Want the latest brands, quality eyewear and winter warmers?
Goose down low-down
Take one fat and very warm down jacket by Moncler (above) and team it with camel trousers. If the nerdy zip-neck knit is one too many thick layers, try a flannel lumberjack shirt from Uniqlo or Topman. Hiking boots are a good weekend alternative to a fancy trainer.
Be more motty
Take a tip from the football commentator and all-round good bloke John Motson when it comes to winter dressing. It is, according to the top togs experts at Loewe and Acne, Topman and Gant, the season of shearling. Ruddy complexion and a footie rattle should be avoided.
Time on your hands
This isn’t just any old wrist candy. The Glasgow-based company Instrmnt takes inspiration for its top-ranking timepieces from mid-century masters such as the industrial designer Dieter Rams and the readable dials of analogue ammeters. Each watch comes as a kit for you to put together yourself. Boys’ toys, and then some.
The no bobble hat
Make like a matchstick in a bright hat.
It’s not all white
Thought The White Company just made covetable homewares and bedsheets? Think again. Next month sees the introduction of its new menswear line, focusing on luxe loungewear. Perfect for snazzy sporty types.
Follow in the footsteps of the well-shod Mr Noisy and invest in a pair of clumpy brown brogues.
“Make clothes, create jobs and restore pride,” says the tailor Patrick Grant about his new initiative to breathe life back into the British textile industry. Because of fashion’s seasonal demand, for several months of the year, factories work at nowhere near full capacity. Grant’s answer is Community Clothing, a selection of smart, pared-back British-made pieces that slot together to form a handsome modular wardrobe, sold directly to the consumer. Result? Affordable, quality clothes.
Carry on up the high street
The high street does a lot of things well, but it’s never really nailed good-quality bags for menfolk: whether it’s cheap pleather or canvas like kitchen towels, they always seem to fall apart in five minutes. Now John Lewis, Debenhams and H&M are among those churning out brilliant man-sacks for the masses.
No, not that fella with the long beard who was good in a flood. More the new label from the former designer at the ace skate label Supreme, Mr Brendon Babenzien. This is your first look at the clothing line, which is soon to open a space in Dover Street Market, London.
Know Thy Nanamica
This Japanese technical-apparel label (waterproof coats with heat-sealed seams, so no amount of rain will ever get in) has long been an under-the-radar brand for those in the know, but now it is making a proper debut in British retail. What to buy? The coats — every damn one of them. And the tees. And the cardies.
A new look for New Look
New Look might not be the first store that springs to mind when you’re scouring the high street. However, its head of menswear, Christopher Englinde, poached last year from H&M, has come up with some covetable kit.
The eyes have it
Shield your peepers from the winter sun.
Noon Goons forever
This LA-based label, a secret weapon of fashion stylists who snap up its chinos and stripy tees, is soon to be stocked in Selfridges. Fashion brownie points for anybody who buys the zip-front jackets — they are the absolute business.
Quality English footwear is having a resurgence, and the high street has upped its game, too. The ecommerce giant Asos has joined the party with its Made in England range, produced in a tiny factory in Northampton, the East Midlands town that is home to the likes of Grenson and Trickers. Made from camo and scotch-grain leathers, each style is limited edition, so be quick.