Summer trends come and summer trends go, but one that sticks around season after season is pastel shades. Easy to wear and providing a much welcome alternative to dark winter hues, we’re reaching for light blues, washed pinks and faded violets to add a touch of colour to our wardrobe. To celebrate the mercurial arrival of the sun, we took some of our top pastel picks down to Hove’s famous beach huts for a washed out editorial.
A particular standout piece for us this season has to be the Osvald Check Shirt from masters of Danish minimalism, Norse Projects. Cut from 100% brushed cotton, it comes in a subtle light blue check pattern throughout. Despite formal features such as the button down collar and open chest pocket it still manages to retain a relaxed feel, a style that Norse have made their own over the years. Sticking with the check, we’re also big fans of the 19th Century BD Shirt from New York’s Engineered Garments. Cut in the Garment District of downtown Manhattan, its subdued selection of colours make the perfect match for a summer’s day.
The humble tee is perhaps the most quintessential summer item. In store we have a strong selection from the likes Folk and visvim, but some of the pastel hued highlights are from British labels YMC and MHL by Margaret Howell. Both the Wild Ones and Matelot offer a great alternative to dominating colours such as navy and black and work great with a range of outfits. For something a bit bolder, try the Box L/S Tee from Our Legacy that comes in a lilac colourway.
As summer can be unpredictable, especially on the Brighton seafront, it’s always wise to bring a couple of layers in case the weather turns. A standout piece for us is the Brody Jacket from CMMN. Based around a Type III, the Swedish label have reinterpreted the workwear classic by kitting it out in pink and giving the body a boxier feel.
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.
It’s always a good day when the new Engineered Garments collection arrives here at the store. New York’s finest never fail to deliver and their latest SS17 selection is no different. Part of what makes head designer Daiki Suzuki’s approach so good is his points of reference, effortlessly blending both workwear and military into something new and interesting. With this in mind, we decided to head to the grounds of Brighton’s famous Royal Pavilion to take a closer look at his latest work.
One of our top picks has to be the Light Poplin Parka, a spring weight jacket that comes in an olive colourway. Made using a poplin cotton blend, it has a great regular fit and a large adjustable hood. The front is fastened with tonal snap buttons and the hips feature dual function pockets. Elasticated cuffs also feature in traditional fashion as does a drawstring hem. Here we paired it with another Suzuki mainstay, the 19th Century Shirt that comes in a colourful check pattern.
Another standout is the Baker Jacket that for SS17 Daiki Suzuki has kitted out in bold paisley. Although retaining a slightly formal edge, the vivid print definitely imparts a playful feel, making it an ideal jacket for a summer wedding. It is this versatility that is the beauty of Engineered Garments. They have a knack for being able to effortlessly switch styles without feeling contrived or over thought. The result is beautifully made, highly wearable clothing that lasts.
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).
You don’t always have to have a formal occasion to go to in order to wear a suit, oh no. In fact with the right choice of cut and material, a summer suit can be an incredibly versatile and casual piece of clothing. Here we have the wonderful Baker Jacket from New York’s very own Engineered Garments. Made from cotton, it is completely unlined and unstructured leaving a relaxed and comfortable fit. As with all Engineered Garments clothing, it is a pleasure to wear but our favourite part of the Baker Jacket is the subtle batik pattern that features throughout.
Batik is a method of dying a textile by covering certain parts of the material in a thin layer of wax to create a contrast in colours. This deep blue and black batik offers an intriguing yet minimal pattern. What’s best of all though is that the Baker Jacket comes with matching Cambridge shorts to complete the ultimate smart/casual summer look.