SHANE C KURUP
1. CHECK MATE
Since 2011, mrporter.com has been the online style destination for the modern man of discerning taste. And while it appreciates the merit of a well-cut suit, as this checked shirt from its in-house label MR P shows, it’s worth its salt in casualwear, too. The substantial cotton-flannel cloth makes it soft yet sturdy, while that zesty green and yellow plaid will pep-up your autumn palette – a solid staple for the woodsy man about town (or country, for that matter). Add selvedge denim and leather boots to the mix and you’ll be set for autumn and beyond.
2. EXOTIC FIBRES
Savile Row might be rooted in convention, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t space for those who think outside the (design) box. Yuri & Yuri, which set up shop on the fabled thoroughfare in 2018, is shaking up this little corner of the capital with its soigné take on menswear that scores highly in the style stakes. Following a distinctive retro-modern template, the label’s designs utilise lesser-known fabrics – such as serie – a cloud-soft, silky Japanese fibre that breathes and moves as you do. This is considered luxury at its best.
3. FOOT LOOSE
There are certain levels of dedication to a craft that warrant admiration and in the sphere of haute cordwaining, Edward Green is certainly deserving. The attention to detail given to each pair of handmade shoes from sole to stitch is so exacting, the brand never produces more than a small batch of shoes each week. Despite this, it knows that tradition need not stand in the way of progress, as its latest Piccadilly loafers prove. They have all the refinement of a classic loafer, but beneath the upper, they’re a thoroughly modern affair – the inner is unlined, which offers a rare lightness and suppleness. And with all of us becoming used to home comforts over the past year, a shoe that makes it easier to set one foot in the real world again is definitely a winner.
4. NEW WOOL ORDER
Oliver Spencer has the shrewd ability to take what would be run-of-the-mill wardrobe staples and with a few well-executed tweaks, turn them into garments that are equally good-looking and wearable. This cardigan, knitted with a Nordic-inspired Birdseye pattern in a melange of red, white and blue, is a prime example. Its extra-fine wool composition is not only super soft, but will keep your temperature on an even keel when the central heating kicks in. A worthy woollen for tackling the fickle climatic shifts of the British autumn.
5. FULLY LOADED
With many of us still at a halfway house between office desk and kitchen table, there comes the inevitable lugging about of tools of the trade that go with the life of a professional nomad. While a structured case or folio may not meet the brief for space, a capacious tote – like this Pursuits Piccadilly from luxury leather goods house, Ettinger – has more than enough room for all your tech and effects, alongside the mandatory hand sanitizer, of course. And with its hardy hand-finished canvas and leather construction, this truly is a bag for life.
6. FLUID LINES
Hailing from the land down under, tailor P. Johnson typifies the laidback nonchalance that makes the Aussie lifestyle the envy of the world over. Leaving the usual stiff and starch of Savile Row firmly on the cutting table, the brand’s lightweight, breezy tailoring has a distinctly fluid construction with an absence of heavy linings and padding that would otherwise weigh you down. AW21’s lightweight lambswool-cashmere shepherd’s check coats and jackets strike the perfect middle ground between comfort and finesse that feels particularly fitting with the way we want to dress now – especially after a year of working from home in our slacks.
From £1,245; pjt.com
7. BELT UP
The area around Clifford Street in Mayfair is something of an Aladdin’s cave for the sartorially inclined. Heading the charge is Connolly, which was founded as a saddle maker in 1878 and now offers a full complement of considered apparel and lifestyle goods. Owner Isabel Ettedgui eschews fast-paced fashion in favour of an approach that focuses on methods and materials that stand the test of time. Set with a palladium buckle, this Italian leather belt will bring Connolly’s refined accent to everything from pleated dresses to high-waisted denim.
8. HOMESPUN YARNS
Since Alessandro Michele took the reigns at Florentine powerhouse Gucci in 2015, he’s somehow managed to hit the perfect sweet spot between kitsch and cool with every subsequent collection. This silk-rich embroidered floral cardigan, reminiscent of hand-purled creations of the 1960s and 1970s, exudes just the right amount of retrospective charm while still feeling au courant. With Michele’s inimitable creative signature in spades, it’s destined to be a future heirloom piece.
