Before we get into the new clothes you’ll want to buy this season, you’ll need a suitably stylish case to pack them in. Enter Sterling Pacific.
Its suitcases represent precision design at its finest. The company is happy to admit everything is over-engineered – the kind of geekery we can get on board with. Each case boasts a complete 5052 aluminium body with impact-bearing ridges and strengthened A380 aluminium corners.
They have oversized wheels with dual thru axles, ensuring smooth rolling on various surfaces, including cobblestones and bumps in the airport elevator. The retractable trolley is crafted entirely from aluminium, which to our knowledge is the only brand on the market that does this.
The case also includes full-grain Italian leather handles and TSA double combination latch locks that produce an incredibly satisfying sound when you open them.
With its durability and timeless design, this suitcase promises to be a trusted companion for years to come. And it looks pretty damn cool while you’re waiting to board, too.
Sterling Pacific 35L Cabin Travel Case, $1,950, ships to the UK, sterlingpacific.com
The Spring/Summer collection from refined Danish streetwear brand Les Deux is well worth your attention.
It comprises practical workwear-inspired pieces alongside lighter layers with a retro twist. Its signature, simple street style is offered in a number of dusty colour-ways.
This latest collection is inspired by a group of friends taking a summer road trip down Route 66. It definitely gets our motor running.
Pictured is the Mercury Jacquared Vest priced £219.95 and the Idris Coach Jacket priced £199.95, lesdeux.co.uk
One of the most talked-about menswear labels in recent seasons has been unique workwear inspired brand Kardo.
Based in New Delhi, Kardo works with communities of local artisans to capture age-old craftsmanship against the backdrop of easy-to-wear and stylish silhouettes.
For SS24 the brand maintains its interesting offer of bold, vibrant statement-making pieces that are light and easy-to-wear under the summer sun.
Pictured are the Paiwand embroidery pieces from the collection. Ashita Singhal’s Paiwand Studio recycles scrap textiles into a geometric embroidery worked onto Khadi cotton. Each piece of scrap is cut into small fine strips, passed through a needle and meticulously embroidered by hand.
Pictured is the Ronen, oversized camp collar SS shirt, priced £430 and the boxy-fit Bodhi jacket with patch pockets, £580, kardo.co
With its growing fanbase across Europe’s cool set, French shoe brand Kleman utilises its 80 years of shoe-manufacturing expertise to present its latest collection for SS24.
The shoes, which are all made in France on the outskirts of Nantes, include popular models including the Padror and Ballast, but now also include the Marechal and Accore – all in an array of different colour-ways and materials.
Kleman Ballast in cognac, €150, kleman-france.com
Head Coach Jacket
This year, Universal Works – an independent contemporary clothing brand based out of Nottingham – celebrates its 15th anniversary.
Throughout its 30 collections, the brand's mission has always been the same: 'To help people feel good by dressing good – real, honest clothing made with peace, love and soul.’ It’s hard to argue with that.
Made by Halley Stevensons in Dundee, Scotland, this light-weight jacket is constructed from a dry waxed and washable material – an optimal choice for Spring showers.
Universal Works embroidered Head Coach jacket in yellow Halley ripstop, £335, universalworks.co.uk
The Gladstone Bag was named after the British prime minister, William Ewart Gladstone, who was renowned for his love of travelling. It was designed and named by London leather maker JG Beard, a keen supporter of the PM. Thanks to Gladstone’s new-world view and liberal approach to politics, more people began to discover and travel.
It’s from both Beard’s pioneering design and Gladstone’s adventurous spirit that emerging luxury brand Gladstn London takes its inspiration.
Voted Luxury Luggage Brand of the Year 2024 by Corporate LiveWire and a former winner of Luxury Briefing’s Emerging Luxury Brand, Gladstn London is proud to continue in the capital’s rich heritage of leather craftsmanship.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of its hero pieces – the Renegade [pictured] – is a modern interpretation of JG Beard's iconic bag. With its understated yet sophisticated design, the Renegade effortlessly complements life’s more stylish adventures. It joins a complete luggage line-up that spans weekenders to cabin bags, backpacks to briefcases.
What sets Gladstn apart further is both its limited edition releases as well as a fully bespoke service.
Gladstn London The Renegade, £1,400, gladstnlondon.com
Swiss sneaker brand VYN is leading a new wave in sustainable footwear. Its eco-innovation model is based around changeable heel elements – both for the sole and the heel tab – helping to considerably extend the lifespan of its new range of sneakers.
As well as being good for the environment, VYN’s 2-in-1 look and concept enables wearers to uniquely mix and match the additional heel parts to suit your outfit.
With between four and five colour options in the heel counters and heel parts respectively, the VYN sneaker is also featured across six main colour-ways including tan, navy, bordeaux, military green and off-white.
Check them out at the Ecological Emporium in Piccadilly Arcade.
