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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.

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


Reece Crisp, Designerwear Buyer for Selfridges

dries van noten camouflage print jacket selfridges menswear“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

givenchy printed coat spring 2013 summer selfridges menswear

jil sander graphic t-shirt spring summer 2013 selfridges menswear“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

jonathan saunders menswear spring summer 2013 selfridges menswear edit reece crisp

kenzo tiger branded sweater spring summer 2013 selfridges buyer's guide“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


Monday, 26 November 2012 16:34

Buyer's Guide - Northern Threads - AW 12

Buyer's Guide, Northern Threads

fred perry polo shirt"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 

grenson stanley brogues men's footwear shoes"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

carhatt speakers"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

barbour fair isle sweater jumper"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

hugo boss green jullius jacket"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

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