In an era where merely creating an Instagram page can qualify something as a “brand,” it’s become increasingly difficult to filter out the digital clutter and determine what new brands are truly worthy of your attention (and spending power), and which can be left passed over.
Considering the task at hand, we thought we’d do what we can to steer you on the right track. So, we’ve assembled this small trinity of labels that range from brand spanking-new to just picking up steam.
We’ll go into more detail below, but that includes PML, the dressed-down successor to esteemed Neapolitan bespoke pant maker Pommella; Chester Mox, a California-based leather maker whose customization program demands to be experienced; and CQP, which is unabashedly Swedish and militantly minimalist (surely, the two qualities go hand-in-hand).
So please, enjoy these fresh-out-of-the-oven menswear marvels, but keep in mind: great style never has an expiration date.
PML is an offshoot of bespoke trouser maker Pommella-Napoli and, like any younger brother, feels a bit more irreverent. Besides ready-made pants in Pommella’s one-pleat, Neapolitan style, it skillfully tailors easy but elegant items for the rest of one’s wardrobe, such as cashmere overshirts, reversible wool overcoats and long-sleeve polos with one-piece collars.
LA-based Chester Mox creates wallets, bags and small leather accessories on par with Europe’s finest, using an impressive stable of hides, such as French chèvre, shell cordovan and American alligator. As each piece is handmade to order, customization is king. Options include the exterior and lining materials, monogramming and even the ability to upgrade to colored linen threading.
CQP is yet another Swedish brand with a hip acronym—short for Conversations & Quintessential Products—and a minimalist bent. What sets it apart is its focus on handmade sneakers in richly colored leathers and suedes, designed to pair with both tailoring and casualwear, plus luxe accessories, including three-ply merino beanies and ribbed merino socks.