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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.

Monday, 10 February 2014 12:51


Damien Paul, Menswear Buying Manager for MATCHESFASHION.COM

Maison Martin Margiela Reversible Wool Bomber Jacket"This was one of my favourite pieces of outerwear on the runway and a great transitional piece to see you through Spring – the understated navy wool can be reversed to reveal contrasting panels."

Left - Maison Martin Margiela - Reversible Wool Bomber Jacket - £730 - Buy Now

"AMI excel at relaxed, wearable wardrobe updates that never stray too far into ‘dandyish’ territory. These striped trousers are a case in point – the bold pattern is toned down by the slouchy fit. I’d wear them with a plain sweatshirt and trainers."

AMI oxford stripe trousers

Left - AMI - Oxford-Stripe Trousers -  £190 - Buy Now











Lanvin calf skin men's trainers"I like the clean, fuss-free feel of these skate shoes, in inky-blue calf hair – a move forwards from last year’s bold, statement trainers."

Left - Lanvin - Calf Hair Slip-on Trainers - £370 - Buy Now




Saint Laurent Hawaiian-print Silk Shirt"Florals were everywhere this season, but Hedi Slimane did one of the best interpretations with his printed silk shirts for Saint Laurent. Leave the top button undone and wear it over a white tee."

Left - Saint Laurent - Hawaiian-print Silk Shirt - £515 - Buy Now

"This restrained bag by Tod’s is given a sportiness by the compact shape and embossed stripes on the sides – and just the right shape to carry your life around in."

Below - Tod's - Grained Leather Bag - £960 - Buy Now

Tod's Grained Leather Men's Bag

Friday, 07 February 2014 11:37

Buyer's Guide - Browns - SS14

Mei Chung, Menswear Buyer, Browns

james long mesh sweater"I love the woven mesh mixed with playful colours."

Left - James Long - Ribbon Woven Mesh Sweater - £480 - Buy Now

"One of my favourite runway showpieces."

Below - Saint Laurent - Black and White Satin Baseball Jacket with Scarlet-Red Beaded Vampire Lips - £1830 Buy Now

saint laurent men's vampire teeth baseball jacket

hood by air men's sweater"The brand is bringing that New York street swagger to the UK!"

Left - Hood by Air - Sweatshirt - £255 - Buy Now

haider ackermann menswear jacquard bomber jacket"From his debut collection, the beautiful reversible jacquard bomber jacket is my favourite  – that satin material can take you from day to evening."

Left - Haider Ackermann - Jacquard Bomber Jacket - £1650 - Buy Now







ann demeulemeester velvet denim waistcoat"The tailored blue denim washed waistcoat, the additional detail of the navy velvet tie makes it a really special piece."

Left - Ann Demeulemeester - Denim and Velvet Waistcoat - £785 - Buy Now



Friday, 08 November 2013 17:01

Buyer's Guide - LN-CC - AW13

Jack Cassidy, Buyer, LN-CC

yang li men's coat“Yang Li’s fabrics and construction are always uncompromising and of the best quality. This coat is a result of that vision and is made from an exclusive resin-coated angora and virgin wool blend fabric in a deep burgundy. The large lapel and chunky silver hardwear give the coat a very strong look and is one of the best this season.”

Left - Yang Li – Double Face Coat - £1859 – Buy Now







lanvin goat skin trainers"Lanvin’s AW13 sneakers that are a hybrid of a classic sports runner with the detailing and sturdy rubber sole of hiking footwear. As is typical with Lanvin, the palette and materials of each sneaker are particularly interesting, this one being a combination of charcoal leather, varying metallic technical fabric and a nude coloured sole with striped laces. In a season where the emphasis has been on runner-style sneakers, Lanvin's offering is the most progressive and modern interpretation available for AW13.”

Left - Lanvin – Goatskin Racer Shoes - £505 – Buy Now 

raf simons stripey top“The silk fabric of this Raf Simons top is exceptional and really elevates the clean long sleeve shape. Stripes can come across as looking quite fun but the subtlety of the blue and black together is very considered and makes this a key AW13 piece.”

Left - Raf Simons – Horizontal Stripe Top - £951 – Buy Now  

“Achilles Ion Gabriel is a new addition to our AW13 brand mix and is exclusive to LNCC worldwide. For such a new label his designs have a fantastic vision and execution. In particular the angular soles on his AW13 designs and elastic strap detailing combine to create a very fresh interpretation of the classic oxford shape.”

Below - Achilles Ion Gabriel – Hannes Cromo Shoes - £474 – Buy Now

achilles ion gabriel white shoe 

yohji yamamoto tiger print men's trousers“Yohji Yamamoto’s AW13 collection was arguably one of his strongest in recent seasons. The ‘animal’ inspired pieces are executed with an unparalleled conviction and vision that is 100% convincing and Yamamoto. These knitted zebra patterned pants also have a matching sweater and due to the relaxed shape with a drawstring waistband and cuffed hem they are super easy to wear and mix with other pieces.”

Left - Yohji Yamamoto – Animal Print Joggers - £1370 – Buy Now




Monday, 04 November 2013 14:55

Buyer's Guide - MR PORTER - AW13

Sam Kershaw, Buyer, MRPORTER

mismo backpack“As everyone in the MR PORTER office is acutely aware – I love a backpack. And this would definitely be my pick for the season. These masters of Danish design have managed to combine function and fashion beautifully here with adjustable leather fastenings and a bold blue twill fabric.”

Left - Mismo - Leather-Trimmed Twill Backpack - £340 – Buy Now

czech & speake manicure set"If you enjoy looking after yourself (and believe me I do), it is definitely worth investing in the best possible products. This leather-bound manicure set from Czech & Speake was shortlisted for a Wallpaper* Design Award and contains a selection of eight tools to keep you in tip-top condition at all times.”

Left - Czech & Speake - Leather-Bound Manicure Set - £336 – Buy Now

dolce & gabbana shawl collar sweater“I’m big on style where comfort is not sacrificed and this chunky shawl collar cardigan from Dolce & Gabbana definitely ticks that box. It’s thickly knitted from soft virgin wool – expect to see me in this for the majority of winter and beyond.”  

Left - Dolce & Gabbana - Chunky Ribbed Wool Cardigan - £650 – Buy Now

“A fresh take on the classic Achilles shape switching full leather for a navy wool fabric. An inspired update.”

Below - Common Projects - Original Achilles Leather-Trimmed Wool Low-Top Sneakers - £285 – Buy Now

common projects archilles trainer

givenchy men's leather bomber jacket“Love this. Givenchy gives a typically directional twist on the classic leather bomber jacket by re-working it in smooth leather and adding slick zips. What do the zips do? Who cares?”

Left - Givenchy - Leather Bomber Jacket - £1,545 – Buy Now 

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