You spent all winter dreaming about it. The perfect swim shorts to wear by the pool. That soft polo short for weekend walks. The perfect linen shirt for warm Casual Fridays. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and shopping for your dream spring/summer wardrobe became, well, practically impossible.
We can’t tell you what the future holds. Will you be going to Italy in July? Will you still be the best man at your friend’s wedding in August? We wish we knew. What we can do, however, is help you be prepared for any eventuality – at least sartorially. 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 £2000. Here’s what’s on offer…
Awling braided leather belt
An often overlooked yet utterly essential accessory, Awling was founded in 2017 to give belts the love and care they deserve. Made in England using quality vegetable-died cowhide, this braided belt is the perfect companion to jeans, chinos or suit trousers
Emma Willis linen shirt
No summer wardrobe is complete without a great linen shirt and Jermyn Street-based shirtmaker Emma Willis does some of the finest. In its workshop, Emma Willis combines traditional English shirt making techniques with high-quality materials to create designs that span the range of your wardrobe needs. Made from Italian linen and finished with mother-of-pearl buttons, this is the shirt your summer work wardrobe is missing – and we’ll even throw in a pair of Willis’ great boxer shorts to match.
Scarosso Ludovico loafers
Founded in Italy in 2009, Scarosso creates classic footwear with a true European elegance and sensibility. Hand-crafted in supple suede with a flexible rubber sole, these Ludovico loafers are the perfect smart-casual shoe.
Sunspel Riviera polo shirt
Originally tailored specifically for Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale, Sunspel’s Riviera design is the classic polo shirt upgraded. Minimalist and flattering, it is cut slim from a lightweight cotton mesh which is both breathable and supremely soft.
Beaufort & Blake rugby shirt
Initially founded to bring military-inspired dress shirts to the masses, Beaufort & Blake has now become an essential for everyday menswear – and its rugby shirts are a case in point. Sporting a classic stripe design and contrast collar and cuffs, this peached cotton rugby shirt will be your new weekend go-to.
Frescobol Carioca chinos
Yes, you probably already have a pair of black chinos in your wardrobe – but you don’t have a pair of Frescobol Carioca black chinos in your wardrobe. Which means you’re missing out. Built on the brand’s expertise in tailored swimwear, they’re made from a lightweight cotton with a flattering tapered leg and are the perfect answer to the smart casual conundrum.
Crockett & Jones Richmond II loafers
One day we will all return to the office – and after all this time away it will pay to put your best foot forward. Specifically, we’d advise, in a pair of Crockett & Jones’ Richmond II loafers. This classic penny loafer is made from a rich tobacco-hued suede and features the brand’s signature City rubber sole for maximum durability.
Luca Faloni Panarea linen shorts
Even if you’re not traditionally a fan of baring your legs we think Luca Faloni’s finely tailored shorts may be enough to convince you otherwise. Crafted in the brand’s native Italy using a premium cotton-linen blend, they sit comfortably just above the knee and are versatile enough to be worn with a T-shirt to the beach or with a button-down in the city.
Czech & Speake Villa Ausonia
What is a new season without a new fragrance? Czech & Speake’s Villa Ausonia is the quintessential summer scent thanks to its blend of fresh oceanic notes, inspired by the breeze coming from the Atlantic in South West France, and woody hints of pine forests warming in the sun’s rays. Paradise.
Artknit Studios eco-cashmere sweater
Sustainability is something that Italian knitwear brand Artknit Studios takes seriously – and we’re all for a wardrobe that makes us feel as good as we look. This eco-cashmere sweater is created from fibres sourced from the surplus of Italy’s industrial cashmere manufacturers and feels just like premium virgin cashmere – but at a hugely reduced cost to the environment.
Ripa Ripa Amalfi swim shorts
Perhaps we’re being optimistic but we firmly believe that no summer wardrobe, even one from summer 2020, is complete without a pair of swim shorts. And, even if you only use them to sunbathe in your back garden, we also believe that Ripa Ripa make some of the best. Made from quick drying, cotton-feel fabric and tailored for a more elegant look, these Amalfi design will make you feel like your on holiday even if you’re stuck at home.
Unseen Footwear Clement sneakers
We don’t know about you but we’ve never been huge fans of sandals on men so, when you need something more casual than a loafer, a good pair of summer sneakers is called for. Founded to offer minimalist trainers for those who aren’t partial to bold logos, Unseen Footwear’s Clement sneakers are made from butter soft Italian suede with a leather lining and supple rubber sole to see you through the season in style.
So, from shoes and scents to chinos and knitwear, if you want to be in with a chance of winning your new summer wardrobe simply fill out the form below by 28 May 2020. Good luck!