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.
Christiaan Ashworth – Founder/ Buyer - End Clothing
"For 2013, Maison Martin Margiela released a particularly impressive selection of luggage and the Leather Travelling bag is their take on the classic weekend bag, reimagined in their signature style. It’s made in Italy from 100% Camel Skin Leather and the attention to detail, such as inscribed zip pulls tipped with leather, is stunning."
Left - Maison Martin Margiela - Camel Leather Overnight Bag - £775 – Buy Now
"Thom Browne established his eponymous custom tailoring company in New York in 2002 and since then has been credited with bringing a contemporary silhouette to tailoring, his style has become the hallmark of modern suiting. This Button Down Shirt is a classic Thom Browne design, finished to his usual impeccable standard."
"Visvim has solidly produced collections of understated, timeless pieces with an incredible level of craftsmanship and expertise in every piece. This new update on the classic Visvim Skagway, with denim uppers for this season, is a great example of Visvim mixing premium materials with an unwavering attention to detail."
"A great example of White Mountaineering at their finest, this is an incredibly well thought-out and beautifully finished version of a classic outdoor essential. The quilted vest is constructed from a nylon shell filled with 90/10 down/feather padding, providing great warmth for the upcoming winter."
Right - White Mountaineering - Windstopper Jacquard Woven Down Vest - £519 – Buy Now
"Inspired by pieces from his personal collection of original military clothing, which numbers over 3000 rare pieces, this jacket, constructed from Ventile cotton, a technique used by the RAF in WWII, is designed with particular reverence to authentic details, with no expense spared including natural horn buttons and US Military edition metal clip closure."
Left - Nigel Cabourn - Seam Sealed Cameraman Jacket - £1,375 – Buy Now
Stephen Monaghan, Founder/Buyer, The Great Divide
“Luxe yet rugged, this is the best bag on the planet for the itinerant laptop and magazine carrying man.”
Left - Filson – Zipped Tote Bag Tan - £124 – Buy Now
“Classic - conscious damn good fit and a splendid accoutrement in winter as its wool.”
Below - Ebbets Field Flannels – New York Black Yankess 1936 Cap - £49 – Buy Now
“The brand name says it all, majestic in its legacy, athletic by design.”
Left - Majestic Athletic – Vintage Crew Sweat Brick - £94 – Buy Now
“The best cut jean on the pant bar none.”
Below - Levi’s Vintage Clothing – 1947 501 - £169 – Buy Now
“1970's style bolder Colorado Steez meets contemporary technicality - boss!”
Left - Penfield – Lavic Pile Fleece Jacket - £84 - Buy Now
Tim Sturmheit, Buyer, Oki-ni
“I love the warm colours of this Jil Sander knit; it has a great autumnal feel to it. The production quality of Jil Sander since her return as designer is second to none. I want to buy this, but I have a very bad habit of shrinking anything wool. This is too special for that.”
Left - Jil Sander – Men’s Checked Woollen Knit - £470 – Buy Now
“I’ve seen a couple of brands use marbling on the sole unit, for example Nike did similar with their new Roshe pack. However, my personal favourite is the Lanvin Iridescent Derby. Here. the marble sole tops off an already spectacular shoe.”
“Each Indigofera Prima blanket is handmade is an idyllic Norwegian village. They are really heavy duty and are perfect for wrapping up in for a winter’s afternoon in front of the TV. They recently released a limited-edition series with graphics created by the American artist, Wes Lang. I have this particular blanket hung on my wall. It’s a real statement piece.”
Left - Indigofera Prima x Wes Lang – Special Supreme Blanket - £312 – Buy Now
Agi & Sam’s work is largely defined by the duos’ playful spirit and this T-shirt exemplifies this. The print seems like a traditional hunt scene, but on closer inspection there are a few hidden jokes, such as men riding camels.”
Below - Agi & Sam – Men’s Porcelain Hunt T-Shirt - £84 – Buy Now
“It’s rare that you find a product with such an interesting story as these No Evil - By Way of Natural Selection jeans. In 2007, John Park, the owner of Natural Selection, bought a 1000m roll of organic, 14oz Selvedge denim from Cone Mills. A series of coincidences and events led to this fabric to be discontinued, which meant that John was in ownership of the only 14oz organic denim that ever produced by one of the world’s most famous mills. After refusing many offers from other interested parties to buy the fabric from him, he decided to use it to produce a what is arguably the ultimate collector’s jean. You can read more about this remarkable story here
Left - No Evil – By Way of Natural Selection – Organic Selvedge Straight Jean - £270 – Buy Now
Damien Paul, Menswear Buying Manager, MATCHESFASHION.COM
“The upgraded sneaker remains a total essential for AW13. These are my personal favourite – the neon trims will pop brilliantly against navy trousers or dark denim.”
Left - Lanvin - Fluoro Trim Trainers - £505 – Buy Now
“Hedi Slimane’s first full men’s show was my favourite of the season. His aesthetic is brilliantly uncompromising and totally convincing. I earmarked this duffle coat as soon as it came down the runway – it’s a clean, polished take on a perennial classic.
“I love the elegance of this bag by WANT – the structured shape and minimal design feel totally right for the season.”
Below - WANT Les Essentials - Leather Holdall - £1032 - Buy Now
“Christopher continues to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places - this season was inspired by classic horror movies and included this standout Frankenstein top. I’ll be wearing it with a white button-down shirt and black denim.”
Left - Christopher Kane - Frankenstein Sweatshirt - £360 – Buy Now
“These are from the debut men’s collection by Nicholas Kirkwood, who’s already carved out a stellar reputation as a womenswear designer. His shoes feel completely unique, but are totally wearable. These will make a great alternative to brogues for the office.”