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.
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
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