Reiss Printed Blouson Jacket
A lightweight blouson jacket is one of the smartest purchases you could make this ahead of the warmer months. Reiss’ all over printed version acknowledges that the weather can be a fickle mistress with a light but robust viscose body as opposed to cotton.
French Connection Sage Suit Jacket
We recently touted green as one of the suit colours to dip your torso into this year, and this handsome sage effort from French Connection makes for an easy entry point. Wear it with a crisp white T-shirt and an equally clean pair of white sneakers for a thoroughly modern way of doing tailoring.
Birkenstock x Universal Works Shoes
Recent collaborations with uber trendy labels like Rick Owens and Valentino have put once-maligned German sandal brand Birkenstock firmly at the front of fashion. Its latest, a link-up with hip independent label Universal Works, should only serve to raise its stock (geddit?).
Champion Reverse Weave Sweatshirt
Sure, the multicoloured stripes might make this sweatshirt from retro sportswear brand Champion look like a Windows screensaver from 1995, but considering how good it would look with light wash denim, we’re here for those #throwback vibes like Steve Jobs was there for black roll necks.
We Are Paradox Hangover Hair Elixir
It’s hard not to notice that Irish cosmetics brand We Are Paradox missed a trick by not calling this magic potion Hair Of The Dog. Inside the flask-like bottle is a hair oil that uses Irish whiskey to miraculous revitalise that frizzy, shine-less mess of a birds nest on your head that inevitably comes as a result of a heavy night of drinking.
Mami Wata Pledge White T-Shirt
African surfwear brand Mami Wata has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a clubhouse for Harper Sliders Surf Club in Liberia as part of its surfing therapy scheme. It’s a worthwhile scheme, and depending on how much you pledge you can also grab a slice of the brand’s collection for the club that includes simple T-shirts, out-there bomber jackets, and some very flash surfboards.
Belstaff Levison Fieldmaster Jacket
Ex-British Army officer Levison Wood has walked the length of the river Nile and across the Himalayas, but his latest challenge played out a little closer to home. This season he has teamed up with fellow Brits at Belstaff on a waterproof cotton twill jacket complete with four storm-proof front pockets. It’s the ultimate explorer’s jacket even if the only exploring you get up to is a city break.
Acqua Di Parma Cipresso Di Toscana Eau De Toilette
Bold yellow packaging, elegant bottles and some of the best whiffs in the world have marked out Acqua Di Parma as one of the most in-demand fragrance houses. It’s latest spring scent is inspired by the smells of Tuscany and the region’s indigenous cypress tree, making it, essentially, a holiday in a bottle.
G-Shock Super Clear Skeleton Watch
The hard-as-nails case and digital watch face already set G-shock watches apart from other timepieces out there, but slap on a semi-transparent resin, and you’ve got something that looks like it was beamed in from another planet. It’s all part of the Japanese watchmakers’ new super clear skeleton series that takes the ‘80s original and gives it a future spin.
Barbour Readhead Boots
When it comes to gear to potter around the countryside in, Barbour rules like waxed jacket gods. Applying the same expertise down south, these hard-wearing chukka boots are ideal smart-casual footwear to be worn with a pair of jeans or chinos on a ramble to the local pub.
Pull & Bear Dungarees
Most style observers predicted that dungarees would have a short-lived renaissance at the end of last year, but the ’90s relic is still on fire. Jumping on the denimy bandwagon, these ones from Pull & Bear come in a distressed indigo wash to provide all the rugged railroad worker vibes needed for the new season.
Kenzo x End Clothing T-Shirt
Impeccably slick French brand Kenzo has given its hallowed seal of approval to End Clothing, dropping an exclusive collection of its wares at the Newcastle-based menswear emporium. This logo T-shirt will slip under an overshirt just as well as it stands on its own.
Eastpak Tiger Backpack
Cementing its reputation for producing stellar kit for the urban jungle, Eastpak has just dropped this eye-catching backpack featuring an all-over tropical tiger print. Not only does it look great, but it’s also got a 13-inch laptop compartment, water-resistant outer canvas and an impressive 30-year warranty should any wild animals take a swipe.
Arket Recycled Swim Shorts
H&M’s M-less market-inspired store Arket already has bucket loads of sustainable credibility. But not one to rest on its eco-friendly laurels, the chain has released a range of brightly coloured swim shorts that have been crafted out of soft nylon that comes from recovered fishing nets. Here’s to sustainable swimming.
Far Afield x Selfridges Line Shirt
Brighton-based menswear label Far Afield has long been one of the top under-the-radar British brands. Having hit the big leagues, it has now joined forces with shopping institution Selfridges, resulting in six pristine printed linen shirts and six matching swim shorts to go with them.
The Hundreds Adam Bomb T-Shirt
The cartoon explosive that makes up the logo of LA streetwear brand The Hundreds was initially submitted as part of a fan contest but has risen to become a vital part of the label’s aesthetic. To repay the favour to its creator, Adam Bomb, the label has just released a capsule drop of hoodies, tees, and sweatshirts with the incendiary device front and centre.
Beams Plus Jumper
Those heavy lambswool jumpers in your wardrobe might not see the light of day for a few months now, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a spare pullover for any unexpected weather changes. This plush all-white example from Japanese menswear brand Beams Plus will beam in the summer sun and look as smart as anything with some navy shorts below it.
Lacoste Wildcard Trainers
French sportswear brand Lacoste has served up another ace sneaker for the coming months in the form of the nineties-inspired Wildcard. The model takes the sleek running shoe profile and amps it up with some rather tasty mint and navy accents. Game, set, add to basket.
Gap Linen Straight Fit Khakis
Linen is one of the quintessential summer fabrics, and while you might have already nabbed yourself a shirt in the stuff, it’s worth getting some trousers too. These ones from Gap will bring some figurative and literal cool to your pins, just don’t wear the two together. You’re not the Man from Delmonte.