Menswear on Berwick Street
If you pass the hustle of Oxford Street and walk off the main road, you’ll probably find yourself on Berwick Street. Sitting just behind Carnaby, Berwick is full of market stalls and more importantly for me, stores with a strong menswear heritage. Similar to what I shared in my post on Seven Dials, this slow paced way of shopping is more enjoyable. There may be fewer stores, but you’ll find yourself making measured purchases.
Oliver Spencer, 81 Berwick Street
First on the list for this whistle stop tour is Oliver Spencer. Arguably one of my favourite designers who always makes me have one eye on London Collection Men. The store was relatively quiet meaning I got talking to Ethan, manager of the store, about the new collection. Oliver Spencer’s new collection places importance on good fabrics, more relaxed silhouettes and as always, woollen pieces. You can find this well thought on store on the corner of Livonia Street and Berwick Street.
Sandqvist, 79 Berwick Street
One thing that social media is great for, is introducing me to new brands. Sandqvist was one of these brands a while ago and since then I’ve always been keen in visiting the store. This was my first visit and it was great to see the bags up close. For me they have a great balance of practicality and style, not giving you the appearance of a year six schoolboy, but a man that has two hands free.
Nudie Jeans, 29 D'Arblay Street
Nudie Jeans was also new on my ever-growing radar that I must check in with. Their store on D’Arblay Street was a denim treat for the eyes. As you walk in, you won’t miss the in-store repair shop. Whatever the issue is with your denim, bring them in and they’ll fix them up for you free of charge. With plenty of selvedge on display, I pretty much guarantee you’ll find a pair that will fit nicely. And if you don’t, well there’s always the repair shop for a tweak or two.
Universal Works, 40 Berwick Street
One of Matthew Pike's favourites, Universal Works was the last shop I wanted to visit on Berwick Street. Having a strapline of quality menswear, the Midlands-born brand focuses on good materials and working with trusted factories. AW16 looks and equally important, feels great. Plenty of olive and navy pieces, the later being something I've been wearing a lot of recently. I purchased a navy short sleeve and next time I think I'll find myself picking up something a little more weather appropriate.