To celebrate this milestone achievement in business, we have partnered with three of our key suppliers to create this unique, limited edition collection. Please call or visit us in store for more details.
The first year of trading at ‘Man at Ease’, 19 New Street, was the most enjoyable and satisfying of my business life. Having people crossing the threshold, myself being friendly, also patient to ensure they return for a second purchase was the aim. To build the stock as well as relationships, both most important.
Towards the latter part of the second year, 23 Lendal (opposite G.P.O) became vacant. The tall, slim, glass-fronted unit (as today) caught my imagination for a younger trendier trade naming “Easy Guy”, on the way to becoming a multiple.
In the early seventies, I opened two further shops in Low Petergate; Squire at 43, and the first under my own name at 67. This street was secondary then, but great future potential with the route from the Minister to the Shambles. By the mid-decade the penny dropped! Why keep leasing with renewals and reviews every year? Be your own landlord, buy a freehold. Yes, good fortune prevailed with the purchase of 61/63 Low Petergate, although any refurbishment was on hold.
During the early sixties, the council removed number 59 Low Petergate because it was structurally unsafe. They then created a small amenity area with paving, bench and grass, down Grape Lane, becoming ‘Buskers Corner’. The idea to bring back number 59 started to formulate, followed by an approach to the planning department on a design to tempt the council into selling the land. The wrap-round building would mirror that on the corner of Stonegate and Low Petergate. All was accepted by central government with permission then being given for the sale of the council-owned land.
The cost of a rounded corner that rose four storeys was not commercially sound, but right for the council, Low Petergate and York. The amount of money for building, interior fittings and stock was a high figure, but a number of manufacturers and suppliers assisted in many ways. In August 1982 the doors opened on another chapter, whilst earlier the doors closed on ‘Easy Guy’, ‘Man at Ease’ and ‘Squire’. The original smaller Robert Smart unit (at 67) lost its formal side, gaining a country feel which exists today as ‘Smart Country’ (now at 65).
In the nineties, named brand designers were back in a big way, so a decision was made to give number 59 its own identity; Mannix. This was to become a younger, more forward-thinking, fashionable division to the business, which continued until 2014, when it was realigned to Robert Smart Menswear (61/63).
That’s the bricks and mortar of the business over fifty years. The next issue highlights the next generation of the Smart Family. Also, some of the staff members who gave much support over the years in contributing to the success of our independent menswear business.
Holland Esquire at Robert Smart Menswear in York, one of the uk’s finest tailoring companies. renowned tailor Nick Holland started the company in 2001 and pays the finest attention to detail on every aspect of the design from the fit to the exquisite detail and styling to the selection of the finest fabrics available across the world.
Many of the fabrics thatHolland Esquire use are specifically designed and are unique to Holland Esquire.Holland Esquire jackets are all of a slim fitting block however they offer alternative fits for different body shapes and looks. AllHolland Esquire products are made in very limited numbers meaning exclusivity in design but does mean that limited numbers and sizes are available in all stock.
Bugatti at Robert Smart Menswear in York
Bugatti shirts, umbrellas, leather goods, underwear, belts, socks, shoes, leather jackets, hats, cell phone bags, bedding and home textiles.The accessories and licensed products complete the Bugatti outfits and products from the Bed & Bath round out the Bugatti world.
Brax trousers autumn/winger 2016 range available at Robert Smart Menswear in York. Robert Smart of York stocks a range of Brax clothing. Colours, light and breeziness are theme of Brax’s spring/summer 2013 collection at Robert Smart in York. Reserved or boasting colour flash – the jackets in the Brax Outdoor collection at Robert Smart in York are crafted to live up to any demand. The must-haves of the extensive colour spectrum include faded hues such as stone, brass, orange and olive, as well as the new summer highlight red. The colours new blue and aqua are also new to the palette, just like the key summer 2013 colour: yellow, in shades ranging to mustard. Non-colours – light khaki, taupe and beige – add a calm counterpoint. READ MORE
Barbour International Triumph at Robert Smart Menswear in York – genuine and original, this is a collection for biker aficionados. With a simple colour palette of black and grey, the collection features washed and distressed wax jackets with a lived-in authentic look. Knits are chunky and rugged and premium tees are washed and bleached.
