Fante Asafo Flags

Not long after Paul Smith's furniture and curiosity shop opened on Albemarle Street in London's Mayfair about a year and a half ago, I went in and was immediately drawn to a large, colourful and undeniably African flag that hung on the wall. I would have bought it if it wasn't something like $3000. Even so, I made a note of what it was: a …

Liberty Of London

An eye for a quirky print, or a knowing nod to the past is a typical Paul Smith trait, and something that Liberty of London has been doing for years. Its massive archive of distinctive prints are used innovatively on pretty much anything you can think of, but it's the signature floral shirts that endure at Liberty's famous London store, as other designers come and …

Oliver Spencer

Like Paul Smith, London-based Oliver Spencer has a definite knack of combining the tailored with the relaxed, culminating in a look that is uniquely his. For me, his stand-out designs are his outerwear (see above for examples from the past couple of seasons). Across the board, the silhouette is clean and undeniably British, with just hint of Mod. Stockist information can be found at Oliver …