Since 2018, we’ve not only been writing about clothes, but making them, too. The Esquire Edit is our capsule collection of Autumn essentials, made in partnership with some of our favourite menswear brands. This year, we’re pleased to announce that new partners – including Oliver Spencer, Universal Works, Mackintosh, Cubitts and Spoke – have come onboard to bolster the Edit’s style chops and create a series of really special pieces. The Edit is designed to be a do-everything capsule wardrobe and with this year’s mix of outerwear, apparel and accessories, we’re happy to say that we’ve achieved just that.
The Esquire Edit will go on sale on October 15 2020, but in the meantime please read on to learn more about this year’s collection.
One of the leading names in British menswear, Oliver Spencer’s aesthetic is easy, bohemian and understated. A self-taught designer, Spencer started out selling vintage formalwear at Portobello Road market, before establishing his own formalwear brand, Favourbrook, which still runs parallel to his eponymous label. Spencer’s main line is utility-inspired, with a rakish flair and sustainability at its core, and we’ve been hoping to form a partnership since this project began. For the Esquire Edit, we have worked with Spencer on a special edition, brown corduroy chore jacket, which might just be the perfect piece of inter-seasonal outerwear. It’s workwear-inspired, but slick enough to be dressed-up, and features subtle Esquire Edit green on the reverse of the collar.
The Workers Club
Back after contributing to the Edit in 2019, utility-wear experts The Workers Club have doubled their input this year, contributing a pair of special edition socks, as well as one of the best Oxford shirts you’ll ever find. The former is a take on TWC’s Varsity socks, which are knitted in England from the finest cotton available. The latter is TWC’s version of the 'perfect' Oxford, which is cut from 185g cotton, and features a bevelled chest pocket, poplin detailing on the collar and a curved hem, so you can wear it tucked in or out.
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The company so synonymous with good coats that its very name is a global byword for wet weather gear. We’re thrilled to have Mackintosh involved in this year’s Edit because the collection needs a coat, and we can’t think of anyone we’d rather make one with. This take on Mackintosh’s Cambridge overcoat is cut from dry-wax cotton, so it keeps the elements at bay. But it’s left unlined, which is good for three reasons. Firstly, you won’t overheat when you’re on the move, and secondly, its looser shape allows for more carefully-chosen layers underneath and thirdly, its softness allows for a better ‘drape’, so it’s more flattering than your average overcoat, too. Win-win-win.
Sunglasses are a year-round necessity, and we’re very proud to offer a pair of the best quality, realised in Esquire Edit green. The good people at Cubitts believe that “your face is the most beautiful canvas you have”, which is why it deserves the best eyewear possible. The British company uses the finest Mazzucchelli acetate, and puts its frames through a fifty-stage production process – including four separate stages of polishing – over the course of six weeks. Each pair is built to be worn, serviced and worn again for years and years. Cubitts frames are, as they say, “a true companion for life.”
Having been involved in the inaugural Esquire Edit in 2018, we’re very happy to welcome Sunspel back into the fold for the 2020 collection. Simply put, there is no better maker of men’s essentials. This year, the company celebrates its 150-year anniversary, and the Nottingham factory is as bustling and prolific as it always has been. For this year’s Edit, we have recast one of Sunspel’s perfect (no, seriously) crew neck T-shirts in the requisite green, as well as one of its crew neck sweats, which is cut in a super soft loop back cotton.
First taking part in last year’s Edit – with a special edition of its suit-carrier-holdall – Bennet Winch is back for 2020 with not one, but two excellent bags. First there’s the Commuter: a lighter and more compact version of the brand’s Weekender. It’s equipped with a series of handy pockets, including a padded laptop sleeve, and comes with a detachable waterproof compartment designed to hold gym kit or grooming products. Secondly, there’s simple tote, which is just the thing for every day uses. Both are cut from 24oz British dyed and bonded waterproof cotton canvas, and both are lined in the Esquire Edit green.
We’re overjoyed that one of our favourite British brands has signed on for this year’s Edit. Since 2009, UW have consistently offered honest, high-quality, timeless riffs on men's staples, and the brand is now firmly established as one of the most exciting names in this country’s menswear community. For the Edit, we’re worked on a two-tone wool cardigan with a baseball-collar that is ideal for autumn layering. Now, if only there was a lightweight overcoat to wear it with…
The humble chino, so integral to any man’s wardrobe, finally gets the attention it deserves, courtesy of Spoke. They offer various styles in countless sizes, so you can finally get a pair that fit you perfectly. For the Edit, we collaborated on a pair of Spoke’s ‘Sharps’, the brand’s slicker, more minimal style. They’re cut in a 7.5oz navy cotton, with a little stretch, and equipped with welt pockets so they’re more than sharp enough to be worn with a blazer.
After featuring in the inaugural Esquire Edit in 2018, Swedish luxury shoemaker CQP has returned for 2020. Two years ago it was a super clean tennis shoe, but this year, in line with the trend for Seventies and Eighties sportswear, we’ve worked together on a special edition of the brand’s ‘Stride’ runner. It features an Italian suede upper and calf leather lining, as well as a Vibram outsole for improved stability and grip. Our special edition model sees the Stride realised with an Esquire Edit green midsole.
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