Peregrine clothing now available at Robert Smart Menswear in York is a family business that has been manufacturing wool knitwear in England since 1901. One hundred years on and Peregrine is one of the few UK manufacturers remaining. Mixing classic British styling with fresh and exciting designs it creates vintage jumpers and traditional English clothing for all generations. Peregrine uses only 100% Merino Wool and all garments are made in England.
New ranges of watches at Robert Smart Menswear York from D1 Milano
What started as a marketing thesis quickly made its way as one of the fastest growing brands in the luxury industry. D1 Milano is pronounced The One and it is a luxury fashion accessory brand born in Milan during the 2013 Edition of Milano Fashion Week.
Born from the bond of friendship and hard work, D1 Milano was the result of a Marketing Thesis for Bocconi University made by Dario Spallone who currently heads the company with long time friends Alessandro Pedersoli and Mattia Bodini who joined forces with Alessia, Dario’s sister, to revolutionize the World of Watches.
Matchless jackets, including the James Bond Daniel Craig blouson from Spectre are now at Robert Smart York.
Britain’s most iconic spy James Bond is back on the big screen in his latest adventure, Sony Pictures “Spectre” and for
2015 he is dressed to kill in Matchless.
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles
political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind
With outerwear that was stylish, functional but with a classic British tailored feel in mind, the production’s Costume
Designer turned to British heritage brand Matchless.
For James Bond, Matchless created a light weight suede blouson for the character to wear in one of the film’s most
pivotal scenes. The Craig Blouson is produced in sand coloured soft-touch brushed suede with cotton lining
emblazoned with the iconic Matchless logo on the arm signifying quality and heritage.
Michele Malenotti, Director of Matchless said “Bond is a British icon with a global appeal and style followed the world
over. With Matchless’ British heritage it was a natural fit for us to collaborate on this movie and we are looking
forward to seeing the film and the designs on the big screen.”
S4 Jackets available at Robert Smart Menswear York.
When is a man a man? We believe there are 4 things that make a man attractive, successful and confident. Self-assuredness, style, smartness and a certain type of sportiness. Not more. But also not less. S4 sees fashion through the eyes of men who are no longer trying to find out who they are, but who are at peace with themselves. Both in life and fashion.
Clear silhouettes, clear edges. Why succumb to the dictate of what a “man” should wear? Why not strike out on one’s own? Stylistically confident, nonchalant, discerning. Inspired by design, architecture and the lifestyle of international metropolises, we have already remained true to our chosen path for two decades.
Yet, despite this, time and again we demonstrate our courage to question this and define a new direction. We believe: trends come and go. Quality remains. Which is why we invest just as much passion in the look as we do in the manufacturing. We pay attention to details and are willing to risk everything except compromises.
Thus S4 is many things and one in particular: 100% man.
Jamie Boult lives on Ardtornish Estate which is located on the Morvern peninsula on the west coast of Scotland.
He recently graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BDes(hons) Product Design Degree. He designs and manufactures cufflinks, earrings and other products from upcycled materials, mainly used bullets, cartridges and red deer antler. All of his products are handmade by himself therefore each one is slightly unique. He takes pride in making sure every piece is made to a high standard.
He started making these products as a way to help pay his way through University as the materials and bench fees for his degree were expensive. He started selling his products to shops and they sold well. In fact they sold so well that now that he has graduated and is running his business full time.
Peregrine clothing, now available at Robert Smart Menswear in York, is a family business that has been manufacturing wool knitwear in England since 1901. One hundred years on and Peregrine is one of the few UK manufacturers remaining. Mixing classic British styling with fresh and exciting designs it creates vintage jumpers and traditional English clothing for all generations. Peregrine uses only 100% Merino Wool and all garments are made in England.
Peregrine is the brand name of J G Glover & Co Ltd, an original UK manufacturer from Leicester with over 200 years’ experience in producing quality, crafted knitwear in England.
As a heritage brand Peregrine at Robert Smart in York are proud to stamp our label on every product Peregrine at Robert Smart in York make with the reassurance that it is 100% British.
