In today’s fast-paced, action-packed world it can be hard to keep on top of everything. But we say slow things down, even on a Monday, take a breath and keep it simple. Where to start? With the latest instalment of the ‘Top 5 Items To Drop This Week,’ obviously. As usual, we’ve picked out five essential new arrivals for you to use as the foundation of your spring wardrobe from the likes of CQP, Helm London and Mismo. Giving you just a few less things to worry about for the week ahead.
Very few items of clothing are as synonymous with spring as the suede jacket. Notoriously it's not the most practical piece of outerwear but a quick spray of suede protector and the jacket will be able stand-up to almost anything that you throw at it. Anyway, practicality aside, the suede jacket is an essential at this time of year thanks to how easily it can transition through the seasons. The jacket has a low-key sense of luxury that can be maximised in smarter circles when paired with tailored trousers and a simple button-down shirt and worn more casually with some faded denim jeans and a simple white t-shirt. This Legends Smith Jacket is as good as it gets. Cut from 100% cow suede that has a soft and supple handle, the jacket is not as rigid as other suede jackets and that makes it even easier to wear. As does the incredibly comfortable inner lining.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that we introduced you to the new CQP Quatra sneaker and explained how the new offering takes all the hallmarks of a 90s tennis and skateboarding shoe and makes it slimmer and easier to wear in the warmer months. Well, this week we’re back with a new colourway of the CQP Quarta. The light brown colourway, formally known as almond, is worth a mention because it sits towards the more formal end of the men’s sneaker scale. Which means you can easily wear them with a pair of pleated trousers and a simple crewneck jumper for a more comfortable approach to the modern day work dress code.
Last year we championed the return of the backpack as a comfortable, versatile and more accessible bag than it has been considered before. That’s largely been down to Mismo as the Danish design studio have been producing an array of premium backpacks that elevate both its function and aesthetic. Well, they are back with another winner with this new MS Express Backpack. The third and smallest option in Mismo’s growing selection of everyday bags, the MS Express benefits from a standard zip top that is folded down and neatly kept in place by a leather strap and buckle fastening. Not only that, the silhouette is the slimmest of the lot – making it easier to carry on the every day commute – and benefits from a beautifully understated primer red and black colour hue.
Over the last few months our noses have been drawn to the scents of a number of new wave perfumeries who are mixing things up when it comes to new unisex scents. Helm London is one of those revolutionary new names. The London-based studio, founded just last year by Carl Tomkinson, specialise in eco-friendly, non-toxic scents for you and your home. Alongside its impressive array of home fragrances and soy candles they’ve also got a selection of unisex scents that bring together iconic masculine and feminine perfumes. Our pick of the bunch, this Tobacco & Vanilla Scent, is a refreshingly light fragrance that brings together heavy top notes of tobacco leaf and spices with middle notes of Tonka beans, vanilla and cacao.
Everything that you look for in a coffee table book – beautiful illustrations and a story that is so well-put together that you can dip in and out as you so wish – is everything that this new PHAIDON title offers. Essentially, it doesn’t matter if you just hold a partial interest in architecture or are incredibly well-versed to reading architectural drawings, this ‘Drawing Architecture’ title will be an interesting look into the intersection of creativity and history for everyone. Artists and architects sharing their private sketches offers an extraordinary window into their creative practices. So, it doesn’t matter whether you pick up the book for five minutes or 30 minutes a day, it’s a concise and incredibly captivating read.
Want more of the best new arrivals? Then check out 5 key pieces from the brand-new Paul Smith menswear collection.