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.
Slim-Fit Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt, Maison Kitsuné
This simple t-shirt from Parisien record label turned fashion label is printed with a line drawing of the brand’s mascot, a fox. The phrase ‘ancora tu’ translates to ‘you again’ from Italian.
£65 via Mr Porter
Bold Ni Trainers, Vans
Vans have sized up their iconic stripe for their new Bold Ni trainers. Interestingly, these trainers look a lot like Ian Connor’s Revenge x Storm low tops, which were originally created as a ‘rip off’ of regular Vans Old Skool trainers. Almost as if they’ve come full circle.
£65 via ASOS
Chest Rig VB, Orbit Gear
This chest rig, manufactured by Indonesian tactical gear brand Orbit Gear, wasn’t created for the catwalk – the label makes utilitarian gear with function at the forefront, so when they produce something with style to rival even the likes of ALYX, it’s sure to grab our attention.
£74 via Orbit Gear
Array Bucket Hat Black, Cav Empt
Bucket hats are a beautiful marriage of function and form, I often wonder why they aren’t a more mainstream choice of headgear. This piece from subversive Japanese label Cav Empt features an all over logo graphic pattern; fisherman style has never been more appealing.
£94.50 via Slam Jam Socialism
Avio relaxed-fit cotton-jersey jogging bottoms, AllSaints
Looking suspiciously like Rick Owens jogging bottoms, these AllSaints trousers give you the same dropped-crotch, long drawstringed look for almost a tenth of the price.
£75 via Selfridges
Two-tone Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat, Burberry
If you’re ever on the fence about whether to get Burberry’s iconic trench coat in their classic shade of honey, or black, this is the coat for you. And if you want the colours switched around, you can always go for Alexander McQueen’s almost identical, yet reversed trench coat.
£1890 via Burberry
Short Embroidered Fingerless Gloves, Ann Demeulemeester
Menswear? Apparently so. These pretty lace gloves from the Belgian designer will have you feeling like Queen Elizabeth I, or maybe a very expensive male escort, somewhere in between the two at least.
£200 via LUISAVIAROMA
Cloudbust Knit Sneakers in Brown, Prada
Originally tipped by some to become the most hyped silhouette of 2018, the Prada Cloudbust didn’t quite make the impact that was expected of it. Come 2019, it’s been re-released in a batch of refreshing new colourways like this smooth chocolate brown, ready to take the designer sneaker market head-on once again.
£595 via LN-CC
Metallic Crystal Embellished Keyring, Ambush
With all those sparkling crystals, this is certainly the key to my heart. Japanese jewellery label AMBUSH seems to have an illicit theme going on right now, if you’re unsure what the intended use of this pretty key may be, perhaps other pieces they’re releasing at the moment may give you a clue.
£2010 via Browns
Painter’s Canvas Suit Jacket & Trousers, Alexander McQueen
A beautiful example of avant-garde tailoring, one of the late British designer’s specialities, this suit from Alexander McQueen could be outdone by very few if any this season.