Savile Row label Kilgour has confirmed that designer Carlo Brandelli is returning to its creative helm after having resigned in 2008. Brandelli’s departure was reported at the time as being down to disagreements with the then-owners over the brand’s direction but after Kilgour was sold in September 2013, its new owners (No. 14 Savile Row, a subsidiary of Fung Capital) have invited him back.
Founded in 1882, Kilgour has over the years garnered a reputation for innovative tailoring that has attracted clients such as Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Karl Lagerfeld, David Adjaye and Peter Saville. In 2002, Kilgour approached Brandelli to become its creative director and the brand developed a hybrid identity that combined the craft and heritage of Savile Row with contemporary menswear design. The results were critically and commercially successful with Brandelli receiving numerous awards including being voted Menswear designer of the year in 2005 by the British Fashion Council.
Brandelli’s latest collection for Kilgour will be unveiled in February at online retalier mrporter.com and a new flagship store designed by Brandelli himself will open in June 2014 in Savile Row.