Thoughtfully designed for those that require something different Peregrine evokes a story which strives to remain unique, presented in a modern environment u sing the best locally sourced fabrics from British Shetland wool to Millerain waxed cotton and hand-woven Harris Tweed.
The collection remains stylish yet functional for both Ladies and Men; while preserving a truly British aesthetic that sits proudly alongside our most timeless skills which have evolved over eight generations.
Now portraying a strong Heritage aesthetic with a contemporary characteristic.
This brand is producing traditional shapes and styles that are enthusing again; with versatility in mind at the commencement of the design process, each style is developed as a transitional piece between rural and urban environments.
Practicality and style are two key elements of the collection; their combination of innovative design with durable, showerproof fabrics have created true investment pieces for this year’s winter season.
Peregrine hopes to energise today’s British manufacturing into an innovative future, ultimately backed by sound investment in clothing made within our shores.
John Smedley Knitwear York at Robert Smart
Robert Smart Menswear in York is proud to offer the open variety of John Smedley men’s knitwear. Luxurious and contemporary, this quality knitwear company manufactures clothing right here in the United Kingdom. York’s own Robert Smart Menswear provides the entire line of men’s knitwear from John Smedley.
Robert Smart menswear in York have a new range of Fynch Hatton clothing available. High quality long-stapled cotton, finest lambswool, cashmere from Mongolia, linen, silk or Merino, on top of all that the craftsmanship right down to the perfect fit. Each and every part of a pullover is knitted to form and linked by hand with an eye to “detailed quality and workmanship”.
The name Fynch–Hatton® stands for premium quality.
The Fynch Hatton product range in our York menswear shop encompasses everything – from Outdoor Tweed right up to Supersoft Cotton, from Premium Cotton right up to Pima Cotton Cashmere, from Sporty Polo Piquee right up to luxurious Interlock Sweat (NEW!) – all in trendy colours.
Casual pullovers and sweats in lour York store in the spirit of the times and with personality.
Fynch cotton – Hatton York ® only uses long-stapled and delicate US-cotton which distinguishes itself by giving the finished product an evenly knitted look and a subtle shine. Above that, our yarns are only dyed with certified dyestuffs, which are environmentally friendly and gentle to the skin. Our Supersoft Cotton is finished in a unique washing process developed by us, so that pullovers are especially soft with brilliant colours. Fynch – Hatton ® lambswool York is soft and cuddly, as we only use the finest wool, with an average fibre between 19 and 21 thousandths of a millimetre. In addition, we take long-fibred wool, from which we have the yarn highly spun according to our specifications. These yarns are especially smooth and less prone to pilling.
Fynch–Hatton® lambswool York is easy-care and smoothens out again under the influence of warmth and moisture. This is why a standard delicate machine wash programme saves washing by hand.
Cashmere jumpers and pullovers at Robert Smart Menswear York.
Cashmere clothing York is elegant and light, and at the same time soft and warming. A cashmere pullover from our York shop is just like an air-conditioner: warm in the winter, pleasantly cool in summer. The fine air locks between each fibre work as ideal insulation and preserve warmth.
Fynch–Hatton® produces its cashmere pullovers in Outer Mongolia. This is where the best quality can be found, carefully combed from the stomach and chest regions of the Cashmere goat and spun into double-ply yarn. The pullovers are knitted to form and linked by hand. Pure cashmere crafted to perfection.
The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. Mark Blackburn from Robert Smart Menswear is involved, growing a moustache and running in the Roundhay Park 10k.
The Movember community has raised £346 million to date and funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won’t stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.
Please help Mark raise money for this worthy cause by visiting his page link below and sponsor him from as little as £1 towards his endeavours this month and the 10K run he is planning to undertake at Roundhay Park on the 22nd November. Thank you!
Meyer MMX at Robert Smart Menswear in York speaks the language of a new generation of men. Established in 2010 as a young concept of MEYER-HOSEN AG, the brand takes the 50 years experience and expertise of the successful traditional company into the modern day. The acronym MMX which represents the Roman numeral 2010, stands for a collection which skillfully combines modern design with fine craftsmanship. The person responsible for the development of the new MMX brand is Michael Meyer, the son of the company founder who is, with this, continuing the family-run business fully in the style of the next generation. MMX Germany 2010 – start of a new era.
