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.
Mesh Reversible Mini Frame T-Shirt, Have a Good Time
Tracing its origins from being a small crew of graffiti artists based in a Tokyo alleyway, Japanese label Have a Good Time has hit big since collaborating with major brands such as Vans, Stussy, and BEAMS. This silky reversible t-shirt is perforated for maximum breathablity, perfect for a sunny afternoon.
£51 via HBX
Cotton French Terry Sweatpants, Adidas
A product of a collaboration between California streetwear label Undefeated and the German sportswear brand, these bottoms from Adidas do what many are too afraid to, or simply lack the courage – they added belt loops to sweat pants!
£78 via Barney’s New York
Festival Relaxed Shirt with Aztec Stripe, ASOS DESIGN
Another one from my favourite affordable (sub-)label, ASOS DESIGN. A good patterned shirt never fails to catch my eye, but I think what really drew me to this one is its (very) slight resemblance to the women’s Celine blouse Kanye famously wore for his Coachella set back in 2009
£25 via ASOS
X Maison Kitsune Men’s Isabella Pouch – Multi, Eastpak
In the second collaboration between Eastpak and Parisian record label turned fashion label Maison Kitsune, the classic pouch is reworked in a blue camo print featuring Maison Kitsune‘s brand mascot, the fox, all over.
£35 via Coggles
Rayon S/S Shirt, thisisneverthat
Further proof that all-over printed shirts rarely fail to please me, this design from Korean label thisisneverthat features an image of a basketball hoop, but its the out of focus background that takes the cake here, very well executed for a great look.
£85 via HBX
Hobo Crown Pocket Tee (Tie Dye) – Black x Pink, KAPITAL
Straight from Japan’s denim capital, this tee exhibits tie dye excellency. Very hard to do tastefully, this tee is probably your best bet for jumping on the tie-dye trend for this summer.
£285 via Mannahatta NYC
X Undercover 1460 Boot W, Dr. Martens
Jun Takahashi’s done it again. Fast becoming one of my favourite collaborative designers, he’s really showing that he can take any brand’s classics and put his own masterful spin on them. These 1460 boots in pure white are accented with a piercing red heel tab.
£229 via END.
Hundred Gold Snapper-print silk shirt, Nipoaloha
There’s something fishy about this shirt, I just can’t quite put my finger on it. This tropical holiday-ready shirt from Nipoaloha features a detailed print of golden snapper fish, achieved by using a traditional hand-painted dying technique.
£405 via Matchesfashion
Printed Vacation Shirt, Folk
Supposedly telling the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice through its cave paint effect pattern, this camp-collared shirt from London label Folk seems to draw upon primitivism; the works of Paul Gaugin in Tahiti come to mind.
£119 via END.
Thrasher Skinny-Fit Distressed Printed Stretch-Denim Jeans, Amiri
Amiri, the brand with the goal of encapsulating LA rock star cool, often features palm trees in its designs. What better symbol of Los Angeles? Here, palm trees contrast against a night sky effect on a pair of Amiri’s hand distressed denim – bringing a touch of Cali rock ‘n’ roll to almost any summer outfit.
£810 via Mr. Porter