How to Wear Double-breasted

With Miles Kane

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Today’s double-breasted tailoring is slimmer, shorter and comes with twice the swagger. Musician Miles Kane plugs in. 

“I was just ‘Alex Turner’s Best Mate’, and I’m not soft, I knew that.” So declares Miles Kane, the musician formerly known as Alex Turner’s Best Mate and co-frontman in the Arctic Monkey’s chief side project, The Last Shadow Puppets. “And fair enough,” he adds, fully mod-ified in a London Soho brasserie (thin-lapel navy jacket, cream skinny jeans, Steve Marriott ‘s barnet, circa 1968). “He’d sold millions of records, so who the fuck’s this guy, y’knowhatImean? I’d probably be the same meself!”

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(Top image - Black leather trench coat, £1,495, by Burberry Prorsum)

(Grey wool double-breasted jacket, £1,450; black and white shirt, £380, both by Dior Homme. Red trousers, price on request, by A Sauvage. Chelsea boots, £180, by Hudson. G45 guitar, £2,600, by Gibson)

Kane, 26, an infinitely chipper Scouser, is no longer the nearly-man of retro-Sixties guitar-pop. After two false starts — with The Rascals and, beforehand as a teen, with The Little Flames (who toured with Arctic Monkeys; igniting the Kane-Turner friendship) — his debut album Colour of the Trap, from May 2011, was a splashy mix of Sixties sonics and curiously Marc Bolan-esque vocals.

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By then, a well-connected boy-about-town, he called in an album cameo from Noel Gallagher, and toured with Beady Eye, finally moving to Belsize Park, north London, in September 2011, near Liam Gallagher’s Hampstead home. Has Kane been round yet? “Er, I have,” he demurs. “We’ve become quite pally. We’ve had... a couple of nights!”

(Beige wool double- breasted coat, £750; white cotton shirt, £125, both by Spencer Hart. White denim trousers, £135, by The Kooples. Brown and blue cotton pocket square, £120, by Gucci. Jewellery, models own)

Oasis changed Kane’s life, aged 10, an only child raised by his Beatles/Bowie/Motown-loving mum, who gave him the band’s live video …There and Then for Christmas ’96. Their re-imagined Beatles’ “vibes” kick-started his own life-long Sixties obsession. As part of his music GCSE, he parped “The Girl from Ipanema”, a hit in 1964 for Astrud Gilberto, on saxophone: “I could toot that one out!”

He’s equally as obsessed with clothes, “If I put a good jacket on, I get a good feeling, y’knowhatImean?” and permanently toys with the sides of his cartoon hair. “I know I look like a mod but I don’t wanna be a pastiche,” he laments. “Especially musically. But everything’s been fucking done before!” The ladies like a mod, don’t they? “Yes. Heheheh!”

(Navy and purple checked double-breasted jacket, £995; waistcoat, £275; silk shirt, £285, all by Hardy Amies. Navy trousers, £275, by A Sauvage. Cherry red ES-335 guitar, £2,500, by Gibson)

In Belsize Park, he has a Beatles-themed living room including two enormous, framed prints: “Instant Karma!”-era John Lennon and “I Am the Walrus”-era Paul McCartney. “And I’ve got Beatles cushions. Fucking hell. I haven’t changed.” With his enormous doe-eyes and lengthy face, he’s an uncanny physical combination of Paul McCartney and Pete Townsend. “Wow. Have you gorra fella? You know how to win me over!”

A waiter approaches with a cappuccino; it’s lunchtime, though he’s ordered no food. Being a mod, he is probably, I jest, permanently starving. “We’re vain little fuckers, yeah,” he grins. “This should be a double espresso! I go running as well.”

His plan for life, meanwhile, is to make music “forever”, like Paul Weller. “I wanna make an album a year,” he decides. “Get better and better. And have a big house.” And then you could have a Beatles wing. “An album a year and a Beatles wing! That’s it.” Sylvia Patterson

Miles Kane is playing dates across the UK starting in Nottingham Rock City on 20 April mileskane.com

(Silver silk double-breasted jacket, £1,650, by Hardy Amies. White cotton shirt with round collar, £180, by Spencer Hart)

(Burgundy silk double-breasted blazer, £1,650; burgundy silk shirt, £285, both by Hardy Amies. Tobacco burst  ES-330 guitar, £2,500, by Gibson)

(Black cotton shirt, £175, by Burberry London. Black double-breasted waistcoat, £360, by Spencer Hart. Black denim trousers, £90, by April77. Chelsea boots, from £250, by Paul Smith. Belt and Martin & Co guitar, both model’s own)

Photography by Rick Guest
Fashion by Catherine Hayward

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