We are honored to be supporting The Country Food Trust during their official “COVID-19 Urgent Appeal” to ensure the continuation of the vital work that The Country Food Trust undertakes. The appeal will raise money to provide an additional 250,000 meals to those in need.
Benedict & Hott have proudly created four downtime dressing bundles, taken from our casuals range, featuring luxurious and comforting clothing items to ensure our time at home is as relaxing as possible. 15% from the sale of each bundle will be donated directly to the trust to help those in need.
Each bundle sold will directly support The Country Food Trust whose aim is to show that the countryside community can make a significant difference to people in food poverty, to help during these worrying times for many families and people across the UK.
Since inception in 2015, the Trust have produced over seven hundred thousand meals that have been donated either directly to people in food poverty, charities who feed people in need or through charities like FareShare who distribute food nationwide to other charities. Trustees of the charity include David Gower, Mark Hix and Phil Vickery.
Benedict & Hott is a British brand and we are trying to do everything within our power to spread positivity and help in any way we can.
The sun is out, but there is sill a slight nip in the air, however, the fashion conscious among us have our eyes on the arrival of summer fashion. It is time that you need to start to think about hanging up your winter coat in favour of lighter layers, cool linen shirts & gilets as an extra layer during those social distanced BBQs we are all looking forward to.
Let Benedict & Hott help make this process easier by highlighting 5 foolproof ways that you can transition from winter to spring fashion…..
1. Get layered.
One of the easiest ways to cope with the varying temperatures at this time of the year is to partake in some good old layering. Our sophisticated double-breasted lambswool gilets, makes for a stylish wardrobe addition. The padded gilet is the ideal garment for adding warmth and volume to your look and its functional for layering. It is a smart quilted alternative to standard gilets, offering more style points for those who prefer a more polished day-to-day look.
2. Swap in those summer fabrics.
Don’t jump straight to summer fabrics. Despite an occasionally 20°c + day, here in the UK, we often find ourselves in-between clothing items….too cold for a t-shirt, too warm for wool. Why not opt for a light weight spring fabric, such as our supersoft cotton sweatshirt, perfect for more relaxed outfits but hardwearing & warm enough for an afternoon on the river, an evening in the high seat or throwing on when the sun sets on the BBQ
3. Summer ready and squint free.
When it comes to true summer essentials, a baseball cap is up there with bottle of beer, late afternoons by the river & sunscreen. This essential wardrobe item in the right style can also add some personality to the standard shorts and T-shirt combo. On warmer dress down days, use your cap to tie your outfit together by picking one in the same colour as another part of your outfit – be it your shirt or your shorts. Our Flexfit® tactical mesh cap is fitted for style and comfort, it is breathable & lightweight.
4. Embrace the umbrella.
As we all know…the British climate can be quite uncertain! However, keeping our beautiful solid hickory shaft and handle umbrellas, close to hand, will be the ultimate romantic springtime walk accessory. A forest green campy of 106cm, means that they can cover two people with ease.
5. Shooting shirts to lovely linens.
Switch out the cotton and flannel shirts that are sported during the shooting season. While those are perfect for the cold winter days, it feels and looks out of place in the warmer months. This is the perfect time to switch to more breathable fabrics like linen. A sneak peak at a new item, Benedict and Hott will be launching our new line of linen shirts, to add to our expanding summer wardrobe capsule. Stay tuned to social media for when they go live.
We are all beginning to feel the walls closing in, so why not have a digital getaway with these amazing live stream feeds. There is a trend happening in the travel world where hotels and cities are opening up webcams, enabling us to tap into a world far away.
Sydney, AustraliaEasily one of the higher-quality videos on this list, Webcam Sydney provides a gorgeous livestream of the Sydney Harbour. You can easily spot the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, and The Rocks in the panoramic shot; make sure to sneak a peak when the sun goes down (which is about when the sun comes up in the U.S.) to see the harbor’s glittering nighttime lights.
Northern Lights, CanadaTrying to spot the elusive Northern Lights usually involves camping out in the cold in the middle of the night, desperately hoping for perfect weather and conditions (and even then it still might not happen). This Northern Lights webcam in Manitoba, Canada, makes the process much easier, letting us watch the night sky from the warmth of our homes. If the idea of waiting for a spark of light on your computer screen is still too much effort, the site also shows a highlights reel and lets viewers post screenshots of their findings.
Yosemite Falls, CaliforniaThe Yosemite webcam is one of our favorites. It streams the 2,424-foot-tall waterfall’s top section, Upper Yosemite Falls, in its scenic, roaring glory. The peak flow occurs in early summer as the snow starts to melt, but it’s looking pretty awesome right now.Watch the livestream hereTrevi Fountain, RomePossibly the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain is a Baroque masterpiece depicting Neptune atop a chariot pulled by sea horses. The Roman landmark is typically surrounded by masses of tourists, but currently sits quiet thanks to Italy’s nationwide lockdown. The resulting livestream really shows off the fountain’s design—and it’s strangely relaxing, too.
