Mats Klingberg, TRUNK founder
“We're always on the lookout for new brands to add to the Trunk line-up and Japan is usually a good place to look. A Vontade is not a new brand, but it's still fairly unknown over here, so I thought it was a good one to bring in.
This A Vontade jacket takes it cues from the traditional clothing of artisans, feeling very much like an archival piece reimagined. Cut from a sturdy cotton with a dry handle, it has a four-button front and unusual peak lapels. An extra button at the lapel can be left unbuttoned or done up as desired, transforming the look of the jacket. Fully lined, with key details such as functioning cuffs, a flap ticket pocket and a single vent, this is a distinctive piece of workwear that will lend itself to a number of different styles”.
Left - A Vontade - Old Potter Jacket - £395
“Also from Japan is Fujito. I met Fujito-san for the first time on a trip to Fukuoka about ten years ago, so looking forward to seeing our customer's reactions to the small selection we've brought in for SS17.
This Fujito jumper is made in Japan from a cotton-poly-linen blend, with a loose knit and a crunchy texture. A classic border stripe motif which brings to mind nautical garments, it is elevated by crucial details, such as raglan sleeves and a slightly higher neckline”.
Left - Fujito - Border Knit Sweater - £160
“We sell a lot of chinos at Trunk, so when it was time to start building up our own collection it was only natural to make sure there was a great pair of chinos in there.
These Trunk Clothiers Chinos are designed as our ideal luxury basics, pairing perfectly with a knit sweater and sneakers, or just as easily with an unstructured jacket and a collared shirt. Cut from a soft washed cotton which incorporates a small amount of elastane to allow for stretch, the trousers have a smooth brushed texture and a rich colour due to the garment dyeing process”.
Left - Trunk Clothiers - Chinos - £165
“Lots of good looking sneakers out there aren't actually that good for your feet. Adam behind CQP spotted this gap in the market and brought out a great looking collection of shoes that also are great for your feet.
The CQP Racquet is a low-top sneaker designed in Sweden and handmade in Portugal with an artisanal approach. Based on the silhouette of a classic tennis shoe (as its name suggests), it has a premium calf suede upper, with a soft leather lining. The removable insole offers excellent arch support and several layers of cushioning. The sneaker has a steel shank for support, rigidity and durability - something usually reserved for fine dress shoes. A CQP tote bag and a spare set of laces are included”.
Above - CQP Racquet - £240
Lara Djandji, Men’s International Designers and Accessories Buyer, Harvey Nichols
“Utility remains a key trend for this season with style cues taken from the uniforms of US correctional facilities. This staple khaki shirt by Marni is an essential buy to update your spring wardrobe, featuring a drawstring hem that adds a sportsluxe twist on the classic shirt”.
Left - Marni – Olive Poplin Shirt - £375
“A new brand at Harvey Nichols this season and one to watch, is Qasimi. These textured shorts in a muted blush, tap perfectly into one of our key trends that sees a softer, more relaxed and effortless way of dressing. Pair with a simple white Tee and tailored jacket to embody the brands uniformity and military influences”.
Left - Qasimi - Blush Textured Shell Shorts - £310
‘“Channel Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet this spring with this playful pillar box red Hawaiian shirt from Saint Laurent. Perfect for brightening up your wardrobe and encouraging good vibes”.
Below - Saint Laurent - Red Hawaiian-print Challis Shirt - £530
“These pressed slacks by Wooyoungmi offer a contemporary take on trousers this season, with a wide leg and cropped silhouette that will give you a modern workwear look. In a black wool blend fabrication these slacks can be dressed up or down, with a smart brogue or sleek trainer”.
Left - Wooyoungmi – Black Wide Leg Wool Blend Trousers - £340
“The fashion trainer trend shows no sign of disappearing, so this is the season to invest in Maison Margeila’s Replica model trainers, an iconic style within the sneaker industry. My pick this season is the all-white, brush painted style, for a subversively cool retro street look”.
Left - Maison Margiela - New Replica White Paint-Effect Leather Trainers - £455
Robyn Ferris, Junior Buyer at MR PORTER
"This summer expect a renewed popularity of vintage-style jackets. The colour of this Officine Generale’s suede jacket pairs perfectly with jeans and is ideal for those in-between months when the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. The jacket’s water-repellent coating guarantees that the beautiful suede won't be sullied by any light rain!"
