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A brief history of boxers

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His wardrobe might be wall-to-wall Paul Smith and Gieves & Hawkes and his sock drawer sports Brora cashmere, but when it comes to underwear, his boxers are no match for his outerwear, says Robin Hague. Until now…  

I adored Grannie, the long summer days I had with her to myself (a rare treat for a middle child), sipping homemade lemonade as we watched the cricket together, and I often try to pinpoint what it was about her that made her so wonderful. She lived in a modest semi in a pleasant road, not far from the big house where she had lived with her husband before she was prematurely widowed, and while she was a very kind lady, she had a horror of poor manners, poor grammar and people who, in her opinion, had plenty of money but very little class. They were, to coin her phrase, “All fur coat and no knickers”.

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It was this expression that came to mind recently when I acquired a pair of boxer shorts from the new British artisan label, Drake & Hutch for the first time. I have to admit that when it comes my wardrobe, the underwear department is sorely lacking. While my wardrobe is mostly comprised of Paul Smith and Gieves & Hawkes; my shoes are generally Paul Smith, Oliver Sweeney or Jeffery West; and my socks are unfailingly, yes you’ve guessed it Paul Smith, or, for a winter cashmere treat, Brora, for years I’ve neglected the one item charged with keeping the unmentionables warm and comfy. In short, my boxers have been no match for my outerwear. Until now.

I have to admit that when it comes my wardrobe, the underwear department is sorely lacking.  In short, my boxers have been no match for my outerwear

If you’ve never heard of handmade menswear essentials Drake & Hutch before, let me be the one to fill you in – or at least, let me be the one to share with you what they say in the About section of their website: “With a design background in British tailoring that embraces the core values of fit, form and function to create luxury clothing for the modern gentleman. Designed in England in collaboration with Jermyn Street tailors and handmade in Europe.”

As the old adage goes “You get out what you put in” and Drake & Hutch has invested two years researching every component that goes into their clothing

As the old adage goes “You get out what you put in” and Drake & Hutch has invested more than two years researching every component that goes into their clothing as well as the people behind the process, from the cotton growers in America to the fabric mills in Italy. As they say, “by going to this level of detail and providing transparency at every stage of production we have created a range of ethically made menswear essentials we are truly proud of”.

Well, from my perspective I’d like to say that not only are Drake & Hutch boxer shorts extremely comfortable but they launder perfectly and they have kept shape impeccably. So now I have boxers that are on a par with the rest of my wardrobe. Grannie would be pleased.

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