John Lewis has long enjoyed a well-deserved reputation as an exceptional menswear designer. Each of its three men’s formal and casualwear collections ‒ Kin, John Lewis and John Lewis & Co – offers a distinctive aesthetic and individual style, along with a shared emphasis on British heritage.
Kin by John Lewis
Known for creating affordable, well-designed, contemporary yet timeless garments, Kin by John Lewis has a minimalist aesthetic enhanced by clean shapes, modern materials and Scandinavian-inspired styling.
This season the label is returning to its roots, with a collection designed for the modern urbanite and filled with seasonal staples. Options include an ultra-lightweight rain coat; a nylon bomber in sporty, malleable fabrics; a knitted blazer in a double wool-faced jersey blend; and a lightweight jersey shirt.
The collection’s colour palette is broadly based on shades of grey offset with pops of russet and claret, and navy combined with flashes of teal, yellow and pastel pink. Navy is the label’s signature shade and this season it has been used in linear geometric prints and styled navy-on-navy to create a layered look. Accessory options include a canvas drawstring bag, a large holdall and a cabin-friendly suitcase with bright citrus lining.
The John Lewis line takes classic English menswear and gives it a characterful overhaul to produce working attire with a relaxed edge.
For spring/summer 2015, the label has taken a tour of Central and South America. The formalwear range is inspired by São Paulo, with a sharp, tailored aesthetic seen in single-breasted suits with notch lapels, and indigo suits with fresh blue and white cut-away collar shirts and richly toned ties. El Salvador’s influence can be seen in the buggy-lined suits and unstructured jackets. Accessories, ranging from panama hats to bright, plaited leather belts, are designed to suit warmer weather.
Casualwear is designed to adapt to transitional summer conditions and references Inca history and the rich traditions of the Andes in its range of multi-functional knitwear, lightweight nylon short-length jackets and field jackets in indigo, forest green and red. Pieces inspired by Rio offer a bolder aesthetic and include colourful yet functional shirts layered with blazers in cotton/linen blends. A selection of bright chino shorts resonates with the scene at Peru’s Máncora beach. Meanwhile the Breton stripe T-shirt, Trekker backpack and nylon barrel bag are all versatile style staples.
John Lewis & Co
Inspired by John Lewis’s rich heritage and vast archives, the John Lewis & Co collection draws on the traditional craftsmanship of tailoring. The line is designed entirely in-house and brings together the highest quality materials from Britain and Europe. With an uncompromising approach to design details, it is ideal for men with an eye for fabric and style.
Botany inspires the spring/summer 2015 collection, with natural textiles and a fresh colour palette featured throughout. Design details also reference this season’s 1970s trend: jackets feature wide lapels, patch pockets and printed trims; suit trousers have side-adjusters, notched waistbands and turned up hems; and waistcoats complete the look. Shirts featuring soft cut-away and tab collars also include subtle vintage detailing that reflects the spirit of the brand.
The more casual collection finds inspiration in Asian botany, with Japanese floral prints and shades of aubergine and dusty pinks adding interest to indigo basics. Despite its more relaxed feel, the collection still values detailing, as seen in the button-through collar on shirts and new spread collar shapes. Linen is the key fabric, worked into new blends to create deconstructed blazers, jersey and knits, while innovative weatherproof fabrics have been used to create waterproof blazers and rain coats.