Trevi Fountain, Rome Possibly the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain is a Baroque masterpiece depicting Neptune atop a chariot pulled by sea horses. The Roman landmark is typically surrounded by masses of tourists, but currently sits quiet thanks to Italy’s nationwide lockdown. The resulting livestream really shows off the fountain’s design—and it’s strangely relaxing, too.
What you should wear; dress code, outfits and style tips
Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday, and while plenty will be marking their race cards and consulting a multitude of sources for tips, the small issue of what to wear will also be front of mind for many racegoers. Cheltemham, has a unique look among the race meetings, partly thanks to it being held in March when the UK weather is most unpredictable, but also because of the smart country set the event attracts.
THE CHELTENHAM FOCUS
“The most stylish at Cheltenham combine both practicality with versatility. Being held in March the weather is unpredictable & often cold & wet however inside can be very warm; a tweed waistcoat or cashmere cardigan under a water resistant tweed jacket can offer a smart and practical look and allow the wearer to add flare with a personal choice from the basics of shoes and socks, as well as accessories such as pocket silks, watch chains and umbrellas” Gilan Booker, Founder, Benedict & Hott
What to Wear
This year’s four-day event runs from Tuesday, March 10, to Friday, March 13. As spring doesn’t officially begin until March 21, and given the UK’s recent series of storms, we’d better be prepared for the cold and rain.
Cheltenham is regarded as the most genuinely stylish events in the UK sporting calendar. Despite the lack of an implemented dress code the Cheltenham crowd know how to dress for correctly for this occasion. The Jockey Club suggest “smart is preferable and is often adopted”.
We Brits do country style very well and can certainly dress for the unpredictable weather conditions. This is good because Cheltenham can be chilly, make no mistake. Style and practicality must go hand in hand and as long as you choose the materials wisely, you’d be hitting the mark. Tweed is the go-to cloth for Cheltenham, naturally wind & water resistant makes it perfect suiting and outerwear and the countryside heritage make it the perfect cloth to wear. Layers are essential for a day of sport at the festival, paired with quality accessories, a good hat and, of course, an umbrella!
Benedict & Hott’s 6 top style tips
1. Tweed is good. Benedict & Hott’s tweed blazer with some smart cotton trousers, corduroy or moleskin trousers is the unofficial uniform of Cheltenham.
2. Wear a tie. Keep it to a subdued colour and add texture if you can. Consider a knitted wool tie if you are pairing it with a bold tweed & consider or silk knitted tie if you are pairing it with a finer tweed jacket.
3. Style check. Do not wear a bright blue suit and avoid anyone wearing one, especially when teamed with a satin tie and cheap brown loafers. This is good advice for any social event.
4. Alpaca socks for warmth. You will mostly be standing outside in the cold, so do not neglect your footwear. Wear decent shoes such as a sturdy country brogues or chukka boots with alpaca wool over-the-calf socks.
6. Tweed cap. A decent hat is essential, it will keep off the rain and finish the outfit. The brown racing-felt or fedora is absolutely spot-on, but if this is not your style, consider a flat cap or an eight-piece bakerboy.
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THE GARMENT FOCUS
This racing season, style out your look with our tweed collection, everyday apparel, hats & accessories. Our clothes are built to keep you warm & comfortable all day, no matter the adventure or the race.
FASHION TREND – TEVIOT URBAN TWEED HACKING BLAZER Two trends seen at last month’s Men’s Fashion Week that can be incorporated into style choices for men at this year’s CheltenhamFestival are leather and check. Benedict & Hott’s jackets and vests are both finished with tan sheep’s leather and available in two vibrant tweed checks with “The Kirkton” offering a more playful take on the classic tweed giving this 2-button blazer a fashionable edge to the traditional look of the country set.
For those looking for a more subtle approach to the Cheltenham dress code the Benedict & Hott navy or brown herringbone 100% lambswool padded double-breasted gilets are ideal for adding both warmth and volume over a shirt and jumper. Both items are water resistant, insulated it with 80gm wadding and finished with a tan leather under-collar, thick micro-fleece lined welt pockets to keep hands warm and a working chest pocket to keep race cards handy.
THE BENEDICT AND HOTT UMBRELLA These London-made solid hickory shaft and handle umbrellas with a traditional width of the canopy at 106cm means they can cover two people with ease, and length of 93cm means they are a useful walking stick when navigating crowds across grass and in the stands.