Menswear Brands to Look Out For This Autumn/Winter
Once the statutory news stories on Indian Summers are out the way for the foreseeable future, sadly so too are the shorts and sandals. It’s time to brush off that winter jacket and unleash your knitwear for the upcoming seasons.
You can always find a little bit of extra space in that wardrobe for new cold weather additions to add to your trusted favourites though, right? Here we take a look at a few brands where we feel your hard earned cash would be well spent.
Beams Plus may be a name that is new to a fair few of us here, having only started appearing in UK stores fairly recently.
However, in its homeland of Japan, Beams are a long established powerhouse with some 150 odd stores stocking numerous elite labels. Their sub-brand Beams Plus represents their own voyage into menswear, and it’s top drawer.
The influences shift effortlessly between military and Americana, with subtle differences to give it individuality and edge.
Think boxy pleated trousers that sit straddle smart and casual, retro panelled cardigans and poppy striped tees.
The prices aren’t as crazy as a lot of Japanese brands and it’s getting easier to get your hands on some Beams Plus - Goodhood and End are just two of the UK stockists offering their gear.
Along a similar thread (no pun intended) to the aforementioned Beams Plus is Frizmworks. Hailing from Korea and only formed in 2010 by a college student, it’s caused a big stir in a relatively short period of time.
Again, Frizmworks borrows influences from vintage Stateside as well as militaria and workwear but it’s a little more bold. Think Carhartt-esque collegiate style lettering and big print tees alongside smocks and pleated sweatpants.
The whole collection manages to be very wearable but also look stylish and considered, with oversized silhouettes and premium fabrics.
Some of the pieces are pretty well priced for the quality - the one tuck chinos are a great option at £80.
There are still relatively few UK stockists at this moment, but the roster is ever-growing. Hipstore and The Great Divide are two places which have a good range.
If, like me, you struggle to say so long to the sunshine then California-based General Admission’s laid back surfer-y styling may be just what the doctor ordered.
Relative newcomers to the menswear scene, they’ve become known for their punchy graphic tees and sweats as well as the elevated fabrics used on their chino’s, shirt jackets and hats.
Their fits look cool but not try hard and there’s a fun, laid back element to their offering not dissimilar to more illustrious streetwear brands such as Patta or Stüssy.
As a brand they like to use the work of artist friends to add individuality and have recently branched out into handmade homewares. They’re definitely one to keep an eye on.
UK stockists include Hipstore, Goodhood and Pegg & Sons.
It seems like every year the collection from Nike’s outdoorsy sub-label ACG (All Conditions Gear) just gets better and better. This one is no different.
Technical fabrics are teamed with vibrant colours, patterns and designs to bridge the gap between hardcore adventure gear and streetwear.
There’s something for every eventuality here - anything with “Therma-FIT” is designed to keep you toasty in the cold, “Dri-FIT” means quick drying and moisture wicking for exercise and “Storm-FIT” aims to be both water and wind proof.
Throw in some Gore-Tex here and there, a healthy dose of recycled materials, playful artworks and retro trail ready footwear and you’ve got a winning formula.
Nottingham based Universal Works made their name with top notch workwear jackets but now offer so more.
They come into their own in Autumn/Winter with a superb selection of boiled wool cardigans, plaid shirts, tweed jackets and loose thick twill pants.
These guys make Winter layering a piece of cake, throw more on the colder it gets and it just gets better. Car coat over gilet over shirt jacket over sweatshirt over tee never looked so good.
Their colours are always on point too, meaning that most of their pieces slot together simply and effectively. Ideal for guys who like to look good but not spend too much time doing so, which is probably most of us.
This time around there seems to be a lot of navy, beige, yellow and orange and we’re here for it.