I am very excited to showcase a young photographer William Waterworth and his friend, film director Arthur Studholme, whom I asked this August to describe in images what Connolly feels like, to them. Its purpose, and how their friends would wear it, not as a fashion statement, but as clothes – I wanted their points of reference, a feeling for what the brand is about to them. The first thing William said was "we would like to photograph at an airfield"... and I was hooked! The result is nostalgic, beautiful, and surprising even hopeful.
Letter from youth
Words by Gigi Ettedgui
‘I’ve never felt so distracted, or if I confess, uncreative or indifferent. If hope is the thing with feathers, then mine feel clipped. Life feels stuck in second gear,' so wrote my daughter Gigi to me last night when I asked her to describe how their work made her feel. 'But, watching the film and images from Arthur Studholme and William Waterworth made for Connolly, jumpstarted me when I got home this evening. It is fresh air, a sense of escape, and resonant with how life now feels... ready to take off.'
'For me growing up with Connolly, it has always been a brand that has no code. It is both timeless and ageless. This film is the same... It’s youth, it’s energy, it’s prescience. A boy, a girl, beautifully dressed, just hanging out in an air field. Plane-spotting... sharp, subtle, soft, iconic. Wearing the sharpest tailoring by Marc Audibet, wrapped in the softest knits by Lorraine Acornley lying against an iconic flight bag made in the supplest leather designed by Couli Jobert. It taps into that underlying desire, longing and anticipation when you’re young: to take flight.'
'I admire Connolly, not only for its beautiful products and initiatives, but the way it genuinely embraces the new; whether in its jacket or trousers, whose cut works equally for men and women; it’s lack of wastefulness and it’s design and manufacturing rigour; the philanthropic sale schemes; or the customised upcycling with Frank Akinsete at Portobello. But it’s also always at heart been a collaborative platform for art and design. So thank you for giving young talent a voice. If anything, this film shows the power of a collaboration.'
'Everything about Connolly is trans-generational. In a time where essential and protective measures have to be made to keep our distance, Connolly is showing us how we can stick together in a non virtual world... a nostalgia for times past but an excitement and an understanding about the future.'
'This film isn’t promoting an impossible dolce vita, or trying to be street or “young”, it’s showing another side of Connolly: it’s an essence – beautifully constructed, simple, sexy and... true.'
The Connolly CB Blanket
A beautifully spun lambswool and cashmere blanket the Connolly CB Blanket in beige and yellow is both light and soft.
The Connolly Deck Bag
A timeless trend-setter, the purple deck bag has all the hallmarks of a Connolly classic. Exquisite craftsmanship, beautiful materials, carefully considered details. Made using the finest leather and brass hardware, this elegant leather bag has top handles and a shoulder strap for ultimate flexibility. Available in a range of colours.
The Connolly Cashmere Blouson
The traditional bomber jacket is updated in Connolly Driving’s exclusive stretch cashmere, woven at Lovat Mill in Scotland. The soft body is lined in Japanese technical nylon for the perfect blend of style and performance. With its subtle seams and understated details, the lightweight blouson is a new, enduring classic. The cashmere blouson has matching navy cashmere drawstring trousers.
The Connolly Maxi Toolkit & Midi Toolkits
Designed by Sebastian Conran the iconic Connolly Toolkit now comes in two sizes. The maxi version for your garage and the mini for the boot of your car. Made by hand in beautiful tanned leather.
Due to the weight and complexity of the items, please contact us to purchase.
The Connolly Driving Goggles
The ultimate driving accessory and a statement piece in the Connolly collection. Made in England from smooth grain leather, they feature an adjustable elastic strap and polycarbonate lenses. Approved for road use, the CB driving goggles are a glorious sight on country lanes or city streets.
The Connolly Road Rage Gloves
Traditionally crafted in Italy, the road rage gloves are handmade and stitched for a second-skin fit. Secured at the wrist with a simple snap closure, the deerskin leather is beautifully soft, outside and in, for full flexibility. While the classic shape is traced in contrasting running stitch and two, standout patches.
The Connolly Shearling Hoodie
Exquisitely soft inside and out, this shearling hoodie is left authentically unlined, in a relaxed, boxy shape inspired by its flying days. Naturally dyed in sand-coloured shades, with pared-back detailing and raw edges on the cuffs and hood, it’s a confident new take on a timeless piece.
The Connolly Cashmere Robe de Chambre
Enveloping cashmere in a generous boxy cut, the Connolly robe teams cozy layers with chic detailing. Wide sleeves feature a contrasting rib, with a seamless, soft hood and matching belt completing the laid-back vibe. Carefully crafted in Scotland, this chunky cashmere knit is a Connolly favourite all year round.
The Connolly Circuit Pouch
Channelling the motoring heritage of the Connolly brand, the circuit pouch is a winning combination of colours and textures. Soft French nubuck meets Italian leather in the distinctive checkered pattern, with a contrasting natural vegetable tanned leather shoulder strap bringing this season’s must-have pouch full circle.
The Connolly Traditional Briefcase
An item inspired by Isabel’s father, the Traditional Briefcase is a result of many years of evolution and perfection. Made in gorgeous natural vegetable tanned leather, this briefcase will acquire a wonderful patina, with the character and the depth of the leather colour slowly emerging for years to come. The case is made from unlined leather to reduce weight and give greater flexibility to the shape of each bag.
The briefcase is constructed in such away that it can be folded down into a slim briefcase that can be held under the arm like a document case. With this case at your side you will feel ready to take on the world.
The Connolly Engine Deerskin Jacket
Crafted in butter-soft deerskin leather, this hand-cut jacket has an effortlessly fluid shape. With slightly dropped shoulders and gently tapered sleeves, its relaxed fit is offset by the statement pockets and wide collar. Left unlined for a supple finish, and with horn buttons, the deerskin jacket is confidently understated.
Connolly Driving Boots
A subtle nod to Connolly's motoring heritage, these driving boots are meticulously crafted from butter-soft suede.