1 | Ede & Ravenscroft
Established in 1689, Ede & Ravenscroft is the oldest tailor in London, but that doesn’t mean it’s old fashioned. Michael McGrath, the house’s recently appointed Head of Design, has received glowing reviews for his inaugural collection (Autumn/Winter 2014), and one of our favourite pieces is this Chancery coat in Prince of Wales check cashmere. "It’s a real investment piece,"’ says Michael, "it features epaulettes, a half back belt and flap pockets, and is lined in a luxurious quilted amethyst cloth inspired by our archive."
2 | Barber & Parlour
Launched earlier this month, Barber & Parlour is a three-floor grooming space and kitchen on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street. There’s facilities for women, but we’re concerned with the barber shop on the ground floor, where men can get their mop chopped and styled (Shoreditch fade, obviously) with the use of Neville grooming products, which are very good indeed.
3 | Thom Sweeney
One of British tailoring’s most recent success stories, Thom Sweeney was founded just seven years ago, and on 17 November is opening a new store on Mayfair’s Bruton Place. "The new store will look after our clients who want ready-to-wear or made-to-measure and don't have the time for bespoke,"’ explained Thom Sweeney. "The 20 piece collection has been created around an ideal wardrobe of essentials in a slightly more directional aesthetic than our bespoke range."
4 | Shinola
You might of heard of Shinola, but if you haven’t, it’s fantastic. Based in Detroit, the company has tasked itself with reinvigorating the manufacturing industry of the city; training up people from the local community to build fantastic things including bicycles, leather goods, stationery and perhaps most notably, really good watches. Now, Shinola has come to the UK with the arrival of its first store outside the US on Newburgh Street, and we highly recommend you pay it a visit.
5 | Matthew Miller X G Shock
Having teamed up for London Collections: Men in the summer, G Shock and menswear designer Matthew Miller have joined forces once again to create a special edition G’MIX watch. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, it allows you to control audio settings on your phone via a dedicated app which, among other things, can identify music playing nearby. The watch, of which there are just 50, comes with a pair of Urban Ears headphones, and the whole package will set you back just £250, which seems like a bargain to us.