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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.

Jack Cassidy, Buyer, LN-CC

Yohji Yamamoto - Men's Canvas Platform Shoes - £787 menswear 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

Lanvin - Men's Snake Panel Blouson - £1525 menswear

yang li leather big shorts menswear spring 2013"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

rick owens high neck top menswear

dita eyewear ln-cc matte bone mach one sunglasses"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 

Adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony - Men's Colour Block Multi Light Red Anorak - £260 menswear coggles spring 2013"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

BWGH - Brooklyn Parle Francais Navy Multi Sweat - £95 menswear coggles spring 2013

Christophe Lemaire For Bean Pole - Chino Black Trouser - £195 menswear













"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

Blood Brother - Men's Fever Black Jacket - £100 menswear spring 2013

maison martin margiela white trainer coggles buyer picks menswear spring 2013"A timeless classic from Margiela!!"

Maison Martin Margiela - White Trainer - £265

Tim Sturmheit, Buyer, Oki-ni

raf simons fence and flower print t-shirt spring 2013"There are prints everywhere this season but I think that Raf’s slightly abstract take on floral might be my favourite."

Raf Simons - Men's Fence and Flower Print T-Shirt - £225

"I love Thom Browne this season: the colours in the collection were amazing and this bag was one of the stand-out pieces.  He’s really put a nice twist on a classic style rucksack.  The size is perfect and the fabric is pretty hard wearing, so it’s actually very practical as well as great looking."

Thom Browne - Men's Gingham Wool Backpack - £420

thom browne men's gingham rucksack backpack spring 2013

jil sander men's colour block cardigan spring 2013"I think this piece is a really good example of the transition from Raf to Jil at Jil Sander: it’s got the clean lines that are Jil’s signature and also the splash of colour that Raf was famed for."

Jil Sander - Men's Block Colour Wool Cardigan - £500

"We worked on this boot with Dr Martens.  When we heard they were taking the monkey boot out of the main collection we nearly cried because it’s a bit of an office favourite, so we decided the best thing to do would be to make our own.  We’re really pleased with how it turned out.  It’s interesting but still wearable, and the Italian leather gives it a really lux feel."

Dr Martens X Oki-ni Hair-on Monkey Boot - £295

dr martens x oki-ni hair on monkey boot black spring 2013

richard nicoll menswear blue denim jacket spring 2013"Richard Nicoll’s first menswear collection was really impressive and this jacket made with Ksubi stood our for me. I love the bold blue on the collar and pockets and I think the reverse fastening buttons are an interesting feature."

Richard Nicoll - Men's Washed Blue Denim Jacket - £286


Damien Paul, Menswear Buyer at Matches

valentino camouflage trainers sneakers"A bright, fresh, and wearable way into this season’s all-encompassing camouflage trend".

Left - Valentino - Studded Detail Trainers - £430

"You’re going to need at least one printed piece this season. This silk bomber by McQueen is visual and distinctive, while the sporty shape keeps it from looking OTT".

Below - Alexander McQueen - Dragonfly-print Bomber Jacket - £1695

alexander mcqueen dragon fly bomber jacket spring 2013

ami bird print chino trousers matches spring 2013 "AMI is a personal favourite. The designer, Alexandre Mattiussi, designs for the men he knows, and the result is always an effortless Parisian cool. These look great rolled up with a crew-neck knit".

Left - AMI - Bird Print Chino Trousers - £185

"Metallics showed up at most of my favourite shows this season and this Burberry tote, hot off the runway, is bound to be a sure-fire sellout".

Below - Burberry Prorsum - Metallic Alford Tote - £988

burberry prorsum alford tote metallic spring 2013 summer

acne isherwood stripe panel shirt matches buyer's picks spring 2013"A graphic twist on a menswear staple, this Acne shirt would look as smart beneath tailoring as it would with denim".

Left - Acne - Isherwood Stripe Panel Shirt - £168


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