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Buyers Guide

Buyers Guide

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.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 12:27

Buyer's Guide - End Clothing - SS15

Mark Macdonald, Senior Buyer, End Clothing

end clothing beams plus came jacket“‘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

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namica ground leaf jacket spring 2015 menswear“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

our legacy came chambray shirt menswear spring 2015

comme des garçons striped t-shirt menswear the chic geek"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

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:15

Buyer's Guide - MR PORTER - SS15

Accessories Buyer, Simon Spiteri, MRPORTER.COM 

saint laurent black frame sunglasses menswear"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

Thom Browne Pebble-Grain Leather Document Holder"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




Luis Morais White Gold Trikona Glass Beaded Bracelet"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

Junghans - Meister Telemeter Chronoscope Stainless Steel/Leather Watch"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





Junya Watanabe Pronted Silk/Linen-Blend Scarf "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."

Left - Junya Watanabe - Pronted Silk/Linen-Blend Scarf - £175

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:37

Buyer's Guide - Harvey Nichols - SS15

Reece Crisp, Menswear Buyer, Harvey Nichols

mesnwear harvey nichols john elliot hooded top“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

fear of god harvey nichols menswear“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.”

Left - Fear of God – Olive Green Cotton Poplin Jacket - £940









neil barrett mens trousers harvey nichols the chic geekSS15 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

menswear picks ss 15 raf simons parka black“My favourite piece of the season…enough said.”

Left - Raf Simons – Black Cotton Parka - £1415











y3 kaohe trainers menswear style“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

Friday, 20 February 2015 09:56

Buyer's Guide - oki-ni - SS15

Andrew Brines, Assistant Buyer and Merchandiser, oki-ni

valentino butterfly mens jacket“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

adidas Y3 kaohe sandal

christopher raeburn rath rucksack menswear“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

acne studios zooty mens trousers“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







raf simons rollercoaster sweater menswear geek"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

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