Over the course of two days, Jacket Required returned to its original East London home, taking in the labyrinth of white washed rooms over two floors at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch.
Despite its relative infancy the show has continued to grow and is now a fixture in the menswear industry calendar, playing host to 200 of the biggest brands from across the globe with each label showcasing what they have in store for the coming season.
We’ve picked out the best bits of the AW14 show, with some familiar names and a few new ones for you.
Anyone who says a grown man shouldn’t get visibly excited by technical jackets on wooden stands is plain daft. Just look at Edmund Hillary’s AW14 offerings and try not to. They’re ethical to boot as well, made using recycled, organic and natural fabrics. The update on the cagoule Sir Edmund is often seen pictured in on his way to the summit of Everest is quite simply brilliant. Granted your exploratory feats may only extend to finally sourcing those halogen light bulbs for the porch you’ve been after for the past month, but, you can pretend otherwise.
The red down jacket (pictured above) got us equally as animated, a real stand out jacket. The string ties are a great subtle feature. It’s smart enough to accompany a suit yet equally at home with a casual outfit.
Think you’ve got enough over shirts? Well I’d like to introduce Dobson. A new name for you, specialising in nothing other than the most handsome over shirts known to man. Bold statement I know, but just look at them and try to find something superior, you’ll have a job. For AW14 Dobson will have two styles, both 100% pure wool with elegant horn buttons, internal and external pockets and internal cotton trims. There’s a year of origin label also, which is a wonderful little touch for the clothing anoraks amongst you.
The attaché case, the preserve of old men with a little too much ear hair who still think Thatcher is in power? Maybe not. London Saddlery have rebooted Uncle Nigel’s workmate and given the attaché case a contemporary look. The British leather cases come in a variety of bold colours and are available in two sizes. Great aesthetically and really functional. Inside, the detachable compartments are tailored for the modern man so you’ll be able to house your i-Pad and various accoutrements in an orderly fashion.
Swedish brand, Elvine’s coats for AW14 are equally as good as last years. Functional, fairly priced and easy on the eye. My favourite was this rather stylish raincoat, a collaboration with Grundéns. 100% wind and waterproof, not sure about flood proof though, you’ll have to find that one out.
The G9 has changed a bit over the last couple of years since Baracuta were bought by WP Lavori. For the better I’d say, they’re now slimmer but still identifiable as a blouson. The outer is now water repellent and the inner, coolmax lined. For AW14 there’s some great new colours, the blue G9 was the pick for me.
Danish wet weather bashers, Rains had this quite brilliant fully waterproof bag. Highly functional yet not compromising on style, marvellous if having a wet holdall isn’t your thing.