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Buyers Guide

Buyers Guide

We’ve asked the top buyers at Britain’s best retailers both online and off-line their top picks of the season. These are the must-have pieces from the people who decide what you get to buy.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:46

Buyer's Guide - Harvey Nichols - SS14

Darren Skey, Menswear Buying and Merchandising Manager, Harvey Nichols

Mr. Hare Tassel Embellished Leather And Suede Loafers“Dressed up for weddings or down for the office, this contemporary but luxurious loafer demands attention.”

Left - Mr. Hare - Tassel Embellished Leather And Suede Loafers - £445 – Buy Now

“Sweatshirts are still a key staple for SS14, and this crocodile print from Kris Van Assche is among the best.”

Below - Kris Van Assche - Crocodile Print Cotton Sweatshirt - £265 – Buy Now

Kris Van Assche Crocodile Print Cotton Sweatshirt

“KTZ is the name to know – stand out from the crowd in an unmissable baseball shirt, topping this season’s trend list.”

Left - KTZ - Striped Appliqué Linen Top - £285 – Buy Now

“Pierre Hardy's signature geometric print is a definite winner in this season’s turquoise palette.”

Below - Pierre Hardy - Geometric Cube Print Leather Pouch - £165 – Buy Now

Pierre Hardy Geometric Cube Print Leather Pouch

Kenzo Long-Length Hooded Jersey Jacket“A key piece from the SS14 show, and a key piece to finish off any look. Layering up longer length pieces was a key styling trick for the season.”

Left - Kenzo - Long-Length Hooded Jersey Jacket - £285 – Buy Now

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:13

Buyer's Guide - Liberty - SS14

Ben Andrew, Buyer, Men’s Fashion, Liberty

raf simons menswear floral print shirt“Muted florals were a big trend for SS14 and while this may not be that muted the black base does give it a darker edge.”

Left - Raf Simons – Black Floral Print Short Sleeve Shirt - £195 – Buy Now

“Christopher Kane is a new designer for us for SS14 and this digital face print sweat highlights his graphic approach to menswear.”

Below - Christopher Kane – Black Digital Face Print Sweatshirt – £295 - Buy Now

Christopher Kane Black Digital Face Print Sweatshirt 

Carven Indigo Chambray Cotton Zip Shorts“We had a great reaction to shorts very early in the season and with denim making a comeback these chambray shorts from Carven are a great summer piece.”

Left - Carven – Indigo Chambray Cotton Zip Shorts - £185 – Buy Now 

“These tortoiseshell sunglasses from HAN are handmade from acetate and have clip-on metal aviator frame so you get 2 looks for the price of 1!”

Below - Han Kjobenhavn – Tortoiseshell Timeless Sunglasses With Clip-On Frames - £135 – Buy Now

Han Kjobenhavn Tortoiseshell Timeless Sunglasses With Clip-On Frames 

Our Legacy Navy Wool & Linen-Blend Blazer "Summer tailoring is best when it’s relaxed and deconstructed, as seen here with this linen blend Our Legacy blazer."

Our Legacy – Navy Wool & Linen-Blend Blazer - £295 – Buy Now

Friday, 21 February 2014 12:15

Buyer's Guide - Harrods - SS14

Belinda Burwell, Buyer for Men's International Collections & Gallery, Harrods

Saint Laurent Satin Teddy Jacket"The bomber jacket is this summer's must have outerwear. Following the Americana trend, which has touched many of this season's collections, the bomber is the perfect piece for the spring to summer transition. We have a huge variety in-store but I particularly like this Saint Laurent Satin Teddy Jacket. It has real rock star appeal and I love the intricate weave detailing on the arms.”

Left - Saint Laurent – Satin Teddy Jacket - £1025 – Buy Now

“Wherever you look from catwalk to street style, the sneaker is the premier footwear choice of this summer. I am still hooked on Valentino's rock stud sneakers. Their new season adaptations offer incredible colour combinations and pops of neon that should have heads turning as you enter the room.”

Below -Valentino – Leather and Suede Studded Trainers – Buy Now 

valentino men's studded trainers  

neil barrett track pants menswear harrods“The modern man is more confident in mixing smart and casual. With designers offering a choice of luxury jogging bottoms which can be dressed up and down, it's the perfect time to invest in a pair. Neil Barrett has been pioneering the sports luxe look for many seasons and these twill jogging bottoms are one of my favourites in-store.”

Left - Neil Barrett – Twill Tracksuit Pants - £330 – Buy Now

paul smith london suit harrods menswear“The three-piece suit is not only one of the most sophisticated looks in men's tailoring, it is also perfect to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. This Paul Smith three-piece is great for dressing down with a pair of jeans or using the waistcoat as an accent piece for a suit of a complimentary colour.” 

Left - Paul Smith London – Slim-Fit 3 Piece Suit - £1225 – Buy Now









ami floral print menswear shirt“Look out for AMI this season, if you haven't already heard of Alexandre Mattiussi's critically acclaimed collection, it's time you took note. Featuring an incredible range of classic wardrobe pieces along with trend setting items in floral and camouflage printsthe SS14 collection has something for every man. This floral AMI shirt will work from festival to beach this summer, it also looks great under light knitwear for a more subtle statement.”

Left - AMI - Tropical Shirt - £149 - In-store (Lower Ground Floor) 

Monday, 17 February 2014 15:49

Buyer's Guide - Oki-Ni - SS14

Tim Sturmheit, Buyer, Oki-ni

Master-Piece x Oki-ni x Nowartt rucksack"This is my favourite colourway from our most recent collaboration with Japanese bag makers master-piece.  We used Japanese print kings Nowartt to design an exclusive print for us, based on a video we made a few seasons ago. They went a bit off the brief, but we’re really happy with how they put their stamp on it.”

Left - Master-Piece x Oki-ni x Nowartt – Men’s Stone Print Rucksack - £270 – Buy Now  

"This is not usually one of the categories that Stone Island is usually strongest in, however this short sleeve knit from the Shadow line is beautiful.  The construction technique means it looks really different in varying lights.”

Below - Stone Island Shadow Project – Men’s 3D Knitted T-Shirt - £265 – Buy Now 

Stone Island Shadow Project Men’s 3D Knitted T-Shirt

Paul Smith Navy Leather Cycling Jacket“When I first found out that Paul Smith were making a leather cycling jacket, I was extremely sceptical but it’s turned out amazing. They have managed to fuse the two styles together seamlessly. I’m still not sure I would cycle in it though.”

Left - Paul Smith – Navy Leather Cycling Jacket – £1369 - Buy Now  

Gosha’s reworking of the Van’s Old Skool LX is another nice combination of brands.  Gosha is a skater and his line is very heavily skate inspired, so who better to have make your shoes.  Adding the premium leather and the reflective trims has revamped a classic.”

Below - Gosha Rubchinskiy x Vans – Black Old Old-Skool LX Sneakers - £156 – Buy Now  

Gosha Rubchinskiy x Vans Black Old Old-Skool LX Sneakers  

Stutterheim Arholma Raincoat






“We’ve had Stutterheim on oki-ni for a little while and this is a piece that they have in the collection every season.  The reason that this had made it into my buyer’s picks is because mine has been a godsend recently.  I’ll be slightly sad when/if the rain stops because I won’t be able to wear my Arlahoma.  The quality is amazing and they each have the name of the person who made them inside on the label.  The machine-made version is still very good, but you can’t beat Ingrid’s workmanship!”

Below - Stutterheim – Arholma Raincoat - £490 – Buy Now 

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