Meet the new Spring 23 collection at Oliver Spencer, inspired in many ways by the creative flair and bohemianism of London’s artistic communities, past and present. The Bloomsbury Set of the 1920s is always close to our heart at Oliver Spencer, given the proximity to our headquarters on Lambs Conduit Street, but this collection pays particular homage to the hive of artistic talent that found home around Notting Hill Gate in the 1970s, when West London felt like the epicentre of the capital’s vibrant and multicultural art movement.
“I wanted the collection to have a very free-spirited feel about it, full of great menswear pieces that refuse to be defined by a particular genre,” says Oli. “That for me is the essence of the artists, singers, and poets I was thinking about, and so in this collection I’ve tried to represent that same freedom of expression through versatile garments and diverse textures that can be worn in a multitude of different ways.”
The colour palette is purposely muted and neutral, full of cream, beige, navy and green tones, highlighted with bolder accents of taupe, rust, orange, and ochre - all very versatile colours that can be easily assimilated into your current wardrobe.
The Spring 23 shirt collection features a plethora of perennial Oliver Spencer styles, from the grandad shirt to the New York Special, as well as a host of new short-sleeve styles perfect for the summer months. As always, our design process invariably begins with fabric, so you can expect an embarrassment of interesting organic cotton, linen, and jersey textures throughout the collection.
“With the shirts, I wanted to create something of a vintage feel through the choices of fabrics, especially the linen which has that unique slubby texture, as well as using a colour palette that is very easy to mix and match with. The addition of stripes throughout also offers a certain vintage aspect which I love.”
One of the key elements of the season is the concept of the overshirt which has been explored in a number of different shirt and jacket iterations, each one using the functional pocket details as a stylistic touch. The blousons are also a highlight of the collection, featuring myriad different silhouettes constructed from a variety of lightweight fabrics, not least the transitional ‘Penpol’ cloth, which is a brilliant water-repellent performance cotton cloth perfect for wearing throughout spring, as well as the weeks leading into autumn. The Buffalo jacket and Langer bomber are joined by the new Hythe jacket, a modern elevation of a multi-pocket chore jacket-cum-field shirt, perfect for off-duty looks.
The super-soft cotton jersey pieces come in the form of relaxed long-sleeved tees that riff on the traditional Breton top, as well as a host of heavy cotton tees, and cotton cardigans, while the spring knitwear collection features lightweight cotton and linen blends in our perennial Blenheim crew neck style.
Textural, versatile, with hints of vintage styling offering a timeless menswear appeal alongside Oliver Spencer’s more contemporary shapes, it’s a collection we’ve really loved to make, and one we think you’ll love wearing in your own inimitable way, too.Shop Spring 23