The past week saw the 10th edition of Jacket Required, a premium menswear tradeshow, exhibiting over 300 collections of premium product for the modern man. Located within the Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch. The show aims to continue its ethos of showcasing and curating the best that Menswear brands from around the world for a slew of international buyers.
The show itself was vast and the array of product nigh on overwhelming. Everything was of the highest quality and attention to detail and build quality was pretty much a given.
Key trends for A/W2016 seemed to be tailoring and Wool Suits… a lot of wool was on display from the likes of Pike Brothers and Penfield. As was tailored sweatsuits and sweatshirts. Military hued clothes in fact military tailoring in general seemed to be on a lot of racks this year from the ever versatile MA-1 flight jacket to Peacoats and everything in between.
Fujito from Japan caught my eye with their take on relaxed menswear. The quality of fleece used for the sweats was ridiculously soft and I fell in love with their Denim look sweat pants and tops. Also the soft shell multi pocket jacket had me ready to part with some money there and then. Hopefully they will get the right distribution as i think they have a good future ahead of them.
Another brand who caught my attention was Flistfia, Cut, Sewn and made in Japan these guys seem to be very much about everyday wear but with a slightly more vintage aesthetic about them. Again Wool Suits and tailoring was a big part of what had to show.
Schott USA has reworked one of their best sellers, The peacoat into a slightly less boxy style and gone for a wealth of colours to showcase this more tailored silhouette. There were a lot of takes on the double breasted overcoat but this still remains one of the best. At least 3 of these will be mine.
Indigofera Prima Jeans out of Stockholm derive quality and attention to detail from the 50s and 60s. They source the majority of fabrics woven specifically for the brand in limited quantities, Indigofera work closely with European, American and Japanese mills to keep this its immediate focus. We spotted a great hybrid Denim jacket and almost ran off with their premium 12oz Jeans.
Footwear was all about suede and classic silhouettes. New kids on the block Zespa showed us their premium frenchmade trainers with very nice tonal embellishments in various skins and colours. Padmore and Barnes showed us their new one piece chukka for the winter and it is beautiful (we weren’t allowed to take pics) You’ll just have to take our word for it. Their counter parts at Clarks continue to push the Weaver and Trigenic models in new loud multi coloured affairs. Native continue to take the Apollo chukka to new heights with treated wool and Vibram outsoles.
Technical Jackets are still very en vogue also and this one by 7L almost made me scream out loud.
Start saving those pennies people, the following winter is going to be an expensive one.