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Five independent brands you should know this season

Five independent brands you should know this season

Approaches to post-lockdown dressing vary widely depending on who you speak to. Some of us can’t wait to dive back into our pre-pandemic style, while others are seeking ways to keep up the cosy factor we’ve grown used to after a year at home. So when it comes to refreshing your wardrobe after not just a season, but a whole year off, where do you start? The answer is right here: with five fresh new brands that will help level up your style this spring, however that looks for you. 

From sporty style to smarter pieces and even a hint of summer, these brands have got you covered. And the best bit? They’re all independent, so you can top up your wardrobe with a clearer conscience, and the knowledge that your new clothes are truly worth the investment. Plus, you probably won’t be bumping into anyone in the same outfit as you – win, win.

Frescobol Carioca

Photographed: Frescobol Carioca UK PAULO BLAZER (£385)

Why we love it

Okay, we know it’s only just turned spring, but you can’t blame us for already dreaming of summer. Whether you’re planning a post-pandemic getaway or sticking to your local lido, there’s one brand we think you should know about. Frescobol Carioca (even the name, meaning ‘Fresh from Rio’, conjures the scent of suncream) has you covered for all your resort-wear needs, from swimming costumes to preppy Riviera-inspired pieces. So even if you’re staying put this year, you can bring the summer holiday vibes into your at-home wardrobe – you’ll be the envy of your local park.

Our favourite spring style

This seersucker blazer is ideal for smart casual looks. Style it with shorts and tee, chinos and shirts, or even jeans and merino jumpers for a laid-back look with a gently tailored feel. The fabric is naturally summery, but we think you’ll be reaching for this piece all year.

Percival

Photographed: Percival Christo Stripe Knit Polo (£55)

Why we love it

Hackney brand Percival combines understated British style with a hint of humour and sustainability via internationally sourced fabrics and materials. It claims to ‘subvert the classics’, and with best-selling styles including an embroidered Octopus dressed as a sushi chef and a ramen-bowl patterned Cuban shirt, we’re not about to dispute it. But quirky prints aside, Pervical’s pieces are designed in a classic, timeless style that you won’t get bored of. It bucks the trend of rigid, unsustainable seasonal ‘drop’ dates in favour of small, fresh, and varied collections you’ll be returning to for years – not just seasons – to come.

Our favourite spring style

Post-lockdown dressing draws a thin line between our need for comfort and our craving for new, exciting styles that we’ve neglected over the past year. This knitted orange polo is exactly the kind of piece to help you toe that line as we ease our way from laid-back lockdown looks back into smart casual style.

Raeburn

Photographed: RÆBURN SI QUILTED GILET OLIVE (£175)

Why we love it

If you’re into the idea of capsule wardrobes, you’ll want to know Raeburn. The East London brand wears its sustainability ethos (quite literally) on its sleeve, reworking surplus fabrics and garments into contemporary and functional pieces. Inspired by military and utilitarian clothing with a hint at streetwear, Raeburn’s unique styles strike the perfect balance of distinctive yet timeless dressing. So whether you’re a utility jacket and chinos kinda guy, or prefer to keep it casual in cargo pants and anoraks, you can count on Raeburn to have a versatile, recycled version that’s easy to match with the rest of your wardrobe.

Our favourite spring style

The weather’s warming up, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need outerwear. On cooler evenings or on unpredictable showery days, we’ll be reaching for this quilted gilet. It’s a  great spring alternative to your coat, and in the colder seasons, you can wear it as an extra-warming mid-layer.

Reigning Champ

Why we love it

If like us, you’ve used a year in lockdown to fully embrace the athleisure trend, then let us introduce you to Reigning Champ. Its sporty collections combine style and comfort, so you won’t have to worry about squeezing back into your tight-fitting pre-pandemic wardrobe any time soon. With Reigning Champ, you can keep the laid-back vibes going all through spring without looking like you’ve spent the whole day on the sofa – even if you have.

Our favourite spring style

It might sound counter-productive, but activewear containing wool, like this perfect loose-fitting tee, is an excellent investment. Not only does it last longer than polyester, but it’s also better at dispelling odours as it regulates your body temperature more effectively – ideal for when you’re exercising outdoors (or just lounging at home) in changeable spring weather. If anything, you’ll wish you heard about it sooner. 

Riley Studio

Why we love it

London-based Riley Studio designs ethical and sustainable gender-neutral clothing that doesn’t go out of style. If you’ve barely shopped for clothes beyond loungewear in the past year, it can be hard to know exactly what to look for – so take a leaf out of Riley Studio’s stylebook. Unmoved by trends, its responsibly-made collections are ‘for life, not just a season’ – and we can’t think of a better reason to invest. As we step a tentative foot into new looks for spring, you can’t do much better than timeless styles that are made with sustainability, versatility, and longevity in mind.

Our favourite spring style

Wearing dark coloured shorts is a good starting point to ease into wearing fewer layers. The shade makes them feel conservatively summery and is super easy to style with any other colour. We especially love this pair for its sleek, comfy silhouette that nods to a utility vibe with its functional pockets.


Words: Ella White
Styling: Artemis Crowley