“At a time when travel was restricted and socialising was frowned upon, the world seemed to shrink to our most local neighbourhoods, which had a profound effect on how I observed people. This collection then is the manifestation of that reality and the blurring of how we now dress at work and home, which in many cases is one and the same thing. Inspiration needn’t be lofty or esoteric - sometimes our most influential muses can literally be ‘the guy upstairs.’”
Every element of this collection is designed to easily slide into your current wardrobe, each piece providing manifold new styling options by blurring the lines between casual and smart. With an emphasis on traditional menswear silhouettes, the tones, textures and details of the collection provide myriad ways to incorporate new looks into your seasonal wardrobe.
“Fashion is a feedback loop - looking outwards is the very nature of inspiration. So looking at how customers were styling my clothes in a new framework of living and shopping was really interesting. Our collective digital life is increasingly one of sharing and interaction, and in a way fashion and style has become an even more open-sourced network of its own, which I love.”
Outerwear is defined by the diversity of fabrics on offer, from a technical water-repellent ripstop to ecological wool and fleece. "A new introduction is a full-length hooded parka coat cut in a ripstop and also an undyed, natural-tone ecological wool which is amazingly soft," explains Oli. "Another of my favourite pieces of this collection is the Bembridge fleece jacket with corduroy accents which provides a warm alternative to a coat or traditional jacket." Oli’s perennial Grandpa coat has also been redesigned with a belted inverse box pleat at the rear for a more waisted shape.
Knitwear is more expansive than ever with the Blenheim jumper seeing a number of new iterations, all in a super-soft 100% extrafine wool. Colour-panelling references a vintage motif, with hues of teal and orange overlaid on a canvas of charcoal, while chunky rollnecks provide a warming heritage silhouette.
"With the colours, I wanted to find a combination of tones that kind of clashed and didn't feel too obviously put together to give that sense of nonchalant styling and breaking a few rules."
A variety of new cardigan styles have been added this season, too, from preppy button-down designs to much more robust colour-blocked zip-throughs.
This season’s jersey offering has been expanded, reflecting the shifting ways we’re wearing loungewear in 2021. Jersey silhouettes have been designed with modern versatility in mind, allowing them to be easily integrated into a smart-casual look, or worn on their own in a loungewear aesthetic. Using almost entirely organic cotton in the softest of weaves, the collection sees a new jersey cardigan added as an athletic layering style, together with a trio of side-stripe jogger pants designed to be integrated into a casual wardrobe or worn as a set with matching sweatshirts.
TrousersTrouser shapes reflect a new casual aesthetic, especially in the drawstring category which has taken looser jogger shapes and rendered them in traditional wool and cotton-blend fabrics perfect for wearing at home. Complementing these are pleat trousers cut with a high waist and gradual taper, alongside the straighter-legged fishtail trouser, and a new fatigue trouser with utility pocket details and a double-button waistband.
Shirting has sustainability at its core thanks to the abundant use of 100% organic cotton throughout. From twill and poplin to boucle weave and brushed cotton fabrics, the category also features a variety of collars from button-down to grandad styles, plus a popover smock style. The colour palette sees charcoal and navy tones punctuated with accents of rust, ginger, dark moss green, and rich creams.
Rounding off the collection is an elevated capsule of accessories, crafted in a variety of extrafine wool and cashmere yarns. From Oliver Spencer’s every popular dock and Arbury beanies to a new addition of fine wool and cashmere scarves, the accessories palette reiterates the collection tones of teal, orange, grey and navy.