Smart selections from out resident fashion experts Aaron and Reuben Christian. Fancy a pair of handmade Chelsea boots?
Percival’s quiet storm
From GQ to Monocle, Percival have been turning top editors’ heads since the brand was founded in 2010. So, how is a young, British brand that doesn’t shout about itself getting noticed by all the right people? The simple truth is that their aesthetics are bang on, mixing classic British heritage fabrics in modern silhouettes. Their intimate flagship (and only) store is located on Berwick Street, Central London and is well worth a peek.
Kin is king
Who'd have thought we'd be recommending something from resolutely sensible department store John Lewis? Well, we're rather keen on Kin - a more design-led label than many of their usual lines. Focusing on simple pieces, minimal design and high quality fabrics, Kin straddles the line between classic and modern style. And as a brand it's still a bit of a secret, meaning that no one will know where your new and beautiful pieces are from.
Good buys for your eyes
Catch & Release
is one of London’s best-kept secrets when it comes to vintage eyewear. Located on Redchurch Street, it’s about the size of our kitchen with frames lining the shelves and the cupboards beneath them. Vintage frames are a perfect way to make your overall look that much more bespoke and styles from Ralph Lauren in a classic tortoise shell would be our tip for this autumn.
AESOP: The fabled skin saver
Established in Melbourne in 1987, Aesop launched with a quest to create a range of products for the skin, hair and body using plant-based ingredients of the highest calibre. Their focus on quality natural products hasn’t changed a bit since. We're huge fans of their men's range, with the Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum a particular favourite for guaranteeing the most stress-free of shaves. With stores located in Shoreditch, Notting Hill and Covent Garden; they've got all the main spots covered.
If the shoe fits…
When we were young there was nothing we hated more than wearing formal shoes. Fast forward a decade and both of our smart footwear collections are now rather vast. Brogues, Derbies, Oxfords, Loafers, Deck Shoes, you name it! The one that we found difficult to nail was the Chelsea Boot - but not any longer. Step up David Preston. Boot making is an art form and his pieces are magnum opuses for feet. Comfortable and stylish with clean lines and robust manufacturing, these are boots for all occasions. The best thing is - they get better with age. Put a pair on and your feet will thank you.
If Jay-Z wears it…
A recent photo of Jay-Z belly flopping into the ocean has been doing the rounds on the net. While it wasn’t the veteran rapper’s finest moment, his one saving grace was the Orlerbar swim shorts he chose for the occasion. Founded in London by Adam Brown, a former photographer, the brand provides a fresh take on swimwear. The shorts have a tailored feel to them and come in a range of statement prints.