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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Stitch Menswear: Islington, London

A short and sweet overview of my picks from Stitch Menswear this season.

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Possibly the most well traveled man at the show, he's lived all over the world from Asia & North American to Europe - a fact that reflects in his designs. Great print shirts with acid wash, worn-in finish were the highlight.

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The only head-wear at Stitch Menswear I'd consider wearing. The trilby's and basket-weaves came in a great range of colours. Thought I was over the trilby - I'm not.

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The team behind last summers breakout 'I'm Bad' tees. Soft jersey tees, block colour and technical prints. Summer is their season. I want those candy stripe trunks!

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Without a story, print tshirts bore me to tears. Luckily the Part-Time Superheroes boys were on hard to explain their prints in the small but perfectly formed selection of quirky photo-tees. To précis a 20 minutes conversation horribly, they're Glaswegian, they're full of energy and they have boundless enthusiasm. For that, I commend them.

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Loved by Labyrinth, this paisley print knit blazer (the outerwear of choice next season) was cooler than...well Labyrinth himself frankly. A popped lapel, styled with a button down shirt & gold trims pushed it beyond my dreams. In short, I want this look. Every item. No exceptions.

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The last time I wore a baseball cap was when I was 11 and it was used to shield my eyes from the sun. Despite my aversion to the trusty cap, I was instantly drawn to the Quiet Life rang - they're what I'd expect to find in Willy Wonka's wardrobe.

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Possibly the brightest and most exciting section of ties, scarves and cravats I've seen in years. This selection instantly stood out amongst a barrage of streetwear. The range is all about gentlemanly quality, without feeling dated - a touch line to tread. 

Best of the rest...