Jacket Required 2012 – Part two
So then, here’s the second installment recapping my day at London’s Jacket Required trade show. Although I sent a whopping six hours at the show, unfortunately I didn’t have time to get round absolutely everything and missed an entire room out. Hopefully though, the images in this and the previous post give a good idea of what will be on offer for Autumn/Winter 2012.
So Let’s start with Carhartt WIP. The first thing that hit you when you clapped eyes on their stand was the unbelievably bright orange jacket they had displayed. This ‘blast orange’ is a key colour for next Autumn/Winter and ran through the collection, being seen on knitwear and as linings on jackets. In addition to this was a mix of hard wearing denim and camouflage outerwear, all in Carhartt’s distinctive workwear style.
Next up was Edifice. The Japanese label hasn’t been available on these shores for something like four years, so it was great to see them at the show and hopefully they’ll pick up some UK stockists for next season. Pieces on display included some lovely shirts, more formal items like blazers and waistcoats and a great range of socks. I’ve got quite a few pieces by the brand in my wardrobe and it would be great to have them back over here.
Being Equal are a label I’ve featured a couple of times on the blog and were a brand I was looking forward to seeing up close. The lads didn’t disappoint with some well tailored suiting, graphic T-shirts, colourful chinos and best of all a couple of shirts that were bold in their almost water colour brush stoked glory – again these really stood out amongst everything else at the show. Next season will be their fifth collection and they’re getting better with each one. Definitely ones to watch.
Across from Being Equal was new Menswear label Smith Wykes. Based between London and Paris they’re gearing up for an Autumn/Winter 2012 launch and make some lovely staple pieces with an eye on modern, refined and detail-focused clothing. Featuring a mix of sharp tailoring, well detailed outerwear, fine shirting, knitwear and accessories this is another label I’ll be featuring more of very soon.
Hentsch Man continue to produce well tailored and very wearable Menswear. Next season sees the shirt collection increased with more fabrics, including brushed cotton, denim and bold checks. Tailoring is as sharp as ever, knitwear is in lambswool and detailed with contrast colour on the inside of collars and cuffs. There’s also the odd splash of camouflage too, proving it’s sticking around for at least another six months.
Ma Strum were present with their take on technical apparel in bright tones and a mix of interesting fabrications. They continue to do their own thing, producing quality pieces in the process. Although I only briefly took in the range they had at the show, the production quality stood out, especially the knitted pieces which were chunky and in some great colours.
Moving on, I was met with both a warm greeting and some great footwear at Veras’ stand. Their collection is constantly evolving whilst getting better and broader with each season. Autumn/Winter features a hiking style Monkey boot and a matching low cut version, some refined artisan made trainers, their take on the chukka boot and best of all, a range of simple, lightweight casual shoes in various colours. Well priced. Good looking. What more do you want?
Walking up the stairs and into the next room I went straight to Vanishing Elephant’s stand. Once again they’ve produced a broad collection that delivered loads of pattern and colour. Outerwear was particularly strong with the stand out piece being the camouflage/suede mix parka. Three Over One are a label I like very much and on display here was a range that didn’t disappoint. Florals were the order of the day with a variety of differing patterns sitting on shirts.
Both Sandqvist and Superior Labour had their respective luggage on display, Sandqvist’s navy blue canvas and natural leather pieces were strong and came in the form of rucksacks, messenger bags, overnight bags and iPad/laptop covers. Superior Labour talked me through their unique canvas (which is slowly woven on vintage machines to create a canvas that’s thicker and harder wearing than usual) and the custom options you can have to create a bag unique to you.
Suit and Velour both had stands which were once again full of great clobber, with loads of shirts and jackets to go through and get excited about. Penfield had a massive range on show (the photo’s didn’t come out) with the best piece being a bright orange, down filled and fur trimmed parka, it’s going to be around the £300 mark and trust me, you will want one. Pointer were another brand that I unfortunately didn’t get any shots of but for next season are introducing a range of Northampton produced formal shoes. Great quality. Bench made. Ace.
‘Essentials for Men of the sea’ is the idea behind TwoThirds next collection. The Basque based and surf-inspired label’s next range is full of apparel perfect for those that spend their days by the sea. With nautical reference running through everything from shirts to knitwear and jackets, this ethical brand had loads of great pieces on display. Another new label were Bantam – Indian made cotton canvas bags in a variety of shapes and sizes by the guys behind Bedouin, expect to see a lot more of them next year.
A heritage brand if ever there was one, William Fox and Sons have been in business for nearly 100 years. They had an array of beautiful knitwear in differing weights, marls and styles at the show and also a range of brightly coloured ruck sacks. For those that like their boots Danner had a great selection on display and the bullet-proof quality was more than apparent. Even though their introduction into the UK has only been recent I’d be surprised if they hadn’t picked up a lot of custom at the show.
Since starting only a few season’s back, Percival’s collection of brilliant UK produced Menswear has steadily been gaining the kind of recognition it deserves. Next season sees the brand step things up even further with a large selection that includes yet more shirts, some great knitted pieces and outerwear made from Sheepskin and British Millerain – Autumn/Winter 2012 looks to be yet another strong showing by them.
Last but not least are Alan Paine. Since doing a post on them last month I was keen to get a look at the range and was met with bright knitwear and lots of tweed, both of which I’m partial to. It’s all made perfectly and out of cracking materials and you can’t really ask more than that. Lovely stuff. So that brings me to the end of my round-up, roll on next season’s!
For more information on all of the brands that were displaying at the show, go to the website here:Jacket Required.