Left - Officine Generale - Slim-Fit Water-Repellent Suede Jacket - £930
"I’m a big fan of Inis Meáin and their hand finished knits. We have a great selection for spring available on site now including lightweight linen melange sweaters and cardigans. My favourite piece is this waffle-knit sweater, it will introduce textual diversity into your casual wardrobe, looks great worn with jeans or shorts and will take you through to autumn".
Below - Inis Meáin - Gansey Waffle-Knit Linen and Cotton-Blend Sweater - £185
"The relaxed vibe of this shirt perfectly encapsulates summer for me. I love the variations in tone it has from the dye and its crisp touch gives a summer feel whether worn under a cardigan with jeans or with swim shorts on holiday".
Left - Massimo Alba - Watercolour-Dyed Washed-Ramie Shirt - £200
"Having recently just launched on MR PORTER, I adore Arpenteur’s heritage-inspired collection. Perfectly capturing casual French attire, this classic cotton Breton stripe t-shirt is a must have for summer. The relaxed cut and three-quarter sleeves recall traditional naval uniforms".
Left - Arpenteur - Brehat Striped Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt - £75
"No man’s summer wardrobe is complete without a new pair of swim shorts and my pick out of this season’s selection is this Incotex swim short. The art deco print will get you noticed on the beach and as they are designed to fit like a pair of trousers, they are far more refined than your average pair".
Below - Incotex - Short-Length Printed Swim Shorts - £150
Christopher Fisher, Head Buyer, oki-ni
"Oversized floral prints on short-sleeve lightweight shirts are a staple forsummer – relaxed beachwear from the catwalks was heavily influenced by the 90s, with references including Baz Luhrmann’s iconic Romeo and Juliet. Junya Watanabe is one of the new brands joining oki-ni this season and his pieces carry much kudos for their wearer!"
Left - Junya Watanabe - Black Flower-Print Short-Sleeved Shirt - £320
"Every guy should own a pair of crisp white low-top sneakers – the term versatile is an understatement. Common Projects has been the go-to luxury brand for many a season now. The ‘Achilles’ Low has a clean, minimal silhouette and is crafted in Italy from the finest leather".
Left - Common Projects - White Premium Achilles Low Sneakers - £248
"Wide-legged, loose fit trousers are not going anywhere soon. This pair from Maison Margiela are a prefect starter pair – not too oversized, they have a neat turn-up that will rest nicely on a pair of sneakers".
Left - Maison Margiela - Natural Wide-Leg Cotton Trousers - £410
"Let’s face it – it’s still freezing outside. Layering is the key to getting through this cold snap. This panelled sweatshirt from kolor is perfect for now, but will also take you nicely into spring when paired with some wide-leg navy shorts (see Marni)".
Left - Kolor - Grey Panelled Sweatshirt - £389
"I am a keen runner, so I was really excited to bring Satisfy to oki-ni, this season. Satisfy is a brand for both serious and not-so-serious runners –their products are designed, prototyped and tested in their studio in Paris. The technical fabrications used are insane and not one detail is overlooked (The product looks super-slick too)".
Below - Satsify - Black Packable Windbreaker - £305
Yasmin Mehmet, Junior Buyer, MRPORTER.COM
“I was so happy when Orslow launched on MR PORTER, last season! The 107 jeans are a special denim, in a slim fit style which is slightly tapered. They have been crafted in Japan, using premium selvedge and the13.5oz denim has been washed specially to give a two year wear look”.
Left - Orslow - 107 Slim-Fit Washed Selvedge Denim Jeans - £255
“Soft, 50’s style looking checks are key for FW16. This overshirt is a really easy way to get this trend across and finished in a beautiful soft cotton flannel and loose fit, gives the perfect look of contemporary cool”
Left - Our Legacy - Checked Cotton-Flannel Overshirt - £150
“One of my favourite brands, who needs no introduction, is A.P.C. The label’s co-designer Louis Wong has created the perfect sophisticated version of one of our more understated trends for FW16 - velvet. Presented in a classic bomber shape in a lovely midnight blue and finished with a dense ribbed trim, this jacket is crafted with quality and will work well teamed with a simple white tee”.
Left - A.P.C. - Louis W Cotton-Velvet Bomber Jacket - £400
“The best tee ever! American based brand Velva Sheen have been crafting a unique tubular knit technique that eliminates side seams making this the perfect fit. I would suggest having several colourways in your wardrobe”.
Left - Velva - Sheen Rolled Slub Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt - £40
“I was trying to get my hands on a pair of Moscot sunglasses for a while, so was pleased when they launched on MR PORTER, this season. The ’Lemtosh’ style is probably their most classic shape and I like the vintage inspired design. This tortoiseshell pair with the green lens is quite unusual but super cool for FW16”.
