We teamed up with our good friend and local menswear blogger Jake Story from Overdiluted to run through some of his favourite spring styles we have here in store. Taking to the streets of Brighton’s Seven Dials area, he chose an array of outfits all with the ever changing weather conditions in mind. Take a look below at his picks and see what he had to say about them:
“Initially, there might not seem much difference between my spring style and what I might wear in the winter – apart from the shorts, of course – but a lot of it comes down to the weight of materials. Spring is about as unpredictable as it comes, so it’s important that pieces are lightweight and layered. It’s all about adding up and taking away to keep yourself comfortable, which in my eyes is the art to perfecting your spring wardrobe.
You’ll need weatherproof jackets one day and shorts the next, which is why the Universal Works Bakers Jacket is a great piece: thin enough for a jumper or hoodie underneath and thick enough to do you some favours when things get a little chilly. Equally, both the YMC Deja Vu Trousers and visvim High Water Chinos aren’t as heavy as you might need for the colder months, which means you can comfortably get away with them on warmer days, despite the fact they’re full length. My favourite piece we shot has to be the Engineered Garments Parka in a nice and light poplin cotton that’s ace for the ever-changing conditions.”
Spring, dare we say it, is on the way. The evenings are beginning to stretch out that little bit longer and the sun’s rays seem just that little bit more powerful. We can always tell when spring is on the way when we begin to put away the heavy down coats for the winter and begin the search for lighter styles more suited for the change in weather.
Here in store we have received a fine selection of spring appropriate outerwear, covering all types of styles from smart to workwear, bomber jackets to waterproof coats. A highlight for us is the latest selection of raincoats from Swedish label Stutterheim. Their block striped Stockholm model has particularly caught our eye. Not only do we love the pattern, but thanks to the rubberised cotton construction and welded seams, it is also completely waterproof, something essential in the temperamental British spring weather.
Parisian label A.P.C. continue to take influence from classic military garments and the Blouson Alain shown below is their take on the iconic MA-1 flight jacket. The dark navy exterior has been cut from a cotton blend and the interior is fully lined. The front is fastened with a Riri zip that leads to a shawl collar in traditional fashion and two pockets are located on the hips. Completing matters is the obligatory pocket detailing on the upper left arm.
As we enter the season of weddings, it’s also important to keep something a little more formal in your wardrobe. For this, Engineered Garments have matters covered with their Andover Jacket. Cut from lightweight 100% cotton, it comes in a navy colourway and classic details such as the four external pockets, three-button fastening and notched lapel are all present. However, what makes this jacket for us is the fit. Perfectly cut, it remains unstructured but spans the divide between smart and casual perfectly.
The clothing from Parisian label A.P.C. is usually defined by its sharp cuts, military detailing and contemporary Gallic cool. We’re used to the label producing smart button down shirts and long wool overcoats, so the arrival of the SS17 collection here in store came as somewhat of a surprise. For this season, Jean Touitou’s brand have turned their attention to the world of sportswear with sweats, hoodies and branded cotton t-shirts all featuring heavily.
Featured in the latest selection is a small capsule collection of clothing that sees A.P.C. pay homage to the spiritual home of sportswear, America. All made in California, bold branding plays a key part, but as with everything from the French label, the quality of the material and fit are given serious consideration.
Another standout is the Blouson Alain, a trimmed down version of the iconic MA-1 flight jacket. The dark navy exterior has been cut from a cotton blend and the interior is fully lined. The front is fastened with a Riri zip that leads to a shawl collar in traditional fashion and two pockets are located on the hips. Completing matters is the obligatory pocket detailing on the upper left arm.
In our latest blog post, we take a look at the new A.P.C. collection. The Parisian label need little introduction having been pioneers in the world of fashion for well over 20 years. Their trademark approach of blending military and sportswear influences with a minimalist Gallic aesthetic has seen them acquire a legion of dedicated followers and their latest collection is a continuation of this approach. We picked out some key pieces and took to the streets of Brighton for a closer look at their clothing and accessories.
First up we have the Sweat Bro in grey, a relaxed hooded style that has been cut from 100% cotton. The patch pocket on the front has been paired with a large hood, looser fit and a versatile grey colourway. A.P.C. love to straddle the line between formal and casual, so we paired this item with the Escharpe Large Homme Scarf. Cut from soft wool, it comes in an autumnal beige colourway. Completing matters is the Chemise Oliver, a smart, tailored shirt cut from crisp cotton with a subtle pinstripe pattern throughout.
