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Five cult menswear pieces to invest in right now

Want to move your winter wardrobe ahead of the curve? Look no further, these are the brands to know about this season

Sweyd Sneakers

Sweyd sneakers, cult menswear, The Jackal

Sweyd is based in Sweden, but channels a very Italian sense of flair. It makes contemporary sneakers using traditional methods in a Florentine workshop. It was launched with one intention, to create sneakers that hold-up over time – a casual footwear option that doesn’t succumb to the foibles of fast fashion. It’s leathers and suedes are sourced locally and it champions high-quality manufacturing. There are none of the usual shortcuts, no mass-production and no cheap materials. Even the ‘Serena’ soles that Sweyd uses are made locally and have been supplied by the same family business since the 1950s. If you’re after some under-the-radar sneakers that are cool, comfortable and genuinely well-made, you’ve come to the right place. £200, sweyd.se

Beams Plus corduroy shirts

Beams Plus, cult menswear, The Jackal magazine

I’ve waxed lyrical about Beams’ camp collar shirts plenty of times before, with good reason. The Japanese brand is known for mixing ‘Americana’ design influences with Samurai-like precision. This season, it has adapted its signature boxy camp collar shirt pattern into a long-sleeved version for winter, which is available in a variety of different corduroys. There are soft grey and forest green printed options to choose from, but the two stocked by Manchester menswear emporium Oi Polloi are perfect. There’s one in thick bright mustard cord for those who enjoy a splash of colour and a beautiful shade of cinnamon if you want to tap into this season’s earthy colour trend. Layer over a striped tee or a merino rollneck for a sharp smart-casual look. £126, oipolloi.com

Universal Works Baker’s Jacket

Universal Works Bakers Jacket, Cult menswear, The Jackal

Heritage workwear is having a moment, which makes this moleskin Baker’s Jacket from Universal Works a must-buy. The brand was founded only a few years ago in Nottingham, but looks to mid-century workwear for its inspiration. In fact, the Baker’s Jacket is inspired by the father of Universal Works founder David Keyte, a baker who wore a chore jacket on the job. In this subtly refined form, the joy of the Baker’s Jacket is its solidity. Universal Works champions small-scale, high-quality production, made in workshops which the brand trusts. The jacket’s horn buttons, twin-stitched seams, heavy-pile cloth and clean lines attest to this. It’s a simple and satisfying thing to wear, sensibly priced and it’ll make you one of the coolest jacketed men anywhere you choose to wear it. £199, shop now

Drake’s No.3 jeans

Drake's No.3 jeans, cult menswear

There are jeans, and then there are jeans. Drake’s No.3 are the latter. They’re robust, generously cut and subtly tapered with plenty of cloth for a chunky turn-up. They’re also made in London from raw selvedge denim that’s supple but practically bomb-proof. Moreover, Drake’s collaborated with the Blackhorse Lane Atelier to design and make these. Blackhorse Lane is at the forefront of the made-in-England denim renaissance and takes its time to make jeans of the very best quality. When the No.3 came out last year, it was an instant hit among menswear aficionados – like Drake’s and Blackhorse Lane had created the jeans of every sartorialist’s dreams. This year, they’ve gone one-better, subtly refining the No.3’s fit, adding a touch more taper toward the ankle. The result is a serious pair of British-made jeans, with a great story behind them. £225, shop now

Stoffa’s flight jackets

Stoffa Flight Jacket, cult menswear

Like Sweyd, Stoffa is the very definition of Scandinavian chic. It was founded in 2014 by Agyesh Madan, a fabric connoisseur with years of experience in Neapolitan tailoring. He wanted to bring the same clarity of design to casualwear, and to create well-made men’s staples in innovative cloths. He started with rollable felt hats and didn’t look back. Today, he makes beautiful chinos and flannel trousers in special bouclé fabrics and is best known for his outerwear, the signature piece of which is the Flight Jacket.

Based on the traditional military bomber, Madan has paired-back the design to create something cool and clean, with a bi-directional zip front, inset bellows pockets and a voluptuous rolling collar – ‘it took years to get right,’ he says. It’s available in Stoffa’s luxurious ‘peached cotton’ (a laundered and brushed fine cotton drill) or in butter-soft lamb’s skin suede. Every piece is made-to-measure in Italy, and measured-up by Madan in person. Put simply, Stoffa’s Flight Jacket is a cool piece of design that’ll be with you for years to come.

Moreover, Agyesh will be back in London 3-4 November. You can (and should) book your appointment to see him here. $800 for cotton, $1500 for lamb’s skin, stoffa.co