Hockley AW11: Left, grey wool parka with squirrel lining & fox trim. Right, golden aqua musquash & fox coat with detachable bolero.
During my trip to London for fashion week, I visited the Hockley store and showroom, a very old, traditional London furrier who launched their own label in 2007. Their creative director, Izzet Irs, showed me their beautiful autumn winter 2011 collection.
Hockley AW11: Left, reverisble navy mink coat with neoprene lining. Right, brown multi-colour mink coat wiht reflective inserts.
Irs explained to me that he wanted to design a brand, not a fur brand, and his intentions have been very well-received. Harrods, the famous London department store, sells Hockley in their womenswear department, not in their fur department.
Hockley AW11: Left, silver ash mink & fox layered on jersey coat. Right, silver ash punched mink & knit jacket.
For autumn winter 2011, Irs wanted to make a collection that was almost all reversible, which meant a lot of wool coats lined in fur and knit pieces that could be worn inside out. He worked with a lot of fox, chinchilla, rex rabbit, and mink, and kept the colour palette very neutral, featuring grey, silver, taupe, and navy, and the result is a very modern, beautiful, desirable outerwear collection.
Hockley AW11: Left, grey wool parka with squirrel lining and fox trim. Right, dusty grey knitted chinchilla & fox jacket.
Hockley AW11: Left, dusty brown knitted chinchilla & fox jacket with sequins. Right, dusty grey knitted chinchilla & fox bolero with sequins.
Hockley AW11: Left, silver beige raccoon gilet, reversible to wool. Right, amber fox & black kidskin gilet with belt.
Hockley AW11: Left, grey wool hooded gilet with squirrel lining & fox trim. Right, silver dust tianjin & tibet lamb gilet with belt.
Hockley AW11: Left, silver grey earmuffs and silver ash punched mink neckwarmer. Right, golden ash fox scarf with belt.
Hockley AW11: Left, silver beige raccoon earmuffs and feathrerd raccoon shoulder wrap. Right, sapphire knitted fox & kidskin baker boy hat with long mittens.
Hockley is available in major department stores Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, Holt Renfrew, and Lane Crawford.