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.
Surfer Stripe T-Shirt, Guess
Nobody does striped t-shirts better than Californian label Guess. Founded in 1981, their style has barely changed since – this dark pastel t-shirt looks like it came straight from the costume department of Back to the Future.
£37 via PacSun
X Kim Kardashian West Indra Sunglasses, Carolina Lemke
Nobody could be married to Kanye West and not develop an aptitude for fashion design. These metal frames with gold mirror lenses are described as ‘sleek, cunningly simple, and complementary of an array of looks’.
£80 via Carolina Lemke
MOG Star Wars Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt, UNIQLO
UNIQLO always surprises me with the collaborations they land. This T-shirt is designed by none other than Undercover‘s Jun Takahshi, and is part of a collection of Star Wars t-shirts designed by Takahshi, as well as Bape‘s Nigo, and Tetsu Nishiyama of FPAR and WTAPS.
£13 via UNIQLO
Checked Short Sleeved Woven Overshirt, Prevu
Interesting bit of clobber, this – it’s like a work shirt / waistcoat / kimono mashup. I first saw Prevu on Instagram, and remember dismissing them as another dropshipping nonsense brand, but now their formal/casual hybrid collections are stocked at Selfridges.
£90 via Selfridges
Air Force 1 Jester XX, Nike
I can’t describe this shoe better than Nike themselves – ‘a mischievous re-imagining of the iconic shoe. Its logos appear to have fallen off the premium leather upper and then been haphazardly slapped back on, as if by a jester. Who knows what the inspiration behind these was, but they definitely look good.
£85 via Nike
Swarovski Box Logo Tee Black, Supreme
Celebrating a quarter century since the cult skate brand-turned international fashion powerhouse first opened its doors to the skaters of New York, Supreme has produced a glistening rendition of its iconic box logo, featuring 1161 individual Swarovski crystals. The retail price was £398.
£783 via StockX (Price at time of writing)
Track Stack Skinny-Fit Striped Distressed Stretch-Denim Jeans, Amiri
The distressing on Amiri denim supposedly takes up to five months for each pair, to make it as authentic and unique looking as possible. This craftsmanship is definitely apparent in this pair, which look as if they’ve been excavated from an ancient king’s tomb.
£750 via Mr. Porter
Sun Dots Print Haori Shirt, Sasquatchfabrix
Does anything get more Japanese than a haori kimono-style shirt, designed by a Japanese label, covered in an all-over print of red suns? Sasquatchfabrix’s designer, Daisuke Yokoyama, has clearly drawn some inspiration from his heritage for this piece.
£265 via Matchesfashion
Skinny-Fit Checked Wool Trousers, Undercover
The second Jun Takahski – designed garment in this week’s post, only 60 times the price of the first! With clear influence from Takashi’s obsession with punk, these checked trousers are the perfect balance of on and off-duty.
£630 via Mr. Porter
Iranian Print Zipped Shoulder Jacket, Paria Farzaneh
25-year-old Paria Farzaneh built her brand on her exploration of her Persian heritage. Iranian-inspired prints and designs are visible throughout her collections; it’s a breath of fresh air to see Middle Eastern designers gain traction, blending two distinctly different worlds to create something new.
£830 via Browns