Everything You Need To Know About Universal WorksBy Rachel Tooley | January 28, 2020
Universal Works is a contemporary menswear brand which was founded by David Keyte in 2009. The brand is inspired by different elements of Keyte’s past, creating nostalgic looks with influences including soul music and traditional work wear. Universal Works provide a huge range of garments, outerwear, footwear and accessories, which effortlessly work together to create their signature aesthetic. The UK brand was originally based in Nottingham (where their Head Office and web store are still based) and is now stocked overseas, across the globe from Los Angeles to Seoul. This brand has a really unique approach to menswear fashion and their consumer, highlighting their passion for quality clothing and uplifting sense of humour that brings the brand to life.
Previously, the brand has taken on a variety of collaborations with the likes of Birkenstock, Goodhood, Oi Polloi and Nottingham based Japanese restaurant Kushi-Ya, alongside their recent collaboration with leading sportswear specialist Adidas, merging contemporary menswear and sportswear to create an innovative lifestyle collection. Universal Works prides itself in creating quality, honest clothing which is based on a good fit and simple design, this is clearly reflected in the wide range of products they produce each season. Universal works manufacture their garments both within the UK and overseas, rest assured working with the most trustworthy factories that they’re proud to be associated with. Their four main UK based stores include Universal Works Nottingham Broad Street, and London locations including Universal Works Coal Drops Yard, Universal Works Berwick Street and Universal Works Conduit Street.
Their collections are thoughtfully considered in terms of silhouette, colour and fabric. The overall workwear aesthetic becomes merged with contemporary menswear trends including streetwear, utilitarian silhouettes and classic British heritage. One of their most recent collections features a range of oversized pieces with deep, rich colouring and a mixture of textures. Here’s some of our favourite pieces from the current Universal Works AW19 collection, which is available at a variety of our trusted retailers including The Hip Store and Dandy Fellow.
Universal Works MW Fatigue Jacket in Navy, £115 at Dandy Fellow
This understated jacket is a great military inspired addition to the current Universal Works collection. Taking inspiration from the brands very own MW Chore Overshirt design, this jacket is stylish yet comfortable and practical. Featuring four frontal envelope pockets, with an internal slip pocket on the interior. An enclosed button placket keeps this piece looking tidy and there are also internal drawstrings at the waist which enable the wearer to get a perfect fit. This navy colourway is really versatile for this current season; mix it with dark mustard shades, olive green and cream for a really on trend selection of colours.
Universal Works Rugby Long Sleeve Sweat in Navy/Cream, £109 at The Hip Store
Rugby shirts are a classic, comfortable staple within any man’s autumn/winter wardrobe. This traditional looking piece comes in a cream and navy colour way, and a second option of navy and green. Perfect for layering throughout the current season and a versatile item to keep through to the spring. The rugby shirt is one that can be worn on any occasion, styled in unique ways to create a contemporary casual aesthetic. Pair it with some loose fitted trousers and a pair of Universal Works’ very own Novesta collaboration, Star Dribble Fleece Lined Shoe (£105 at Dandy Fellow).
Universal Works Twill N1 Jacket in Olive, £215 at The Hip Store
The N1 Twill Jacket is crafted from the finest cotton for extra durability and quality. The short boxy fit is complimentary to any figure, featuring a fleece lined body for added warmth and cosiness. Two angled pockets feature on both sides of the jacket, which are also fleece lined to create that luxurious feel. A third pocket features on the front with a flap and button closing, and one concealed button pocket sits inside so you can keep your belongings close and secure. The fleece lined collar adds extra texture to a minimal exterior, in a neutral cream shade that contrasts against the military green cotton.