Aspinal of London
Reporter Leather Backpack
There comes a time in most City folks’ careers when they realise they can’t get away with turning up to work with an old hiking rucksack any more. It usually coincides with a promotion or pay rise (Hopefully for you, both.)
So when you’re ready to up your bag game, Aspinal of London has you covered with its leather Reporter backpack. Relaxed and semi-structured in its silhouette, the backpack is made for life on the go, with a variety of internal and external pockets for frictionlessly organising and accessing your belongings.
A masterclass in thoughtful design, a vertical zip pocket at the side allows you to reach possessions without having to take off the bag, so whether you’re running between meetings or towards the departure gate for a spring break, this durable accessory won’t slow you down.
Handcrafted from the finest full-grain leather, the smart finish of Tobacco Pebble is the pre-eminent choice for a new season fashion refresh, achieving a masculine, wearable neutral that wears effortlessly with your Spring wardrobe, from work to casual outfits.
Available in black, navy and tobacco pebble leather, £595, aspinaloflondon.com
Founded in 1890, Edward Green was taken over by designer John Hlustik in 1982.
Born in Zlin, Czechoslovakia, and trained in Italy, his favourite of the brand’s styles was the Dover – and this new interpretation has been made in his honour, with 15% of revenue donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee fund for Ukrainian refugees.
Hilary Freeman, the current MD of Edward Green says: “In many ways, the Edward Green of today is John’s legacy and so it’s fitting that we now have a special edition of a shoe he designed, which ties in John’s own story and plays a part in helping out today’s refugees.
"John was a truly dynamic figure and while it’s 20 years since he was with us, in many ways the Edward Green of today is his legacy.
"I visited Czechia with him many times and naturally it struck a chord when desperate Ukrainians started arriving in our corner of Northamptonshire. We've forged friendships with them, and they've become a real part of our community.”
The Madrid-based family fashion label takes us into SS24 after two well-received collections last year.
This summer’s collection comprises 21 looks, and remains faithful and consistent with Unfeigned’s signature formal techwear aesthetic.
Many signature styles by the label, such as the technical blazer and technical vest also return in essential colour-ways.
Pictured is the recycled utility vest priced £193, unfeignedgear.com
Oliver Brown may be renowned for classic suiting, morning wear, and top hats, but its latest SS24 collection is much more of a relaxed affair – a sartorial ode to the gentleman abroad.
Inspired by the laid-back style of southern Italy, the new collection is tailored for those who travel the globe whether for business or pleasure.
Capturing the essence of relaxed summer tailoring, it features unconstructed jackets and lightweight fresco cloth. A palette of neutral browns, sage green and deep blues, evoking a calming atmosphere that complements the relaxed feel of the collection.
Check it out at Oliver Brown’s new City store opening this Spring.
Crockett & Jones
In today’s hybrid working world, chukka boots are becoming an ever-more popular style for men. They offer ‘ease of use’ without forgoing quality or style.
The only criticism you could levy is that they fall too far on to casual on the smart-casual scale.
Crockett & Jones has the answer, with its new Bibury. It couples the classic chukka shape with a butted seam apron, elevating it to a slightly more formal style, without taking away from its relaxed fit.
As with all Crockett & Jones shoes, it is of course handmade and Goodyear welted in its historic Northamptonshire factory. What’s particularly impressive with the Bibury is that each shoe is made from just one single piece of suede leather.
It comes on the brand’s new wedge rubber sole – a classic boat style that perfectly blends comfort, flexibility, durability and,
naturally, plenty of grip.
It’s certainly fitting, then, that these soles were designed and made by Crockett & Jones, as the teak floorboards of its Perry Street factory were repurposed from the decks of a retired ship.
Available in Snuff Suede and Earth Green Suede for £470 from March. crockettandjones.com
Swaine is Britain’s oldest luxury goods brand, and it’s been manufacturing umbrellas since the 19th century. Its Brigg umbrella business became the first umbrella manufacturer to acquire a royal warrant from Queen Victoria – and later received patronage from kings and queens of Spain, Portugal, and Norway among others.
They’re also the brolly of choice for Hollywood royalty: Gene Kelly in 1952’s Singing in the Rain, Steve McQueen in the 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair and Julie Andrews in 1964’s Mary Poppins: they all rocked a Brigg. And more recently, Colin Firth and Taron Edgerton used them in the Kingsman franchise.
So, you next?
Prices start from £320, swaine.london
DUKE + DEXTER
Designed in London and handmade in England, all Duke + Dexter penny loafers are expertly constructed – the result of more than 80 years of shoemaker’s experience. All feature a soft, off-white Italian leather lining.
SS24 promises to bring a suite of new printed penny loafer designs for which the brand has become renowned, including a host of original designs developed by its in-house specialist. But don’t hang about, a lot of them are limited edition designs and don’t tend to be around for long.
The brand has come a long way since being the red-carpet slipper of choice for Eddie Redmayne and co. Indeed, it now makes shoes for women, too.