Gloverall Donkey Jacket
Famed for its popularisation of the duffel coat in the 1950s, British luxury brand Gloverall has shown in recent years that there’s more to its expertise than a trio of toggles. This donkey jacket from the brand has the potential to be a cornerstone of your spring layering arsenal, with an Italian wool construction, a boxy, workwear fit and a rather handy amount of pockets.
Alltimers Sprankles T-Shirt
When it comes to skatewear some of the best brands going at the moment are the ones bubbling under the surface of your mainstream adulation. Alltimers is one such brand, the New York skate imprint having an absurd amount of cracking slogan hoodies on its books, and this thick, regular-fit tee that’s not so ‘sk8terboi’ you can’t wear it to a pub lunch on Sunday.
Reiss Cuban Collar Shirt
Picture the scene: you’re at a flash rooftop party, beautiful Cuban collar shirts floating everywhere, but then out of the corner of your eye you catch the one. Eyes meet, lust and love rush to your head. You must have it. Well sliding in tidily under the £100 mark you can have it – that beautiful Japanese print, the coy piping along the collar – the ultimate statement summer shirt.
Edwin x Pacemaker Denim Jacket
It’s hard to elevate the simple denim jacket. Its success owes so much to its versatile simplicity, but this unique offering from a collaboration between fantastic Japanese denim brand Edwin and up-and-coming streetwear brand Pacemaker is a notch above the rest thanks to some dazzling graphic patches that don’t overdo the magic potion.
Nicce 90s Runner Trainers
The public hunger for chunky trainers has gone unsatiated for another year as people clamber on board yet more ’90s throwbacks. These ones from British streetwear brand Nicce are neutral enough that you should be able style them easily with any pair of jeans (or sweatpants) and at a price point far off the wallet-busting offerings elsewhere.
Monokel x Filippa K Sunglasses
Two super cool European labels collide in this collaboration between Scandi sustainablity pioneer Filippa K and its Swedish compatriot, eyewear brand Monokel. Aside from looking incredibly stylish, the frames have been crafted out of 100 per cent biodegradable plant-based product called eco-acetate. We don’t know how they do it, but at least you, and the planet, can enjoy these shades together.
Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Watch
Vintage-inspired watches are so popular right now that almost every ‘new’ watch looks like an old one. This new addition to the excellent 20th-century vintage collection at Swiss watchmaker Glashütte looks like it should belong on the wrist of a ’60s Hollywood icon, with a throwback square 40mm case, simple and easy to read dial and a chunky metal bracelet.
John Lewis Cotton Linen Trousers
British department store John Lewis has combined the strength and breathability of linen with the softness of cotton on these new trousers, a summer must-have if ever there was one. We’d be tempted to keep the classic style going with a polished knitted polo shirt up top and some breezy loafers on your feet.
Scalpers Hawaiian Shirt
The menswear offering at Spanish fashion label Scalpers is as sharp as the name suggests. Its latest seasonal drop is filled with stylish and elegant fan favourites to easily slot into your wardrobe, our favourite being this upper body-enhancing Hawaiian shirt that we’re going positively bananas for in the office.
Armor Lux Heritage Jacket
Yellow is a scary colour for a lot of guys. “Is it too bright? Will it make me look like a rubber duck?” We understand your qualms and parry them with this fine cotton smock from French brand Armor Lux that tempers the shade with an unfussy design. Then it’s just a matter of marrying the shade with a pair of crisp navy shorts and you’ll be the talk of the superyacht harbour.
Aime Leon Dore Sweatshirt
If you’ve not caught super trendy New York fashion brand Aime Leon Dore before, then basically imagine what a Parisian foreign exchange student spending the summer of ’96 in Brooklyn might wear and you’d be on the right lines. Its new SS19 collection is as cool as you’d expect, with bold, hazy colour blocking and a smooth take on the ’90s logos trend.
Gap Wearlight Slim Jeans
Bulwark of the high street, Gap is an under-rated place to pick up some denim. These slim jeans from the store are as sturdy and versatile a piece of denim as you’re ever likely to find, with a tasteful mid wash that’ll pair nicely with a crisp white tee and some sparkling sneakers.
Topman Paisley Shirt
The clean crispness of a stand collar will stand you in good stead this summer. This paisley offering from high street destination Topman offers something a bit different with an eye-catching pattern that serves to aid the shirt’s simple colour scheme rather than distract from it. Pair with chinos for date night perfection.
Lacoste x Opening Ceremony Polo Shirt
French leisurewear brand Lacoste has been very savvy this year. While keeping its collections as classic as its fandom has come to expect, it’s also used a series of collaborations to keep the brand moving forward. Its latest is the best yet, a team up with ultra-hip clothing brand Opening Ceremony (whose founders are also creative directors at Kenzo). The resulting polos and tees are a lot bolder and youth-inflected than what you might expect from Lacoste, proof that a strong collab can be a whole lot more than a cheeky marketing ploy.
Lucky Seven Snatch Cap
From Boris, the bullet dodger to Mickey the gypsy, Brit flick classic Snatch was full of memorable characters, but none more so than devil incarnate Brick Top. Tip your hat to the gangster’s ruthless ways with this trucker cap advertising his gruesome pig farm, part of a collection of new caps by headwear brand Lucky Seven celebrating Guy Ritchie’s first two (and still best in our opinion) films.
Timberland Flexiknit Shoes
Knitted and sustainable, this new footwear collection from Timberland ticks off two sneaker trends in one fell swoop. The knitted fabric on these kicks is made from a special recycled plastic devised by the Timberland team that equals roughly six to 10 recycled plastic bottles per pair. That’s one small step for man, but we’ll need the whole industry to follow suit and make the leap to a sustainable future.
Zara Textured Cardigan
In this season of unpredictability (aka spring), it’s handy to have a piece of clothing that you can put on and throw off with ease. That’s where a chunky cardigan like this one from Zara comes in handy with an arresting texture running through it which means all you need is a clean white tee underneath.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Squalane is a hydrating substance that already forms part of our skin’s natural moisture. Unfortunately, our skin’s natural production of it starts to decline in our early twenties so it’s a good idea to look out for facial products with it in as an ingredient like this facial cleanser to top up those depleting supplies. Rather than wash it off just let it settle overnight and give your skin a boost for the next morning.
Sperry Boat Shoes
Boat shoes are making a bit of a return this summer, even if the mortgage is making that superyacht purchase look ever less likely. American shoemaker Sperry was the creator of the OG version and its plush leather deck shoes are still the best you can get, especiallyat a rather sunny sub-£100 price point.
Desmond & Dempsey Boxer Shorts
While Calvin Klein might have dominated men’s underwear drawers for the past three decades, that doesn’t mean that a flashy pair of boxer shorts can swing things. Better known for its very special pyjamas, Desmond & Dempsey has taken the same eye for a spectacular print into its breathable cotton underwear, which is a lot more fun than your basic monochrome options.