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.
Stacey Smith, Menswear Buyer, Matches
"New to Matches for Autumn/Winter 2012 is Black Fleece – the collaborative collection between classic US brand Brooks Brothers and the wildly inventive designer Thom Browne. This quilted tailored jacket takes a more accessible approach to Thom’s unique and often uncompromising aesthetic and shows serious panache when paired with a cropped tailored trouser."
Black Fleece - Quilted Jacket - £795
"The running trainer is unquestionably the shoe of the season, and this colourful Dolce pair have just the right level of 80s nostalgia."
Dolce & Gabbana - Retro Trainers - £215
"Witty sweatshirts have become an Acne staple and this season is no exception – these graphic ‘Love’ and ‘Peace’ tops would work just as well with off-duty denim as they would layered over a button-down shirt."
Acne - College Love Sweat Top - £140
"There was a collective gasp when this jacket came down the runway, and you could feel the collective hum of orders being mentally placed. The colour, shape and proportions are undeniably bold, but if one piece will sum up the AW12 season, this may just be it."
Burberry Prorsum - Tri-Colour Cropped Quilted Jacket - £1495
"A clever little knit with a twist, via the piped neoprene logo detailing adorning the front. The mustard colour is suitable autumnal, and the shape is smart enough to layer into a tailored look."
Lanvin - Cable-Knit Neoprene-Logo Sweater - £775
Lee Douros, Menswear Buying Manager, My-Wardrobe.com
"I love the vibrant colour, honeycomb texture and loose, volumous fit of this Acne knit. I’m going to team it with slim raw jeans to really highlight the knits shape and texture."
Acne - Blue Honeycomb Pamuk Turtleneck Knit - £240
"This shirt by Alexander McQueen’s diffusion line, McQ, is quite mainline in its styling. It uses a strong print of fighting hummingbirds, and I like the attention to detail of the safety pin button down collar."
McQ Alexander McQueen - White Hummingbird Stencil Slim Shirt - £180
"There’s an undertone of smartening up happening in menswear at the moment, and this feeds through to accessories. I like that this briefcase is made from beautiful soft tan leather and not at all traditional and stuffy."
Marc by Marc Jacobs - Tan Smooth Leather Class Act Briefcase - £365
"I worked with Universal Works designer, David Keyte, on this exclusive unstructured blazer and we’re both really happy with how it’s come out. The Japanese herringbone is indigo overdyed meaning it will just get better and better with age and wear."
Universal Works - Indigo Japanese Herringbone Blazer - £229
"Another stand-out knit, this time from Marc by Marc Jacobs. I like the colour combination of the nutmeg gold and grey, and the mohair texture looks so warm and comfortable."
Marc by Marc Jacobs - Nutmeg Gold Striped Mohair Knit - £235
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