Left - Moscot - Lemtosh Round-Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses - £250
Benn McGregor, Mens Contemporary, Sneakers and Lifestyle Buyer, Harvey Nichols
“This coat by Our Legacy is an absolute wardrobe staple. With the shape being both boxy and masculine it is a great fit for any shape. Although the pocket placement on the front looks incredibly standard, it’s actually quite rare to find a modern knee-length coat that has a formal look, but also have these casual pockets; it brings a whole new relaxed angle to the product when you’re wearing it”.
Left - Our Legacy at Harvey Nichols - Black Virgin Wool Blend Coat - £570
"Athletic Propulsion Labs, or ‘APL’ as they’re more swiftly known, are rising stars in the footwear world. Their knitted runner silhouette is an absolute must this season for both runners and gym-frequenters, but also just as easy to wear with a pair of jeans. APL aren’t big on branding, and the minimalist aesthetic is echoed in the colour palette; available in a wide range of subtle fashion colours it’s an easy win when you want to have comfort, but still keep an element of sophistication about your footwear”.
Left - Athletic Propulsion Labs at Harvey Nichols – TechLoom Pro Black Knitted Trainers - £110
“Although my pick is for AW16, this pink Stone Island light pint wool blend jumper will both keep you warm and keep you on point and ahead of the game for SS17 where pink will be a key colour for the season”.
Left - Stone Island at Harvey Nichols – Light Pink Wool Blend Jumper - £175 (One of the must-have items of the season - more here)
"Water resistant, articulated cut and the stretch fabric makes these Arc’Teryx Veilance trousers an absolute winner for the young professional, especially in the autumn/winter months. These trousers are cut like a slim leg style, but offer a roomy fit around the thigh ensuring maximum comfort whilst being a good investment piece. The structure of these trousers will allow them to retain their shape and colour due to the technical fabric and fit superiority”.
Left - Arc’Teryx Veilance at Harvey Nichols – Apparent Black Cotton Blend Trousers - £350
Whilst I am aware that this isn’t a ‘product’ pick per se, no matter what you buy, if you haven’t got a sharp haircut, the rest of your style is thrown off balance. Therefore, a visit to the AONO barbershop in our newly renovated menswear department in the Knightsbridge store is a must. Praised for their attention to detail and great price point of £30, you will struggle to find a better service at a better price inside the M25”.
Below - AONO Barbershop at Harvey Nichols
Mats Klingberg, TRUNK founder
"I’ve been a big fan of Begg & Co and their washed Kishorn cashmere scarves for several seasons, now. The wash gives them a nice and fluffy finish which nicely adds some texture to any outfit. The Kishorns generally come in lots of nice solid colours, only, so I was very pleased when I came across this Kishorn woven in a khaki/camel block medley pattern”.
Left - Begg & Co - Kishorn Scarf Khaki Block Medley - £270
"The Gigi keeps going from strength to strength and it’s always a joy to visit their showroom to discover what they’ve created for next season. We’ve got lots of nice things from them this season, but I particularly like this heavy knit cardigan jacket. Will look great with a Trunk Oxford shirt and a pair of chinos or jeans paired with a chukka boot from Alden or sneaker from Common Projects”.
Below - The Gigi - Chunky Knit Jude Jacket Green - £355
"Our bag selection in Trunk LABS has this season seen the addition of this great bag from Nanamica, made in Japan, from an ultra-durable cotton Cordura fabric. The bag can be carried in three ways - as a backpack via the foldaway straps, as a briefcase by its side handle, or as a messenger bag. The bag has a main roll-top compartment, with large zip pockets on the front and back, each containing a system of handy dividers. A highly functional bag, it provides ample room and organisation for anything you might need to carry with you on a daily basis. What else do you need?”
Left - Nanamica - 3 Way Cordura Briefcase Khaki - £410
"A pair of Alden’s is the perfect match with any smart casual look, so works equally well with a pair of flannel trousers, chinos or jeans. I need a new pair of chukka boots, so am definitely getting a pair of these for myself this season”.
Below - Alden - Unlined Chukka Dark Brown Suede - £475
"Most of the brands in Trunk I’ve discovered on trips near and far and when I went to Vienna, last year, I came across WienerBlut for the first time, a fragrance brand from Vienna created by the very talented Alexander Lauber. I think the bottles are beautiful and thankfully its content matches the outside. A subtle, slightly spicy fragrance, Ex Voto comprises key notes of pink pepper, nutmeg, santal and ambergris”.
WienerBlut - Ex Voto - £130