Bells, whistles: who needs them? Reindeers and referees, maybe – but when it comes to our mid-season wardrobe, we like to keep things supremely simple. It’s why we’re fans of A Kind of Guise, the German-based brand offering minimalist, contemporary menswear and womenswear that anyone with a penchant for the timeless can get behind.
They’ve just released the first drop of their AW21 collection, a substantial range of apparel, footwear and accessories for those liminal autumnal months. It’s inspired by Georgia, exploring how its location between Western Asia and Eastern Europe has enriched it with a unique culture, diverse cities and – it must be said – enviably good wine. The star of the show is the Janga Jacket, a ranger jacket named after a summit in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and finished with patch pockets, embroidered badges and adjustable cuffs.
There’s also a selection of new shirts for this season, minimal as expected but with tiny little details that make us smile. Take the Gioia Shirt – it’s cut from a striped cotton inspired by Georgia’s cascading streams, with a very small fringe applique mimicking a fly fishing bait. Or the Flores Shirt, finished with a print showcasing the boundless fields of Tusheti and made with lightweight cotton to ride out any last-gasp heatwaves.
Trousers wise, it’s a hangover from our pandemic obsession with comfiness, but that kind of great hangover where you lounge around all day eating pizza. Smart, sartorial trousers are made sneakily snug via elasticated waists, giving you some give that makes them worth living in. Two pairs of Merano Boots complete the looks with a suave, satin vibe, while a bow-on-top bandana inspired by Georgian tablecloths is oh-so boho. A Kind of Guise, you’ve come through – as long as you’ve not got a complex about keeping things simple, we know you’ll agree.
The first drop of A Kind of Guise’s AW21 collection is available now, here.