A permanent fixture on the London menswear scene, Oliver Spencer has been producing beautifully made, reassuringly wearable menswear since its founding in 2002. Nearly two decades later the brand continues to make high quality casualwear inspired by the worlds of workwear and luxury sportswear.
The brand is well known for its functional takes on menswear classics. Oliver Spencer garments are instantly recognisable wardrobe staples, updated with durable, comfortably fabrics and subtle detailing. What separates the brand from its competitors though is its impressive, continued commitment to sustainability.
It does this through working with fair-pay factories in both the UK and Portugal, producing all of its clothing in both countries, avoiding many of the labour issues commonly associated with fashion manufacturing. Oliver Spencer also works exclusively with eco-friendly fabrics including organic cotton and linen, and since 2018 has removed the use of excess paper in its packaging, further reducing the brand’s carbon emissions.
But where should you start when investing in Oliver Spencer clothing? Here are three key pieces for spring, summer and beyond.
An updated take on the classic worker jacket, Oliver Spencer’s Cowboy jacket boasts four front patch pockets, two of which feature flaps for added assurance. Cut from Irish linen, its sharp collar, contrast stitching and button cuffs are welcome additions, and its ecru shade ensures it’s as easy to wear with pleated chinos as it is jeans and even shorts come summer.
With a high-rise, a single pleat and a full cut through the thigh tapering down towards the ankle, these Eden trousers are the chino alternatives you didn’t know you needed. Made with organic cotton and with a large waistband harking back to mid-century trouser styles, these are as comfortable as they are stylish.
A short sleeve Cuban collar design, Oliver Spencer’s Havana shirt is ideal for the warmer months. Cut from a black tonal stripe organic cotton, its texture stops it from looking too flat while the fabric is light and breathable. Made in Portugal, it’s the ideal accompaniment to shorts and white trainers.
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