Jacket Required ss15 – Godspeed Goods, Mr.Black and Harry Stedman





On a bright baking sunny Wednesday, Burtonwode made the short journey from the stuffy office on Commercial St to the Jacket Required SS/15 event at the Truman Brewery to see if we could scope out whats fresh. With no motive other than interest, we pick out those brands and items which caught our eye.

Godspeed Goods

Having met the men behind Godspeed Goods, and having been taken through every step of construction I can confidently say rarely has there been an item at Jacket imbued with as much love and technical dedication as Godspeed Goods. Five years in the making, every ergonomic aspect of the bag has been thought about and refined – from the stain, water and rip-proof kevlar to the solid bass trims and hidden pockets. Colours include

Charcoal Melange

Brigade Olive

Guardsman Red

RAF Blue

Light Grey Melange

 The spec from their website reads:

“Each bag is constructed from military grade wool and luxury vegetable-tanned cowhide, reinforced with a kevlar ripstop bottom and fully lined with silky pig suede. All these materials are water, oil and flame resistant.

The bag features front bellow pockets with secure flaps that close using strong leather straps and brass roller buckles. For quick and easy access, the back panel has pockets designed for your smart phone, tablet, pens, tools and note book.

The interior has two full-width pockets designed to hold large documents and one side features a dense foam wool padded compartment for keep your laptop safe. The leather shoulder strap is entirely removable and attached with solid brass swivel clip buckles. As a bag designed for travel, the overall dimensions meet carry-on requirements.”

Not available in shops until August, and costing a considerable £895 expect this to be on the X-Mas wish list!!



We love a good new idea. Something that manages to combine a genuine need with slick production and packaging. Like all the best ideas, it started with a problem. Washing clothes is inherently bad for them, but evidently a necessary evil. Enter Mr.Black. Starting out with ‘refresher’ items, this spray on product kills oder and bacteria without the need for washing. Sometimes clothes get stained…and then you have to wash them. With a new range of items intended for the washing machine, these products are enzyme free and softer than traditional detergents. Made in Australia from 100% natural and of course no animal testing…..this the product smelly jeans have been praying for, for years.


last but certainly not least…….


Harry Stedman


A brand surprisingly close to my heart. Like Burtonwode, in many ways this is a brand conceived in Liverpool that happens to reside in London. The brand gets its feel from the MD’s father Harry Stedman, like many Scousers…a man whose heart just had to roam. Joining the army and leaving Liverpool and finding himself traveling the globe, Harry soaked up as much world culture as he could…but it was the US and in particular New York that spoke most eloquently to Harry. Settling in the UK…many years later the Harry Stedman brand was born, a UK take on classic US workwear and silhouette.


Following on from previous collections, the current crop of jackets and shirts didn’t disappoint, with solid, well constructed and well conceived items once again at the forefront of everything they do.


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