The MMX concept stands for much more than simply the production of trousers and the founding of a new fashion brand. It also involves the continuation of a success story and concerns no less than the re-interpretation of the perfect trousers. With a great sense of style and design, elaborately worked products of exceptional quality are created out of the finest materials. The best fits and precision in the tailoring define the collections with elaborate details offering further indication of the fine art of made-to-measure tailoring. All items benefit from the 50 years expertise of the traditional company MEYER-HOSEN AG and also reflect its awareness of quality and values.
John Hanly scraves are available in Robert Smart Menswear in York. Established in Ireland in 1893, John Hanly & Co Ltd specialises in the manufacture of scarves, throws and fabrics in wool, cashmere, lambswool, mohair and natural fibres.
With over 117 years in the textile business, the art of weaving has developed using modern technology and machinery and Hanly’s now manufacture fabrics and accessories for top brands, designers and quality retailers around the world.
With their own water turbine John Hanley produce approx. 30 percent of our electricity requirements. John Hanley now purchase the balance of our electricity requirements from a provider who produce all their electricity from hydro generation. We are therefore proud to be able to say that all our electricity used in our factory comes from renewable sources.
John Hanly & Co Ltd was established in 1893. The company has always been under the management of the Hanly family and Brian Hanly is now the fourth Managing Director. It is located in Ballyartella Woollen Mills, approx. 5 kilometres from Nenagh in County Tipperary.
Before moving to Ballyartella , Denis Hanly and his son John operated a number of hand looms in South County Tipperary, approx 40 miles from Nenagh. In 1893 they moved their machinery to Ballyartella in the North of the county. They took over a vacant mill beside the Nenagh River and a large wheel provided the power necessary to operate the machinery.
The business expanded to spinning and carding, the main products being flannels and blankets. At that time, all products were sold within Ireland and the UK under the guidance of the founder’s son, John Hanly who became Managing Director.
Business continued in this way for many years. Local farmers brought their fleeces to the mill for purchase. Spinning, carding and weaving took place within the six storey mill.
In 1950 the company suffered a major set back. A fire within the mill meant that the factory was virtually burned to the ground. The family home of John Hanly which was beside the mill was also destroyed by the flames. A two-storey structure was all that remained of the original six stories and this is still part of the existing mill and is now used to house the yarn for weaving.
After the fire it was decided to discontinue with the spinning and carding operations and the business now concentrated on the weaving trade and was built up from virtually nothing. It became necessary to buy in all raw materials and the cloth was designed and woven in the mill and finished by specialist finishing companies – this practice continues today.
The company first employed a full time designer in the 1950’s and began weaving more varied types of fabrics for the apparel trade. With the advent of free trade in the early 1960’s, John Hanly & Co Ltd joined two other Irish textile mills to export their products to mainland Europe and the USA. After many years of successful co-operation the companies went their separate ways but had built up useful contacts and agents in relevant markets.
Since the early 1970’s, the company has been involved in selling fabrics directly to Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, UK, USA and Japan. This impressive list has now expanded to include Korea, Australia and Scandinavia. In the late 1970’s the company introduced it’s first accessories range with a collection of blankets and lambswool scarves. However, at this stage fabric was still the main product being produced in Ballyartella. Around 75% of fabric production was for ladies wear and 25% for mens wear, this has been a continuous trend during the decades. The main end uses are mens sports jackets, womens jackets and skirts. Hanly fabric is normally of the classic type with the main colour themes of each season being used. John Hanly & Co Ltd export most of their fabrics to designers and well known brands all over the world.
In the late 1980’s the accessories line of scarves and throws was extended using different yarns offering customers a greater selection of products. During the early 1990’s the demand was so great for Hanly scarves & throws that a stock supported service was implemented for this side of the business. This means that in our warehouse all the scarves & throws that we manufacture are on shelves waiting for orders from our customers and agents around the world. With the growth of the accessories range, fabric production and accessories production is now 50/50. Hanly fabric and accessories are sold to top brands, designers and quality retailers around the world.
John Hanly & Co Ltd is steeped in tradition and guarantees that the products produced are of excellent craftsmanship, outstanding quality and are timeless in their beauty.