Cache D’or & Mansfield – Frank Russell

 

In the late 60’s Frank Russell, known in the rag trade as “the king of coats” developed a new brand named Mansfield. Due to his immaculate tailoring and chic designs Mansfield fast became the label to wear and when they added a hat range was added to the collection it fast became for weddings and race meetings etc.  At this point in time a matching hat was needed to complete any outfit and when Frank introduced his own collection “the Mansfield look” became an international success. Mansfield soon became a favourite with fashionistas and celebrities like such as Princess Diana, Princess Anne and Margaret Thatcher.
Responding to women’s demand for more separates Frank started Cache D’or still with its signature tailoring and striking capes it fast became a favourite with celebrities and royalty alike.
Both Mansfield and Cache D’or’s success continued until the late 1990’s until the demand for more casual dressing caused the company to go into liquidation.

After selling the Mansfield label to a PLC it went into decline until Frank along with his partner Barry Hancock repurchased the collection where it again regained his initial success. This success continued until the late 1990’s when fashion became more casual and “the Mansfield look” was no longer reflecting the current trend. This caused the company to go into liquidation.

Our Fashion insider states “those were the days when ladies wore hats to their place of worship and the entire Mansfield look created a buzz when they gathered outside at the end of the service. This label also featured at major race meetings often in the winners enclosure. Where if you were photographed it was likely to end up in a society magazine.”

 Frank Russell is now deceased.

 

 

 

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