If you're like me, and I'm sorry if you are, then you'll constantly be seeing clothes either online or in the real life shops that you'd love to own but just can't justify splashing out on. If you're also like me, then you'll make a mental note of these items or even keep a list somewhere, so should they still be knocking about come sales time you might be able to get your hands on them at a knock down price. Now, here for you, dear Sabotage Times reader, is my list, pulled from both my desk drawer and my mind within my head, is my winter list.
Winter of course allows for an ace choice of clothing opportunities. Hats, gloves, big jackets, chunky knits, it's a very exciting time. Some of these pieces I may buy, some I may already own by the time you're reading this, and some may remain elusively out of touch. But all, I don't care if you agree, look pretty good.
Gant long sleeved shirt
Gant's shirts are great. Practical, well made, durable and ideal if you're a fan of the preppy look. Without getting all Trinny and Susanna, the advantage of a shirt with a few colours on is you can match it with loas of different jumpers, jackets or trainers. I've got a few of these already but you can never have too many.
What can you say about Clarks? Classic shoes, comfy and they look good. These are reissues of their popular 70s walking shoes, with none of the fussiness of modern shoes. I really do need to grab either, if not both of these pairs soon.
Ma.Strum Sniper Torch Jacket
Ma.Strum seem to be carrying the torch the Massimo Osti lit and follow very much in the Stone Island (that's well past its best) mould. Innovative, technical, all that carry on. Just a great looking jacket that combines the summer Torch Jacket - that I do own - and the Sniper jacket, into one great winter jacket.
Great for walking the dog along the canal, rambling up to Top Withensor an away trip to the uncovered terrace at Stockport on a miserable January Tuesday night. The Timberland Eurohiker is a classic. Forget the current crop of fashion hiking boots, these are the real thing and less than half the price. Bloody comfy too.
Ma.Strum Defense Carbon Slub Military Parka
Yes, another Ma.Strum jacket. Probably the best looking one they've done but I'd be hard pressed to chose between this and the Sniper/Torch jacket given the choice.Everything I like about a winter jacket, and at the moment, at least, you're not going to see many around.
DS Dundee Etttick Shooting Jacket
Something a bit different this. A highland check shooting jacket from DS Dundee. I love tweed and country looking stuff. I've a similar jacket in cord but would love to own this.
DS Dundee Rutherford Wax Jacket
My second DS Dundee pick on the wishlist. Waxed cotton, poacher's pocket, 'hand warmer' pockets and a nifty detachable sheepskin collar. I really like the look of this. A bit of a twist on the traditional wax jacket.
Ralph Lauren Shawl cardigan
A winter warmer this. Ideal to go over the top of the Gant shirts. It's not cheap but this Ralph Lauren cardigan is thick heavyweight wool, so it's not going to be.
Nigel Cabourn Everest Parka
This Nigel Cabourn parka has been all over the internet recently a) because at £1600 it bloody expensive, and b) because it looks the business. 'A replica of the jacket created for Sir Edmund Hilary's ascent of Mount Everest'if I had a choice of any coat to own this winter, it would probably be this one. Matching crampons would be a bonus.
Barbour Utility Lambswool Cardigan
Bit of a cheaper option that the RL cardigan but with all the durability that comes with Barbour. OK, so Barbour jackets have been killed off in the last couple of years by the skinny jean types but the knitwear is still just as good.
Norrona Bobble hat
Norrona make some of the best practical outerwear around. Proper outerwear, the kind of stuff Ray Mears wears to forage for edible tubers in some Scandinavian forest. I've got a few Norrona jackets and I'm a big fan of the bobble hat, therefore I want one of these.
Mulberry rabbit fur gloves
Fur is ace, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Mulberry's soft leather, rabbit fur lined gloves are great for winter, keep your hands toasty and leave them feeling 'rabbit soft.'
Nicole Farhi Tweeded Tuck stitch cardigan
Nicole Farhi makes some great stuff and I've got plenty of it. Great knits, jackets, polos, shirts. Not a lot of Farhi stuff I don't like. This is something a bit different and I want it.
Tag Heuer Monaco watch
OK, it's a watch, and it's been aroud a long time, but it's the one Steve McQueen wore in the 1970 film Le Mans, and is therefore cool. Been after one for years but spend most of my money on jackets and footwear instead, so maybe it's time to take a break from them and invest in this?
Oliver Sweeney Haskins ecru belt
Yet again another label, designer, call it what you will that I'm a big fan of. I've a few Oliver Sweeney bits and bats - wallet, belt, shoes - and they're top class. No one does leather better in my opinion, and now I'd very much like this belt please Santa.
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