London’s turn for tradeshow action as once again, doors open on Jacket Required. Bigger and better each year, the event aims to showcase “a carefully edited selection of premium menswear casuals.” Now on its seventh edition, the show will takeover the sprawling industrial Truman’s Brewery across two floors, covering footwear, accessories, denim, technical outwear and everything in between. As well as the usual big hitters and impressive independents; from Levi’s Vintage Clothing to Kings of Indigo, Mark McNairy to Harry Stedman; they welcome a host of brands making their Jacket Required debut for Spring/Summer 2015. Here profiled, a selection of familiar and unfamiliar names to keep an eye on in preparation for the main event
Donrad Duncan, formerly of Victorinox and Ma.Strum combines his technical wear skills with tailored, luxury casuals to create Engineered for Motion. Nylon-poly weave blazers, garment-dyed chinos and 600 fill premium goose down bombers on offer, a slicker take on high-spec activewear.
Teva turn up with a selection of their sports sandals, no longer the reserve of dads gone hiking, the brand have gone from strength to strength in the “menswear” world thanks to their affordable, comfortable Summer-friendly styles. Print, brights and plenty of straps. Good stuff.
What needs to be said about this classic American watch brand? A regular on these pages providing solid timepieces for 160 years, Jacket Required get the exclusive on a celebration watch seen for the first time at the show alongside a selection from the best of their sizable range.
Italian brand Barleycorn concentrate on the classic, timeless end of the sneaker spectrum. Easy to wear casual shoes finished by hand using the finest leathers, our personal favorite is the Classic 781, a chunky old-school ankle boot with a comfortable Vibram Gumlite sole. Spot-on summer footwear.
Lifestyle accessory brand Catherine Dang, from, you guessed it, Catherine Dang, immediately caught our eye. The Australian-born designer makes everything in her London studio, Italian calf leather backpacks, wallets and carriers, crafted with care and finished with linen lining and quality Swiss Riri hardware. Soft shades and pared back designs throughout.
We’re pleased to see outerwear specialists Hancock VA appearing on the brand roster. Using Thomas Hancock’s 1843 patented bonding method and applying it to contemporary raincoats, each piece is made in Scotland by hand. Following successful collaborations with Converse and Missoni, the brand will unveil the latest from their growing line.
Jacket Required runs 30-31 July at The Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QL. Check the website for details of brands and attendance.