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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.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:10

Buyer's Guide - MR PORTER - SS14

Toby Bateman, Buying Director MRPORTER.COM 

Kilgour Black Mohair/Wool Blend Tuxedo“We are delighted to be working with Kilgour as the exclusive stockist for Carlo Brandelli’s return collection as Creative Director. From a design and taste perspective the collection literally picks up where he left off in 2009, but with an updated cut. The neat fit of this tuxedo serves to elongate the silhouette, with sharp detailing like grosgrain trims on the lapels and trousers, and the double-breasted fastening. Kid mohair and wool-blend cloth plus Italian construction make this a tux of the highest quality.”

Left - Kilgour- Black Mohair/Wool Blend Tuxedo - £1495 – Buy Now 

hardy amies men's bomber jacket“If you have to buy just one jacket this season, make it a bomber. We have a huge selection of bomber jackets at MR PORTER, in a range of fabrications from lightweight cotton, linen and chambray constructions to satin and heavier suede and leathers. There’s a real variation in styles within the Bbomber category- it’s a shape that cuts across our designers from contemporary cotton versions by Hentsch Man and Gant Rugger to silk-lined suede by Gucci and a butter soft nubuck bomber by Bottega Veneta. This season I’ve invested in this cotton bomber by Hardy Amies. It’s a light blue colour, lightweight enough to pair with a T-shirt on warm days but until then I’ll be wearing it over a cable-knit sweater.”

Left - Hardy Amies - Cotton Bomber Jacket - £295 – Buy Now


Safilo x Marc Newson spectacles“To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Safilo has teamed up with revered product and industrial designer Marc Newson on a range of sunglasses and opticals. Marc has looked to the Italian brand's archive for inspiration, creating a collaboration that is both strikingly stylish and superbly made. These square-framed glasses have been crafted from Optyl, a strong material that will adjust to the shape of your face and that can easily be repaired if necessary.”

Left - Safilo x Marc Newson - Square-Framed Optical Glasses - £215 – Buy Now 

acne men's white shirt"A shirt with short sleeves can be just as stylish as its longer-armed brother, but you must choose one that is well-cut, and not baggy, with sleeves that fall at least a few centimetres above the elbows. MR PORTER designers from Burberry to AMI and Hentsch Man have embraced the style this season, with inspirations ranging from 1950s counterculture and rockabilly aesthetic, to tropical and preppy. This Acne Studios white short-sleeved shirt is classic, but versatile."

Below - Acne Studios - Isherwood Short-Sleeved Shirt - £130 – Buy Now






Lanvin slip-on men's sneakers trainers"Last season we were charmed by the idea of chunky hi-tech sneakers, but for summer, more laid-back styles look and feel right. Lanvin has lent this simple sneaker shape an air of sophistication through its use of high quality materials and expert construction."

Left - Lanvin - Slip-On Sneakers - £340 – Buy Now

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) 

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