Dr. Martens x Engineered Garments 1461 Smith
From Off-White to Supreme, British footwear brand Dr. Martens knows how to shake up a pair of its classic shoes with a killer collab. This most recent alliance sees it combine with purveyors of vintage-inspired American workwear, Engineered Garments. Surprisingly, the look remains undeniably British, with the kind of stomping utilitarianism that DMs is known for.
Juno II Large Suitcase
Ever spent hours stuck in an airport watching the carousel spin round a litter of black suitcases? You creakily bend down to survey one after another that looks like yours, but isn’t. Well it’s travel hack time – stop buying luggage that blends in with all the rest. Stand out on the carousel with this orange beast from British luggage manufacturers Antler, which also has a tough polypropylene shell to prevent all your duty-free bottles smashing during turbulence.
Ace & Tate Ringo Sunglasses
Amsterdam-based eyewear brand Ace & Tate has just released its SS18 sunglasses collection, which means another set of whimsical names to snigger over. Choose any of Donna, Pete or Paul to straddle your face this summer or, our favourite – erstwhile The Beatles drummer and Thomas The Tank Engine narrator – Ringo. Like Mr Starr himself, the frames are very 1960s rock ‘n’ roll, with the chunky acetate frame contrasting against the slinky metal temples.
Pringle Intarsia Script Cashmere Jumper
There is nothing less street than a luxury cashmere jumper. House of Pain were not jumping around in Pringle of Scotland, that is for certain. But heritage brands are now realising that streetwear aficionados are discerning customers, and with two centuries of quality manufacturing behind it, Pringle could be targeting this market in subtly altering its sensibilities with some script typography (it’s actually a quote from the Virginia Woolf novel To The Lighthouse) to give this beautiful cashmere jumper some street edge.
River Island Slim Fit Revere Shirt
If last week’s Mr Porter x Prada capsule collection showed us anything it’s that the bowling alley aesthetic is returning big time this summer. The key is not to take after The Big Lebowski and keep the look smart and tight as opposed to slobby (no Roman sandals allowed). This new top from River Island is a welcome, budget alternative with the sleeves stopping perfectly just around the mid-bicep and a jersey fabric that keeps it light without straying into see-through territory.
Los Angeles Dodgers Crew Sweatshirt
An upcoming collaboration between fashion house Gucci and Major League Baseball has turned menswear heads, while there are rumours of a potential match-up between two of the league’s biggest teams – the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox – at the London Olympic Stadium in 2019.
As such, MLB is starting a drive to make its team sportswear readily available to athleisure-sporting Europeans. Start your collection off with this classic royal blue Los Angeles Dodgers sweater, which will look ace with a pair of crisp white shorts.
Maharishi Straight-Leg Trousers
The Sno-Pant from Maharishi was the trouser of the late 1990s. Described as ‘combat chic’, they were worn by all the pop stars of the time (Blur, All Saints, Spice Girls) until the 2000s came along and swept them away with their skinny silhouette. However, fashion is cyclical and, like Maharishi, the wide leg has returned, only in a more floaty, less boxy shape with these cropped straight-leg trousers a shining example of the British brand and fashion’s evolution.
Adidas Originals Retro Argentina Football Jersey
At times fashion can seem driven by nostalgia, be that eighties kicks or fifties bowling chic, and it doesn’t get as sentimentally grainy as retro football kits. Like skateboarding five years ago, the fashion world is fully flirting with football and Adidas is at the forefront with the re-release of classic Adidas football strips from down the years ahead of this summer’s World Cup. Argentina’s kit is probably the least geometrically challenging, simple and elegant, and comes with Diego Maradona’s number 10 on the back.
Tiger Of Sweden Erskine Jacket
Yes, there are no tigers in Sweden, but beautiful blond people just didn’t have the same ring to it. So Tiger it was, and for over a century the brand has perfected the art of menswear. With a new creative director at the helm, Christoffer Lundman – previously at Tom Ford, Burberry and ACNE – its SS18 collection is sharp and clean, with this suede field jacket, a creation that tightropes between on trend and timeless, the pick of the lot.
