London Collections: Men - What You Need To Know

Our editors pick the shows they are most excited about ahead of Sunday

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LC:M Spring / Summer 2015 kicks off this Sunday, with everyone who is anyone in fashion descending on London to see the latest looks on offer from the top menswear names in the business.

From Sunday we'll be covering all the shows in our live blog, but for now, if you're lucky enough to be going, here are our editors' recommendations for the shows not to miss.

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1 | Kent & Curwen (Sunday 15 June, 11am-1pm)

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By Esquire Associate Editor Teo van den Broeke

“Before you say it, no, I don’t have a penchant for cricket jumpers. Once the purveyor of the best sporting whites around, Savile Row brand Kent & Curwen has been taken under the wing of menswear maestro Simon Spurr. And if the inaugural collection was anything to go by — all slim tailoring, sumptuous knitwear and considered leather detailing — this season’s will be a stunner.”

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2 | Hardy Amies (Sunday 15 June, 12.30pm-2.30pm)

By Esquire Senior Fashion Editor Gareth Scourfield

“Occupying one of the most prestigious addresses in the menswear world, this Savile Row label has seen an incredible renaissance in the last couple of seasons. Its just keeps getting better and it appeals to me personally, with its fine mix of fabrics, interpreted into neat shapes on bomber jackets, slim, double-breasted blazers and shawl-collar knitwear. It remains quintessentially English, but feels decidedly modern.”

3 | Gieves & Hawkes (Sunday 15 June, 6pm-8pm)

By Big Black Book Editor Johnny Davis

“London is so stuffed with talent that to make an impact anyone new really has to be a star. Jason Basmajian is that star. Eighteen months after his appointment as Creative Director he has transformed Gieves & Hawkes from steady-Eddie purveyors of blue blazers into one of the most dynamic complete menswear brands around. A master of fabrics, at the top if his game.”

4 | Oliver Spencer (Monday 16 June, 12pm)

By Esquire Senior Fashion Editor Gareth Scourfield

“The best way to describe Spencer’s style is real clothes for real men — and that’s what I like about both him and his collections. The fact he always cast real men into his shows is a real testimony to how good his pieces look on different men. His classic fisherman jacket always gets an update and his outerwear is always particularly worth taking note of.”

5 | Richard James (Monday 16 June, 1pm)

By Esquire Editor–in-Chief Alex Bilmes

“It’s invidious to have to make a choice when there is so much great stuff to see but one of many highlights of LC:M for me is always Richard James: impeccably tailored, sharply cut, boldly styled formal and informal men's clothes that I always want to wear myself. People always comment on his use of colour, and with good reason: he is the master of it.”

6 | Tiger Of Sweden (Tuesday 17 June, 4pm)

By Esquire Associate Editor Teo Van den Broeke

“Being of a limb-y disposition I have a particular fondness for those brands that cater to people of height. Tiger of Sweden, a particularly elegant Scandinavian tailoring label, is one of my favourites. I usually have to schlep over to Stockholm to see their seasonal collections but fortunately for me, Tiger is showing in London for the first time this June. #Winning.

7 | Burberry Prorsum (Tuesday 17 June, 1pm)

By Esquire Weekly Deputy Editor Matthew Hambly

“It is, I suppose, a bit of an obvious choice, but Burberry is a brand London can truly be proud to have on its schedule. You could talk plenty about the military heritage, the beautiful materials, the stars sat in the front row, but really, the reason I’m excited to see it is that I know, as soon as I do, I’ll want it. Christopher Bailey produces consistently beautiful British clothes that translate so naturally from catwalk to real life that it would be a big job to look bad when wearing them.”

In association with Swatch, the official Watch of London Collections: Men. See the full schedule here.

Article taken from Issue 39 of Esquire Weekly, out now. Click here to subscribe.

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