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The Best Artisanal Menswear Brands to Have on Your Radar

A new age of exquisite craftsmanship and mindful menswear is here, and Liberty has the lowdown on its inner-circle
By: George Elliot

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The Best Artisanal Menswear Brands to Have on Your Radar

The Best Artisanal Menswear Brands to Have on Your Radar

A new age of exquisite craftsmanship and mindful menswear is here, and Liberty has the lowdown on its inner-circle

By: George Elliot

A new chapter in fashion's ever-evolving design story is here, one where a devotion to quality, craftsmanship and a no-detail-too-small approach to making is set to dominate the season’s style narrative. What’s more, it’s a plot that’s unfolding right here at Liberty. Breathing new life into traditions and techniques of old, from patchworking and crochet to weaving and hand-dyeing, all in the name of creating cherishable investment pieces that’ll last you a lifetime, here Liberty invites you to discover seven of the movement's artisanal menswear brands

Paul Smith Regular Fit Shirt, £325

Paul Smith

Synonymous with Britain’s brilliantly eccentric fashion scene, Sir Paul Smith champions creativity and curiosity through his sharp, humorous and famously vibrant designs. First taught to make clothes by his wife Pauline Denyer, sat around their kitchen table, now – some fifty years later – his namesake label has risen to become a beloved household name. Expect wardrobe staples decked in his signature stripe, timeless tailoring and luxe fabrics in energising colours.

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Kapital

Often inspired by classic Americana (think: hippie iconography, baseball shirts and retro advertising) but made in Japan with fervent precision and a respect for the country’s renowned garment making methods, Kapital’s aesthetic is one of East meets West. Taking its name from Kojima, Okayama – the district known as Japan’s Denim Capital – and run by father and son duo Toshikiyo and Kiro Hirata, since its beginnings in 1985 it has risen from relative obscurity to become a denim and streetwear label of cult status.

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Kapital 40s Wool I-Five Varsity Jacket, £1,025
Liberty Artisan Anemone Kingly Hemp Shirt, £165

Liberty

Decked in an array of meticulously hand-painted prints – from psychedelic paisleys and exquisite florals to quirky graphics and tropical botanicals – you only have to glance at a Liberty shirt to know instantly that it hails from our London emporium. But along with how extraordinary they look, they're considered to be in a league of their own because of what they embody: exceptional craftsmanship, our unrivalled textile heritage and the rebellious spirit of individuality.

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Oliver Spencer

Sophisticated yet never overly formal, casual without looking careless, Oliver Spencer’s menswear has become the embodiment of new-age tailoring. Disassociating tailoring from stuffiness, at the heart of his namesake label is an uncompromising drive to make production and provenance a priority. Working only with the finest fabrics and yarns from British and Italian mills, and partnering with a select collective of European workshops and factories, it’s this no-corners-cut approach that makes this self-taught designer a leading name within London’s legendary tailoring scene.

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Oliver Spencer Eton Collar Mullins Denim Shirt, £150
Bode Beaded Blackjack Short Sleeve Shirt, £450

Bode

Fuelled by the excitement she first felt when treasure hunting around antique markets as a child, Emily Adams Bode and her eponymous brand (pronounced Boh-dee) lovingly reworks foraged vintage fabrics into wearable – and sometimes one-of-a-kind – objet d'art. Breathing new life into rare textiles, each Bode collection is designed in the label’s New York studio and meticulously tailored by local artisans, all of which draw upon a wealth of traditionally female-centric skills, from quilting and embroidery to appliqué and mending.

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Dries Van Noten

The third generation in a family of tailors, Dries Van Noten’s passion for fabrics, crafting and fashioning beautiful but functional clothing was inherited at an early age. Once an original member of the Antwerp Six – the collective of avant-garde designers that propelled Belgium onto the global fashion stage in the 1980s – today his play with textures, sculptural shaping and richly coloured prints are all style signatures that have earnt him a cult following. These are the kind of collector’s items that will become part of your forever wardrobe.

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Dries Van Noten Satin Elasticated Trousers, £645
Carhartt WIP LS Krenz Shirt, £140

Carhartt WIP

Ask any hype-hunter and they’ll tell you that Carhartt WIP is (or at least should be) the cornerstone of any wardrobe. First founded back in 1989 and with an objective to make staples that stand the test of time, its fusion of rugged-American-workwear-meets-streetwear is still enjoying cult-status some 30 years later. Adopted as a uniform by skaters, musicians, cool kids and more besides, it’s Carhartt WIP’s quality-first approach to fashion that also makes its menswear so coveted. Expect robust fabrics, lifelong durability and expert construction.

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