New Look Jeff T-Shirt
Don’t knock the high street – stores like New Look, River Island and Topman know how to jump on the latest fashion trends and run with them at much lower price points. This time it’s retro vertical stripes, which we think look a lot like a 1990s Newcastle United third strip, only without the gaudy advertising. The tight crew neck keeps it tidy, and with a black bomber thrown over the top, you’re ready to hit the runway.
SeaVees Legend Sneaker Standard
When we think of Californian footwear, the first word on our lips is always “Vans”. But another Californian footwear brand two years older than Vans is now coming to the UK to give us a stern telling off. Founded in 1964, SeaVees launched its UK site last week and has a new SS18 collection to show off featuring these summer haze pink delights made out of poplin twill – a light, durable fabric usually reserved for shirts.
Lacoste 1980s Revival Pique Polo Shirt
Let’s step a decade back in this time travelling week of menswear, as Lacoste celebrates its 85th birthday with a peek at its evolving looks through the years. The 1990s bum-bags might be a retro step too far, but certainly in the sharp colour blocking shapes of the 1970s and 1980s the brand was in its prime. The sporty feel of this green polo is Lacoste defined: classic in a breezy kind of way.
Benetton White Shorts
The shorts game is a complicated business and one that will likely have you exasperatedly chucking the majority of pairs from summers past into a corner to collect dust. But be kind to your shorts and they’ll be kind to you. We always suggest something tailored that skims the thigh and finishes just above the knee. This pair from Benetton are ideal – no branding, sleek look and easy to pair with navy blue. Shorts game? Completed it mate.
Johnstons Of Elgin Merino Wool Scarf
Could a summer scarf be the key to transitional wear? Despite balmier nights starting to draw in, you’re still likely to be caught out by the sun-setting chill when sporting an open neck from the day’s adventures. Plug that gap with this extra-fine merino wool scarf from Johnstons, which has been at the forefront of the wool industry since the 18th century. Taken from its SS18 collection, it’s lightweight enough to work during the warmer months but hardy enough to keep wearing once winter returns.
Oliver Spencer Fisher Jacket
It has been 10 years since Oliver Spencer opened its first shop on Lamb’s Conduit Street in London and to celebrate the British menswear designer decided to recreate an old classic from the style archives. Titled the Fisher jacket it’s a blouson-style bomber in a startling mustard hue. As with anything Oliver Spencer it’s all about the little details though: the curved cutaway collar and the plush cotton herringbone lining.
King & Tuckfield Soft Waist Trouser
King & Tuckfield was established just three years ago, inspired by designer Stacy Wood’s grandparents – a ballet dancer and a World War II pilot. And its 1950s-inspired collections have had us salivating ever since with merino textured polos and our favourite, these wide-leg trousers. This pair from the brand’s SS18 collection is, as expected, gorgeous, with the lighter shade of blue and addition of red stripes changing up the on-trend pinstripe.
Puma RS-0 Re-Invention Sneakers
Puma is killing the chunky trainers game at the moment. The Thunder Spectra, a black colossal with flashes of understated primary colours, was released on Saturday and instantly sold out, breaking the internet in the process. However, this new model of the Puma RS model, first released in 1987, is equally chunky with the Biscay green tubing around the back a statement of otherworldly intent – Puma is in this game to win it.
Carhartt WIP x Neu T-Shirt
One collab we could not have predicted was Carhartt WIP, the streetwear version of the heritage workwear brand, taking inspo from 1970s krautrock exponents Neu! for an SS18 capsule collection. Carhartt WIP has form when linking up with left-field musical acts – last year it collaborated with Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance. This line is an understated play on the band T-shirt, with the Neu! logo subtly tagged onto the pocket, rather than emblazoned across the front.
Barbour Tartan Wine Cooler Bag
If you’re over the age of 25 you shouldn’t be taking that bottle of rosé to a dinner party in a crumpled old bag for life. Upgrade with this Barbour wine cooler bag, which can carry two bottles (double the fun) and is a lot more fetching. We imagine this is what heritage-wear lover and international model Johannes Huebl rocks up to a dinner party with, so be more Huebl and less like 18-year-old you.