It’s June, we’ve been through London Fashion Week Men’s, and at last it seems the sun is here to stay. So, finally, menswear’s getting colourful. What follows this week are a number of fun, summery style releases that take colour seriously, plus one tasty piece of foodie news that’s similarly vibrant in outlook.
1. Richard Biedul X King & Tuckfield
King & Tuckfield’s a cool, independent British brand, and Richard Biedul’s a British model with no small amount of industry clout, which means this timely summer collaboration should be ranking high on your summer style radar. Biedul’s long been a passionate advocate for cult British brands, so King & Tuckfield’s intriguing treatment of heritage denim, mid-century silhouettes and cool, comfortable designs made for the perfect pairing. True to his own personal style, Biedul’s worked with the brand on a new range of high-rise, pleated trousers, with utilitarian camp shirts to match, plus a double-indigo dyed denim bomber and some nifty retro merino polo shirts. The whole collection feels clean, tightly woven and pin-sharp. You’d be daft not to check it out.
2. Troubadour’s technicolour totes
Troubadour’s soft contoured tote has cult status among the British style community. Made from bullet-proof nylon, with an easily compressible shape and super-lightweight design, it’s become a firm favourite among fast-moving city-slickers and fashion aficionados alike. Now, to celebrate the onset of some sunshine, the team at Troubadour has released six limited runs of 25 bags in bright summer colours, to add some much-needed zest to your morning commute. In crimson, yellow, cobalt blue, leafy green, olive, burgundy and burnt orange, there’s a colour to lift everyone’s spirits this season.
3. John Lewis’s new swim shorts
John Lewis’s new 18 piece swim shorts collection combines easy, breezy summer style with a conscience. Each pair of shorts is made from 100 per cent recycled polyester, extracted from plastic bottles, using a total of thirteen bottles in each piece. Moreover, the company’s design team partnered with Repreve (the world’s leading recycled fibre manufacturer), to create an eco-friendly, waste-free polyester especially for this project – not that you’d know it. Whether toucans, pineapples, palm trees or graphic prints, these swimmers are anything but short on style. Moreover, they’re available in store and online for between £32-£40 per pair, making each of these little numbers a steal. Snap up a pair before your next getaway, for failsafe poolside fashion-points.
4. The Nomos Glashuette Tetra
It’s no great secret that in the watch world, Nomos Glashuette is a byword for clean-cut, restrained design and even by Nomos’s own standards, the Tetra is a thing of post-modern Germanic beauty. A super-thin, unassuming mechanical timepiece (it’s a mere 6.25mm thick), this isn’t a watch that makes a statement with its size, but rather with its distinctive design. It’s available in various different sizes and with various brightly coloured dials, but this azure dial with dark green and blood red hands is a smart choice for the warmer months – particularly on a dove grey suede strap. It’s a chic, and refreshingly different day watch this, well worth considering now the sun’s come out.
5. Taste of London
At this point, you’ll have to forgive the misleading title – of course, this isn’t a must-have, but a must-do. Taste of London is the capital’s premier food fair, bringing together the best chefs, restaurants, culinary experiences, masterclasses and artisanal food producers on the planet to Regent’s Park. It kicks off later this week, and there’s enough vibrant foodie culture on show to keep even the fussiest customer happy. Restaurants making their Taste of London debut include the Portuguese sensation Bar Douro, Mexican taqueria El Pastor, West African Ikoyi, vegan Mexican restaurant Club Mexicana and Amalfi-inspired Italian Sorella. There’s also a dedicated fire pit, with a line-up of chefs booked to deliver their own unique take on cooking over open flames, and a Champagne Laurent-Perrier club house, serving up the maison’s signature bubbles to wash it all down with. Spread over five days and with a jam-packed schedule, it’s as zesty as those Troubadour totes…
13 – 17 June, london.tastefestivals.com