If you ask us, chenille is overdue a critical reappraisal.
As with its close relatives velour and chiffon, time has not been kind to chenille. Originally created by some long-forgotten branch of alchemy (some say it was forged by Frenchmen; others, the Scots), today, chenille is perhaps most closely associated with the regrettable craze for novelty fabrics which dominated fashions in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Think of chenille, and you’ll most likely conjure images of shapeless, vaguely iridescent jumpers and strange, boa-like scarves. Suffice to say, the associations aren’t exactly elegant, and so chenille has been consigned to the dustbin of fashion history.
However, call us crazy, but here at Drake’s we would rather put chenille in a bin labelled ‘underrated,’ ‘overlooked,’ or, ‘unfairly maligned.’ Admittedly, it is an acquired taste, and its strangely fuzzy texture won’t be for everyone, but for us, chenille is a wonder fabric. Its deep, plush pile creates a unique visual impression, not to mention an extraordinary depth of colour that’s hard to find in other materials. Think of it as corduroy’s eccentric cousin.