I have been a fan of Merc ever since I stumbled across the old flagship store on Carnaby Street some time ago and instantly knew I would be a customer for the foreseeable future.
In the years since I have bought shirts, Sweaters and even Suits and Jackets and have always been impressed by the quality which is why I have been looking forward to the Merc Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
The Merc SS17 collection continues to pay homage to traditional modernist style and culture while ensuring it stays current and fresh.
Over the last week I have been wearing a number of pieces from the new collection, and though Scotland in March can sometimes be a bit unpredictable, the weather has been nice enough for me to make the most of some great new clothes.
First up is the Baker Field Jacket. Priced at £99 the Baker Field Jacket is a great jacket for this time of the year. Not to heavy for the nice days and offering you protection when the weather gets a bit ropey, it is like a smarter cousin of the winter Parka. The Tartan inserts around the pockets are a great touch that offer a subtle flash of colour on an otherwise modest jacket.
The Shipley Short Sleeve shirt is a beautiful light weight shirt that will be ideal in the summer. The Geometric pattern gives a modern dogtooth effect that catches the eye without being over whelming. The 100% cotton shirt is extremely comfortable and the subtle branding on the breast pocket is enough to know who made it without being over bearing. A classic button down shirt that will be a staple of my summer wear and will look equally as good with shorts, jeans or trousers. This shirt is a great versatile item.
Over the years the knitted polo shirt have been a big part of the Mod look and the Merc Heston Knit Polo is another great example of how Merc have taken classic style and design and given it a modern twist. The geometric pattern again works well but with the block colouring of the back, sleeves and collar it does not seem too busy.
This polo shirt has been great over the last week because it is that little bit warmer than a traditional polo shirt so is ideal for the Spring or British summer. I can also be a bit fussy with knit polos as they can sometimes lose their shape after washing but I have had absolutely no issues with this.
The last piece is perhaps my favourite, the Merc Barnes Paisley Polo Shirt. Featuring a block of Navy on White Paisley pattern, with an almost raglan like navy sleeve and backing this polo shirt caught my attention straight away. The white collar and cuffs give the top a very smart look while the single thin stripe of red injects a bit of colour into them.
As I said, I think this is probably my favourite piece from the Merc SS17 collection as it is as comfortable as flinging on a T shirt but you look a great deal smarter wearing this.
All in all, from the pieces that I have been wearing this week I am really impressed with the collection which includes the Walesby Tailored overcoat which looks like a beautifully tailored Crombie and the Upton Knit Polo which would have been right at home in Steve Marriott’s wardrobe.
As I mentioned, I am up in Scotland and though we have had some nice days it can still be cold. The pieces I wore I found to be ideal when the sun was out and great under a bit of chunky knitwear on the colder days. I am really looking forward to the summer as I’m sure they will be ideal for the rare sunny days we get up here.
You can see the full collection on the Merc website and whether you are a Mod, Skinhead, Soulboy or just have a good sense of style, there will be something that catches your eye.