This week’s need-to-know edit has a menswear bent, foregrounding three new projects that have got The Jackal’s resident style aficionados hot under their collars. While these titbits are all different, they each come care of intelligent, independent brands – makers who value quality, individuality and understated design. Here’s hoping they intrigue you as much as they do us.
1. Camoshita’s coming to London
If Mr Yasuto Kamoshita and his eponymous brand have yet to cross your radar, now’s the time to listen in. Mr Kamoshita is a Japanese designer who draws inspiration from mid-century American menswear, and his precise renderings of timeless Western style classics have earned him a deserved place on the international street style scene, too. His brand has developed something of a cult following, chiefly because its not easy to come by outside of Japan. In London, Chiltern Street’s Trunk Clothiers is one of very few places you can try it on in the flesh. Moreover, Mr Kamoshita himself is paying Trunk a visit later this month, with a dedicated Camoshita pop-up, curated in partnership with Trunk’s founder, Mats Klingberg. Swing by the store on either the 22 or 23 of September to peruse a number of rare Camoshita pieces that are making their way especially from Japan for the occasion. If you’re into your clothes, you’d be mad to miss this.
22 – 23 September, Trunk Clothiers, 8 Chiltern Street. Find out more at trunkclothiers.com, olive corduroy Camoshita suit, £840, shop here
2. Grenfell’s loading up on luggage
Grenfell’s famous for its impressive British-made outerwear, but new for the Autumn Winter ’18 season, the brand is applying its rugged aesthetic to luxury leather goods, too. Its new collection takes the form three new bags, a backpack, a messenger bag and this tote bag, here. It’s cut from vivid green Grenfell cloth (a tightly woven cotton gabardine pioneered by Grenfell) that’s naturally water-resistant, yet lightweight, which makes this perfect for the winter season to come. It features bridle-hide leather trim, brass hardware and a plethora of handy pockets; including two bellows pockets, a bottle pocket and a 15-inch laptop sleeve. Plus, it feels reassuringly tough, and given it’s been designed by a brand with a history of kitting out explorers, this has got ‘smart investment’ written all over it.
3. Bass Weejuns’ loafer has a new look
The ‘Larson’ penny loafer is an American original, first produced by G.H. Bass & Co. in 1936. In the mid-30s, those clever things at Bass & Co. had the bright idea to sharpen-up a traditional Norwegian farm shoe, designed for ‘loafing about in the field’, creating the world the first modern penny loafer in the process. Now, thanks to a partnership with like-minded American workwear brand, Engineered Garments, G.H. Bass’s Larson loafer has an all-new look. Lasted in dark brown or black faux-croc and alligator leather, this limited edition design lends a fashion-forward edge to an iconic footwear staple. Like all Weejuns, they’re hand-stitched and finished with a blake-stitched construction for lightness, with a durable rubber top-piece on each heel. If you’re after some new smart-casual shoes that won’t date, and that’ll stand up to the elements this winter, these are well worth a try.