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.
Sam Lobban, Senior Buyer at MR PORTER.COM
"‘Tis the season for a Gilet. Gilets work if you want to add some Italian-inspired casualness to a tailored outfit. I really like this deep inky indigo colour with the washed denim detailing."
Left - Stone Island - Quilted Gilet - £375
"One which we're all very excited about MR PORTER HQ for FW14 is Visvim, and this is one of my favourite pieces. You will never need another denim jacket again."
Below - Visvim - Washed Denim Jacket - £880
"Remi Relief is one of my favourite brands from Japan, they recreate classic West Coast 50’s surf with a Japanese twist. I really love this beautifully soft plaid patchwork shirt."
Left - Remi Relief - Button Down Patch Check Shirt - £265
"Another Japanese brand, nodding to the Urban Traveller trend that seems to be running through Contemporary Menswear at the moment. These are great with an outdoorsy boot or fashion sneaker."
Left - White Mountaineering - Cargo Pants - £275
"Yuketen is another new brand for FW14, these boots are very special. Handmade in the US, they’re a feat of design and construction beauty."
Left - Yuketen - Blanket Paneled Boots - £675
Simon Lister, Marketing Manager, END.
"A new brand for AW14 at END., Canada Goose was founded in a small warehouse in Toronto over 50 years ago and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of extreme weather outerwear. The Chateau Jacket is taken from their Arctic Program tier and is constructed with a polyester blend shell and insulated with 625 Fill Power White Duck Down."
Left - Canada Goose - Chateau Jacket - £599
"This is a totally opulent and luxurious item, but it is an exemplary piece of luggage. The bag is constructed from natural leather and features zip fastening with branded metal zippers, a large lined internal compartment with internal pockets, leather handles and a detachable shoulder strap. Finished with MMM's signature four white stitches, not an everyday purchase, but an investment piece you’ll have for life."
Right - Maison Martin Margiela - 11 Leather Holdall - £1005
"Common Projects are very much a go to brand for us here at END. There are obviously cheaper alternatives, but like a good pair of shoes, treat these right and they’ll last for years. Made from luxurious Italian Nappa leather, they’re stitched to tough vulcanized rubber soles in contrasting white and finished with a simple style and size code stamped in gold at the heel."
Above - Common Projects - Original Achilles Low White Sole - £275
"Acne are up there as one of my favourite brands. They are quite fashion, but in a good way. This shirt is a fantastically playful take on camo, but with a marker style effect all over print on poplin. Print aside the details are understated, with thick pearlescent buttons, contrast ecru taping on the gussets and a rear ecru hanging loop."
Right - Acne - Isherwood Pattern Shirt - £199
"Statement gloves so everyone knows you’ve invested. Hestra utilise techniques that have remained unsurpassed since the 17th century. Hand cut gloves from the finest materials available; elk skin leather, closed with a single stud and equipped with primaloft insulation."
Left - Hestra - Elk Utsjö Glove - £69
Oscar Pinto Oscar Pinto,CEO & CO-founder & Buyer, Hervia Bazaar
"A super soft mohair mix knit jumper that features an all-over cream and black stripe. The zip detail running across the front attracts me to this item – it acts like a secret pocket, which can be opened and closed. What’s more the interior of the pocket extends past the hem creating an interesting silhouette that looks great with layers."
Left - Yohji Yamamoto - Striped Zip Detail Knit - £950
"A classic style that has been modernised for the coming autumn winter season, this vibrantly designed sweatshirt incorporates blocks of colour and bright stripes to help brighten wardrobes. Popular for its no-fuss approach, this item looks best when worn casually with jeans or a tapered trouser."
Below - Thom Browne - Crewneck Mix Wool Sweatshirt - £310
"Straight off the catwalk, this unisex poncho is much loved for leading the way with sports luxe – offering a statement that is stylish but also functional. Its unique design includes; track style sleeves complete with zips, a buttoned back pocket and an Adidas three-stripe detail that runs down the back and along the edges of the wrap around."
Left - Y-3 Yohji Yamamoto - Unisex Track Poncho - £285
"This perfect heavy duty, layered T-shirt features a crew neckline, short sleeves as well as front embroidered graphic of Gizmo from the film 'The Gremlins'. Working exceptionally well when worn under a plain bomber or leather jacket, this tee achieves a fun, but rough and ready look."
Below - Vinti Andrews - Oversized Gizmo Layered T-shirt - £65
"Paris Based, Californian designer Rick Owens is renowned for creating iconic collections that are cut to perfection and conveying his rebellious signature style. The Geo Basket Boots, a favourite from the footwear collection, offers a well constructed, versatile fashion classic that has proven to be an incredibly popular style with the fashion forward. With extra long white laces and thick zips on both sides, the boots have enough detail to add interest to the simplest of outfits."
Below - Rick Owens - Geo Basket Boot - £709
STYLEBOP.com, Fashion Director, Leila Yavari
“The graphic colour-blocking immediately draws the eye, and the leather yoke adds an unexpected touch of tough-luxe.”
“With the wide, spread collar and epaulet detail, this is the perfect update for on the perennial closet staple.”
“This piece encapsulates the polished sartorial trend we saw coming out of Pitti. The lighter-weight, cotton-blend material makes also makes it an ideal transitional piece.”
“Sweatpants and joggers are supplanting jeans as the go to pant right now - this is a great way to tap into the sportswear trend.”
Below - Kenzo - Wool Sweatpants - £ 195
“The utilitarian, industrial vibe is tempered by the glossy finish and bi-coloured laces, which make these a standout.”