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.
Andrew Allan - Commercial Director of StyleGun
"Wolsey has a real knack of making great product at an affordable price. The production values are really high and - as across the brand - the product is so strong for the money. It’s a favourite at StyleGun for a laid-back look. A cardigan this well made - it’s a great bargain".
Wolsey - Jura Jacquard Chunky Cardigan - £149
"Hartford is such a great brand; the product is always really thought out and has interesting detailing. This shirt is a perfect example of that ethos: elbow patches, contrast plackets and enamel buttons - what's not to love. Casual shirt perfection".
Hartford - Elbow Patch Relaxed Fit Shirt - £114
"Corduroy is everywhere this season. After a summer of wearing colour I took a risk on these myself; they were the first thing I bought this autumn, and they're surprisingly easy to wear. I think the trend for guys wearing colour is hitting a tipping point; I’m seeing more and more regular guys in the street popping a splash of colour - it's really refreshing!"
Dockers - Alpha Khaki Ozone Wash Corduroy Trouser - £88
"Grown-up shoes are a right of passage. Don’t get me wrong, I love a trainer as much as the next guy, but men have really embraced a return to well-made, traditional shoes. I’m not sure if it’s to do with the recession that they just want to take a more long-term view, but men seem to be investing more wisely. This has got to be a great thing for men’s British footwear brands."
Oliver Sweeney - 4 Eyelet Brogue - £199
"Investment time: the need for a good coat in Blighty is obvious - we have longer colder winters than most. If you're only buying one style of coat opt for either an overcoat or a peacoat; both work well either for the commute to the office or down the pub. My personal favorite is this double-breasted Hartford overcoat. Expensive yes, but it’s so classic it will be coming out for many Winters to come".
Hartford - Double-breasted Peal Label Coat - £424
Kris Babet, Menswear Buyer, Urban Outfitters
"Made with Canadian Goose Down this Gilet from Ralph Lauren's Denim Supply line is one of the must have items for AW12. Featuring a Reversible outer lining, plain for the more somber amongst us, I personally prefer the Phoenix Aztec print which moves on the summer floral prints to something a bit more hard hitting."
Denim & Supply - Reversible Phoenix Aztec Gilet - £195
"Once again we have teamed up with the venerable Mr. David Keyte of Universal Works to come up with the perfect suit for AW 12. Made with Lantel tweed and exclusive to Urban Outfitters this suit can be bought as separates or as intended as a suit. Featuring the classic Universal works double breasted manor jacket – no street style snappers would be seen dead without theirs – and the sublimely tapered Aston pant this suit will ensure you are looking the part all through the winter months. Layer with the Denim Supply Aztec Gilet for a more casual look."
Universal Works x Urban Outfitters - Lantel Tweed Double Breasted Manor Jacket - £215 & Aston Pant - £155
"New to Urban Outfitters mix this season is Bellerose. Started in Belgium in 1989 Bellerose offers great fits and fantastic fabrics in a complete collection aimed at the sartorially inclined modern man. There are stand out pieces across the collection, primarily the knitwear and shirting. The fabric on the shirts alone ranges from striped Japanese boiled wools to all over repeat prints that pop out from under any outfit, separating any man from the rest of the pack. For me though the pick of the bunch is the Adler navy wool sports jacket. Destined to be one of the most worn and most versatile pieces of the season a navy sports jacket should be a staple wardrobe pick for any guy, I’d team it with one of our vintage renewal Levis jackets, an Alan Paine roll neck knit and a pair of worn in Edwin jeans."
Bellerose - Adler Navy Wool Sports Jacket - £269
"After the all over camo co-lab of Spring-Summer, Autumn-Winter sees us delve into our darker, wilder side for our latest collaboration. Taking our inspiration from Denmarks finest, Rasmus Baks spot on colour palette of muted greys, deep blacks and washed out burgundy has been utilized on our very own signature leopard camo colourway! This can be found on our exclusive co-lab T-shirt and would look great teamed with the navy all over leopard print chinos."
Libertine Libertine - All Over Leopard Print Navy Chino - £90
"Mixing timeless style with modern functionality these Vibram soled leather boots are the perfect accompaniment to any outfit this Autumn. The leather will ensure your feet are kept bone dry come hell or, more likely, high water and the Vibram sole will ensure they are as comfortable as can be straight out of the box."
Grenson - Fred Vibram Soled Black Leather Boots - £240
Ben Andrew, Junior Buyer - Menswear, Liberty
"Camo is a growing trend but it is not always the easiest print wear. This camo lined Barbour jacket is perfect for those that want to nod to this trend but still want something they can wear everyday."
Barbour - Black Camo Mount Wax Jacket - £450
"This Folk knit uses a mix of different yarns and stitch techniques to create something that is rich in both colour and design."
Folk - Pink Space Dyed Jimmy Crew Neck Jumper - £125
"Our Legacy is a brand that’s creating quite a name for itself and much of this is driven by their excellent and slightly offbeat shirting. This shirt reinterprets the polka dot in a fun yet cool way."
Our Legacy - Grey Large Polka Dot Shirt - £135
"This Carven sweat cardigan with popper fastening is an elegant take on sportswear and is the perfect weight for the transition between Summer and Winter."
Carven - Grey Popper Front Cardigan - £165
"Accessories have become much more of a focus for any man’s wardrobe and this watch by Uniform Wares is vintage inspired but with a clean modern finish."
Uniform Wares - Black 250 Series Wristwatch - £390
Tim Sturmheit, Buyer, Oki-ni
"These separates made up one of the looks from probably the best fashion show I’ve ever had the honour of going to. I really like the punk adaptation on a beautifully tailored suit. Thom Browne’s AW12 show was absolutely spectacular and the majority of the product wasn’t everyday wear. While this outfit is fairly crazy I think the right person would look amazing in it."
Left - Thom Browne - Men's Reconstructed Safety Pin Jacket - £5320
Below - Thom Browne - Men's Reconstructed Safety Pin Jacket - £2020
"Sportswear and print are my two favourite trends of the season. The Adidas x Opening Ceremony collab. combined both of them. This reversible bomber was my standout piece. It can be worn on the black side and looks like a great bomber or if you want a bit more ‘wow’ you can flip it to the floral print and it’s a real showpiece."
Adidas x Opening Ceremony - Men's Reverse Zip Jacket - £280
"This is a re-make of an old Margiela artisanal sneaker. They always do great versions of the replica and I think this is one of the best for a while. We’ve also got the low top coming in very soon."
Maison Martin Margiela - 22 Men's Colour Drops Mid Top Sneaker - £335
"I loved the AW12 Undercover collection. It wasn’t particularly subtle with its rebellious references but the ‘Fuck’ print on this wallet works really well. I don’t like having a bulky wallet filling my pockets and this is the perfect size for cards and a small amount of cash."
Undercover - Men's Small Zip Wallet - £70
"The Christopher Shannon collection is going from strength to strength. He is very quickly becoming one of the stars of British fashion. He has a very strong aesthetic through his adaptations of traditional sportswear shapes and this Long Back Sweatshirt is a great example of this."
Christopher Shannon Men's Long Back Sweatshirt - £185