Do you struggle to get the best from your wardrobe basics? Looking for clothes that will last beyond our two week British summer? Well, this week we’ve got your back.
From a new concept store in the heart of Mayfair to an online-only offering of wardrobe staples that cater to 365 days of the year, each has its own story to tell on why carefully sourced, good quality pieces have a place in your wardrobe this spring. Even a new line in printed pyjamas offers an extended life beyond the bedroom. Don’t say we at The Jackal are anything but resourceful.
1. The Place
You could argue that Simon Burstein’s career in retail was predestined, given that his parents launched concept store Feathers on South Molton Street, before founding Browns. Simon was instrumental in launching menswear into his parents’ small boutique, having hired the helped of a young Paul Smith as a consultant. His keen eye for discovering talent like Missoni and Alexander McQueen, established Browns as the go-to store to seek out the very best in emerging international brands.
Now, Burstein’s talent for bringing together under-the-radar brands has found a shiny new home on the corner of Davis Street and Brook Street, opposite Claridges. Called The Place, it offers a tight range of versatile menswear that stays true to Burstein’s formula. ‘The concept of The Place is to have handpicked products from a tailored number of designers. I also want us to stock products that tell a story and have similar values’, he says.
To this end, there’s Sealup outerwear, Brady bags, Nilmance sportswear and Lardini’s line of reversible jackets. Moreover, Burstein’s well-conceived line of clothing and accessories by Leathersmith is worth a look, too. Burstein bought the Charfleet Book Bindery in 2015, which creates each Leathersmith piece by hand. When it comes to well-rounded staples, the navy reversible jackets, fine cotton t-shirts, tailored chinos and cashmere knits are all worth taking a look at.
Farnol launched last month, and offers an accessible, practical 50-piece collection of menswear staples, available exclusively online. The logic behind the collection is simply to produce a comprehensive range angled around those pieces that every wardrobe should contain, but that often go overlooked. The collection also cocks a snoop at seasonality; Farnol argues that rethinking your habits to focus on intelligent designs that can be worn every day of the year is a smarter way to dress than dividing your wardrobe up into spring/summer, autumn/winter. Its foundations are a core range of workable pieces in navy, white, grey and black, all designed by Farnol’s founders, Mitchel Farnol and Gareth Olyott. We’re particular fans of the long sleeve striped tee, the four pocket work shirt and the tailored cotton twill chinos. A timeless looking outfit for under £100? It certainly gets our vote.
3. Desmond & Dempsey
When Joel Jeffery’s partner Molly Goddard started to wear Joel’s shirts reading the papers on a lazy Sunday morning, it set them on a path to create a line of pyjamas inspired by a traditional men’s shirts. The result is a considered collection of fine cotton pyjamas in a mix of prints exclusive to Desmond & Dempsey, all based on hand-printed designs. The brand launched with a women’s collection that quickly led to the release of the menswear range, where attention to the fabrics and tailoring has meant these fine-two piece pyjama sets can be taken worn beyond the confines of your bedroom on breezy days with chinos or denim.
The shirt designs have been lengthened in the body with deep pockets and the trousers straightened to give more versatile options for the wearer. Clever stuff. We love the printed short sleeve camp collared shirts that have a ‘60’s surf vibe about them. We can see these being worn as much in the capital’s parks on a summer’s day, as on a Mediterranean terrace.
4. Moreau Paris
Moreau Paris launched its first piece of luggage in 1882, creating an impressive printed leather and canvas trunk featuring a print inspired by the interlacing patterns common to traditional wickerwork packing cases. Today, this print has been resurrected from Moreau’s archives and applied to a range of calf’s leather bags using a traditional screen-printing technique. Each skin is also treated to allow Moreau’s leathers to be ultra-resistant, and withstand the most demanding rigours of today’s modern traveller.
Bags can also be personalised through the embossing of initials, crowns or bands of colours. This tote shape is a Jackal favourite, which is completely reversible and big enough to carry all your travel essentials. Any customisation takes place in the brand’s workshop in the north of Paris, whether simple embossed initials or full bespoke hand painted drawings – all applied by hand.
5. Uniqlo x Tomas Maier
Next month will see another collaboration between Japanese high street favourite Uniqlo and Bottega Veneta’s lead menswear designer Tomas Maier. The capsule resort collection will launch on 17 May both in store and online, and according to Maier is ‘designed to work in many different ways. Beach attire can turn into loungewear, and casual cover-ups paired with polo shirts can easily be worn in town’.
Expect to see summer style basics designed in fun citrus shades inspired by Maier’s native Florida mixed with earthy palm-tree green. This new LifeWear range will also feature co-ordinated separates using innovative fabrics such as AIRism, a dry silk-like micro-polyester fibre that wicks perspiration from the skin. Sporty zip jackets, polos and slinky shirts come in fine Supima cotton, alongside lightweight cashmere knits in navy, black and khaki that will help take-on the evening chill long after the sun sets.