Burberry at London Collection Mens, S/S 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Dedicated followers of fashion • September 2015

Transatlantic style: New York vs London

From sneakers to Savile Row, these two cities have it covered in terms of trends. But which is foremost when it comes to fashion? The Club asks an expert from each destination for a stylish rundown

Dan Rookwood, US editor of Mr Porter 
New Yorkers are more conservative than Londoners. In London, people have more confidence about an unusual haircut or personal style. In New York it’s not an everyday thing – people stand out when they want to make a statement.

A New York summer is 92 degrees and humid, and in the winter it’s minus 15 and raw, so people dress practically. If you wore a suit in the summer you’d melt. Perhaps that’s why London seems more dressed up.


New York fashion hangouts
Kinfolk Studios is a bar by night and cool café/gallery space by day. It’s also next to Wythe Hotel (above), which has a wicked rooftop bar. On Thursday nights, everyone heads to Brooklyn Bowl for music, food and dancing.

Quintessential New York items
It has to be a New Era snapback cap and a pair of chunky hi-top Jordans. For something more up-to-date, go for Common Project Achilles sneakers. Expensive at $400, but everyone’s wearing them. Or look for Yeezy sneakers (pictured below) by Kanye. New Yorkers love their sneakers. Kith is the place to go. 


Designer to watch out for
Public School is flavour of the month. It typifies New York style, with a mix of monochrome and layering.

Place to eat
The Polo Bar, adjacent to the Ralph Lauren store, serves American classics and is the place to spot celebs.

Oliver Spencer

Gary Kingsnorth, co-founder of UK fashion blog The Style King
In New York, men seem to wear baseball caps and skate gear well into their 40s. In London we tend to prefer something smarter, and we definitely wear better suits.

London has so many great shopping streets. Lamb’s Conduit Street, for example, is great for cool, independent men’s fashion, including labels Folk and Oliver Spencer (above), plus Grenson for handmade British shoes. And you can have a beer in The Perseverance pub.

Best London fashion hangout
The Hospital Club
in Covent Garden during London Collections Men. It buzzes with journalists, stylists, bloggers and fashion buyers.


Quintessential British buy
A Savile Row suit – every man interested in style should experience buying a smart suit.

Place for grooming
Murdock (pictured above) is a modern twist on the traditional barbershop. It does great wet shaves and beard care.

Designer to watch out for
One of my favourite London designers is father and son Casely-Hayford. Their tailoring captures the essence of ‘English character’.

Place to eat
The Groucho Club is always cool. I also love Blacks in Soho, which does fantastic cocktails.

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