As of 22 September, autumn will officially be here but, thanks to the thoroughly unpredictable British climate, you’re going to need your new season wardrobe much earlier than that. And if the thought of digging out last year’s worn chinos and threadbare sweaters seems thoroughly depressing after a summer in which it’s been practically impossible to invest in new pieces, we’ve got some good news for you. We’ve curated an edit of our favourite new season pieces from some great independent brands and we’re offering you the chance to win the entire selection, worth over £2,500. Here’s what’s on offer…
Luca Faloni Cashmere Cable Knit Sweater
A timeless sweater is the cornerstone of any cool weather wardrobe and Luca Faloni does some of the finest. Knitted in Italy using 100% two ply cashmere from the prestigious Cariaggi Fine Yarns Collection, its elegant navy hue makes it incredibly versatile.
Sunspel Underwear Set
When was the last time you invested in some really good underwear? Been a while, hasn’t it. Specialising in creating the ultimate, wear forever and anywhere basics, Sunspel’s range of boxers, briefs and undershirts are a real revelation. Once you’ve tried them you’ll never go back.
Crockett & Jones Shannon boots
Crockett & Jones may be best known for its high quality Oxfords and Derbys but it also does a fine line in wet weather appropriate boots as well. Modelled on the brand’s last 375, the hiking-inspired Shannon design features a chunky Vibram lightweight cleated sole and is finished in dark brown suede. It’s a brilliant addition to your weekend look.
Bennett Winch Weekender
Crisp autumn days are ideal for UK city breaks so your new season wardrobe is going to need to include a good weekend bag – and we’ve found the best. The Weekender from British brand Bennett Winch is perfectly sized for a few days away and includes thoughtful, practical touches such as a padded laptop sleeve, pockets and interior compartments.
North-89 No-2 Weatherproof Sneakers
Every man loves sneakers but we all know suede and canvas are not the best choices for sudden showers and drizzly days. Step in North-89 and its weatherproof No-2 trainer. Its classic silhouette is couple with a memory foam insole, showerproof upper and rubble sole for superior comfort and style. “Finally, we’ve managed to find a smart trainer brand that is both reasonably priced and produces products that stand the test of time,” says deputy editor Jonathan Wells.
Ettinger Capra Folio
Heading back to the office for the first time in months? This is your chance to up your weekday style game. Start with your accessories – Ettinger’s Capra folio is crafted in the UK from fine goat leather and lined in a soft jacquard fabric to keep your documents and tech safe. As Wells says, “Ettinger is the real deal, simply put. Family-owned, made in Britain and boasting products that will last long beyond your lifetime, Ettinger is everything you should look for when investing in style.”
Floris Leather Oud Eau de Parfum
“There are very few brands that has a heritage like Floris’, and it is clear to see that several centuries of innovation have led to some of the best aftershaves and grooming products you can buy,” says the GJ team. So put those sparkling, citrus scents away. The nights are drawing in, the mercury is lowering and it’s time for something altogether more spicy and warming. Blending notes of leather and oud with a heart of geranium and a woody base, Floris’ Leather Oud scent is masculine and sophisticated.
Heath skincare set
Heath makes modern skincare products specifically designed for the urban man. With a range comprising everything from daily moisturisers and face washes to post-shave balms and eye serums, every product is formulated to fight the effects of pollution and keep skin soft and hydrated using fine, natural ingredients – and we’ve got the whole set to give away.
Rubirosa Joan 001 Sneakers
Named for that most infamous of playboys, Porfirio Rubirosa, this Italian’s brands sneaker are the worst kept secret among the world’s most elegant men. Handmade in Italy using luxurious calf leather, the Joan 001 design features a sporty silhouette and brogue detailing. Better yet, they’re climate positive.
Sir Plus Navy Chore Jacket
Inspired by the classic French workwear design, autumn essentials don’t come much more versatile than Sirplus’s chore jacket. Made in England from 100% cotton twill, this durable piece is one you’ll turn to for years to come – and wear with everything you own.
Cubitts Herbrand Sunglasses
Summer may be over but autumn sunshine means a great pair of sunglasses still deserve a place in your autumn accessories wardrobe. The circular shape of the lenses on Cubitts’ Herbrand design is universally flattering while the all-over black tone looks great whatever the season.
Mr Marvis The Blackjacks Trousers
You’ve been wearing Mr Marvis’ shorts all summer long and, now the weather is cooling, you’re not sure you can face going back to restrictive trousers. Well we have good news. Mr Marvis also does an excellent line in trousers and we’re huge fans of The Blackjack – a stretch cotton design that is light, soft and supremely comfortable.
Turnbull & Asser Cotton Shirt
The second thing you need to upgrade before you return to the office? Your shirts. The perfect white shirt is an elusive thing but Turnbull & Asser, that storied Jermyn Street shirtmaker, has mastered the art. This classic cut cotton shirt features a three-button cuff and signature Turnbull & Asser collar that is just the thing to take your suit to the next level.
The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
As the nights draw in and the weather cools, it’s time to pack away those bottles of rosé and Aperol for another year and crack out the whisky. Our bottle of choice? The Glenlivet’s 18-year-old single malt Scotch, of course. With a nose of rich fruit and toffee, it’s full of citrus and winter spice flavours with a long raisin finish – perfection.
Jack Davison three-piece suit
Founded by Jack Stammer and Will Davison, who met while training at Thom Sweeney, Jack Davison specialises in bringing the bespoke and made-to-measure expertise of Savile Row to the City. Combining modern cuts with traditional techniques, its classic three-piece suit is a must for every man’s wardrobe
Asket washed denim jeans
Hate buying jeans? Us too. Luckily once you’ve got a pair of Asket’s Japanese denim pairs it will be a long time before you need to buy more – because, thanks to Asket’s sustainability ethos, they’re designed to last for years. Crafted from 100% cotton twill Japanese denim, they’re traceable, environmentally friendly and mould to your body over time meaning they just get better with age.
The Magnum Company Perrin Reserve Côtes du Rhône 2015
Okay, so wine might not technically be part of your wardrobe but every gent should have a few good bottles stashed away for impromptu dinner parties. Our tipple of this choice? This fine 2015 Côtes du Rhône from the Famille Perrin estate. A blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre grapes, it’s lively, fruity and spicy with a nose of red fruits. We’ve got a case of magnums and a case of standard size bottle from The Magnum Company to give away.
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