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.
Simon Lister, Marketing Manager, End Clothing
"New Balance really are going from strength to strength. These 1400’s from the Made in the USA range are great examples of why New Balance is so hot at the moment. Pigskin suede uppers lovingly crafted in the USA using a tonal navy colourway designed by J. Crew."
New Balance - M1400NV J. Crew - Made in the USA - £149
Levi's Vintage - 1967 505 Jeans - £159
"There are some really cool Gitman shirts around this season in some great prints. Gitman is one of the most celebrated brands in American clothing and this 100% linen example is constructed with a looser weave and slightly slubbed texture, from their archive which gives a truly authentic look and feel."
"A stunning jacket from Cabourn’s SS13 collection, in my mind this is possibly the standout piece. Constructed from Ventile cotton, a technique used by the RAF in WWII, it is sealed with genuine Ventile tape making it lightweight and flexible yet incredibly durable, ensuring 100% protection from wind and rain. This incredible respect for the production techniques of the past extends into this Jackets authentic details, and has developed the Aircraft jacket into something truly special. The jacket is closed with a military-spec RiRi zip, covered with a storm flap which fastens with rubber-backed metal pop studs. For fairer weather, the hood may be rolled away and secured with a flap at the rear of the collar."
Nigel Cabourn - Taped Ventile Aircraft Jacket - £679
"Alden are a brand we’ve stocked for a couple of seasons now and although a high price point you do truly get a shoe for life that has been handmade in the USA. Everything on these shoes is premium, from the suede, full leather lining and insole, Goodyear welt to a crepe sole finished off luxuriously with a leather sole toe cap."
Alden - Blucher Boot - £439
Darren Skey, Menswear Buying and Merchandising Manager, Harvey Nichols
"Acne Studios is a new brand for us for SS13. Acne grew from their denim business and this sweat from the designer collection is youthful and fun, and can be worn with your favourite pair of jeans."
Acne - Sweater ‘Detroit Print’ – £125
"Another new brand for us is Wooyoungmi, which is designed by two sisters who create pieces based on ‘their ideal man’. I have selected this floral sweater from their SS13 show to illustrate how the two designers contrasting tastes, one conservative and the other artistic, collide to create interesting pieces."
Wooyoungmi – Flower Sweatshirt - £190
"The SS13 show had a strong Gladiator theme running through, showcasing lots of metallic, silk and gold details. Bombers have been a recurring trend this season across the Designer brands we carry and this high shine bronze bomber is a great way to keep on trend."
Versace - ‘High-Shine Bomber’ – £725
"Wristwear, particularly bracelets, has been an increasing trend for the past few seasons. This wrap bracelet from M. Cohen is a one-off, unique piece made up of a vintage Hermes silk scarf and oxidised skulls."
M. Cohen - Bracelet – £360
"Alejandro’s iconic ‘TRON’ sneaker is always a sell-out for us, this season’s version in keeping with the metallic trend with gold panelling detailing."
Alejandro Ingelmo - 'TRON' Sneaker – £365
Jack Cassidy, Buyer, LN-CC
"These Yohji Yamamoto canvas shoes with a creeper rubber sole are one of the standout shoes of the season. The purposely patchy spray painted canvas has a vivid blue colour and the frayed edges create an interesting contrast against the solid black sole."
Yohji Yamamoto - Men's Canvas Platform Shoes - £787
"This Lanvin blouson jacket is an interesting shade of grey and the compliments the blue snakeskin panels at the front. I also really like all of the zip and fastening details which give it a utilitarian slant without it looking fussy or over designed."
Lanvin - Men's Snake Panel Blouson - £1525
"I really like how Yang Li has taken the top stitch finishing and patch pocket detailing mostly seen on denimwear and reinterpreted it in a premium black leather."
Yang Li - Men's Leather Big Shorts - £1287
"This Rick Owens' high neck top features a bold graphic check pattern and the high funnel neckline adds an interesting take on a classic T-shirt shape."
Rick Owens - Men's High Neck Top - £959
"These DITA sunglasses are a great example of an impeccably made pair of sunglasses. They are crafted from titanium, with a bone coloured frame which is injected with gold plastic bands at the base of the frame and the gold titanium temple is decorated with a subtle repetitive diamond patterning."
DITA - Men's Matte Bone Mach One Sunglasses - £666
Jake Bancroft, Menswear Buyer, Coggles
"Love this as a visual piece to represent the whole running inspired theme from the Adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony collection."
Adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony - Men's Colour Block Multi Light Red Anorak - £260
"Continuing favourite of Coggles, this season's colour from the guys at Brooklyn We Go Hard."
BWGH - Brooklyn Parle Francais Navy Multi Sweat - £95
"Amazing print this season with Christophe Lemaire for Bean Pole range. Great silhouette on this trouser. Be brave and match to the jacket."
Christophe Lemaire For Bean Pole - Chino Black Trouser - £195
"Fantastic piece, fantastic brand!"
Blood Brother - Men's Fever Black Jacket - £100
"A timeless classic from Margiela!!"
Maison Martin Margiela - White Trainer - £265