This week’s must-have clothing mix is somewhat chaotic, but hopefully useful. From luxurious Savile Row travel tailoring, to a holdall to die for, or even a new take on an iconic motorcycle jacket, never let it be said that my taste in menswear is anything if not eclectic…
1. Richard Anderson Hudson travel suit
News from Savile Row. Richard Anderson is one of the Row’s leading lights, a former Huntsman luminary, and one of Britain’s most successful bespoke craftsmen. He’s also not afraid of experimenting with tailoring conventions – in the right way. This new travel suit proves the point. It’s inspired by Mr Anderson’s own travels: he’s forever jet-setting off to visit international clients, and it combines the profile of a conventional jacket with some nifty features for globe-trotters. Chief among them are the unusual pockets on the jacket’s front: two plaquette crescent-shaped pockets, designed with a button-fastening to hold as much as possible, plus a pair of concealed ‘hand-warmer’ pockets to stash everything from freezing mitts to your passport.
There are still more pockets inside the jacket for glasses, newspapers and anything else you might need. The design is completed by a concealed throat tab to keep you warm when the weather turns, and a laid-on half-belted back. Tailored trousers with capacious cargo pockets are available too. If you’re a well-heeled chap, you can order one bespoke, but Richard Anderson’s ready-to-wear options are just as chic, available in lightweight turquoise cotton for summer, or a lovely mid-blue and red checked tweed, exclusive to the house.
2. Connolly’s Sea Bags
More luxe news while I’m in the mood. Connolly England’s leather goods need little by way of introduction, and the Sea Bag is a Connolly classic. Designed to be soft and forgiving, yet sturdy, the design is a clever mix of a holdall and a briefcase, cut with lightly structured sides so it holds its shape, but it’s nonetheless infinitely chicer than either a tote or a traditional case. Furthermore, the Sea Bag folds down completely when empty for ease of storage – in other words, it’s a bag that offers the perfect blend of form and function. For Summer 2019, Connolly has created four new variants; in navy, dark brown and burgundy full grain leather, or a sumptuous mid-brown Nubuck (which is absolutely to die for). The leathers are from Connolly, naturally, but each bag is trimmed with antique-finish solid silver hardware fashioned in Bologna, Italy. In other words, they’re top-notch, and in my view, worth every penny.
£1,500, available in store
3. John Lewis’s waterproof Harringtons
Now for something a little more down-to-earth, but no less stylish. Just in this week, John Lewis has released a beguiling trio of lightweight Harrington jackets, cut with all the features you’d expect; a buttoning stand-collar, elasticated hem and sleeve cuffs, and classic buttoning side slip pockets too. They are made from water-resistant cotton and lightly lined, so they are well suited to fending off spring and summer showers now it’s warming up. Cut in either crimson, soft green or a sunny shade of yellow, they’re the perfect mood-lifter for overcast mornings. Throw one on as you head out the door over everything from a T-shirt and chinos to an Oxford button-down and linen trousers.
4. Orlebar Brown ‘007’ camp shirt
Just in time for high summer, Orlebar Brown has released a limited edition ‘007’ capsule collection, inspired by the style of the great Sean Connery (you can read more about Orlebar Brown x James Bond here). This piece is a highlight; a slim-fitting camp collar shirt with lovely dark brown horn buttons and two utility pockets on its chest. It is cut from an airy cotton terrycloth with a soft texture, made for long weekends away relaxing by the pool. Pair with tailored shorts and espadrilles for an effortless holiday-worthy look.
5. Belstaff waxed leather Trailmaster jacket
Now, this may not be the most summery piece to include in this edit, but heck is it cool. Belstaff’s Trailmaster is an automative-cum-menswear icon, first released in 1948 to give hardcore motorcyclists a jacket to take on the elements in style. Little has changed in its design since, and whether it’s cut in cotton drill or robust waxed leather like this, it is an age-defying wardrobe staple. Like all Belstaff’s motorcycle jackets it was made in Italy, and finished with a water-resistant wax treatment by hand. Invest in this and you’ll have it for decades, plus, it’ll only get better with age.
6. Morjas penny loafer
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll already know that there are some incredible brands making their way to us across the North Sea from Sweden right now (we’ve got a roundup of the best Swedish menswear labels here). One of our current favourites is footwear-maker Morjas, which specialises in traditional shoe silhouettes with pared-back styling. Soles are slim, shapes are sleek and detailing is deployed with signature Scandinavian minimalism. The fifth and latest model to join the growing collection is the penny loafer, available in six colours. In our opinion, the medium brown suede would be a particularly summery addition to your suit.
€229 (approx. £260), morjas.com