With another week ahead to get excited about, here’s our round-up of style staples and statement-making pieces from our favourite brands and makers. And by adhering to some small snippets of advice, you’ll be able to sport them with not only considered confidence but an easy air of cool. One thing, though, you’re going to have to get them before they go…
Holiday Boileau Los Angeles printed cotton-jersey sweatshirt
While we’re patriots and believe that London is, and always will be, at the forefront of menswear, we can’t ignore Paris and its menswear scene that’s putting up a good fight. A relative newcomer is Holiday Boileau, which has just landed on Mr Porter. Before its focus was turned to apparel and accessories, it was a popular magazine in the states, and a few years ago became French property and evolved from a publishing name to a fashion brand. The range is super approachable and easy to wear, and it doesn’t shy from having a little fun, too, with its graphic print T-shirts. Our current pick, though, is this Los Angeles-referencing cotton-jersey sweatshirt. It’s has a raglan shoulder, meaning that it’s comfortable and relaxed, and the bright red will be a welcomed colour to brighten up any outfit this coming season.
£130, at mrporter.com
Alice Made This ‘Bradshaw’ black and silver bracelet
As part of its ‘Humankind’ project, which serves to promote and study kindness and the connections between friends, lovers, family, colleagues and strangers, Alice Made This has introduced a series of ID bracelets that can be personalised. Using the world’s strongest and lightest fibre, Dyneema, these cords are matched with aerospace grade stainless steel (no one is pulling it off your wrist, basically) and both components are made here in the UK. So, whether you’re looking to be kind to that person who sits next to you at work, or you’re wanting to gift your other half with something personal, you can easily add a letter, date or quote to the steel clasp.
Frame L’homme athletic jeans
How many of you have struggled in the past fitting into a pair of jeans that are supposed to be your size? Only to realise that you’re not getting into them because you work out and those pins of your’s aren’t as thin as you perhaps thought. Firstly, you might be spending too much time in the gym but that’s of course no bad thing. Thankfully, though, Frame has recognised this growing problem and introduced a range of jeans that come with more room in the seat and thigh, meaning that you won’t look like you’ve sprayed some indigo onto your legs.
Private White VC Prince-of-Wales bomber jacket
Made in Manchester in its century-old factory, this bomber jacket from Private White takes design cues from the A-2 flight jackets worn during the second world war. Fabricated from a 100% Merino wool that’s been woven in West Yorkshire, there’s a very subtle burgundy check that runs through the navy Prince of Wales design. With solid copper hardware (which is much more pleasing to the eye than your standard steel or nickel zips), it has easy-to-access pockets, an elasticated waistband and is shower resistant and windproof. Entirely made in the UK (with the exception of the hardware) what’s not to love about this perfect weekend piece?
Jacques Marie Mage Loewy sunglasses
Honing from Los Angeles with the manufacturing taking place in Japan, Jacques Marie Mage is an eyewear label with small production but big reputation. Limited to 300 pieces, these sunglasses are crafted from a bold vintage tortoise acetate and are inspired by Raymond Loewy, the great French industrialist who lent his hand to all kinds of industries and products. Holding the frames together are gold pins and hardware, while the anti-reflective lenses are bright green. If these aren’t statement frames, we’re not sure what else qualifies as them.
£495, at beige-habilleur.com
Basic Rights x Merz b Schwanen ribbed sleeve t-shirt
Founded by The Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan, Basic Rights (unsurprisingly) focuses on the basics but does it very well indeed. There’s a real softness to the entire collection, though, which is perhaps why it’s a firm-favourite of our’s. Not one to shy from collaborations, they’ve sought out the expertise of Merz b Schwanen, a German knitwear manufacturer who also focus on the basics, and created this T-shirt. It’s made on a loop-wheel machine, meaning that it’s seamless, from natural cotton, hence the off-white shade, with ribbed sleeves and hem.