Spring fashion staples for the modern gentleman
Tailored clothing continues to mix with casual wear — suits with sneakers, velvet jackets with jeans — for distinctive looks, and this spring, men’s wardrobes get their relaxed edge from a few fresh essentials.
For starters, this new Kiton reversible raincoat ($US5345 or $A6690, kiton.it) is a luxurious topper made of lightweight waterproof silk and drenched in colour. It, like the items below, is tailor-made for today, rain or shine.
Bruno Magli and Church’s Loafers
The versatile loafer — worn with or without socks, with tailored or casual clothing — is a staple element of every man’s wardrobe, and it’s been updated this season in numerous variations. Our favorites include Bruno Magli’s Fabio tassel loafer with hand-braided details ($500 ($A630), brunomagli.com) and Church’s Pembrey and Wesley models ($590 and $690 ($A740 and $A865), church-footwear.com), which have rubber and Goodyear-sewn soles, respectively.
Tom Ford Tote
Whether you’re a fan of the style or not, bags have become indispensable accessories for many men whose electronic essentials no longer fit into their pockets. Leave it to designer Tom Ford (tomford.com) to create a sophisticated alternative to the more formal briefcase: His practical Alix tote, priced at $2,250 ($A2820), is made in buttery-soft leather.
Eyewear this season is all about sleek wire frames made in lightweight, durable materials. Among the brands delivering such stylish options is L.G.R (lgrworld.com), a Rome-based company that looks to East Africa for aesthetic inspiration. Luca Gnecchi Ruscone founded L.G.R in 2007 after discovering a box of vintage sunglasses — remnants from his Italian grandfather’s optical store in Asmara, Eritrea, which closed in the 1970s. Ruscone revived the designs, and new models include the two shown here: the blue-lensed Lawrence Flap ($414 ($A520)) with perforated leather shields and the retro Togo ($368 ($A460)) with its curved top bar.
R.M. Williams Chelsea Boots
Classic Chelsea boots are the perfect companion to jeans or slim trousers this spring, and R.M. Williams (rmwilliams.com.au) can fashion a personal pair: The Australian brand recently started taking bespoke orders at its first U.S. store, which opened in New York’s SoHo neighborhood last September. A producer of handmade boots since 1932, the company offers a range of styles, including this $600 ($A750) model created from a single piece of suede. Custom orders are made in Adelaide, Australia, and delivered in 6 to 8 weeks.
Ring Jacket Separates
For years, men in the know have been wearing Ring Jacket (ringjacket.com). Designed and made in Osaka, Japan, the brand’s jackets feature impeccable Italian-influenced tailoring and innovative Japanese materials, such as Balloon performance fabric woven from high-twist wool for softness, natural stretch, and wrinkle resistance. No longer just a source for jackets, Ring Jacket offers separates, including the pictured cotton trousers, $375 ($A470), and wool-silk-linen jacket, $1,650 ($A2070), that capture the easygoing look of the moment.
Spring Essentials from Mark Cho
The Armoury (thearmoury.com) menswear store made its New York City debut in 2013, having already been a presence in Hong Kong for several years. Today, cofounder Mark Cho’s well-curated mix of international artisanal brands amounts to a mecca of tailored clothing that is especially relatable to younger men. Here the 34-year-old London native (who also co-owns that city’s men’s brand Drake’s) shares a few of his personal must-haves this season.
Slippers: Baudoin & Lange (baudoinandlange.com). They “emphasise comfort,” says Cho, “but are wearable outdoors.” Coat: Cohérence Overcoats (co-herence.jp). “Unlined, lightweight.” Sweater: Caruso (carusomenswear.com). The Italian brand’s cashmere-and-silk sweaters are “lightweight without being overly sheer or fragile.” Shirt: Drake’s (drakes.com). “Denim and chambray.” Blazer: “The Armoury’s classic blazer made in a new type of supersoft undyed wool fabric by Loro Piana.”