Oliver Spencer: Popular Streetwear and Traditional Tailoring
Oliver Spencer Menswear Autumn/Winter 2012
Oliver Spencer is a man and a fashion brand. Oli, the man, is a designer, a self-taught tailor, a switched-on, hands-on creative. The brand is an expression of modern man; his tastes, his touch, his style. Oli founded the label in 2002.
He wanted a collection that mirrored his own wardrobe: a bridge between popular streetwear and traditional tailoring. Quality fabrics. Modern fits. Old-school construction. Characteristic details. Exquisite craftsmanship. The recipe abides. The result is wearable, interesting, elegant clothes that are brilliantly put together. Oli’s passion is there in every piece. It’s his name above the door: he’s striving for quality, out there sourcing the fabrics and the buttons and overseeing how it’s all sewn.
It’s why even one Oliver Spencer garment can refresh a wardrobe, make you smile and set you apart. Oli draws inspiration from hunting and the military. He adapts bits of Americana and ideas from Japan into his cool, English aesthetic. He admires Sandy Powell, costume designer for the Martin Scorsese movies Gangs of New York and The Aviator, as much as any fashion designer.
There is no escaping the fact that Oliver Spencer is a modern British brand. More than half the line is made in the UK. Oliver Spencer clothes are worn by music icons, from The Rolling Stones to Paul Weller and The Doves, and by movie stars from Toby Jones, Martin Freeman to Benicio Del Toro.
Oliver Spencer’s runway show for the eponymous label’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was undoubtedly and unsurprisingly one of the most popular events on London Fashion Week’s menswear day. The long-anticipated show revealed yet another successful range of garments that will certainly please the numerous followers that Oliver Spencer has garnered over the years.
The savvy Spencer always displays a host of hip references and influences, and this collection was no exception, drawing on the lifestyle of recently deceased London master, Lucien Freud, to show great jackets in wool tartans, corduroy, and military canvas, as well as tremendous belts, hats, and gloves, all in top quality constructions mostly made in England.
Taking inspiration from “the 1970s art house movement and the iconic persona of a young Lucian Freud” definitely implies that you are not trifling about. And that is certainly the case with stalwart Oliver Spencer’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.
“Emphatic with colour and texture, the collection presents a man brimming with confidence and attitude,” His cool, quintessentially English aesthetic applied to an AW12 collection of smart tailored pieces in an equally smart colour palette of navy, grey, brown and red Oliver served us up some classic accessory pieces with warm winter knitted gloves, x-large scarfs, silk ties, a cheeky man-bag. The patterned-sleeve baseball jacket is a real eye-catcher but the understated stuff packs a slow-burning wallop as well.
Oliver Spencer at Stuarts Of London
Oliver Spencer Bib Front White Shirt OSS86
Oliver Spencer Travel Talbot Sky Jacket OSJ58G
Oliver Spencer Fishtail Byron Green Trousers OST20D
Oliver Spencer Donkey Turner Blue Jacket OSJ164