For men of a dandy disposition, the annual, early-Summer Wardrobe revamp is something of a ritual: a ceremonious affair that occupies the mind from the moment the first daffodils of the year sprout. And, it’s a time when a little spectral joviality comes into play – as demonstrated by these, our choice of the best warmer-clime staples that have recently come to our attention.
First up is a new travel coat (£6,883) from Savile Row stalwart Richard Anderson. The eponymous proprietor’s tailoring prowess is neatly exemplified by the fact that, uniquely, he applies sleeves to shoulders by hand rather than machine – “To give a crisper, better-formed bespoke look to the garment,” as he puts it. And, this jacket – which comes in light-weight turquoise, with two plaquette crescent-shaped pockets on the front, and a button-fastening mechanism designed with securely hold as much as possible – demonstrates his cutting-room skills admirably. If you lead an itinerant lifestyle all year round, consider also snapping up the tweed version in slanting check.
It’s traditional for a trip to Savile Row to subsequently entail a short walk south to Jermyn Street for shirts, shoes and accessories, and one of that thoroughfare’s most celebrated denizens is Turnbull & Asser – an establishment that has been purveying handmade clothing and accessories clientele including royalty, world leaders and celebrities for over a century.
The house’s linen shirts range went down a storm with the menswear intelligentsia last Summer, which has prompted this new collection (£215 each) inspired by French workwear. Juxtaposing bold and fine stripes, the collection features a cheery palate of vintage white, brick red, warm indigo with flashes of fresh turquoise and yellow.
Finally, every sartorially savvy man needs to purchase a pair of new smart-casual slip-ons at some point between April and June, and while many European houses have long-established models – Tod’s suede moccasins spring to mind, as do Gucci’s horsebit loafers – our eye has been caught by Baudoin & Lange’s impressive range (from £305).
Ideal as part of a preppy-ensemble for Wimbledon, Henley, Goodwood or Royal Ascot, these distinctive creations are the fruits of founders Allan Baudoin and Bo van Langeveld passion for marrying art and technology to create footwear which packs an imperiously elegant silhouette and yet are kind to your feet thanks to their unlined structure, handcrafted, shock-absorbing insoles and the soft-and-supple suede from which they’re crafted.
If you subscribe to the adage that your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you, consider going bespoke (from £525). It’ll massively enhance those already impressive comfort credentials, thus adding panache to your entire demeanour.