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Belted and booted


Louis Vuitton’s men’s made-to-order shoe service is now available at the brand’s flagship on Bond Street. There are over 3,000 colour and material combinations and matching belts.

Slick in silk


Anne Valerie Hash founded her brand back in 2001, applying the experience she gained working at Chanel and Chloé. Known for her feminine take on the classic suit, Hash deconstructs menswear and gives her garments a romantic flair, playing with chiffon, silk and macramé detailing.

Right on cue


In the Venetian town of Mirano, Biliardo is named after the popular game (Italian billiards) played in the town’s famous Caffè Re d’Italia. Mother and son Mariagrazia Marzola and Giovanni Zara opened the multi-brand store in 1983 and fitted it with furniture acquired from a closed-down hat factory. Its location on the central square of Piazza Martiri della Libertà has helped the shop become an essential stop for men with a fine eye for detail and quality. “Our customers are loyal and know what they want when they come. They trust us and our taste,” says Zara.
Piazza Martiri della Libertà 3 Mirano, Venice, + 39 041 431 988

Giovanni Zara’s top buys:

  1. Barena linen jersey blazer
  2. Incotex Red cotton linen pant
  3. Hudson leather slip-on shoes
  4. Florsheim moccasins
  5. Bretagna striped jersey T-shirt

Korea girl

London — J.JS LEE

Seoul-born Jackie J. JS Lee redefines womenswear with her boyish cuts. She launched her line in 2010, after her Central St Martins graduation collection received the Harrods Award for design. Using block colours, she adds orange and blue to break up the black and white that dominate her spring/summer range.

Sole of summer

New York — SOLUDOS

Nick Brown started Soludos (from the Spanish salud – cheers – and sol – sun) in 2010, inspired by the classic Spanish espadrille. Made of natural cotton in bright monos or patterns and with a natural eco-friendly breathable jute sole, each pair is a true celebration of summer.

Cool running


Launched in 2010, Industry of All Nations has established mutually beneficial relationships with indigenous makers around the world, bringing their wares to the masses. The Kenya Vintage Sneakers are made in Mombasa out of African cotton and natural rubber. Simple, durable and affordable, they’re great for summer.

Short and sweet

Bangkok — JBB*

Bote Benchakarn started his brand JBB* four years ago with the aim of creating simple menswear essentials that weren’t easy to find on Thailand’s market. These saffron yellow shorts (left) are made of Japanese cotton and are washed for a worn effect, while the tightly woven cotton pair (right) has been piece-dyed khaki.
Shop 01, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok,

Get shirty


Founded in 2011, The Dark Peak is the creation of Sheffield School of Architecture graduates Lee Chapman and Louis England. The tailored shirts are made in Gillingham, Kent where each item is cut, assembled and finished by hand. It is sold exclusively online via Ideology, with a full line-up of clothing and accessories to be launched next season.,

Men in uniform

Lincolnshire — GYMPHLEX

Since its founding in 1906, Gymphlex has been excelling in sports and workwear. Among its clients are the British military, some of the oldest English schools, plus brands Burberry and Barbour. The new summer line offers comfortable T-shirts and polo shirts made of the finest cotton for comfort.

Mexican hot

Mexico — SLOWEAR

Started in 1951, today Italian menswear group Slowear owns Incotex, Zanone, Glanshirt and Montedoro and has new venues in Istanbul, Seoul, London and Rome. The latest Mexico City store, opened in collaboration with Grupo Axo, was designed by Carlo Donati Studio and carries the entire Slowear range.

Fashion identity


Three of our favourite passport holders for this summer’s travels:

  1. Want les Essentiels de la vie [Canada]
    The Montréal-based brand makes sleek, discreet passport cases.

  2. Smythson [England]
    Smythson’s luxury passport holder comes in olive green.

  3. Tod’s [Italy]
    Tod’s new aqua passport wallet is elegant and functional.

Wardrobe revamp


Japanese designer Saori Komatsu launched her womenswear brand iliann loeb in 2005. An expert in knitwear, Komatsu has created a line of wardrobe staples for this summer. Available in selected stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and across Japan, the spring/summer collection features casual knitted dresses and skirts, shirts and short-sleeved jumpers.

Born in the USA


Founded by the Lafferty brothers in New York, Libero Ferrero’s collection of handmade bags pays homage to their craftsman grandfather. The bags are made in Los Angeles using custom-developed Horween leather from one of the oldest tanneries in the US.

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