1 | A Made to Measure Shirt from Reiss
Reiss, justifiably, has carved out a niche as the place to go when you have a healthy but not exorbitant budget and you want a good suit. The personal tailoring service has been supplying men (plenty of which are grooms-to-be) with great quality, modestly priced suiting for a few decades now, but the offering has just been expanded to include made-to-measure shirts. Choose from hundreds of colours and cloths, choose the yolk shape, choose the pocket, collar and cuff style and choose where you want your monogrammed initials to appear. You can have it on your cuff, but that’s a bit showy, and like the Italians do, you can have it on the shirt front itself just beneath the ribs (but that’s still a puzzle to us), so put it inside the collar. Actually, do what you want; it’s your made-to-measure shirt.
From £150 at selected stores.
2 | A Nixon Rock LTD Watch
For us mere mortals, the life of a rock star is fairly unattainable. You can throw TVs from hotel windows, crash cars into swimming pools and go on month-long benders as much as you want, but it probably won’t end up in a hail of adulation, money and pretty girls. It will end in court. With that in mind, best off looking for ways to sample the rock star life without going all-in, and Nixon has just announced a new collection of watches that allows you to do just that.
Watches from the new Rock LTD collection are made using leathers donated by some of music history’s biggest names. Ozzy Osborne and Keith Richards gave leather jackets, Pete Townshend a guitar strap, and rather wonderfully, Tom Waits donated one of his boots – the left one, if you’re interested. They were then turned into one-of-a-kind straps, and attached to exclusively designed watches, such as that for Mr. Waits, seen here. There are just a few examples of each watch (and they’re numbered accordingly), and every caseback has been etched with the name of the artist and certificate of authenticity. Proceeds from sales go to the MusiCares MAP Fund, a project set up to help musicians suffering from addiction. So, along with owning a piece of rock history, you’ll be doing some serious good. It’s win-win.
The Rock LTD Collection is available at Nixon’s new Seven Dials store.
3 | YMC’s Race for the Devil Bomber
One of the highlights of London Collections Men every season is the YMC show. It’s not the biggest, flashiest production, nor is it fashion mold shattering, but season on season the British brand (on the cusp of its 21st year) offers appealing, well cut and supremely wearable collections, especially for us men. We saw the Spring/Summer 2016 collection way back in June, and now, months ahead of the sun showing its face again, a hefty chunk of it has been released on YMC’s online store, which is great news. Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen the collar shrink and now, taking it to what must surely be its nadir, YMC has removed it all together. The ‘Race for the Devil’ Jacket is cut from soft navy sheep suede, and it’s made right here in London. If you’re looking for a new inter-season bomber, you’ve found it.
4 | Soulland’s Wardrobe Staples
If someone talks about Scandinavian style, you probably think clean lines, minimalist shapes and slim cuts, and rightly so. However as Silas Adler, the man behind Danish brand Soulland is proving, not everyone in northern Europe dresses like a Cos model. He’s a former skater, and that comes through in the collection of print adorned jersey pieces, knitwear, denim, shirting and accessories. A good cotton hoody, crew neck T-shirt, bomber jacket and simple knitwear are all integral items of the modern man’s wardrobe, and Soulland does them all. Granted, there’s lot’s of black, white and grey, so it hasn’t escaped all the clutches of the Scandi monochrome milieu, but then they make socks with ‘Erotic’ written up the side too, and you won’t find them Acne or Tiger of Sweden.
Available at Goodhood
5 | Levis Sherpa Jacket
First created by Levis in 1962, the Sherpa jacket has remained largely unchained for over 50 years. Despite being one of the cornerstone pieces of modern style, the denim jacket is not known for its warmth, which tends to confine it to spring, summer and inter-season wear. But now, thanks to the shearling collar and insulating lining, you can wear it all year round. The lumbersexual thing is a bit over (thank god) so be careful not to go over the top with the Americana styling (plaid shirt, workboots etc), but do attempt a double denim look. Getting it right is tricky; the golden rule is that the wash of your bottoms must not match the wash of your top. Other than that, it’s down to trial and error.