9. SECOND SKIN
When it comes to luxe leather, few stand head and shoulders above the competition like Helvetian house Bally. The brand has a storied pedigree in mountaineering and exploration, having kitted out Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their ascent of Everest in 1953. This intrepid spirit has informed the AW21 collection, with its rich red hues and geometric patterns inspired by the cultures and landscapes of Bolivia and Peru. Cut from butter-soft nappa hides, the line’s leather coats are a particularly strong addition to the range and have the sort of new-age retro flavour that hits the style nail on the head. Just don’t go scaling any summits in them.
10. POCKET CHANGE
For those of us still partial to the tangible weight of a copper or two, a coin wallet is invaluable to prevent loose shrapnel rattling around in your pockets. German brand Montblanc – better known for its smart writing instruments – also knows a thing or two about fine leather goods, as this zipped coin case attests. With a coin compartment and just enough space for your essential cards, it will help you slim down from that overstuffed wallet, while its Deco-inspired house print adds just the right amount of vintage verve to an everyday accessory.
11. IN GOOD TIME
Horology might seem like a one-horse race led by the Swiss, but closer to home, Bristolian watchmaker Fears is quietly carving its own niche with timepieces that offer the charisma of yesteryear, cased in a contemporary package. To mark its 175th year, the watchmaker has released two limited-edition tank watches made with a meticulous eye, from the overhauled 1930s and 1960s new old stock movements, to British leather oxblood straps. And while that handsome vintage champagne dial is unashamedly nostalgic, it frames a wrist-friendly curved case with subtly stepped-up dimensions that makes it feel far from old hat. The result? Tradition and modernity at its finest hour.
From £3,500; fearswatches.com
12. HIT YOUR STRIDE
You might have found yourself seldom out of your slippers over the past year, but now that the world is slowly coming to rights, it might be time to step into something with a little more style clout. While it might be a bit of a shock to the system to strap on your four-inch heels, Brunello Cucinelli’s tread-sole loafers are a more rational option that revamps a classic shape, deftly combining offbeat elegance and ease of wear. Dress them up or down as you please – but just make sure you don’t scuff these beauties.
13. KING OF THE ROAD
Many have tried to imitate the rakish swagger of the scrambler over the decades, but few have a handle on it quite like Belstaff, which has been blazing a trail for café-racer cool since 1924. Its AW21 creations are as rugged and refined as ever, as this Charlie jacket attests. Made from the sort of texture-rich suede ideal for easing into autumn, it’s cut with all the precision you’d expect from a label that’s been dressing bikers just shy of a century. So, even if you don’t own a set of supercharged wheels, you can still give Johnny Strabler a run for his money. Start your engines, gentlemen.
14. AUTUMN REBOOT
Any man who takes an interest in being well shod will know the virtues of Northampton-made shoes. For Crockett & Jones, which has been in the cordwaining game since 1879, having a tried and tested product isn’t about resting on your laurels. For AW21, the brand has introduced its new winter boot assortment, which is its hardiest yet. A champion of the range – the Grizedale – is made from Rough Out suede, which is waxed for enhanced damp proofing. Combined with a storm welt, a heavy-duty cleated Vibram sole and waterproof membrane, the Grizedale is part of the most water-resistant trio ever made by the brand. In short, these boots are tough enough to handle anything Mother Nature throws at your feet.
15. OCEAN BOUNTY
Japanese jewellery house Tasaki revolutionised the pearl industry in 1954, when it set up its first brown-lipped oyster farm off the coast of Kyushu. Today, the brand upholds traditional methods of culturing the world’s finest pearls and combines them with a modern design sensibility. Its Kinetic collection, inspired by celestial movements, was created in partnership with Thai designer Thakoon Panichgul – who appeared alongside Vogue’s Anna Wintour in The September Issue – and is a prime example of the house’s forward-thinking ethos. And with nacre gems very much en vogue at the moment, this articulated pendant is sure to be a stellar conversation-starter at your next (real life) social.
16. PORTABLE PANACHE
Can you ever have enough bags? In the case of this architectural number from Khaore, we’d say a firm ‘no’. Parsons School of Design duo Raiheth Rawla and Wei Hung Chen have shaken up the world of statement carry-alls with their singular pieces that play on the sculptural form of everyday objects. Perfectly proportioned to keep all your essentials close to hand, the rich green hue is an autumn appropriate alternative to ubiquitous earthy shades and the artful metal-edged handle makes it grab-and-go perfection.