Words by Keanu Adorable

Autumn is here and the weather is going to get brutal once again, and what would a new season be without having new favourites to add to our winter wardrobe? So as the sun is hiding away for the upcoming months, we need to cover up for the cold season – and your cover-up is the first thing everyone sees on you – and it needs to help you look stylish and cosy. We are spoiled with choices with winter coats, so to make things easier, we’ve chosen 6 of the best outerwear for men, from high-street and designer options.

ZARA Checked Chester Coat

This checkered coat by Zara has a classic silhouette which includes classic pointed lapels, button-up fastening, side flap pockets, back vent and lined interior with pocket. You can wear it with formal and casual attires throughout the winter months.

WEEKDAY Tristan Checked Coat

Swedish brand WEEKDAY has a fantastic piece form their latest collection, again with the checked pattern it also has a classic style enhanced by the checked print and a soft wool blend with a long -thread finish. It has a high stand collar with big lapels, big buttons and two big flap pockets, it looks absolutely cosy and warm! perfect to keep you comfortable during the winter season.

NEXT Signature Car Coat

All you sophisticated dads out there, this is a good pick for you. This car coat style is made from quality British fabric. Finished with a cotton chambray lining, don’t be surprised if you get stopped and get compliments by your coworkers or other dads in the school gate.

REISS Voisset Cashmere-Blend Overcoat

Add a touch of warmth and luxury to your autumn winter outerwear options with Reiss’ cashmere blend Voisset coat. Featuring two spacious front pockets and a wide pointed lapel collar in a long length, this classic coat has been given a modern update with its slightly oversized silhouette. Layer over a cosy knitwear piece for added comfort to complete the seasonal look.

WHISTLES Deconstructed Overcoat

Relaxed in fit and contemporary in design, this smart but slouchy coat by Whistles is a versatile design made to meet the modern man’s everyday needs. Wear over a suit to give your commute dress code an edge or wear with jeans and knitwear on weekends away or days off in the city.

OLIVER SPENCER Beaumont Coat Baker Charcoal

A classic piece of outerwear for this the season, the Beaumont Coat by Oliver Spencer is a smart choice for the winter months. Cut from a variation of the Prince of Wales check, in a 100% wool, its super soft construction and fine details mean it’s a coat for all occasions. Featuring an elegant 5 button fastening, the coat is finished with thoughtful details throughout, including buttoned cuffs, a chest welt pocket and two outer slant pockets perfect for keeping your hands warm during any cold snaps.

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Words by Charlie Britton

When it comes to clothes shopping, a favourite and must-visit store on the majority of peoples lists is H&M. The Swedish clothing giant operates in 62 countries, with 6 other brands operating under the H&M group umbrella. These are COS, Monki, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories, Weekday and its newest member, ARKET.

As the second largest clothing retail company worldwide just behind Spain-based Inditex, who are responsible for the likes of Zara, H&M group has well established its name in the industry and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. The introduction of ARKET proves that the fashion brand still has more to give and we’re excited to see what the future holds for the Swedish clothing company.

Introducing ARKET

arket regent street store

ARKET, meaning ‘sheet of paper’ in Swedish, has launched it’s first store at 224 Regent Street in London, next door to H&M group’s first British based Weekday store which also opened its doors just weeks ago. ARKET’s offerings include menswear, womenswear, kids and home products, tailored towards the modern-day individual. It’s mission is to ‘democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products, designed to be used and loved for a long time.’

To fully understand the brand, we went down to the ARKET store in London to view the store concept and products offerings. The store looks great and strongly represents a Nordic style of living. The minimal colour palettes used throughout the interior work well by giving the products the limelight and the shelving and furnishings are well fitted, contemporary and functional.

arket interior regent street
The new Regent Street store occupies 2 stories of an old department store corner building, incorporating womenswear and kids on the upper floor and menswear, homeware and even an ARKET cafe on the ground floor. The character of the building only complements the brand, reinforcing a Scandinavian style of living. This is again exaggerated in-store with the use of lifestyle elements, design details and products that fit with the brands unique selling point.

The Product

With offerings from other brands such as COS, H&M and Weekday, we were keen to see what ARKET could bring to the table in terms of originality and design. Weekday tailors towards the younger generation, with a focus on modern and mindful fashion. COS heads upmarket slightly, offering modern, functional and considered design. Both brands are heavily influenced by Scandinavian design, so we expected to see a similar approach with ARKET.

The product is very much similar, but different, in respect to COS. Its almost as if COS have taken its more formal collections and products and expanded this into its own brand. The price point is again very similar to COS, however ARKET stocks several other brands and produces slightly more expensive garments, especially in regards to outerwear.

Arket menswear

The majority of the mens, womens and kids collections are very simplistic, minimal and contemporary in design. The clothes work well as essential pieces, however it would also be very easy to build a wardrobe from the brand. Block colours, tailored fits and on-trend details run throughout the menswear collections, making it easy to build stylish and flattering outfits that’ll work well through the seasons.

arket menswear

The homeware products are what we would expect from a Scandinavian brand. Functional, aesthetically pleasing and well designed are words that come to mind, with colours, materials and silhouettes strongly representing a Nordic style of design used throughout. There are definitely some homeware products we would love on our shelves at home and in the office, so it’s worth checking them out if you’re planning on redecorating anytime soon.

arket lifestyle

ARKET plans to expand its store offerings across Europe, with another UK based store opening in Covent Garden in the coming months. Here at Clothes Make The Man, we’re excited to see how this brand moves forward and encourage you to check out a store soon. Alternatively, the brand is of course available to purchase online at ARKET, so pay it a visit to check out the collections for yourself.