What To Buy This Week: Trainers, Coats And Luxurious Luggage

Five ways to spend your money this week with Hermes, Thom Sweeney, Vans and more...

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1 | Luggage by Tumi and Public School

As anyone who’s been let down by a faulty zip, perturbed by a wobbly wheel or left struggling by a snapped handle will tell you, there are good suitcases, and there are bad suitcases. Those made by Tumi are very much in the former category. It’s hard, however, to make super technical, unwaveringly reliable luggage look cool, and although the American company does a fairly good job in that department, it recently enlisted the help of Public School to up the style stakes via a capsule colelction.

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The new six-piece collection has all the engineering chops we’ve come to expect from Tumi, but features a decidedly minimalist, monochrome aesthetic; the trendy handiwork of The lauded New York designers. If you’re a frequent flyer, opt for the carry-on hard case. But if you’re simply looking to add a little style to your weekend-away, then we recommend the Travel Satchel.

£495, Uk.tumi.com

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2 | A piece from Hermes’ AW/'15 Collection, via the new ‘Manifeste’ website

Hermes, the French luxury super-brand, is known for its eccentricities. Though the house crafts some of the world’s most coveted leather goods, clothing and accessories, it makes point of being different to everyone else. Its recently refurbished London flagship, for example, is housed in the Time & Life Building on Bond Street – a structure adorned with a series of Henry Moore sculptures. There’s even one in an inner courtyard, accessed through the store.

Therefore, it comes as a surprise that Manifeste, the house’s peculiar new men-only website has taken so long to come to fruition. It looks to offer us a series of playful lessons, from tips on building the perfect sandcastle or writing poetry to dancing with skill and conviction - all with the usual Hermes finesse. Each tutorial is subtly abundant with pieces from the AW/’15 collection (such as these Laureat monkstrap derbies), so if at any point something catches your eye, you can click straight through to the online store. Très cool.

Hermes.com


3 | The Storm Proof coat by Thom Sweeney

Autumn is here, and you need a new coat. The first thing you should do is consult our buying guide, and then look at our edit of all the best new outerwear pieces in the November issue of the magazine, out in early October. However, if you simply can’t wait, you should run straight to either of Thom Sweeney’s two Mayfair stores and invest in the new double-breasted Storm Proof Coat. Despite its weatherproof membrane, the Loro Piana fabric is still lighter than gabardine or waxed cotton (but just as durable), so it’s not going to weigh you down. And because it’s from Thom Sweeney, you know it’s cut to perfection.

£1390, Thomsweeney.co.uk

 


4 | Sneakers by Vans and WTAPS

One of those uber-cool (if slightly befuddling) Japanese clothing labels, WTAPS has been making rugged, function-inspired street wear for over two decades. Over the years the brand has collaborated with a series of big names, and two years ago it joined forces with American skate shoe icon Vans, to great critical acclaim. Now, the partnership has been fired-up once again.

The new three-style collection is bolder than the last, perhaps most notably in the OG Era LX, which has had its soles realised in shades inspired by Japanese school uniform and the concept of ‘Uwabaki’ slippers (look ‘em up). Then there’s the OG Sk8-Hi LX in two new colourways, and finally, the OG Style 36 LX, which has been cast in suede. Our favourite of the three is the first – we love the cleanliness and simplicity of the OG Era LX, but we wouldn’t sniff at a pair of any of them.

From £60, available at Dover Street Market and Goodhood


5 | Something from Nicole Farhi’s AW/’15 collection

A brand that has been through a few changes over recent years. Founded in 1982, the brand enjoyed success and acclaim for many years, but by 2013, sales had dropped and it was in serious trouble. Now though, things are once again on the up. Head of menswear Roland Shiers has breathed new life into the collections, and AW15 is a triumph, packed with texture and lots of navy blue, which will always spark our interest. For proof of its appeal, you should pay a visit to the Conduit Street store, or failing that, click on the link below.

Nicolefarhi.com

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