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AW14'S KEY MEN'S JACKETS

03.09.14

That bitter-sweet moment has at last arrived; it's time to fold up your shorts, pack away your short-sleeved shirts and bring your knitwear collection out of retirement. Autumn's first chill has squarely arrived, making those extra layers pressingly important - the most crucial weapon in a style aficionado's sartorial arsenal is surely an on-trend jacket. We run through the buy now, wear now men's jackets which will fend off chills and look impossibly stylish both now, and well into the season ahead.

BOMBS AWAY

The bomber jacket's provenance lies - like many menswear staples - in military history. Originally designed to grace the backs of pilots, the very first versions of the now iconic jacket were designed with practicality in mind (it had to withstand high altitude temperatures).

Although modern versions also offer a warming extra layer, with manifestations appearing in silk, nylon and cotton - not to mention all manner of different shades - the bomber has transcended practical origins to become synonymous with innovative, youthful style.

Model wears: the Hardcourt navy bomber jacket

On Reiss: Few items of outwear have the same instant ability as the bomber jacket to bestow cool insouciance upon their wearer. And, to emphasise this, in the Hardcourt jacket's panel design and technical fabrication, we offer a new, directional take on a classic - but one which embraces the jacket's core aesthetic.

TAKE FLIGHT

Much like its close sartorial counterpart (the bomber jacket) the archetypal aviator jacket was designed with warmth and function in mind (despite its reputation among jackets for men as being highly decorative).

Typically featuring large lapels, a textured lining and collar tab detail, the aviator jacket's instantly recognisable design lends itself to endless reinvention.

Model wears: the Caleb aviator jacket 

On Reiss: To retain a modern feel, in the Caleb aviator jacket, our design team chose to keep design pared-back. You'll find essential design features, but thanks to a rendering in a subtle navy hue, and just the slightest hint of texture at the collar, the Caleb jacket feels wonderfully understated.

RETURN OF THE MAC

The macintosh's is one of menswear's longest serving icons, and for good reason too. The eponymous garment takes its name from creator Charles Macintosh, whose fashionable and functional design has firmly embedded itself in the wardrobes of men and women in countries plagued by persistent rain.

Though the original was crafted from entirely rubberised material, modern iterations capitalise on innovative fabric techniques and come in highly-practical (yet highly desirable) fabrications. Nipped, tucked, re-imagined and reinvigorated countless times, though the macintosh has long been a muse for menswear designers, in essence, the same great design persists.

Model wears: the Talbot navy mac On Reiss: We believe that some designs are best left largely intact, that's why for AW14, the Talbot mac retains all those great features you'd expect from the stylish cover-up. Slimmed-down slightly to reflect a modern aesthetic, the design is a triumph of clean lines and a pared-back sensibility. Discover our Cover to Cover menswear fashion feature. For more key AW14 menswear trends read our Grey Matters and Full Bodied Burgundy blog posts.