The September issue is hitting the newsstands as we speak, and inside we reveal the final 12 to have made it onto the shortlist for Britain's best-dressed man. In case you've not had time to head to 'Smith's just yet (which, incidentally, is no excuse) we thought we'd give you a heads up as to the chaps who made the cut. From a bearded furniture designer with a passion for vintage cars, to a piano playing journalist from West London, the selection is nothing if not eclectic.
The Esquire team has spent the past few months scouring the country in pursuit of Britain's best-dressed man, but we think the final twelve have every base covered. See below to discover who made the shortlist, which is currently being scrutinized by our panel of superstar judges. We'll be revealing the overall winner and two runners up in our October issue, but until then, sit back, relax and soak up the style.
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An 18 year-old English language student on the brink of embarking on a four year-long masters course in Edinburgh, Jack Murray and his country-sized IQ didn't have us the slightest bit envious. A talented writer and leading man in his band, Fake Union, Jack chooses to adopt alter-egos when he dresses. When wearing tweed, for instance, Jack prefers to go by the name of "Cecil".
When Leeds lad Jack Vaughn first described himself to our team as an "underworld dandy" we weren't entirely sure what to make of him. Upon closer inspection, it all falls into place. From the black and red colour palette and Wildean facial hair to his angular gait and love of rock 'n' roll, this Jeffrey West store manager has his style sussed.
Wholly singular in his approach to his wardrobe, John Brown does exactly what he says on the tin. A retail assistant at uber-trendy Manchester boutique Oi Polloi, Brown likes to spend his spare time refurbishing vintage bikes, oh and he lives on a barge. Not one for frivolous dressing, John will find an outfit he likes and stick with it till the end. And we mean the end. "I like to wear clothes until they're falling off me. I don't wash my clothes too often either".
From the moment we spotted Peter Masters on the drizzly streets of Manchester, we knew he'd make it into the final 12. Maybe it was the Rasputin-style facial hair, the immaculate layering, or maybe it was just his easy charisma - either way Masters stood out a mile. A designer of everything from furniture to adverts, Peter also has a passion for vintage cars, he was about to buy a "Sunbeam Stilleto" when we spoke to him.
It's plain to see that Matthew Zorpas knows exactly what he's doing. From the immaculate fitting three-piece suit to his perfectly positioned pose and inspired choice of photographer, this was a man on a mission to win. A freelance 'PR practitioner' from Cyprus, Matthew has spent the past four years in London - and it doesn't look like he'll be leaving any time soon. It's his favourite city in the world, naturally.
We found Michael Munro-Dunn pottering about on the streets of Edinburgh one overcast Wednesday morning. It should come as no surprise as to why we were blown away by Michael's style. Everything he owns comes from TM Lewin, he was once a community liaison in India and now he spends his time "buggering about", writing and tending to his cat - with whom he shares his home.
When Prince Cassius' portfolio of photographs popped into our inbox, we near exploded with joy. From the incredible afro to the inspired use of colour and wise-beyond-his-years approach to tailoring, Cassius made us in the Esquire office want to dress better, and that's no mean feat. A fan of Ralph Lauren who enjoys both a punt and picnic - preferably at the same time - 21 year-old Prince Cassius was the renaissance man we'd been waiting for.
Tailor Ross Hancock has spent the past 15 years building up his fashion empire, and he has grand plans to launch his own line. If Ross' product is anywhere near as good as his own wardrobe he's bound to be a success. Describing himself as the kind of guy to do the gardening in a suit and The Ritz in a pair jeans, there's no misplaced reverence here, just utter balls and common fashion sense.
Originally a trainee lawyer, Westminster resident Winston Chesterfield fills his days playing cocktail piano in London's finest clubs and writing for a host of up-and-coming publications. Like something from a Noel Coward flick, Chesterfield's choice of outfits are of another time. Which is not to say they're expensive. A paid-up fan of the high street, Chesterfield is living proof that good style costs nothing (or very little, at least).
