5 menswear experts reveal the one piece they're bursting to buy this autumn
Five big shots reveal the garms they’re grabbing now summer’s gone
There are two ways to treat the arrival of autumn. The first option is to cling on to the dying embers of summer in a pit of denial, shivering on the side of a lido in bermuda shorts and grinning through chattering teeth. The second is to embrace it, buy some new clothes that make the most of cooler climes and go stomping through some piles of orange leaves with your held held high.
This list is for people who wanna take option two. Godspeed.
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The Down Gilet
Ian Paley, founder of London fashion mecca Garbstore, says:
“Once the weather starts to turn, I’ll be putting on the burgundy Down Vest (£240) by Crescent Down Works – a family-run brand from Seattle that has pioneered American-made down outerwear since 1974 – over my long-sleeve tees or denim jacket. It’s made from the finest Italian down, making it incredibly lightweight and warm – all the markings of the perfect mid-layer. There are two exclusive colourways to choose from, but I think the denim lining on the burgundy one adds extra interest.”
Same vibe but cheaper: A Retro Pile Vest from enviro-heroes Patagonia (£90) carries a just-as-tasty “Dad screaming on the sidelines” feel.
The Visionary Trainer
Kish Kash, trainer collector, sneaker culture expert and DJ, says:
“I can’t wait to cop the Adidas x Footpatrol Consortium 4D (coming very soon to Footpatrol). Two of my favoured brands and retailers collaborating on a project that’s the next stage in the evolution of footwear – the sole is manufactured by 3D printing, then bonded to a woven Primeknit upper. The colours are perfect for the coming months, so I can add them into looks from streetwear to smart casual.”
Same vibe but cheaper: Making killer trainers from ocean trash feels pretty darn futuristic too, which is precisely what these Utlraboost ST Parley shoes by Adidas (£104.96) are about.
The Plaid Jacket
Neil Summers, co-editor of menswear bible Proper Magazine, says:
“I’m addicted to coats – there, I said it – and my smother of choice this autumn is from Adsum. It’s one of my favourite new brands, managing to seamlessly merge technical outerwear and sportswear. I’m grabbing one of their NK jackets (£218) because it looks like something Shaun Ryder would have worn back in 1989 – the gauge I use when purchasing any clothing. I’ll be wearing it with a C.P. Company Sweatshirt, some LEE 101 Z jeans and a pair of Adidas Indoor Comp SPZLs.”
Same vibe but cheaper: The gurning spirit of Madchester bagginess lives on in Armor-Lux’s Vareuse Deperlante Heritage smock (£120) too.
The Burnished Smart Shoe
Charlie Casely-Hayford, super sought-after menswear designer and co-founder of Casely-Hayford, says:
“I’m a sucker for a chunky shoe, so I’m looking forward to getting my feet into a pair of Brunello Cucinelli Derby shoes (£830). I love them for their understated style – they don’t shout, because they just don’t need to – but also their versatility. That sophisticated leather will pair itself with my almost exclusively navy wardrobe, can be dressed up or down with a cropped jean of a pair of turned-up, relaxed-fit wool trousers, and is the perfect go-to with transitional seasonal pieces like a shirt jacket or a heavy overcoat come colder weather.”
Same vibe but cheaper: You’ll also find a hunky chunky sole in the handmade Woodstock Plain Derby shoes from beautiful boys Tricker’s (£395).
The Crew Neck Sweat
Sam Higgins, culture writer at the bleedin’ huge ASOS Magazine, says:
“Until a couple of weeks ago, I had genuinely forgotten how pleasant it is to wear another layer on top of a t-shirt. Now, with the temperature dropping, I’ll be investing in some minimal, clean-cut sweatshirts to keep things neat and comfortable. Carhartt WIP always gives its cosier cuts the perfect level of boxiness and this American Script deep green sweat (£75) is nice and versatile too – decent with both light and darker denim and easy to slot into a layered look.”
Same vibe but cheaper: It’s been one year since Arket Scandi’d up Regent St with its slick outpost – reason enough to drop a mere 35 clams on its olive green French Terry sweatshirt.