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
"James Long creates detail through intricate and unusual embroidery and is innovative without forgetting the necessity for wearability! - James Long knitwear is essential for AW."
James Long - Multi-Handknit - £635
"Jimmy Choo men’s now presents premium accessories as well, the best way for a man to add subtle edge to his wardrobe! The range includes a iPad cases, wallets & laptop bags in camouflage printed or studded."
Jimmy Choo - Studded Wallet - £395
"Mr Start has become a sartorial force to be reckoned with when it comes to contemporary formalwear, excelling in both bespoke and ready-made suiting. Club and granddad collars on impeccably tailored shirts with an air of nonchalance creates the perfect balance between classic and achingly-cool, for young scenesters and nine-to-fivers alike."
Mr Start - Shirt - £120
"Prints are intrinsic to AW/12 and nobody does them better than Kenzo. Paisleys, checks, stripes and medallion prints in striking combinations are dominant throughout the collection and are combined with great use of new fabrics."
Kenzo - Printed Cotton Shirt - £190
"The Opening Ceremony collection highlights easy-to-wear styles that both amp up and incorporate seamlessly into the wardrobe. Classic basics updated with the use of creative materials and prints, such as camouflage-printed walking coats in cotton twill and structured peacoats in double-faced jersey."
Opening Ceremony - Neoprene Quilted Hoodie - £510
Alex Wysman, Store Manager, Hostem
"A mixed leather classic jacket with some beautiful detail finishes. A true stand out from your average varsity jacket."
Casely Hayford - "Lelouche" Jacket - £1390
"There is a super soft finish to this mid weight linen jacket, perfect for an informal summer event."
"Cinch back soft finish canvas chino work pant. Easy to dress up or down"
Adam Kimmel Carhartt - Slim Fit Pant - £165
"Single breasted suit from Yang Li's debut season. Beautifully finished suit with incredibly clean lines. A designer to really watch for the future."
Yang Li - Single Breasted Suit - £1150
"Very simple yet the attention to detail on this hand finished shoe sets it apart from most. This shoe is great for smart/casual looks."
O'Keeffe - Blue Suede Loafers - £435
Ben Andrew, Junior Buyer – Menswear, Liberty
"Prints are a key trend this season and this irreverent Liberty fish print shirt is perfect for the summer months."
Liberty London - Red Fish Print Short Sleeve Shirt - £85
"Inspired by Aboriginal artwork this great Folk tee is a fresh alternative to a graphic T-shirts."
Folk - Grey Circular Dots Print T-Shirt - £65
"Tailoring was all over the catwalks for AW12 so get a head start on this trend with this Our Legacy double breasted blazer. The textured wool and slim fit provide a sharp sartorial look."
Our Legacy - Navy Double Breasted Barre Blazer - £380
"Incotex are considered by many to be the definitive chino – this slim fitting navy style is classic wardrobe staple."
Incotex - Navy Inochino Trousers - £215
"Backpacks have a had resurgence recently but with smarter trends coming through you need to accessories to match and this Ally Capellino satchel is a smart piece that is more cool than corporate."
Ally Capellino - Brown Richard Leather Satchel - £450
Steve Tierney, Co-Owner & Buyer, Men of Ilk
"A classic chukka boot from Clip & Rope. Made by hand in Portugal in exclusive quantities. We fell in love with these boots as soon as we saw them, they are unique and the quality is fantastic."
Clip & Rope - The Rowdy Boot - £170
"The Painter's Pocket linen shirt is typical of DS Dundee's attention to detail, cut and quality craftmanship."
DS Dundee - Painter's Pocket Shirt Indigo - £175
"As with the Painter's Pocket shirt, the craftmanship on this jacket is of the highest standard. A truly great lightweight and water resistant parka."
DS Dundee - Robert John Parka Jacket - £375
"Gant have excelled themselves with their 'Rugger' range Summer chinos this season. Lower waist, slim leg Soho fit. A slight that makes them extremely comfortable. We are also stocking these in cobalt blue and light blue."
Gant Rugger - Summer Chino - Mole Green - £95
"Premium quality shirt from Lee 101. Reg fit. 5.125oz Indigo Pique Selvage Japanese Denim from the Kuroki Mill, Okayama that will wash down like a pair of your favourite jeans. Lee 101 are really stepping up with their shirts this season."
Lee 101 - Rider shirt Dark Blue - £115