For us, Leon & Harper SS13 is a tightly edited collection with two extremes and plenty of pink. On one end of the rail we have great t-shirting basics in the softest cotton. Pink, grey and white. And at the other end we have the jacket of the season. A fluro patchwork spectacular, zipped and nipped in all the right places. With t-shirt underneath and topped off with one of their lovely star print scarfs, it's spring's top half nicely taken care of.
Spring Summer 2013 from Norse Projects is blue, through and through. From pale and faded to navy and cobalt. Rob's declaring it their best collection in seasons. The beautiful heavily washed denim shirting is a particular highlight. As is the sky blue Elka raincoat. In between, you'll find three shades of the all time favourite Aros chinos and shorts, some great stripe t-shirts and lightweight blazers.
It's a curious thing. All the elements that Baum und Pferdgarten pull together in their collections. Combinations, contrasts and contradictions that shouldn't work. But then do, in their perfectly composed Danish way.
This season it's a total medley. Sleek pleated silk. Electric blue pvc. Candy pink cable knit. Navy lace. Sporty zips. Floral and geometric prints. Stripes and dip-dye. No, no, no in theory. But yes, yes, yes in the flesh.
We've carried Levi's Vintage for a couple of seasons now and in that time two things have become apparent.
One, Rob was right, no other label compares on heritage and quality. No faulty goods, no complaints, all we have are happy customers who've found their perfect jeans.
And two, the 505 is a firm favourite with the menswear customer. For spring, its back alongside the 501 in three washes including the all new rinsed selvedge. A lovely smart dark denim with no need to break in.
Cue more happy LV customers we think.
There is nothing not to love in this beautiful collection from our favourite new American. We love a cashmere knit. We love a bold stripe. We love a bit of fluoro trim. We love a Petersham ribbon. Big fat ticks in all the boxes. This is a man who knows what we want.
A little bit of everything and no peas. Great Plains work their magic for this season with super useful, pretty, every day clothes. There's a nautical stripe story for any landlubbers amongst you (dress, t shirt and long skirt); an angora knit story for budding Jayne Mansfields; a cute velo print for anyone with a feeling for Chris Froome; a great fitted jersey dress for a Victoria Beckham on a budget look and the sought after basic jersey tees that you always need and can never find. It's not necessarily the most coherent of collections but each piece is really, really, really good.
Jeans and shirts have always been good friends. It's a dynamic that MiH, a brand steeped in denim history, have been exploring for many seasons now. And we've been watching with interest, as their offering of beautiful shirting has developed from something complementary into something quite central to what they do.
Now, with main SS13, we think the unison is complete with a wonderfully full and varied collection holding its own alongside the denim. Shirts oversized, high collared, short sleeved, swing, and circle, solid pistachio and strawberry, melting into lemony stripes and giving way to fluro pink and green polka dots. We challenge you not to find your match.
We've just taken a hefty delivery from basement favourite - Red Wing. Here we have Rob's number one choice of boot for spring, the Chukka. While we'll forever be faithful to the iconic 875 workboot, with milder climes on the horizon, the Chukka makes for a great lightweight allrounder. Featuring the signature white crepe sole, premium leather and Goodyear welt construction, it's made of sturdy stuff just minus some of the stomp factor of its bigger, chunkier cousin.
There are certain things we've come to expect from Goat knitwear; luxury yarns, impeccable quality, beautiful statement buttons; classic wardrobe staples so understated and so reliable we've become accustomed to just letting them have their place and do their thing, season in, season out. But suddenly, with their SS13 offering, we find them clamouring for our attention with a pallette of notice-me colours, bold patterns and great new shapes. We are loving the Onassis button back jumper and that cobalt blue is crying out for a place at the forefront of our spring summer wardrobes.
Oliver Spencer kicks off the new season down in menswear with the signature stuff we love; classic wardobe staples bought to life with subtle detailing. The lightweight Farringdon mac is back in desert sand, featuring a great pop of colour under the collar. The navy cotton / linen single breasted blazer no wardrobe can do without also reappears. Further along the rail we see blocks of colour give way to some great striped t-shirts, playful shirting and lightweight textured knits, all working some variation on the seasonal pallette of red, white and blue. Another solid collection from an old time favourite.