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TOP 10 JIGSAW MENSWEAR AW17 PICKS
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The clothing retailer Jigsaw has enjoyed a steady renaissance in the menswear sector since its relaunch in 2012 under the direction of Frances Walker. Now the British brand has shown its AW17 hand and has invited MenswearStyle to view its latest collection, available to buy now online. Here are our top picks, let us know in the comments bar below if you agree with our choices.
Italian Blanket Check Chore Jacket
Starting with a real haymaker here. This blanket check chore jacket leapt off the screen. It treads cautiously between showy and subtle. It's lumberjack aesthetic evokes country, it exudes honesty, intrigue and the detail such as the two patch pockets on the front which are nicely blended into the pattern fabric - keeping an overall clean look.
Wool Cashmere Waffle Crew Neck
Just don't let your partner wash this. I have a theory that women like to shrink guys' cashmere sweaters so it will be a better fit for them. Over time they'll commander the piece entirely by an unwritten law of sartorial squatters’ rights. Great interchangeable piece this. I'm sold on the Amber colourway but it's also available in Navy, Flint Grey, and Ebony.
Italian Wool Boucle Bomber
I'm seeing a lot of what Thom Browne refers to as 'surprising proportions' when it comes to bombers this season. It might be a Scandinavian influence, but I dig the look of having the bomber undersized when the colours contrast nicely with the T-shirt or sweater underneath. This updated classic is available in navy and graphite, made from a wool blend bouclé, styled with gunmetal hardware, and is adorned with angular flap pockets.
Compact Wool Epsom Coat
I'm aware it’s not a trench coat but there's something very James Stewart about this Epsom coat. It has that 'would-woo Calista Flockhart' look doesn't it? No? Just me? I'd plump for the navy as my go-to, personally I'm finding the Gandy-camel look a little worn. It's made from a compact wool. Fully lined with two internal pockets, it’s styled with two welt pockets on the outer and finished with horn buttons.
Wool Cashmere Waffle Beanie
I'm a self-confessed, morbidly obsessed, dedicated follower of millinery. This winter I'll be looking for something sturdy to cover my ears. Something that will announce my presence to my contemporaries at the next bloggers’ breakfast. Needless to say this cashmere beanie will team nicely with their cashmere waffle knit crew jumper for coordinated snugness.
Campbell Suede Trainer
This is how you transcend business wear, into business-casual. These revisited Campbell trainers are just what the good foot doctor ordered; injecting a little levity into my currently one-tracked 'all-business' wardrobe. Expertly made in Portugal from Italian suede and available in two colours, they feature gunmetal eyelets, a thick and durable rubber sole and waxed cotton laces.
Shearling Collar Suede Bomber
I think I've been burying the lead here. It might not leap off the screen like the wool check chore jacket, but it’s the quality of this luxury suede bomber jacket that makes it a pack leader. Available in Ebony and a key colour in this season's palette, Hunter Green. Jigsaw are also walking you through the school of layering with their lookbooks. Whoever layered these boys needs a raise - this shearling collar suede bomber is fully lined with a light padding and features a zip fastening and patch pockets for a practical finish.
Windowpane Check Scarf
Perhaps a bit rich for my blood, but that doesn't stop me putting it on my wishlist. I've just come back from Paris which it does for scarfs what Great Yarmouth does for Crazy Golf. They're ubiquitous and you're a nobody without one. This exclusive windowpane check is printed on this autumn/winter scarf for refined warmth. Two toned, this piece is cut in stylish charcoal with a pop of deep amber.
Italian Melange Flannel Check Shirt
And now as the Monty Python boys say, 'time for something completely different'. The flannel check shirt is a divisive piece, I think it got hijacked for a spell by the Shoreditch hipsters and if you didn't have horn rimmed glasses and a portrait neck tattoo, you didn't have the right of passage to wear a flannel check (just a theory). This shirt is made from a cotton flannel woven in Italy by Tessitura Monti. Graphite with an alabaster check design, it has a slim fit, button-down collar and is finished with corozo buttons.
Italian Wool Cotton Twill Trousers
Lastly, if you're looking to take a mini hiatus from denim this season, then check out these cotton twill trouser. Made from a cotton wool blend, they have a slim fit and are styled with horn buttons and a contrast chambray internal waistband and pocket lining. Interchangeable, mature and looks the part when neatly rolled above some heavy-tanned high ankle lace up boots.
"In conclusion there's a fair bit on the wishlist here. A very classy collection. Jigsaw has delivered a high watermark of layering and the quality looks impressive. If I'm being hyper critical I'd like to see a touch more flamboyance, in the patterns especially. Would it be too clichéd to say that a little risk, is the only missing piece of the Jigsaw? Yes, it would. I apologise."