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.
Tim Sturmheit, Buyer, Oki-ni
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
Reece Crisp, Designerwear Buyer for Selfridges
“The camo trend’s going nowhere, and my favourite interpretation of it was at Dries – the use of panelling to break up the prints, as seen in this jacket, was a clever take on the look. There’s a nice sense of heritage prints versus structured shapes throughout the collection.”
Dries Van Noten - Camouflage Lined Jacket - £765
“The use of print and texture in this coat is incredible. Givenchy’s prints keep getting better and better I’m sure the religious iconography tees are going to be a huge commercial hit.”
Givenchy - Printed Coat - £2325
“I was lucky enough to catch up with Jil in the showroom when making our edit and it’s safe to say she’s really back this season. It’s a hugely bold collection but retains wearability – there’s a sense of good, honest basics. This tee is one my real must-buys for SS13, it’s all about layering over longer sleeves as per Jil’s catwalk styling.”
Jil Sander - Graphic T-Shirt - £350
“The shirt from this look sums up the amazing work this designer’s doing with colour, and a brilliant sense of fun and playfulness in design. We need more of that in menswear! We’re really excited to be introducing Jonathan to our designerwear offer for Spring.”
Jonathan Saunders - Shirt - £190
“It feels like Kenzo is everyone’s favourite label right now and it’s with good reason. Great placement, inspired use of animal prints, love the sports references – it’s a hugely relevant, vibrant label.”
Kenzo - Tiger Sweater - £270
Buyer's Guide, Northern Threads
"We’re all firmly acquainted with Fred Perry’s classic polo shirts. They’re so perfect that they only require minor tweaks each season to add a freshness and excitement. Ever since this trim polo arrived with its paisley inside we’ve been drooling over it (not literally, you understand!)"
Fred Perry - Paisley Trim White Polo Shirt - £60
"There really are no better traditional men’s shoes, period. They’re made in England – the home of chivalry and gentlemanly conduct –and they’re still being manufactured now using the same original process as back in 1866 – in the same building! We’re mad about these shoes. Every man needs at least one pair of dress shoes in their wardrobe for those special occasions and you’d be hard pressed to find any better than those from the chaps at Grenson."
Grenson - Stanley Calf Full Brogue - £190
"Laptop speakers suck, mobile phone speakers are even worse and carrying an iPod dock around isn’t exactly practical. That’s why we’re so glad Carhartt have made mini pro speakers that promise to “turn the music playback of any digital device into a perfect delight.”It’s lightweight, fits in your pocket and can be recharged with a USB. Handy. The best part? If you or a mate owns more than one, you can link them up to rig up your own little sound system."
Carhartt X Boomball - Portable Mini Speakers - £39
"A classic Fair Isle Crew Neck is a wardrobe essential for any man and with winter autumn/winter upon us it’s only a matter of time for those crew necks to make an appearance. This season it’s all about colours and patterns so it seems that this Caister Fair Isle Crew from Barbour is perfect – warm, multicoloured with a pattern. It’s on trend and a must have as the weather begins to change, throw on a sharp white shirt underneath, those Grenson shoes and what can I say? You’re fit for any occasion!"
Barbour - Caister Fair Isle Crew - £80
"So we’ve established that it’s the time to layer up but one thing we’ve missed is a stylish jacket. Don’t worry; we’ve got you “covered” with the Hugo Boss Jullius jacket – it’s windproof, waterproof and not only is it the most functional jacket that Hugo Boss have produced but it’s incredibly stylish too."
Hugo Boss Green - Jullius Jacket - £400