1 | Something from the new Timothy Everest store
In a short space of time, Redchurch Street has not just become on of the best menswear addresses in Shoredtich, but in the whole of London. Home to the likes of J Crew, Sunspel, APC, Club Monaco and even Versace (although that's the more accessible Versus arm of the brand). It's even been described East London's Bond Street. If that summation is true, then it's lacks an element of classic British tailoring, or at least it did until Timothy Everest pitched up.
The new flagship is the perfect space for the tailor to exhibit his supremely wearable ready-to-wear collection of sturdy, work wear inspired suit separates, shirting, outerwear and accessories. It also demonstrates his exceptionally good taste, because alongside his own creations, the space is abundant with pieces from other brands, such as Oak Street Bootmakers and Doek.
The real draw, though, is the new made to order service, which allows you to customize existing pieces in the tailor's collection. This jacket, for example, can be made in any number of fabrics (including rare Japanese selvedges and other hard-to-find cloths), all of which are in the store for your perusal.
2 | UTC-00
A young brand with as much concern for functionality as form, UTC 00 is slowly but surely carving out a niche in accessories that look as good as they perform.
The design team is split up between London, Milan and Seoul, and influence from each city is seen in the collection. Be it the bold pops of colour, the sleek lines or the overriding usefulness of the various pieces, it's clear that the collection is the result of international collaboration. The #BKP01 backpack – the centre piece of the SS16 collection – is crafted from a super tough mix of canvas and nylon so it will see you through to next spring no problem, but if you're not in the market for new luggage, we insist checking out the range of seriously summer-ready footwear.
3 | RM Williams Boots
It isn't often that we find ourselves raving about Australian clothing, but we welcome all comers here at esquire, so long as it's beautiful and well made, which RM Williams boots certainly are. One of the country's best exports (alongside Kylie, Mark Viduka and Tim Tams), we've been fans of RM's Chelsea boots for a while, but stockists in the UK have always been a little tricky to come by. Thankfully, though, the Antipodean shoemaker has just taken up temporary residence on the men's floor of Liberty, and the pop up is stocking the Craftsmen (Chelsea) boots in a number of finishes. Our tip would be to opt for those in dark brown suede, but every shoe is handmade with a single piece of leather, so whatever you choose, they won't let you down.
4 | River Island Overcoat
And finally, this coat from River Island. There was a time when the store was full of dodgy T-shirts, poorly cut tailoring and iffy accessories, but those days are long, long gone. River Island is now a bonafide source of good menswear. The shirting is particularly good, as is the footwear, and if you ever want to dip your toe in a new trend but don't have a massive budget, it's a great place to start. As this overcoat demonstrates, they can make good staples too. Oversized, cut from hopsack, and a snip at £95. Good enough to see you through these last couple of chilly months, or you could just stick it in the wardrobe and save it for September.
5 | Something from the Uniqlo X Lemaire collection
You saw the queues when Rihanna did a collection for River Island. It was the same when Balmain teamed up with H&M, and god help all the eager young gals when Beyonce's Athleisure collection drops in Topshop next month. It will be a bloodbath. Uniqlo have done things differently, opting to collaborate with a genuinely cool, bonafide fashion label, and although the buzz is a little more subdued, the collection is well worth your consideration. True to the French designer's penchant for slouchy, utilitarian silhouette, the capsule collection features soft, square-hemmed shirting, baggy pleated trousers and really good inter-season outerwear, cut from fabrics such as seersucker and chambray. Everything drops in store on March 18th, but you can get it all online now, and avoid the Oxford Street melee in the process.