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6 Style Brands at the Cutting Edge of Creative Design

Norlha

Norlha AW23

Cashmere and merino might be on your style radar, but yak wool? Dechen Yeshi and her mother, Kim, founded in 2005 to bring the benefits of this lesser-known yarn to a wider audience, which has all the softness and warmth of its illustrious cousin, cashmere, but greater heft and resilience. Yeshi – whose father is Tibetan – established her workshop in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture to provide employment to the people of the plateau and reignite indigenous craft methods, including the hand felting of yak wool. Clothing, accessories and blankets made from khullu – the soft, downy fibres of baby yaks – are all part of the brand’s repertoire and once you’ve sampled it, you’ll never go back to plain old cashmere again.

More details at Norlha.

Ettinger

Ettinger x Rory Dobner notebook

Despite the abundance of smart gadgets, sometimes you just can’t beat pen and paper for capturing those lightbulb moments. It’s exactly why luxury leather goods brand, Ettinger, has produced a limited edition leather-bound notebook with pro-paper artist, Rory Dobner. Bound by historic London printers, Barnard & Westwood, the A5-sized plain-page jotter is housed in a sturdy, yet soft cover embossed with Dobner’s most characterful illustration, Nigel the Owl, alongside a set of handsome pocket watches. As an added bonus, a proportion of the proceeds from the sale of each notebook go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, to inspire others to get their creative juices flowing.

More details at Ettinger.

Begg x Co

Valatzu Bruce McLean lambswool-cashmere blanket

Few brands know the importance of a cosy accessory like Begg x Co, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given its roots in the Scottish Borders. For AW22, alongside its usual offering of cloud-soft cashmere knits and scarves, it’s collaborated with celebrated Scottish painter and sculptor Bruce McLean for a blanket featuring the shapes and colours of his Gardenworks series, which is inspired by the light and shade of his Menorcan studio garden. Just dive beneath it when the mercury heads south to feel the warm embrace of the Balearics.

More details at Begg x Co.

Louis Vuitton

Lois Vuitton AW22

Parisian brands have always marched to their own trend setting beat, but for the past few years, the house of Vuitton has been moving to a symphony entirely of its own. This creative dynamism is, in no small part, due to the maison’s late, great, creative director, Virgil Abloh. AW22 is the final collection to bear his singular touch and its mix of tapestry coats woven with work of painters Gustave Courbet and Giorgio de Chirico, street-ready floral-print parkas and plush velvet tailoring, showcase Abloh’s innate skill for fusing high and low, which brought streetwear into the realms of high fashion. This is the masterwork of one of the greats of the modern atelier.

More details at Louis Vuitton.

Future Present

Future Present Coats

The Japanese are famed for a number of things: a skill for preparing raw fish, watches to rival those of the Cantons, and a fondness for karaoke being a few select examples. But a knack for competent, outside-the-box design is probably their biggest ace card. Vinicius Cipriano and Noelle Rodrigues, founders of Future Present, certainly think so. Established in London by the creative duo in 2021, the online destination is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of the brightest independent labels hailing from the far eastern nation. The intelligently curated range of clothing and accessories offers technically advanced fabrics, innovative treatments, and idiosyncratic cuts that showcase the design prowess of the Land of the Rising Sun with the clarity of a crisp Niigata sake.

More details at Future Present.

S.S. Daley

S.S. Daley

Our Continental cousins might claim the bragging rights when it comes to highbrow art, but English culture has always been a rich source of inspiration for the artistically inclined – and in particular, for those in the rag trade. Through his eponymous label, S.S. Daley, Liverpudlian designer Steven Stokey-Daley riffs on the stylings of English aristocrats and eclectic country types. Alongside upcycling vintage embroidered tablecloths into one-of-a-kind shirts, his Britishmade argyle knits, oversized plaid outerwear, and billowy slacks have all the poetic whimsy of the Bloomsbury Group. So, while you might not be Lord of the Manor, you can at least dress the part.

More details at S.S. Daley.

About the author

Shane C. Kurup

Shane is a men’s style editor who has worked for a range of leading titles, including The MR PORTER Journal, Men’s Health UK, Esquire US, PORT, The Telegraph and Wallpaper*. He’s rather partial to a jazzy silk shirt, wide-leg trousers and a gin and Dubonnet (or three).

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