Mr Christopher Bailey has twice been named Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards since joining Burberry in 2001. He was educated at the Royal College of Art in London where he was discovered by Ms Donna Karan, and before starting at Burberry, was a senior designer at Gucci.
Leather biker gear from the early 20th century, designed by Mr Thomas Burberry himself, was the inspiration behind the men's spring/summer 2011 Prorsum collection, which featured rugged leather jackets teamed with gabardine trousers.
The jacket is made in Italy from calfskin leather, and was washed to loosen and slightly distend the seams - giving it the distinctive 'worn in' vintage look. The leather is also over-dyed by hand. The inside of the jacket is bound with rubber to make it waterproof, enhancing its protective and functional qualities.
There are eight pockets on the front of the jacket and two internal pockets, so you won't be short of storage. The jacket has a military look, thanks to the epaulettes, belt and cuff straps. The side vents have a rivet closure.
Although Burberry is best known for its trench coats, throughout its history the brand has supplied rugged outerwear to motorcyclists, aviators and explorers. Burberry's expertise in outerwear dates right back to the label's founding in 1856.
Burberry started life in 1856 when 21-year-old Mr Thomas Burberry, a draper's apprentice, opened a small shop in Basingstoke, England. Burberry quickly gained a loyal following for its high quality, innovative outerwear, and the rest is history. Milestones of the brand's 155-year heritage include the invention of gabardine, a durable outerwear fabric, outfitting the first man ever to reach the South Pole, and developing the now-iconic trench coat.
Today, Burberry is the ultimate British luxury brand, and under Mr Christopher Bailey the label's annual turnover has exceeded £1 billion. The brand continues to lead the way with its critically-lauded collections and keen uptake of technology, which saw Burberry stream its last runway show live with a 'Click to Chat' feature where viewers could get immediate product information. It is very fitting that Prorsum, the name of Burberry's runway line, should be the Latin word for 'forwards'.