“The North wind will blow and we shall have snow“. So the infamous rhyme goes, to prepare you all for what the season may well throw at us. In the third and final post of this season’s “Ask the experts” we’ve sort the wise counsel to that age old quandary “What is your ultimate coat for this Winter?” below you we find the answers from a prestigious panel of menswear buying experts ranging from on-line e-trailers to traditional department stores to more niche boutique retailers, all eager to inform you of their desired brands for Autumn this year.

Olie Arnold, Style Director – MrPorter
Brunello Cucinelli’s Shearling Peacoat is a favourite of mine for winter. Reminiscent of 1960s naval coats, this enduring style has been made with premium Italian fabric, providing exceptional warmth for the wearer. Style the coat with a pair of black cord trousers for a casual winter weekend look.

Simon Pickering, Buying and Merchandising Director House of Fraser
It would have to be the classic padded jacket as this should be a staple wardrobe piece for every man. They are lightweight but practical and can be layered up with a casual blazer or under an overcoat to give extra outfit building options. Something like this down fill jacket from Polo Ralph Lauren is perfect for the season.

Jack Cassidy, Buying Manager, Men’s Designer / Formal / Contemporary Selfridges

We’re seeing a lot of nylon in many designers’ collections and you definitely can’t go wrong with a marble-print Dries van Noten coat, or a classic puffer by Stone Island.

Pete Parry, Founder and owner – Steranko
My ultimate coat for this winter is the YMC Groundhog Jacket in checked wool. It’s a tried and tested style enhanced by quality Italian wool and sherpa fleece lining

OK we aren’t going to ignore the elephant in the room and we all know, not just, Debenhams aren’t doing so well on the High Street at the moment. However, this isn’t something that is overpowering Debenhams and they are coming out fighting. One such example is their latest initiative, Daniel Rynne is the the first ‘pop up’ menswear designer to be added to their portfolio for Autumn Winter 2018, demonstrating the brand’s continued support for design talent.

Rynne, winner of the Menswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2017, has worked an internship with the department store’s menswear design team for the past year and has successfully translated his graduate collection into a commercial line for Debenhams.

Originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire, Rynne studied Fashion at The Arts University, Bournemouth. His graduate collection, inspired by Dorothea Lange and her imagery of the great depression in 1930’s rural America, saw Rynne reimagine authentic menswear silhouettes into a contemporary catwalk collection.

Launching later this month, Rynne presents a contemporary take on classicmenswear silhouettes; creating a limited edition range that offers the perfect balance of cutting-edge street style and affordable luxury.

Key pieces include a deconstructed parka with an integral gilet, wide-fit tapered chinos, band collar shirts and baker boy caps. The range combines utilitarian fabrics in neutral sand and khaki tones with meticulous attention to detail seen through the use of fastenings, garment washes, reversed fabric bases and coated hand-dyed fabrics to give a modern twist on the traditional workwear inspired garments.

A collaboration with traditional British shoemaker brand, Loake sees Rynne’s handwriting carried through to footwear with mismatch panelled leather brogues and boots.

On collaborating with Debenhams Daniel Rynne says, “I am beyond thrilled to have worked on a collection that is so integral to my original graduation show. I have learnt an enormous amount from the process and to have a range in a high street store bearing my name, considering I just graduated last summer is amazing.”

Collaborations of this nature come about for all sorts of reasons, meeting at parties, sharing the same PR agency or in this case, it started with a shared passion and through this came an invitation from, Anthony Thompson, the Chief Executive of FatFace to Cathal Mcateer, founder of FOLK, to work together to create something special.

So, with almost 50 years of combined menswear design experience they produced a collection of exceptional clothes, designed exclusively in Britain. Crafted to the highest quality – as is fair to say, synonymous with both brands – and featuring unique fabrics, details and touches; each piece is an easy to wear, modern essential, aligned closely and staying true to FOLK’s style, that’ll become an instant favourite and instant favourites in your Winter Wardrobe.

For over 30 years now, British brand FatFace has designed and created contemporary, stylish clothes. They’re crafted with unique details, to the highest quality. For work, for chilling, for play. For every day.

Similarly, since 2002, the equally British brand, Folk has designed and crafted simple, quality clothes. Their contemporary style doesn’t follow trends; instead it focuses on timeless pieces, made using unique fabrics and featuring special touches. The same approach has been taken when designing this collection, with fastidious attention to detail, from the placement of buttons to the colour of thread used. Colour is used sparingly, with accents of claret adding warmth to an otherwise neutral palette.

Manbags evolve a huge amount of discourse and discussion by gentleman. Strong feelings from both sides are felt, of Marmite proportions. Some guys feel positively naked without their manbags whereas other wouldn’t be seen dead with one and hold them in such low esteem and hatred. 

Nonetheless, on our eternal search for ways and elements to make your life easy, we might well have come across a what we think is the ultimate in versatile manbags. My Lords, fellas and gentlemen can I kindly introduce you to the Travel True Bag by Clarks and why pray tell do you feel this is the ultimate in Manbag attire. 

OK so here goes, this oversized tote can be carried by hand or worn over the shoulder thanks to the durable webbing handles with a comfy material in the middle, ideal for offering protection to your work files and laptop. It comes in a choice of either a rather conservative grey for those wanting it to go with everything and every occasion from work to play. Then for the more adventurous out there the Travel True bag comes in a Khaki camouflage print, sure to make a mature stylish statement. The camouflage woven jacquard adds interest while the rubberised nylon base helps with wear and an inside zip pocket allows for organisation of your essentials. If that wasn’t enough, the bag is sizeable enough to cater for every occasion from the everyday commute to jetting off for a holiday. Lastly, you get all this for a jaw dropping £35 and assured the quality you are assured of with the Great British brand Clarks. 

But if a leftfield partnership for the subject of today’s post. Quintessential British menswear house Hackett have teamed up with iconic Swiss timepiece brand Swatch. 

The Swatch x Hackett Sistem51, has been designed and crafted by Swatch in collaboration with Jeremy Hackett to create an essential gentleman’s accessory. Only 1,983 watches have been produced paying perfect homage to the birth year of both brands, 1983.  Sistem51, is a mechanical watch for everyone. It’s made not by hand, but on a fully-automated assembly line.

A tough leather strap is gently hugged by brown and green leather loops which form the letter ‘H’ as well as holding a fierce brushed stainless steel buckle. Jeremy Hackett’s Sussex Spaniel, Muffin, is the star of the sun- brushed green dial with the date window and superluminova hands. The brushed stainless steel case has an engraved bezel, filled in light green.

Jeremy Hackett, Founder and Chairman of Hackett London comments: “Watch this space! I am absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with Swatch to create an exclusive Hackett design for the limited edition range”