Here it is. Can everyone please welcome the best season of the year for menswear; autumn! This is when we get to start layering and wearing boots and we couldn’t be more excited here at Menswear Style HQ. As usual there’s been a lot of new releases and launches and I’d like to draw your attention to the ones that have caught my eye. We have footwear produced in a world-famous tannery in Leeds, a bag that recycles 15 plastic bottles and a trio of fragrances hand-filled in Lincolnshire. So, following on from our August roundup, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite products and releases for the month of September 2018 – enjoy.
Chrome Urban EX Gas Can
Chrome’s legendary Urban Ex collection was designed for one purpose; Keeping your stuff safe, secure and out of the elements. With sleek lines and street ready styling, for AW18 Chrome welcome a brand-new design icon to the family – the Urban EX Gas Can. With stunning aesthetics inspired by the fuel cylinders you’d find on the back of old jeeps, the bag is designed to protect and perform in all conditions. 100% waterproof and as tough as nails, this daypack is built to last, featuring Chrome’s innovative and highly acclaimed Knurled Welded construction (one of the lightest, toughest and most waterproof seams out there).
Thomas Clipper Unite Trio
For a unique twist on classic fragrances, British brand Thomas Clipper have cleverly created their Unite trio. The three small-batch colognes; City, Coast and Country, are intended to be blended together so you can layer your own preferred fragrance, but they can also be worn alone. Produced in Grasse (France), each cologne consists of aromatic base notes and top notes such as mandarin, cypress leaf and vetiver. They are vegan-friendly and have been hand-filled in Lincolnshire, using 100% organic alcohol. The travel set (three bottles of 7.5ml) is ideal for a weekend away or simply to keep at your desk to experiment with for a fragrance to start your day and an alternative combination to take you into the evening. You can find the sophisticated bottles in Fortnum and Mason, Opumo and Soho Farmhouse.
Thule Subterra Duffel
The luggage and bags collection from Thule have the toughness you need accompanied by style and versatility. One of our favourites is the Thule Subterra Duffel 45L which is a sleek and spacious carry-on duffel with wide-mouth access to easily pack and organise your essentials. It features neat features such as magnetic top handles and Protect and nylex-lined pocket for all your accessories too.
Rockport Northern Motion AW18
Rockport’s highly anticipated collection of Total Motion chukkas have been produced in Charles F Stead tannery in Leeds. The collection is a true testament to the brands affiliation with the North of England and the latest lookbook is self-styled with each of the street-cast model’s incorporating their own personal take on the chukka and how it should be worn. Images were captured in and around the city of Leeds, as well as within the grounds of the iconic CF Stead tannery itself. Total Motion is the perfect marriage of comfort and classic styling, engineered in a format deliverable only via Rockport’s industry leading innovation. The collection utilises truTech footbed technology, absorbing all manner of day-to-day shocks for increased heel cushioning and supreme comfort.
Hexton Folding Sunglasses
Hexton is an independent eyewear brand inspired by its home city, London. Driven by London’s historic commitment to style, innovation and design, Hexton sunglasses take their cues from timeless eyewear silhouettes and incorporate a unique five-hinge folding design for portability and safe storage. All Hexton products carry sleek, minimalist branding so your sunglasses remain a stylish, functional addition to your wardrobe that works with beachwear, leisurewear, workwear or officewear. All Hexton products are manufactured to align with the demands of city life: Scratch-resistant UV400 Category 3 lenses, reinforced polycarbonate frames, industrial grade aluminium fixings and accompanied by a protective case in your choice of colour.
Grenson AW18 Collection
We’ve spied a few of the new launches for autumn by Grenson which includes sneakers, watches and bags. Inspired by classic running shoes, Sneaker 12 is a sleek panelled shoe available in hand painted dark brown/tan and maple velvet suede. He sits on a brown wedge midsole with a texured gum outsole. The four automatic watches are based on a classic 1940s pilots watch, and the bag collection is based on iconic bags from the past e.g. military messenger bag and British 1940s Army rucksack.
HUGO Watches AW18 Play Collection
Fun times are ahead with the HUGO Watches Play Collection. These eye-catching watches play around with the HUGO logo, reversing its colour and position, or turning it into a pop-art style square. A dynamic new design language tells tales of the unexpected for men and women with flair. Its vocabulary takes in freedom and youth to create style statements that will be noticed and remembered. There is a perfect piece for mindsets ranging from flamboyant, thanks to hot red accents, to the more rational with cool black and white variations.