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25 January 2016

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In just over one week's time, Jacket Required opens the doors to its 10th edition of the premium menswear tradeshow, welcoming over 300 collections of premium product for the modern man into our capital, at Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch.
 
In an ever-changing and increasingly demanding retail landscape, the menswear tradeshow looks to uphold its continuing promise – to offer a carefully curated line-up of the very best brands from the world over, worthy of investment from visiting international buyers.

See the full list of brands joining us so far on the Jacket Required website.
 


Barbour



In 1894 in South Shields, North East England, John Barbour began supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea weather. While this was just the beginning of the Barbour story, these first weatherproof items quickly established the reputation of the brand for innovation and quality. Now a fifth-generation, family-owned business and proud holder of three Royal Warrants, the leading global lifestyle label draws inspiration from the unique values of the British countryside to offer a complete functional yet fashion forward wardrobe.

For autumn/winter 2016, Barbour showcases the very best of its men’s footwear and accessories at Jacket Required. With highlights including Brogue Derby boots, Chukkas and Chelsea boots alongside its much loved wellingtons, Barbour’s latest footwear offering is designed to the same high standard as its clothing collection – rugged, robust and durable – with a focus on quality and fitness for purpose. The new season also sees the brand team up with fellow British label Universal Works for the first time, to launch a new exclusive collaborative collection of three bags which are a unique interpretation of Barbour’s iconic accessories – whether for weekends away or the city commute. The range features a wax cotton Advance Holdall, Alliance Backpack and Active Tarras all carrying a distinctive, specially designed joint logo. Ideal for weekends away in the country or the city commute, they are designed for practicality and style. The collection affirms the renowned attention to detail of the Barbour brand which is second to none.


Indigofera Prima Jeans



Inspired by good times, Mats Andersson and Johan Söderlund founded Indigofera Prima Jeans in Stockholm, Sweden, in the spring of 2009. Channelling the aesthetics, quality and attention to detail of the 50s and 60s, the design duo bring you clothing that doesn’t just look good, but improves with each wear – aging individually, as uniquely as its owner, to work for everyday living.

With the majority of fabrics woven specifically for the brand in limited quantities, Indigofera work closely with European, American and Japanese mills to keep this its first focus, before mapping out the cut and sew with its specifically chosen manufacturers in Portugal and through the rest of Europe. The brand name itself is a tribute to the colour indigo – the very essence of jeans, at the heart of manufacturing and the brand’s daily dedication to denim. With a strong appreciation for heritage, influenced by the past, Indigofera Prima Jeans channels this nostalgia to adapt an old-fashioned quality and workmanship that’s tailored to fit the modern way – for garments made with the right materials, put together in the best way possible – resulting in a functional collection to suit any time. 


Saucony



Originating from Saucony Creek in Pennsylvania, the American brand, founded in 1898, has been producing running shoes renowned for high-quality and innovative technical performance since 1968. With over a century of footwear innovation and expertise, the label first produced only children’s shoes, before moving into creating boots for the first American astronaut to walk in space, military footwear for the US Army in World War II and the trainers Rod Dixon wore when he won the New York City marathon in 1983, all building a platform for Saucony to take off as a recognisable brand.

Saucony Originals utilises classic silhouettes from the brand’s illustrious, authoritative history to bring back authentic running shoes for the discerning, fashion conscious consumer. A brand renowned for its alliances with select stores to produce something new outside seasonal releases, Saucony have teamed up with Tokyo sneaker boutique Atmos to reinvent throwback style with The Jazz, its most renowned model and the brand's all-time bestselling sneaker. A move to Massachusetts in 2008 also saw the brand team up with Boston based store Bodega, working together on 10 separate occasions to craft the champion of all collaborative collections.

Retaining exclusivity – its limited run of premium styles utilise luxury materials and are only available at carefully selected independent retailers throughout the year – Saucony continue to switch up materials, offering new versions of each model season upon season and presenting an always-evolving collection of sneakers across a selection of styles and colours.


Alpha Industries



Founded in 1959, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Alpha Industries started life initially as a contractor to the United States military, with its first real test to manufacture Air Force N-3B parkas and Navy shipboard shirts for the Department of Defence. Some 11 years later, to keep the production lines running between government contracts, the brand began to manufacture a small amount of jackets under a number of pseudonyms, specifically for the commercial market.

After founder Samuel Gelber passed away at the age of 67, his wife and two sons-in-law took the reins, expanding the brand’s reach and producing its very first wholesale offering, featuring iconic styles available to servicemen of the US armed forces. This move gave birth to the brand’s iconic status as an international military inspired, fashion apparel brand that today retains its authentic signature style with unsurpassed performance characteristics.

For autumn/winter 2016, Alpha Industries works on its classic archive jackets, updating the collection with new materials and cuts. Key styles are, of course, the renowned MA-1 in varied lengths, and a new range of N3B parkas. While sage green, rep blue and black continue to be strongly represented colourways, the brand draws huge inspiration from a recent visit to Tonga, where the team met the island’s native residents, developing a strong appreciation for the art of tattoo. It’s this experience that influences the design for the new autumn/winter season – with the introduction of Tonga tattoo prints on apparel and jackets. 


TSPTR



TSPTR stands for Truth, Symmetry, Pleasure, Taste, Recognition – which sets the tone for both the brand's ethos and approach to design. Originally the principles of American architect Louis Henry Sullivan, dubbed the father of skyscrapers and modernism, it's these five elements and a notion that ‘form should ever follow function' that the brand channels as much as possible in each collection – every garment has to have quality, functionality and meaning.

An exploration of American counter-culture and yesteryear military and sportswear, TSPTR draws inspiration from pop art, employing the use of iconic characters to present well-made garments with a playful, tongue-in-cheek humour. Paying homage to American college style – its focus is on authentic athletic tailoring, graphics and the use of premium materials to reference anti-war humour, the Vietnam era and pop culture icons. Anti-hero, good man Charlie Brown and his pet Snoopy, the beagle were both unofficial military mascots during the war, often seen emblazoned on patches or painted on Air Force helmets – these days, the label continues to rely on its old friends, Charles M. Schulz’s The Peanuts gang, for its graphics from the 60s and 70s – cartoon characters with a sharp sense of humour, its story inherent in the collection.


Ideal Cap Co.



Born in the USA, The Ideal Cap Company manufactures headwear in small factories, made by a small band of loyalists throughout the States.

Incorporating the historic baseball caps of the Cooperstown Ball Cap Company, along with sporting, ethnic, fashion and historical baseball designs from all over the world, the Ideal Cap is custom made. The brand offers a curated selection of caps in current and traditional styles paying tribute to professional, semi-professional and even some fictional league teams, including the 1950 Red Top Ale Brewery Team, 1936 Sing Sing Inmates, the 1929 Baltimore Black Sox, the 1946 Los Angeles White Sox, to name just a few. 

Guaranteed not only for workmanship but for fit and beauty – it’s a wonderful thing, a well-made cap.
 

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