Living in London, the belief that life ends at the M25 is one all too readily accepted. If our best-dressed tour of Britain has taught us anything, it’s that style is by no means confined to the capital.
We’ve travelled from Cardiff and Bristol to Birmingham and Liverpool, making stops in both Manchester and Leeds – all in the space of five short days. The six cities we visited have each demonstrated a sense of sartorial dynamism, from the swagger of Manchester to the tailored finesse of Bristol.
The last stop on our best-dressed tour was the city of Leeds. An hour’s drive from Manchester, the look was less Steve Zissou, more Withnail-meets-James Dean. Trench coats, cigarette jeans and worn-in brogues abound; the well-considered looks were out in force, despite the less than charitable weather.
The week has had its fair share of highs and a few expected lows (including a painfully fashion-free lunch at Café Rouge, Cardiff), but in all we can attest that Britain – in the style stakes, at least – seems a much smaller place than before.
Over the course of the coming month we’ll be posting the results from the past week’s scouting – alongside some behind the scenes footage of what the team got up to ‘on tour’.
The team will also be visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle in a few weeks time, where we’ll be seeking out the best-dressed man in the North, so watch this space (alongside Twitter and Facebook) for more.
(L-R) Esquire Fashion Director Catherine Hayward; Contributing Editor Teo van den Broeke; Fashion Editor Gareth Scourfield. (Photograph by Wayne Tippetts - www.streetstyleaesthetic.com)