As a plethora of new menswear items drop every week, what can we do except add more and more of the latest in fashion to our wishlists? (Or in the most fortunate of cases, to our shopping lists). Here are my personal top ten standout pieces of the week, five under £100 and five over.
Bape Store LA x Nana-Nana A4 Bag, Bape
Bape has collaborated with up and coming Japanese accessories brand Nana-Nana on this exclusive version of the A4 Bag Nana-Nana is best known for.
£80 via Bape US
Black Blå Konst Welte ‘Brand’ Belt, Acne Studios
A designer cloth belt that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Could it be? Swedish brand Acne Studios (‘Ambition to Create Novel Expression’ if you’ve ever wondered about the name) debuts their version of the popular menswear accessory, also arriving in red, pink, and blue.
£40 via SSENSE
Men’s Keith Haring Striped Print Crew Neck Cotton T-shirt, Lacoste
In a collaboration with the Keith Haring, Lacoste has released a Womens, Mens and Kids collection featuring the pop art creations of the late NYC artist. The t-shirts are the only men’s items under £100, this one with stripes made up of Haring’s designs.
£70 via Lacoste
Cotton Rib Knit Socks, Ader Error
Ever considered making a fashion statement by wearing two pairs of socks at once, but not wanted to suffocate your feet? Me neither! Regardless, these socks from the cool Korean brand resemble two pairs on top of one another. Cool? Maybe. Grabbed my attention? Definitely.
£31 via LUISAVIAROMA
Boxy Oversized Slim Blazer in Blue, ASOS Design
ASOS has many in-house brands, but my personal favourite has to be ASOS Design. Their knowledge and execution of current trends seems to be completely unrivalled in the fast fashion sector, take for example this take on Balenciaga’s boxy ‘neo-tailoring’ from SS19
£70 via ASOS
Chenille kimono jacket, Gucci
Crafted from chenille for a luxuriously velvety look, this sportswear inspired take on the traditional Japanese garment is a breath of fresh air from the Italian fashion house.
£880 via Gucci
Replica cut-out suede & PVC trainers, Maison Margiela
At what point does a shoe become a sandal? Margiela follow in the footsteps of the likes of Raf Simons as they add their classic German army trainer Replicas to the range of cut-out footwear available across the board this season
£460 via Coggles
Tattoo-print high-neck stretch-mesh top, Vetements
Ever wanted a huge tattoo of the Kremlin across your chest but can’t quite bring yourself to pull the trigger? Thanks to Vetements, you might be able to get the next best thing – This long sleeve top gives the effect of being covered in Russian prison tattoos – provided you have a very specific skin colour, that is.
£585 via MatchesFashion
Archive Jacquard Savage Waistcoat, Vivienne Westwood
With utility vests everywhere one turns this season, what better way to label yours as a cut above the rest than to call it a waistcoat? Featuring a beautiful all-over Chinese peony print from Westwood’s archives, perhaps the term ‘utility vest’ really is too lowly for it.
£805 via Farfetch
80121 Structured Cotton Blazer, Stone Island
Seeing Italian high-end sportswear label Stone Island dip into tailoring doesn’t come as much of a shock since this seasons runways were dominated by suiting, and with a pop of the collar, the blazer suddenly becomes a lot more casual.
£780 via Stone Island