Gibson London’s autumn winter 09 collection features its trademark mix of slim fitting tailoring and mod styling. This season, paisley style prints and penny round collars feature on shirts. There are also waistcoats with lapels and dogtooth patterns on suiting and coats are adding to the mix.
Sharp tailoring in subtlety fitted styles, and featuring the signature purple stitching on cuff button holes, gives the brand its USP. Purples and berry tones are strong across the collection, with paisley shirt prints also a winner. Other shirts styles include small epaulets and matching inside linings and cuffs. A dogtooth blazer with purple felt collars is a key piece
The brand has raided its archives to create a more contemporary casual shirt-focused line with quirky detailing including popper buttons and faux suede collars. The range, based more on individual pieces than an overall look, features gold logos and other gold detailing, with colours ranging from brighter to more toned down. A double buttoned cardigan is a key piece.
Ben Sherman’s first range under new distributor BMB splits the range into three. Standard cuts and more mainstream colour palettes feature in the City fit range, while 1SB and 2SB jackets and the brand’s sharp tailored mod roots come to the fore in the King’s fit suits. The new Camden fit targets the more trend-led customer with dog tooth and tonic fabrics used on tailoring. Branding across the ranges has been toned down a little, while the use of satin finishes and 100% wool fabrics help the brand to target a more top end independent store customer. Prices are £69-£80 on suiting. 020 7268 0020
Camel Active’s core collection maintains its rugged great outdoors styling with biker style leather and cotton jackets, denim and jersey tops. Polo and rugby tops feature autumn’s key purples and berry colours. On trend check shirts in reds, blues and greens with popper buttons fit are a natural fit for the brand’s look. Chunky cable knits and quilted jackets with patch pockets are also stand out pieces. Prices £8 for t-shirts to £28 for knits and jackets from £60. 0161 234 0999.
Bruno St Hilaire
For autumn 09, Bruno St Hilaire’s mainstream smart casual look includes more of its technical innovation additions to its core product. Thermalite jackets showcases temperature control features while remaining everyday wearable. An expanded outerwear collection includes a duffle coat with detachable hood, and soft unstructured jacket with collar fastening details. Check shirts, stripey and merino knitwear also feature. Prices are £21-£24 for shirts and £55-£80 for coats. 0800 912 9896. Mob 07831 178009.
Contemporary styling, pared down looks with blues, purples and black are strong themes for Matinique. Autumn’s requisite checks are present in a variety of configurations including large oversize checks. Shirts also feature shoulder button details and skinny collars. Brighter colour shirts are teamed with darker jackets including a corduroy suit. A side buttoning duffle is Matinique’s take on the autumn staple, while a soft leather jackets add a touch of luxury. Colours are blues, greys, purple. Codruoy suit is £110, and £140 for soft leather jacket. 020 8875 5824.
Classic work wear and heavy flannels and vintage classic pieces characterise this brands’ collection for autumn 09. Layered looks including heavy cotton shirts over vintage style sweat tops and t-shirts are key. Standout pieces include parka, and flannel check shirt/jacket with large patch pockets. Shirts: £20, and jeans £30 and jackets £60. T-shirts £10-£12. 01928 711073.
Gabicci Vintage merinofine and poly mix knits in a broad variety of colours from more directional light pinks and blues to deep wines and blacks. Other key items are retro polo tops with patch pockets and jumbo corduroy trousers, as well as the brand’s tie up with Gloverall for its duffle coats. 01422 233700.