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1. Akris

Power dresses

Akris designer Albert Kriemler continues to dress alpha females around the world (Condoleezza Rice is a fan), with a collection of refined office wear. What Kriemler omits in decoration, he provides in detail and quality – as in these pleated envelope pockets.

2. Hackett

Two-tone shirts

Can’t wait for summer to end so you can do up your top button again and revisit the sharper and more elegant end of your wardrobe? When the time comes, we recommend you go with Hackett for white swept wing-collared shirts and a simple woollen tie.

3. Facial Index

Specs therapy

Were you to ask us where to pick up a pair of specs in Tokyo, we’d normally give you the address of 9.999. From now on, we’ll have you Googling Facial Index too. We’ll elaborate next month in our Accessories Portfolio – for now though, we’ll pique your interest with this pair.

4. Sophnet.

Tote bag

This shopper from Sophnet. features the style of emblematic thigh pocket that’s also found on the line’s cargo trousers. It is made from woven nylon and the method of weaving is the same as that used for Oxford shirts.

5. Dušan


Established in 1999 by Belgrade-born designer Dušan Paunovic, Milan-based womenswear brand Dušan came up trumps again this autumn/winter with graceful day-to-eveningwear made from superlative Italian fabrics.

6. Slowear

Complete outfit

Although we usually try to avoid dressing head to toe in one brand, when it comes to Milan-based multibrand family Slowear, we are happy to bend the rules. Our favourite ensemble is a jacket from Montedoro, trousers by Incotex and a Glanshirt.

7. Woolrich

Overnight bag

Until monocle launches its hush-hush collection with Woolrich Woollen Mills later this year, we suggest you make do with its mother line. Harking back to the brand’s outdoors roots, this bag is printed with hunter logos and is available in blood red.

8. Visvim

Tokyo moccasins

Made from Australian sheepskin leather, these stout moccasins are part of Tokyo-based brand Visvim’s Folk line. Also available in reindeer leather for the Arctic readers among us, the rubber soles are made with a chemical-free process and the leather uppers are all hand-stitched.

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