1. Private White V.C.’s P.O.W Bomber
That Private White V.C. makes in England, really shouldn’t be any surprise to you. Nor should it be a surprise that the brand’s long-standing Manchester factory makes clothing that’s reassuringly robust. What you might not know, though, is that Private White also makes its signature pieces with sustainability to the forefront of its mind, using locally sourced materials, minimal transport costs and the bare minimum of wastage.
The brand’s latest project, the Merino Wool collection, sees it partner with The Woolmark Company to create a tight capsule of winter warmers with intelligent manufacturing to the fore. First among these, is the new P.O.W. Bomber, a handsome charcoal Prince-of-Wales checked piece with front patch-and-flap pockets, and a copper RiRi zip front. Quite apart from its striking looks, it’s a smart buy because the jacket’s raw Merino yarn was woven in a woollen mill just 14 miles from the Private White factory in Lancashire – championing local craftspeople and traditional skills. In other words, it’s a sustainable style must-have.
£595, shop now
2. The Artist’s Collection, by Turnbull & Asser
Jermyn Street’s foremost shirtmaker has been getting creative of late. First, the brand released its excellent evening shirt collection earlier this autumn, and now Turnbull is playing with its pocket hankies. It’s released six limited edition squares, each of which has been designed by a leading contemporary artist, ranging from British illustrator Charlotte Trounce, to Canadian animator Matthew Schofield, and Germany-based Daniel Clarke.
Certainly, each square makes a statement. Schofield’s features a graphic black-and-white rendering of the ‘all seeing eye’ motif with an emerald green border, while Clarke’s royal blue, orange and yellow square mixes warm, optimistic colours with a series of deconstructed, almost cubist shapes. Whichever you identify with, each reflects intelligently on what it means to wear a hanky. In your top pocket, a silk square is a expressive finishing touch – a subtle way to say something about yourself with your clothes. The artist’s collection channels the talents of six creatives to bring Turnbull’s customers something creative in turn. Smart move, Turnbull & Asser.
£75, available in store
3. NN07’s plush corduroy trucker jacket
Yep, we’re still infected with this season’s corduroy bug. We’ve said a few times now that the stuff’s everywhere; used in everything from suits to sneakers, but this new trucker jacket from clean-cut Scandi designer NN07, demonstrates just how many different guises cord can take.
It’s cut from a fabric called ‘elephant cord’, known for its remarkably thick stripes, and for its soft handle, and for the way it softens down as it’s worn. In a classic trucker style with a boxy fit, this will add a timely touch of autumnal texture and colour to your wardrobe. The dark terracotta colour works well with navies and greys, and with dark raw indigo denim jeans, too.
£240, shop now
4. Edward Green’s Black Oxfords
Black Oxford shoes are indispensable. They’ll take you everywhere from job interviews to christenings, and everything in between. Even so, to the hardcore menswear enthusiast, black Oxfords can be a little predictable – unexciting, even.
Thankfully, there’s no danger of that where Edward Green’s new Oxfords are concerned. These classic toe-cap dress shoes are things of beauty, with the polished black calf usually expected of formal Oxfords swapped out in favour of chic black suede. It’s a subtle change, but a smart one –black suede is a thoroughly underrated material – elegant, dressy and sophisticated. Moreover, Edward Green’s suede is the best there is, made from fine un-split continental calf’s leather with a velvety nap to its surface. You won’t want to wear these in the rain, but on cold, crisp days with a grey flannel suit, these will look the business.
£935, shop now
5. Reiss’s alpaca teddy bear coat
In its earliest form, the 20th century teddy bear coat was an oversized monstrosity, designed to be worn by wealthy motorists in their freezing, open-topped Model Ts. This season, Reiss (who’s collection is strong across the board, by the way) has created a modern take on this jazz age classic, trimming it down to knee length, and finishing it with relaxed raglan sleeves, side welt pockets and a belt to bring its waist in.
In this new, sleeker form, it’s a handsome looking coat; perfect for eveningwear, or even for dressing down on the weekends if the mood takes you. The chocolate colour is versatile, and its generous shape layers comfortably over anything from a structured three-piece suit to a chunky knit. If you’ve been on the hunt for a coat that’s a little bit different, you’ll struggle to find something sharper this winter.
£495, shop now