1 | The Blazer
Ever since he took over the creative reins, Mehmet Ali has slowly but surely brought Savile Row institution Hardy Amies into the modern world. The house - perhaps known best for its effervescent eponymous founder, who was one of London’s most prominent couturiers - has been reborn over the past few seasons, alongside a host of equally resurgent houses on the Row, such as Kilgour and Turnbull & Asser.
Alongside the bespoke and made-to-measure services, the ready-to-wear collections at Hardy seem to improve season on season. The sleek tailoring and considered casuals of A/W’15, for example, were abundant with texture (brushed mohair, boucle, shearling etc.), pattern (think climbing rope), and rich, Seventies-inspired colour. In S/S’16, it was all change. At the bright, almost alarmingly bold show in June we saw a collection inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film in which the house’s eponymous founder designed the costumes.
Now, Hardy Amies has taken yet another step forward. ‘The Hardy’ is a new capsule collection of modern essentials, and aside from offering style and quality, it looks to offer affordability too. Starting from just £295, the range includes a mac, a bomber, a classic two-button suit, a pea coat, an overcoat and a deconstructed blazer, seen here. Any good wardrobe needs one of each, and at these prices, you’ve no reason not to stock up.
2 | The Sweatshirt
Jersey pieces should form an important part of you’re A/W wardrobe, and our tip is to keep them as simple as possible. There’s always room for the odd statement sweater, for example, but we recommend avoiding anything with too much adornment. If it has the name of a fictitious American college embroidered on the front, then give it a swerve. With that in mind, Albam’s Gusset sweatshirt is a safe bet. It comes in a relaxed athletic fit, so it won’t ride up under your arms too much, and each of the three colour options should be considered. That said, we love the grey mélange.
3 | The Work Jacket
Yet another forward-facing tailor, Timothy Everest has just launched its first ready-to-wear collection. Resonating the house’s silhouette (softer than most), the collection includes pleated trousers, soft shirting, Ventile outerwear, selvedge denim and a particularly good tailored parka, which we featured in the edit of the season’s best coats in the November issue of Esquire Magazine. In line with the A/W’15 trend for ‘Shackets’, we love this grey wool herringbone work jacket. Unlined, hefty and adorned with patch pockets, it’s an A/W essential.
4 | The Shirt
If you need a good tie, go to Drake’s. That has been one of the unwritten rules of British menswear for many years indeed. But over the years the British company, founded in 1977, has increased its offering to include more accessories, knitwear, formal wear and even shoes. Now though, Drake’s has taken on ownership of its own shirt factory, allowing the designers to exact the same care and quality into them, as they do in their famous ties (which are made in East London). The new range features business and casual designs, and the abundance of colours, patterns, fits and fabrics is impressive. On another note, if you get a chance, you should stop by the Clifford Street store; aside from stocking the company’s wares, it’s just a nice place to spend some time.
From £125, Drakes.com
5 | The Nehru Jacket
The term ‘cabbage’ is not one you’d usually associate with high quality menswear, but that’s exactly what Sir Plus uses to create its clothing range. Fear not, the cloth industry uses the word to describe leftover fabrics, so it’s actually a good thing. It started with boxer shorts, but the range has expanded to include waistcoats, T-shirts, knitwear, accessories and Nehru jackets, just like the one seen here. The cut and collar make it perfect for layering, which is one of best things about A/W dressing. They’re made in England and available in linen and wool in a variety of colours, and you can get them directly from Sir Plus’ Portobello Road market stall every Saturday. If you can’t wait, go to the website.
From £175, Sirplus.co.uk