Kestin Hare ‘likes to look back before going forwards’. The Scottish menswear designer founded his eponymous company in 2014, and has since been honing a distinct aesthetic that infuses classic workmen’s clothing with a contemporary finesse – thanks to his extensive material research and a down-to-earth outlook on what men actually want to wear.
Parkas, t-shirts, field jackets and wool trousers are staples in the Kestin Hare wardrobe. Hare designs them with himself in mind, drawing on the patterns of vintage pieces as well as on technological advances that make these items outdoor-proof.
Based in Edinburgh and born in Leith, Hare worked for labels such as Nigel Cabourn, Margaret Howell and Burberry before setting out on his own. From these influences, as well as the admiration Hare has for his personal style hero, his well-dressed spitfire pilot and pub-owner grandfather, he built up a solid brand loved from Britain to Japan.
Kestin Hare’s versatile garments work from day to night – its quality and clean-cut finishes make sure of that. The classic shapes have a contemporary appeal that reads as very British, yet fits into any gentleman’s wardrobe. The vintage element, combined with a functional angle on materials, creates a timelessness that’s perfectly suited to the contemporary hunger for simplicity and ease.
With shops in Edinburgh"s Custom Lane Leith and Shoreditch, (and select retailers in Japan and online) Kestin Hare remains one of those brands that are sought after by connoisseurs of style and quality, those who can appreciate a traditional design that’s been redeveloped.
Pop by the Edinburgh store when you’re staying at the Pavilion at Lamb’s House in Kestin’s home town of Leith, to pick up a few of the brand’s tailored pieces. You won’t very easily bump into another person wearing the same coat as you when wearing Kestin Hare, but you can be sure everyone will be asking you where you got it.