Frank & Oak Lemur Short-Sleeve Shirt
Release your inner animal with this all-over lemur print shirt. It’s lightweight, poplin cotton absorbs moisture and encourages airflow, so you keep your cool even at summer’s most sweltering. To kill any of the motif’s potential tweeness, wear yours with khaki chinos, a bomber jacket, and killer shades. Fall in, soldier. Available at Frank and Oak, priced £34.
Diptyque Velvet Hand Lotion
A winter spent in transition between central heated office and a frozen streets has probably left you with Sir Ranulph Fiennes-alike hands. To cover up the cracks – and make shaking them less like handling lumber – you need a heavy duty moisturiser. Made from organic immortelle floral water and organic sesame seed oil, Diptyque’s lotion repairs, replenishes and regenerates, and is packed with antioxidants to protect your mitts from the inside and out. Available at Farfetch, priced £28.
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Common Projects Chelsea In Black Suede
If your style tends more towards rocker than runner, then we’d still advise tapping up some trainer experts. Common Projects carved a rep on its minimalist trainers, but after making it OK to wear sneakers with suits it’s now branched out into more traditional accompaniments to tailoring. These Italian Chelsea Boots are made from durable, natural suede, with an elastic gusset, black crepe soles and single ivory pull tab at back. And like its trainers, these boots feature Common Projects’ iconic ten-digit gold foil stamping. So sneakerheads will be as impressed as your boss. Available at End Clothing, priced £309.
River Island Faux-Suede Bomber Jacket
Suede’s still trending, but adopting it as outerwear still implies a particularly optimistic approach to spring weather. Faux suede lets you nail the look without the inevitable tears, when you realise rain and buttery, brushed leather are permanent partners. River Island’s take is also slim enough to fit under a jacket as an unexpected layer, for when the rain comes coupled with wind. Available at River Island, priced £65.
M83 – Junk
M83 steer their synths in a new direction – specifically, back to the 1980s – with their new album, Junk. With references to kid show Punky Brewster, guitar-wizard Yngwie Malmsteen, and post-Eagles Glenn Frey, it’s anything but expected. While none of the songs meet the banger status of ‘Midnight City’, must-listens include lead single ‘Do It, Try It’, ‘Solitude’ and ‘Laser Gun’. Available at iTunes, priced £8.99.
Poler Roamers Pack
Normally, we’d advise against backpacks that look like they could conquer the Matterhorn. But not when said bags come with a striking colour-blocked body, nylon webbing straps and custom metal buckles that lean more towards the golden era of Alpinism than a Scout jamboree. It’s the same kind of heritage styling that makes leather and D-ring hiking boots look great with selvedge denim, but why anything with neon panels and Gore-tex should be left to people who actually embrace getting their shoes muddy. Menswear, you’re weird, but we love you. Available at Hypebeast, priced £62.
West Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table
If, like us, you live somewhere not overflowing with space for all those backpacks you keep buying, then you need smarter storage. As well as offering the kind of G Plan-inspired aesthetic that guarantees likes on Instagram, this West Elm coffee table also features hidden innards, with a pop-up compartment for stashing anything from books, to coasters, to ill-judged sales purchases. Available at West Elm, priced £499.