This week’s need-to-know briefing brings you two new menswear drops we’re waiting on with baited breath, plus a new range of impressive watches. Moreover, these three collections are bound together by eminently intelligent design decisions.
Valstar’s handmade suede jackets are known for combining superior quality with the very best raw materials, Farer’s new hand-wound timepieces use top-grade movements, look handsome on the wrist and come in at less than £1,000 a piece, and CP-93 offers Ralph Lauren, sportswear and vintage style aficionados access to an iconic collection from the early’90s – channeling the retro sportswear zeitgeist.
Whether you’re thinking about a new track jacket, a truly refined suede bomber or some top-notch wrist candy, these should be at the top of your list this spring.
1. CP-93 is coming…
This intriguing codename refers to Polo Ralph Lauren’s latest capsule collection, which is hitting the shelves at the end of this month. CP-93 is a reinterpretation of the pieces designed by Ralph Lauren in 1992, to outfit the sports teams participating in prestigious sailing championship, The Americas Cup. This new 24 piece capsule updates those iconic designs from the original CP-93 range, using technical fabrics, bold primary colours, oversized graphic prints and plenty of sailing motifs – perfect for lending your summer wardrobe a sporty edge. This is now the third vintage sportswear reissue that the brand’s released in the past 12 months, and the past two, Polo Stadium and Snow Beach, have been snapped-up by the world’s lo-heads (hardcore Ralph Lauren fans) within days, so don’t hang about if you like the look of this.
Available from 31 May, ralphlauren.co.uk
2. Valstar Spring Summer ’18 is seriously fruity
On Mr Porter, that is. In fact, the online retail giant is one of the few UK sources of Milan’s finest leather workshop, and it’s spring/summer buy is perhaps the best yet. Valstar’s been working on expanding it’s offering beyond its iconic A1 flight jacket, and has been experimenting with the colours of it’s signature goat’s suede, too. The result is a range of different designs – including a slimmed-down version of the A1, the quintessential unlined suede trucker jacket and a mean-looking suede overshirt, all offered in summery pastel colours and bright, optimistic mid-tones. If you’re looking for a suede jacket to lift your spirits, you’d be daft not to plump for one of these.
From £750, mrporter.com
3. Farer’s watches have never looked so good
Farer is one of those rare watchmaking brands that, for my money at least, has never turned out a bad looking watch. In fact, it’s new releases are moving from strength to strength. Following it’s rather lovely aqua compressor automatics, which came out at the end of last year, the British watchmaker has now unveiled a 37mm hand-wound collection. Designed with rather swish cushion cases, there are three models, each with different hand-finished dials, named after different explorers from yesteryear. Moreover, each design has its own distinct look, reframing funky retro details in a modern context. As always, Farer’s choice of movement offers an excellent quality versus value proposition, too. The ETA 7001 is a top-grade movement, finished in Côtes de Genève with blue screws (expressly for Farer), 17 jewels, a shock system for durability and 42 hours of power reserve. At less than £1,000 a watch, these are a steal – and very handsome, to boot.