A Spaniard studying English Literature in Brighton, nearly everything Adrian Cano owns comes from Topman, not that you'd know it. A fan of the "open-minded British mentality", Cano has no plans to return to warmer climes just yet - which is good news for the men of Britain, as he's setting a very good style example.
We first spotted PA Smith as he was popping into Harrods to DJ for DKNY event. A Dj by night and brand director by day, PA's uber-cool credentials (come on, he calls himself PA) had nothing to do with him reaching the final twelve. It was those socks, oh and the fantastic navy blue worker suit that got him the gig.
Johnny Harrison refuses to wear anything that isn't skin tight, and that includes his suits. In fact, Johnny even told us that he was willing to risk his fertility in the name of figure-hugging style. Though we'd never advocate Johnny's unorthodox approach, we admire his tenacity. The manager of a bespoke tailoring company in London, Johnny would buy Burberry if he could afford it, but in the meantime he's happy to stick with Zara
Nik Thakkar It's all about Matthew Zorpas. The man has an unparalleled style. The photo on the site is fantastic, I've seen him being shot by The Sartorialist and Facehunter equivalents at London Fashion Week and he is without a doubt the most fashion forward, yet classically dressed man. He also has a great knack for mixing designer with high-street.
Laura Jean Sargent Jack Murray isn't doing anything very original, John Brown manages to look effortless but Ross Hancock is most certainly the most original dresser of the bunch. Anyone can put on a three piece suit but only some know how to combine elements of an outfit to create a unique style like Ross does.
Elodie Castag I rarely post comments but I think this time it is deserved. I just bought this issue's Esquire and I have to say that I loved Matthew Zorpas' style! Its a great picture, really natural and spontaneous, which you rarely see on a magazine. It looks like a typical British postcard (the double deck bus and telephone cabin) and it instantly made me smile. Thank you.
Eleanor Cording-Boo Ross Hancock should win because this picture doesn't even nearly do his style justice. I've never met a man with more impeccable taste in my life. He has the best selection of knitwear, shoes, made-to-measure suits and scarves of any chap I've ever seen. His clothes are always colourful, of the finest quality and a perfect fit. The guy doesn't do things by halves - everything I've ever seen him put together is perfectly executed and most importantly, completely original - he never wears any obvious 'trends' and always does something completely unique and unexpected. His personal style is so naturally creative - he can wear anything with ease. Although you have found some finely dressed specimens here, Ross blows everyone else out of the water.
Sarah Jones Clearly Ross Hanock to win!! A lot of the other's look like they are trying way too hard. He looks very comfortable in his clothes.
Fiona Ryn Ross Hancock is hands down the most stylish man around. He deserves the crown!
Oscar Rupert Fiennes - Wow strong contenders! Well done Esquire. My vote for Mr Green Pants / Afro dude.
Nico Wasserman - Easy for me to choose...Michael Munro-Dun! The man has natural style that only years of experience can achieve and shows up a lot of the others for just being young guys still experimenting with clothes, no bad thing obviously. You look at him and you know his socks are going to be co-ordinated with something on his body. And the tie/ hanky are the perfect colour for that blazer and not an obvious choice at all. Perfect tailoring and topped off with a winning 'tache. I liked Peter Masters a lot too but he was let down by the cut and colour of his trousers with those bloody converse.
Timmy Cheung - For me, Prince Cassius should win full stop. There's something about him that the others don't have. While the other contestants have good fashion classics at hand, Prince has that as well, but he's not afraid to add his own touch of style, like you say, colour. If I were walking down the street, I wouldn't have recognised Winston Chesterfield or Matthew Zorpas, cause they stick to the basic no-thrills and something that I feel blends in with a lot of people, but Prince... One look at him and Bam! You know the guy's got style. Perhaps not class because he's still 21, but definitely style. I think that he's got something or rather something missing that the others have: fear. Prince Cassius is not afraid of what he wears. For definite.