There’s no summer holiday quite like a British holiday. With the grey skies and cold months all but a distant memory, it’s finally that time of year to crack out the shorts and sandals, drink copious amounts of cold beer and burn some food on the barbecue. Fear not, here in store we have all the clothing you need to accompany these activities.
Over on our Inspirations page we’ve created our holiday planning guides, where you will find our curated selection of packing essentials for all types of vacations. Whether you’re planning a short city break, a heavy festival weekend or a family trip to the beach, we have it all covered. You will find a fine selection of essentials, from the luxury luggage of Globe-Trotter to the quality sunglasses from Sun Buddies.
To get us in the mood, we headed over to the Artist Residence, a small, boutique hotel located just off the seafront in the historic Regency Square. With sea views and an eclectic aesthetic, it is the perfect place to stay for a weekend away here in Brighton. See below for our experience when we headed there earlier this month.
With the days getting longer and the temperature rising, the time has inevitably come to bare those calves that have been kept under wraps for the past eight months. Fortunately we have a huge selection of shorts in store and online to suit all styles and needs. Whether you prefer something casual that finishes below the knee or you like to show off a bit of thigh, we have plenty to choose from.
Below we have set out some of our favourites of the season so far from the likes of Norse Projects, Engineered Garments, Oliver Spencer and more. For something a little more tailored and smart, the offerings from Gant Rugger are perfect. Premium materials and classic fits combine with light summer colours. For those that want something a bit more relaxed, the Austin shorts from Saturdays Surf NYC have been dyed with indigo and come in a lightweight material similar to that of jogging bottoms.
So, take a look below at the selections we have available (model wears a 34″ waist).
Parisian label APC like to keep things simple. Long, elegant lines, clean, flattering cuts and luxury materials all combine to create clothing that has an air of undeniable Gallic cool. Their consistency over the years has been staggering and they are one of the labels out there today that set trends for others follow. As well as the minimal approach, APC have become famed for the influence of military fashion in their designs and one piece that stands out for us is the A-2 inspired Blouson Redchurch jacket which we have paired above with the Breton striped Gab Rouge T-shirt.
We also love their shirting which is slim fitting and comes in a wide array of colours and prints. These offer a great way to inject a bit of colour and life into formal outfits whilst still retaining a smart look.
For one last encore, APC have again teamed up with American workwear label Carhartt for a collaboration that mixes the French brands minimal aesthetic with something a bit more rugged. The collection is full of solid staples such as simple tees, hardwearing shirts, warm beanies, mixed up watches and tough coats.
The colour palette reflects the autumnal season with a muted selection of greys, deep blues and blacks combining with the unassuming branding to create items that, although slightly stark in appearance, have the playful nature of both brands at heart. A great example of this would be the Odette watch, which has used the Jimi Hendrix song, “If Six Was Nine” as inspiration to create a timepiece like no other.
As this is the last ever installment of this capsule collection, there is a lot of nostalgia in the choice of products. The classic beanie is left unaltered and the Gabrielle jacket, so often given the APC treatment, comes in perhaps its best guise yet, a clean, single coloured corduroy number in Anthracite grey. We will miss it when it’s gone, but for the time being we can enjoy one collab that really brings the best out of both brands involved. Photos: bythelevel.com
Head on over to our online store to check out the whole collection.
The new season is upon us and it’s shaping up to be something a little bit special. Alongside more familiar labels such as Our Legacy and APC, we will be bringing new brands to our eclectic selection. From technical outerwear to traditionally made English workwear, we have it covered. Nowhere else will you find the futuristic fabrics of Arc’teryx Veilance sat alongside the stunning replica jackets of Eastman.
Our first drop of products has already landed and we have new collections from YMC, Folk, Our Legacy, APC, Woolrich, Grenson, Oliver Spencer, Obey, Bellerose, LVC and many more in store and online. New labels are arriving daily from designers all over the world. So, if you like clean, modern styles from Scandinavia, rugged clothing from America, attention to detail from Japan or craftsmanship from England, we’re sure that we have something in store you will love.
Head on over to our online store to check the latest collection.