South African photographer Koto Koto Bolofo’s decision to photograph Goodwood Revival came as somewhat of an accident when in July 2004, he was using the grounds of The Goodwood Estate in Sussex to shoot some leggy models for Vogue Italia. “I recall the Duke coming to introduce himself on my shoot and observing what I was doing. During one session photographing the models, Lord March kindly invited me to come to the Goodwood Revival Festival and photo document the spectacular event.”
These black and white photographs, which candidly capture the enduring spirit of Goodwood, are displayed in London for the first time this weekend at Connolly England, a high-end clothing and leather goods boutique, housed on Clifford Street in Mayfair. The exhibition coincides with a new collaborative menswear collection created by Connolly and Goodwood.
Establishing itself during the seventies as a leather supplier for the automobile industry, Connolly has long been synonymous with life in the fast lane. The brand was revived by Isabel Ettedgui in 2016 and Charles Gordon-Lennox, now 11th Duke of Richmond and owner of Goodwood, was one of the first customers through the door.
The new capsule collection is inspired by the Duke’s grandfather Freddie Settrington and spans bomber jackets, knitwear and accessories. Inspired by the bygone days of half-face crash helmets, and drivers like Moss and Hawthorne, the vintage collection is meant to look every bit as good inside and outside your car.
Available at the exhibition will be a selection of signed, silver gelatine prints, starting at £4800 inc VAT.
Connolly Townhouse; 4 Clifford St, Mayfair, W1S 2LG; the Connolly x Goodwood collection is also available to buy on MRPORTER
The exhibition runs from the 9th September- 2nd October