We’ve asked the top buyers at Britain’s best retailers both online and off-line their top picks of the season. These are the must-have pieces from the people who decide what you get to buy.
Mark Macdonald, Senior Buyer, End Clothing
“‘Cut & Sew’ on a timeless garment form Japan’s premier retailer.”
Left - Beams Plus – Patchwork M-65 Jacket - £475
“With more than a subtle nod to a certain Mr Smith these are my number one summer sneakers.”
Below - Common Projects - Achilles Retro Low - £275
“Technical flower power that can be worn layered under your summer raincoat or its own with a classic white Tee.”
Left - Nanamica - Ground Jacket - £285
"Our Legacy deliver truly unique shirting season on season. This can be worn and washed repeatedly to see the chambray fade over time."
Below - Our Legacy - 1950s Button Down Shirt - £139
"Paris meets 60’s Psychedelica in an everyday easy to wear stripe number from Comme Shirt."
Left - Comme des Garçons SHIRT - Long Sleeve Printed Insert Border Tee - £119
Accessories Buyer, Simon Spiteri, MRPORTER.COM
"A typically modish design from one of our favourite Parisian brands. You can’t be without a Saint Laurent frame and this style is particularly strong, crafted from a heavy black frame reminiscent of jazz musicians and rock stars alike."
Left - Saint Laurent - Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses - £195
"Immaculately crafted from textured pebble-grain leather with Thom’s signature stripes at the lining, this piece oozes the simplistic elegance that he is so well known for."
Left - Thom Browne - Pebble-Grain Leather Document Holder - £435
"The trikona has roots in mythology and appears in modern meditation, and in this exquisite white gold bead, it’s a luxurious way to wear such an enigmatic symbol. For a slightly more sophisticated look, try coupling the bracelet with a Junghans watch."
Luis Morais - White Gold Trikona Glass Beaded Bracelet - £285
"Immaculately built in Germany from the finest materials, the Junghans 'Meister Telemeter' watch elegantly showcases the brand's expertise and craftsmanship."
Left - Junghans - Meister Telemeter Chronoscope Stainless Steel/Leather Watch - £1950
"Constructed in Japan from a lightweight, crinkled blend of silk and linen, it exudes effortless luxury. Channel Junya Watanabe’s trademark off-beat approach by teaming it with cropped trousers and slip-on sneakers."
Reece Crisp, Menswear Buyer, Harvey Nichols
“Really excited to launch John Elliot in Europe. These are the best basics out there, and the ultimate layering pieces.”
Left - John Elliott + Co – Villain Black Hooded Cotton Sweatshirt - £190
“Jerry Lorenzo continues to re-invent staples with a unique twist. This is a great way to get on the military trend that was featured heavily for AW15, a season ahead.”
“SS15 was yet again another amazing collection from Neil Barrett. His track pants have become a staple in my wardrobe, and this linen style is the next addition.”
Left - Neil Barrett – Black Linen Blend Trousers - £355
“My favourite piece of the season…enough said.”
“I am a desert boot fan and this take from Y-3 is up there as my sneaker of the season.”
Left - Y-3 – Kaohe Black Suede Trainers - £290
Andrew Brines, Assistant Buyer and Merchandiser, oki-ni
“Drawing inspiration from French painter Odilon Redon, Valentino’s SS15 menswear collection fuses menswear wardrobe staples with couture, and this butterfly embroidered Harrington jacket embodies that approach. “
Left - Valentino – Men’s Camubutterly Embroidered Blouson Jacket - £1350
“2015 could quite well turn out to be adidas’ year. London Collections Men was like a fresco peppered with Stan Smiths and Superstars. Meanwhilandals are becoming more than just holiday accessories; technical strapped sandals can be seen by many brands across both genders. Y-3’s Kaohe sandal is a standout sandal: combining Yohji Yamamoto’s thoughtfulness with Adidas technology: these feature adiprene cushioned soles. Socks are optional.”
Below - Adidas Y-3 - Kaohe Sandal - £225
“Whilst Christopher Raeburn’s AW15 collection entitled “Raft” drew inspiration from the sea (sharks, inflatable dinghies, etc.) his SS15 collection “Meridian” was all about the air. This packable backpack is made with recycled polyester fabric and features Swiss Riri zippers. “
Left - Christopher Raeburn – Men’s Black Pack-Away Backpack - £179
“With a new brand name (it’s Acne Studios now) comes increasing momentum in Jonny Johansson’s Stockholm label. SS15 had a relaxed American feeling with coach jackets making a premium statement along with oversized shirts reminiscent of 1950’s soda parlour uniforms. Menswear is seeing a slow migration away from the slim silhouette and fuller trousers with larger seats are becoming a lot more prevalent. “
Left - Acne Studios – Zooty T Cotton Trouser - £270
"Over several seasons, now, Raf Simons' collections have become increasingly less about fashion and more about art; most obvious with AW14's Sterling Ruby collaborated collection. Whilst a cliché to mention Raf’s interest in youth culture, for SS15 this interest was personal: it was his own youth. Where the mood-board ends and the collection starts has become distorted. This sweatshirt whilst containing seemingly random images are all of deeply personal relevance to the designer."
Left - Raf Simons – Men’s Rollercoaster Printed Cotton Sweatshirt - £220