Ask the Experts – Top Spring Buys

It’s that time of the year again, we can, hopefully, pack away the parkas, heavy duty knitwear and start to think about more light weight clothing. OK shorts and a tee might seem a long way off just yet, but we can definitely lighten up on those layers and start to get into a Spring frame of mind. With this very much at the forefront of our thinking at the moment we thought we’d ask some of the leading creative minds from of our leading Style retailer names, just what they saw as Musthave purchases over the coming weeks and months.

imageJohn Mooney , Menswear Design Director, of Asos. “I’ve picked the smart-tux track pant from look 16, we’re seeing far more versatility in our styles these days…. Sports styles mixed with tailored pieces and vice versa…. The whole jogger/ sweatpants phenomenon continues to gain pace, most of our guys have left the basics behind now and are trading up for more formal and synthetic versions… for us when a trend is ‘hot’ it’s key to chase the hell out of it and provide as many permutations as possible…. It works both ways, we provide choice and the customer comes to us because he [and sometime ‘she’ too] knows we’ll have a fantastic selection. These joggers are great though…. The fact they’re woven, that they work well with smarter shirts and tailoring but can also be dressed down with cool longline tees and classic sneakers.”

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imageFrances Walker, JIGSAW Menswear’s  Design Director “Jigsaw’s proofed Prince of Wales Check Mac is the perfect wardrobe addition. Timeless, classic and totally on trend, it looks great over a suit; you look immediately ready for business, but it’s also perfect with jeans or casuals. The small grey check on this piece makes it perfect for town or country, and being lightweight it is a travel must-have.”

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imageNext up we have Michael Anderson, Vice President, Men’s Product and Design, Banana Republic,“My favorite piece from Spring is our indigo garment dyed leather Moto jacket in slim fit. It’s a great new take on the iconic American leather jacket. The leather has an amazing character to it because of the washing. It is super soft and looks great worn with joggers and a simple white Banana Republic tee.”

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image Alex Field, Head of Menswear Design for Reiss“One of my favourite pieces from our SS15 collection is the luggage collaboration that we have produced in partnership with Steamline. I’m always out of the office visiting factories and researching, so our new range of trunks are the perfect travelling companion for me. Lightweight yet robust enough to carry everything I need, the luggage’s black colourway offers stylish subtlety, while the chrome trims and rivets offer an eye-catching, contemporary finish.”

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imageFinally we have Whistles CEO, Jane Shepherdson, “The standout piece from the SS15 collection has to be the linen mix suit, the fabric composition makes it smart enough to wear for a wedding but pop a t-shirt and some trainers on and it will suddenly takes an a more casual aesthetic.”

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