For its second season, the number of brands at this premium menswear exhibition grew from 68 to 98. On show were a hand-picked selection of some of the sector’s coolest names
As we noted a few weeks ago, new label Anerkjendt was the talk of the town at the Terminal 2 show in Copenhagen, and judging by the reaction at Jacket Required, the hype seems to have caught on in London. The new line from Per Johansen, founder of Humör, seems to sum up everything that is going on at the cooler end of menswear. Every category is covered, from flecked suiting through to printed chambray shirts. Everyone was also talking about the selvedge denim, at £21.50 wholesale.
Prices: £6.50 to £51
Contact: 0161 2369855
Whenever possible, Common People makes everything in the UK, and there is a considered use of fabric throughout its collection. A smart use of textiles is key as waxed jackets feature contrasting nepped wool panelling with wool-lined hoods or corduroy collars. Knitwear comes with interesting metal fastenings, while chinos have a unique white selvedge turn-up. The footwear offer includes Vibram-soled brogue boots and washed-leather brogues. Wholesale prices have been lowered across the collection.
Prices: £24 to £100
Contact: 07973 120074
Taking inspiration from its Swedish founders’ Sami (the indigenous people of Scandinavia) heritage, Denim Demon creates simple workwear-style pieces made for reindeer herding. Patterned knitwear stands out alongside shirts covered in traditional Sami symbols, while corduroy trousers sit with an excellent denim offer that comes in a range of washes. The details are what make each piece special, be they buttons handmade from reindeer horns or rivets embossed with antlers.
Prices: £44 to £120
Contact: 020 3411 7341
Carhartt’s latest Work in Progress and Heritage collections kept buyers buzzing for another season. Standout pieces include a canvas pea coat featuring anchor-symbol buttons and a quilted lining in the brand’s signature orange, a down-filled coat that comes with a permanent wax finish and chinos in a new moleskin fabric.
Prices: £12 to £158
Contact: 020 7033 4098
Mark McNairy puts the fun into footwear, taking iconic classics but updating them with flashes of colour and modern design tweaks. The vibrant cobalt blue sole is the one to watch for autumn 12 across the entire collection, while the crêpe-soled wool desert boot and minimalist stacked-sole brothel creepers catch the eye.
Prices: £75 to £100
REALM & EMPIRE
Now in its second season, Realm & Empire has expanded its range of T-shirts and introduced new outerwear for autumn 12, Drapers’ favourite being the double-breasted pea coat with duffle-style toggle fastenings. The T-shirts still look great. Smart details are key including military-style arm insignia.
Prices: £13 to £27.80
Contact: 01858 466729
SHADES OF GREY
Launched in 2009, this LA-based brand works the preppy look with a twist. Covering many categories, the pick of the pieces includes a smart double-breasted three-piece suit and a cropped duffle coat that comes in a host of patterns including a Navajo-inspired geometric design.
Prices: £20 to £150
Contact: 07778 789019
This is the best winter collection to date from Vanishing Elephant. All the season’s trends are here including flecked and nepped finishes, heritage hunting patches and chunky knitwear. But it’s the eccentric detailing on chinos and shirts that keeps us interested.
Prices: £18 to £130
Contact: 020 3411 7341
It’s a strong season at Weekend Offender, where clarets and khaki greens anchor a collection of smart heritage-inspired streetwear pieces. The premium range, Category A, looks good, with a focus on higher-quality fabrics compared to the core collection.
Prices: £14.71 to £74.07
Contact: 020 3358 0030