Last month we brought you part one of our Essentials Wish List. Having had a a brilliant response to the post we’ve decided to make it a monthly feature. For as long as great brands produce great pieces (that we believe are essential items for our wardrobes, homes and self) then we’ll be here with the latest Essentials wish list.
With that said – here are the well designed, expertly crafted pieces we’ve currently got added to our online shopping baskets. This is the wishlist.
FORM & THREAD Breton Stripe Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Founded by Chris Bell & Rich Jeal, Form & Thread was born out of a simple frustration : excellent quality menswear essentials are too expensive. Any company that teams up with Europes leading textile manufacturers to produce affordable essentials are clearly going to be a MANimalist favourite.
If you’ve read our recent “Spring Essentials : Tips from the Experts” piece then you’ll have seen that our good friend Mike Lyons suggested a clean Breton Stripe to get us through the Spring months. The Form & Thread Breton striped shirt is made from 100% luxury long staple cotton, a slightly heavier cut that makes the garment perfect to wear as a layering piece or on its own.
£45 from www.formandthread.com
FILMORE SKINCARE Face Wash & Moisturiser
Glasgow based Filmore Skincare aren’t about to let Scotland’s fantastic watch manufacturer’s hog all the limelight. Filmore believe that men’s skincare should be a ‘routine not a regime’ and have “strived to produce a simple to use, trustworthy, stylisy and effective range of products that fit seamslessly into your daily life”
Two such products are F-1 Coconut and pomegranate infused face wash and the F-2 aloe vera, sweet almond and pomegranate oil infused daily moisturiser. Paraben, sulphates and animal testing free, both products are packaged in Nordic-inspired, minimalist dispensers. In fact, the moisturiser is bottled in an airless / lock dispenser that allows you to get 100% of the product out, whilst ensuring that no bacteria is pulled into the bottle.
£35 from www.filmoreskincare.com
COS Zip Cuff Jersey Trousers
Cos offer everything that MANimalist holds dear. A fashion brand offering modern, functional and considered design. Their collection revolves around classic wardrobe essentials that are made to ‘last beyond the season’. Next time you walk past a store front featuring clean understated collections, an architectural design concept and Scandinavian furniture from HAY, stop in – it’s probably a Cos Store.
Their slim-cut jersey trousers are made from medium weight cotton jersey. The choice of material allows for these tapered fit trousers to have a comfortable stretch. Front and back pockets, belt loops and a subtle zip fastening on the cuffs combine to create a pair of trousers that fall perfectly between business and casual.
£69 from http://www.cosstores.com
IT’S NICE THAT Printed Pages
With a belief in championing the most exciting and engaging work online, in print and through an organised events programme, It’s Nice That have been at the forefront of design and visual communications for years. Issue 13 of their bi-annual Printed Pages marks It’s Nice That’s 10th anniversary.
The magazine includes 240 pages of inspiring work and engaging articles featuring creatives from around the world. Issue 13 of Printed Pages actually made it out of our basket and into our post box. Enticed by their ‘pre-order’ offering which includes a host of freebies such as prints, stickers and postcards, we’ve got absolutely no regrets. We’ll be picking up every issue from here on.
£10 from www.companyofparrots.com
AXEL ARIGATO Clean 90 Trainers
The white minimal sneaker has seen a revival of late but as Common Projects quickly gain cult status, there is another Swedish brand who are offering a great version of their own. 2 year old Axel Arigato rose in popularity back in 2015 by releasing a new shoe every week. Hard to believe from such a young company.
Among their releases was the Clean 90. Made in plain white leather with a leather heel and white Italian margom soles, the Clean 90 comes in at a relatively affordable £150. Again, hard to believe when you take the quality of the shoe into account. The leather and lining is a little stiffer than the CP and toe box slightly wider – whether that’s a pro or con will depend on your feet and personal taste.
£150 from www.axelarigato.com
HAY Flower Pot w/ Saucer
Arguably one of the largest trends of 2017 so far has been that of indoor plants in the home. We’ve been lusting over the trend ever since we stumbled across Sheffield based photographers Magnus and India, otherwise known as Haarkon. Their Instagram account is and endless source of green inspiration
Danish design brand Hay have released a minimal flowerpot and saucer made out of black or grey polystone – a modern, composite material with an industrial yet elegant appeal. We’ve recently invested in some Cacti that are in need of some room to grow. The HAY flowerpot will do just the trick.
Starting at £10 from www.utilitydesign.co.uk
Commes Des Garcon PLAY Grey T-Shirt
Pioneering Japanese label Commes des Garçons introduced their PLAY line in 2002, with a collection of wardrobe basics. Rei Kawakubo’s minimalist knits all feature a playful bug-eyed heart logo, design by New York artist Filip Pagowski.
A grey t-shirt is a wardrobe staple and this piece from CdG PLAY fulfils our desire for a minimal tee with a little bit of added personality. This timeless basic logo tee is made from 100% raw Japanese cotton and features a ribbed collar. We’ve been advised to size up as shrinkage can occur due to the nature of the material.
£70 from www.endclothing.com
HEY GENTS Magazine Issue 01
Hey Gents is a Sydney based men’s lifestyle publication that aims to explore products and experiences for the modern man. Their focus on design and quality combined with their love of a minimal aesthetic is something that automatically drew us to their website. With articles covering everything from menswear to architecture, travel to tech and much more, we became instant fans.
Their first print magazine has just been launched and if their work so far is anything to go by, it will prove to be a must-have. Our copy is actually in transit from Australia as we speak so keep an eye out for our review when it lands.
I’ve spoken about my love for Hey Gents in more detail over at Buckets & Spades Blog.
15 AUD from www.heygents.com.au
SUNSPEL Grey Melange Sweat Shirt
Along with coffee, pulling on a super soft fine cotton grey sweater is up there with our favourite ways to start the day. Nottingham based manufacturer Sunspel has been making superior cotton goods since 1860 and it’s true what they say – practise makes perfect. Their collection of simple, lightweight Egyptian cotton garments have seen them become recognised as a prioneer of British craftsmanship.
The grey loopback sweatshirt is something that every man should own. Sunspel’s offering features specially developed loopback cotton-jersey and is constructed with extra fine, tightly fitted yarn. The result is a lighter fabric that’s less prone to pilling. Brushed for an even softer feel and finished with a classic V neck stitch, this grey jumper is a must have.
£95 from www.weaversdoor.com
ACE & TATE Benjamin Sunglasses in Chocolate Chip
Ace & Tate claim to be everything MANimalist seek out in a brand and they don’t just walk the walk. They’re stripping out the middle man, the license holders and the retailers and allowing us to purchase high quality glasses at a fair price. Sound good so far? Well it gets better – their Amsterdam based design team produce ‘future classic, not short term thrills’. They also conform to the belief system ‘form follows function’ and are vocal in letting us know that they believe ‘good design isn’t just about looking good, it’s about seeing clearly too’.
Woutar Kaan recently shared a photo on Instagram that had us obsessed with this particular frame. Structurally crisp, the Benjamin has a rounded frame and keyhole bridge. Ace & Tate describe his character as approachable, educated, smart and offbeat. That works for us.
£98 from www.aceandtate.co.uk