, the Longsight.
Another modern take on the classic bomber, this jacket comes with an adjustable hood and compared to regular over-sized bomber jackets this style has been really slimmed down. It is available in black and seal grey.
When mentioning classic Manchester fashion the parka could not be ignored.
The Ardwick is Regatta’s take on this favourite of the Gallagher brothers. It is the second of the premium styles in the Originals collection. It features a faux fur trim on the hood, an adjustable waistband and contrast taping alongside the zips.
With all of the technical additions this jacket features, such as waterproof Isotex fabric and Thermo-guard insulation, the Ardwick is elevated beyond a regular fashion piece.
It is available in black and dark khaki.
Each piece in the range features the signature Manchester Worker Bee in subtle places throughout, again encapsulating the hardworking spirit Mancunians are known for. And in a final nod to Manchester each jacket has been named after a suburb of the famous city.
The colours used in the range are staples for the styles featured in the range, as Megan explains: “We know these colours are going to sell well as they are the most iconic and the most fashionable.”
Due to the popularity of the jackets, Regatta is fulfilling customer demand and size XS will be made available soon. This will be particularly pleasing to female customers who have taken a liking to some of the jackets, but have found them a little oversized at the moment.
Megan adds: “We wanted a range that we could hang our hat, and say ‘yep, this is us. We are from Manchester and look how fantastic we are. We knew the range would be well-received in the North West, but it has been well-received nationwide and even in Europe which surprised us.”
To conclude, Anthony says: “This range is real watershed moment. Not only for us, but also for the corporate market. We are incorporating fashion into the corporatewear and redefining what corporate means. This is a bold, innovative move, from a bold, innovative company.”
Come autumn/ winter 2018 the range will have expanded as more Manchester-inspired jackets and complementary products are added, enabling Regatta Professional to build a brand around a more complete clothing collection.
The range is currently available from all major distributors in the UK and Ireland.