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Vintage and sports-inspired looks were among the influences showcased by menswear labels in Shoreditch


Workwear-inspired brand Carhartt delivers a slimmer silhouette for spring 12 across its mainline T-shirts, Japanese denim, shirts and shorts, with added details such as corduroy collars. In the Carhartt Heritage line, key looks include a reworked camouflage version of a classic US chore coat, with bartack stitching.

Prices: £10 to £88.50

Contact: 020 7033 4098

Chevignon Togs

Vintage US sportswear is the inspiration for spring 12 at French brand Chevignon Togs.

At the core of the collection are all-over print polos, contrast raglan-sleeved loop-back French jersey hoodies and lightweight swimwear. The palette is bright, with greens and pinks standing out.

Prices: £20 to £40

Contact: 020 7033 6718


British outerwear brand Cro’Jack’s spring 12 offer features a lightweight blazer inspired by a traditional hunting jacket, with details including a cartridge pocket, and a fitted green wet wax cotton gunner jacket with five pockets and a tartan lining. The brand has also introduced shirting, which includes chambray and two-fold cotton fabrics.

Prices: £56 to £170

Contact: 01902 711823


For spring 12, Dockers builds on its more casual range, Alpha Khakis, by adding six more colours to the chino range, which features a sturdy jeans-like construction. Its Alpha Premium range has a 1960s beatnik look featuring a muted palette of khaki, grey and blue. The collection also includes a washed-out chambray shirt and Oxford shirts.

Prices: £32 to £199

Contact: 07815 956293


Swedish brand Dunderdon offers commercial, workwear-inspired pieces in lightweight fabrics. The collection includes a hunter-style parka with drawstring and a waxed canvas and cotton coat, a ventile jacket and Japanese Kurabo denim jeans, while basics include chinos, sweatshirts and T-shirts, all in earthy tones including navy and camel.

Prices: £16 to £160

Contact: 07802 301797


A vintage influence informs Garbstore’s spring 12 offering. The brand has reworked classic looks such as French peasants’ chinos, which are available in both pale blue and purple, and sweatshirts that reference 1950s gymwear.

The collection also includes a parka with wooden toggles, and a two yarn-spun knitted V-neck jumper.

Prices: £30 to £200

Contact: 020 7792 4758

Modern Classics by Ben Sherman

Modern Classics by Ben Sherman is a concise collection that features the brand’s patent Oxford shirting fabric, and a muted, washed-out palette. Standout looks include a sunset tangerine-coloured coat and a classic fine-gauge knitted polo.

Prices: £20 to £96

Contact: 020 3411 7341/42


Lightweight waxed jackets in bright colours such as green and blue, and two-tone nylon versions catch the eye at Penfield. The collection has a nautical feel, with Breton-style T-shirts, chambray shirting, shorts with a rope draw-string detail and a slim-fit chino available in burgundy or pale blue. Shorts, footwear and bags are also on offer.

Prices: £8 to £66

Contact: 020 7720 5050

Shades of Grey

Preppy brand Shades of Grey, which launched for autumn 11, embraces the nautical, safari and of course preppy trends for spring 12. The collection features floral safari jackets and short-sleeved shirts, heavy cotton sweatshirts, slim-fit chinos and shorts in white, dusky blue, khaki, bright green, red and electric blue.

Prices: £14 to £105

Contact: 07778 789019


Danish menswear brand Suit’s spring 12 range includes nautical influences and fisherman-style jackets with contrasting buttons and fabrics. The classic, wearable looks include a two-tone waxed cotton jacket in navy and mustard with a peaked hood, a striped fleck cotton T-shirt, lightweight linen jackets, pinstripe linen shorts and chinos.

Prices: £8.50 to £59.99

Contact: 020 3411 7341/42


Colourful, nautical-inspired looks are the order of the day at Swedish brand Velour. Key pieces include lightweight multicoloured shirting, stripy T-shirts, carrot‑shaped chinos, and a lightweight oversized reverse-dyed sweater with purple elbow patches. Some pieces use interesting construction techniques, such as a jumper with foam wrapped inside the cotton to retain heat.

Prices: ¤18 (£16) to ¤138 (£122)

Contact: 020 3411 7341/42


Maharishi’s spring 12 collection contrasts modern technical fabrics with natural materials in olive and black, accented with flashes of orange and blue. Standout pieces include a sporty bomber jacket with cargo net mesh panelling. Maharishi uses natural fibres and recycled military pieces across its collection.

Prices: £12 to £220

Contact: 020 7287 0566

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