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Stitch - Spring 12

Colourful polos and shorts, heritage pieces and graphic prints topped the buying list at the menswear show.

Beck & Hersey

Beck & Hersey takes the resort trend in a new direction for spring 12 with a collection of picture postcard-themed men’s T-shirts.

The T-shirts feature bold prints in pastel colours including orange, yellow and peach, and depict illustrated scenes set in European destinations. Striped V-neck T-shirts with panelling are also on offer.

Prices: £12 to £55

Contact: 0161 236 6122


Menswear and womenswear brand Brutus, which was renowned in the 1970s for its check shirts, has raided its archive and reworked the styles for its spring 12 collection. With 17 styles for men, the pinch-neck, trim-fit range features long and short-sleeved shirts with button-down collars, and checks including gingham and heritage tartan.

Prices: £20 to £22

Contact: 07767 787857

Fruit of the Loom

Bright yellow, blue and pink are key in Fruit of the Loom’s spring 12 collection, called Born in the USA. Short-sleeved tops remain the focus with nautical T-shirts, polo shirts, and new shapes including the Tulsa cowl-neck tee in fabrics such as lightweight and heavyweight jerseys, slub single jersey and French terry.

Prices: £4 to £13.50

Contact: 01952 682900


The brand’s mod heritage is an essential theme at Lambretta for spring 12, with standout pieces including retro cycling tops emblazoned with the brand’s logo, micro-gingham button-down shirts with woven trims and shirts with double collars.

A collaboration with reggae music label Trojan is new for the season.

Prices: £7.90 to £35.25

Contact: 020 8799 7900

Lou Molloy

Tattooist Lou Molloy, who counts footballer David Beckham among his clients, made his Stitch debut this season. T-shirts come in white and neutral shades and feature prints of his tattoo designs. Molloy has also collaborated with knitwear brand John Smedley for part of the range, which features cardigans, jumpers and polo shirts.

Prices: £12 to £52

Contact: 01625 441800


Key looks from mod-inspired young fashion brand Merc’s spring 12 collection include check, floral paisley, and coloured spots on shirts in a washed Oxford cloth with a floral-print trim. Summer shorts with a Prince of Wales check, graphic-print polo shirts with coloured tipping, and macs also feature.

Prices: £8 to £100

Contact: 020 7495 8538

Nicholas Deakins

Nicholas Deakins delivers a terrace and military-inspired collection for spring 12, which includes coats, semi-technical fabrics and garment-dyed fleece. The footwear offering includes the brand’s popular leather vulcs and moccasins which feature Vibram rubber outsoles.

Prices: £14.81 to £50

Contact: 0113 244 6875

Original Penguin

US menswear brand Original Penguin plays on its heritage in its spring 12 collection, which features 1950s-style prints, floral shirts and polo shirts trimmed with gingham and chambray. The brand has responded to demand for swimwear as daywear with a pair of turquoise shorts featuring small prints of its penguin logo.

Prices: £9.60 to £65

Contact: 020 7580 9167

Pretty Green

Now in its fifth season, eye-catching styles in Pretty Green’s spring 12 collection include a three-pocket polar hoodie with oversized buttons and a leather trim, trend-led Breton-style T-shirts, a heavy loop-back fleece that references 1950s gymwear, a T-shirt made from a fluoro-slub jersey, and chinos in colours including grey and pale blue.

Prices: £16 to £96

Contact: 07903 255298


Italian pump brand Superga has diversified from its core 2750 trainer for spring 12. Responding to the trend for chinos that are worn rolled-up at the ankle, Superga has launched its 2950 style (pictured) for men and women. It is less bulky and features a slimmer silhouette, which complements a chino. Styles come in a wealth of colours including cobalt blue and green.

Prices: £16.67 to £20

Contact: 07506 748728

Weekend Offender

Chinos join streetwear brand Weekend Offender’s collection for the first time in spring 12. The vintage-inspired chinos and shorts come in a heavy twill. Also on offer are carbon-finished sweatshirts, penny-collar shirts, Nordic cagoules, and micro-check long-sleeved lightweight cotton summer shirts.

Prices: £10 to £48.14

Contact: 01332 342068

Ze & Findi

Bright colours are prominent in Ze & Findi’s spring 12 collection. The range includes an array of men’s suits in lightweight linens

with check patterns in blue, pink, green and yellow. Jeans, belts, bags, boat shoes,

sandals and Olympic-themed polo shirts also feature.

Prices: £12.99 to £69.99

Contact: 020 8855 7075

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