And just like that, summer seems to be over. Buy hey, autumn is a great month for men’s fashion. Think about it, it’s not actually that cold and sunny days are still in plentiful supply. It’s when we get to experiment with layering and bring out our favourite heavy duty boots. With our eye on the season ahead I’ve spotted a bunch of really cool drops. There’s a watch collection inspired by a Morse Code expert for MI5 and a jacket that dries like the fur of a wild animal when shaken. So, following on from my August roundup, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite products and releases for the month of September 2019 – enjoy.
Foot Locker Celebrates 45 Year Anniversary
This September, Foot Locker is turning 45. In honour of its first ever store opening in California, it is inviting sneakerheads from across Europe to celebrate its birthday and sneaker culture in style. Since launch, Foot Locker has been intertwined with the birth, rise and domination of the once niche sneaker culture – which has now become a global community. Now, it’s joining forces with culture shapers, sneakerheads, brand partners and ‘Stripers’ from across Europe to celebrate. Spanning across six European countries, Foot Locker has teamed up with sneakerheads – both OGs and up-and-comers – to pay tribute to sneaker culture by sharing their personal take on the mother of all questions: ‘What are the greatest sneakers of all time?’
Haglöfs L.I.M GTX SHAKEDRY Hood
This autumn, Haglöfs introduces the L.I.M GTX SHAKEDRY Hood to its collection. This jacket hides a secret in plain sight – a unique combination of high-performance GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY and breathable body-mapped Quadfusion for warmth. It’s an essential mid layer and a fully-featured shell jacket, in one. This lightweight jacket dries like the fur of a wild animal: by being shaken. Its secret is hiding in plain sight. Instead of having the waterproof membrane embedded in the fabric, it’s right on the surface, meaning that absorption of moisture is eliminated. The water simply beads up and rolls off. The Quadfusion lining takes this piece’s functionality to a whole new level. When you slow down or take a break it will keep you warm for longer, and when your pulse and temperature rise the breathable lining is engineered to wick away moisture.
HCFG X Debenhams
Once again showcasing the brand’s dedication to supporting new and emerging talent, Debenhams is delighted to introduce Hannah Gibbins to its menswear portfolio for AW19. As the winner of the Debenhams Menswear Design Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2018, this is Hannah’s first debut of her 13-piece capsule collection. One of the main inspirations for the HCFG X Debenhams collection is the designer’s rural, Suffolk upbringing. Elements of the countryside can be seen throughout the collection in everything from the fabric choice to the design of the clothes. The HCFG collection has a strong focus on layering, meaning that each piece is versatile and can be paired up separately. The collection sports an organic colour palette, with bases of navy and grey injected with spicy hues of mustard. The silhouettes are relaxed and oversized, making the fit key to the collection, with clear references to workwear detailing in a combination of wool blends and pure cottons. With the countryside proving such an inspiration to Hannah, it is unsurprising that threads of sustainability are woven into the collection.
Parlez x Urban Outfitters
Parlez now sit in select Urban Outfitters stores and online. The latest collection demonstrates the brand’s first real foray into cut and sew, releasing a well-considered technical range of outerwear, mid-weight jackets and fleece pieces, alongside lightweight shirts. Custom designed and built for Parlez, the range features colour-blocked jackets inspired by early 90s sportswear and windbreakers, with an up to date and wearable palette. The outwear is accompanied by hoods and sweats on premium fabrics, and T-shirts carrying a range of the brand’s signature minimal embroidered logo graphics.
Newgate G6 Watches
A contemporary collection of men’s Chronograph watches designed in Britain by Newgate. Clashing colour and high-spec functionality, this is a new generation of watch design for Newgate. Introducing interchangeable straps for the first time. Each G6 watch comes with one handcrafted black Italian leather strap and one lightweight, colourful striped canvas strap, for two different dress styles. The new G6 also features multicoloured triptych sub-dials with stopwatch and date function. Designed in Britain by Newgate founder and head designer, Jim Read – Fusing bold hues into multi-dial Chronograph movements – the statement collection was inspired by Jim’s grandfather, Eddie Read, who was a Morse Code expert for MI5. His call sign was G6, and Jim included Eddie’s call sign on this new range to honour his grandfather.
The Last Drop Distillers x Truefitt & Hill
To celebrate the launch of their 16th release, a 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, The Last Drop Distillers have collaborated with the world’s oldest and most established gentleman’s barbershop, Truefitt & Hill, to offer patrons a limited edition grooming and whisky tasting experience at the Truefitt & Hill store on St James’s Street. Launching on 25th September, those in the know will be able to book until the bottle is empty. The exclusive experience includes a Truefitt & Hill treatment of choice, worth £50, from one of the revered barbers, to be enjoyed alongside a dram of The Last Drop’s magnificent, ultra-aged, 56 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, ordinarily worth £3,750 per bottle. With only 732 bottles in existence, and only one bottle available for this exclusive offering at Truefitt & Hill, this is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a few lucky clients to try a blend like no other, whilst receiving one of the world’s cleanest cuts from Truefitts’s expert barbers.
Last Drop Distillers x Truefitt & Hill
Debut Quiksilver Vintage Drop
Surf and snow leader Quiksilver’s first ever vintage collection has sold out in only 24 hours across Europe, after debuting online and in one retail store. Featuring some of the most exciting and iconic pieces from the brands 50-year fashion history – it was the first time the leading surf and snow brand has ever curated a full vintage collection for fans to shop. Quiksilver Vintage comprised 150 products handpicked and globally sourced by the in-house design team who scoured thrift stores, vintage collector’s personal collections and Quiksilver’s design archives for the ultimate pieces. Each one-off item was certified authentic and was available to buy online and from one Boardriders. Following the success of this inaugural Vintage collection, Quiksilver will be curating further Vintage-only collections within the next year. Fans can sign up to the mailing list to be the first to find out when the next drop will land.
Urbanears Launch Fresh Colourways for AW19
This autumn, Swedish audio lifestyle brand Urbanears is releasing a new brand campaign, Born to be heard, along with fresh colourways inspired by current fashion trends, further extending their commitment to producing products that are progressive, minimalistic and user-friendly. Say hello to Paper Beige, Icon Blue, and the mirror glossy Cherry Brown, three new bold colourways that will be available for the iconic Plattan 2 Bluetooth this month. The new colourways will be added to the current popular colour options of Indigo, Tomato, True White, Black and Dark Grey, providing a diverse colour palette to express yourself through. Plattan 2 Bluetooth’s human-centric design and bold colour options have been the key to its popularity, offering 30+ hours of wireless and immersive sound, with a collapsible design and ergonomic fit that makes a statement without compromising on comfort.
Billy Tannery to Launch Crowdfunding Campaign
British goat leather brand Billy Tannery will on 1st October 2019 launch a crowdfunding campaign seeking support to move and scale-up its innovative leather tannery. The crowdfunding launch coincides with the start of Goatober, the annual October celebration founded to spread the word that goat meat is delicious, ethical and sustainable and to get it onto more restaurant menus worldwide. Billy Tannery’s journey began when founders Jack Millington and Rory Harker discovered that, due to the great work done by Cabrito Goat Meat to promote goat meat in the UK and the sad decline of the British leather industry, there were thousands of goatskins going to waste each year. Now, Billy Tannery produces the first entirely British goat leather in their small-batch tannery in the Midlands, an area with a rich leather making heritage.