For the artist, woodworker, fisherman, gardener—even sailor—the smock has been an essential over-garment to protect clothes from the elements. When Norfolk, England-based Tina Guillory, a skilled gardener (and whose daughter Sienna Guillory is the well-known English actress) and fervent environmentalist, wanted to create durable workwear, she drew inspiration from her surroundings in the coastal area; from the canvas sails of passing dinghies to the weatherproof slops worn by fishermen. Starting with a carrier bag, over the next two decades Guillory expanded her designs for Carrier Company to rain-capes and dungarees. All of the goods are made locally in North Norfolk, only using natural and renewable materials such as jute, cotton canvas and ticking (the only exception being the microfiber used in the aforementioned capes).
“I’ve always wanted to make clothes that are useful, practical, comfortable, easy to wear and good to look at,” Guillory tells CH. The V Neck Smock is one of our favorite items offered by Carrier Company, and whether you’re knee-deep in fertilizer or taking a leisurely bike ride, the clean-lined top fits any outdoor endeavor. “Above all, we’re committed to creating things that last which improve with age and wear—clothing that we have needed as a family, clothes to use, work and live in.”
The V Neck Smock is available in both men’s (£48) and women’s (£42) in two different materials: a navy drill or a burgundy Breton sailcloth. Visit Carrier Company’s online shop to purchase and peruse other workwear goods.
Images courtesy of Carrier Company