Let’s face it, 2020 was a year to forget so let’s hope that 2021 is a much better for all concerned. If you want to ramp up your style this year then finding the right menswear brands is the perfect place to start. Fortunately, there is certainly no shortage to pick from and regardless of your style or budget, there will be something for everyone. Check out our pick of 12 of the best menswear brands for 2021 below:
Jetty is now the one of the most recognisable surf and skate apparel brand on the East Coast of America and we’re huge fans of their gear here at The Status Life. They offer pretty much every type of menswear you can think of from tees to outerwear so regardless of the gaps you’re looking to fill in your winter and spring wardrobe, these guys have got your back.
As you’re likely well aware, we regularly feature the awesome line up of menswear from Taylor Stitch on the pages of The Status Life and that’s because we can’t get enough of the top quality craftsmanship and laid back vibes of this San Francisco based brand. We’re particularly partial to their excellent line up of men’s shirts and their Workshop section is where you’ll find all their latest bits for pre-ordering.
Iron & Resin
Iron & Resin are a brand forged in Ventura, CA and, in a mass-produced, disposable world, Iron & Resin is a product of “one-off” culture. Where men still build, by their own hands, the craft they ride, be it water or land. If you like your apparel adventure-ready and illustration inspired, this is the brand for you. The moto vibes of their gear are right up our street here at The Status Life and we’ll definitely be adding some of their wares to our own wardrobe rotation in the coming months.
Vintage vibes abound with the first class line up of menswear from British brand, &SONS. Quality craftsmanship is the order of the day with all their gear and we’re always the first in line whenever they’ve got some new releases (which, thankfully, is pretty often). &SONS are proud to support innovation while valuing the skills of artisans where hard-won expertise is passed on from one generation to the next. That’s why they always take such care over the design and manufacture of their great line up of menswear and ensure they are using only the finest natural materials combined with the greatest craftsmanship.
For those who are fans of film and television and want apparel that reflects this, RSVLTS would always be our first port of call here at The Status Life. They’ve done some, frankly awesome, collabs with the likes of It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia, Ghostbusters and The Office and whilst their shirts won’t be for everyone, we’re huge fans and they definitely warrant a place in our list of the best menswear brands for 2021.
Howler Brothers clothing designs are designed to honour the soul, passion and timeless style of sports such as surfing and fly fishing but they also update the historic garment ideas with contemporary influence from waves, water, geography, fashion and art. Every piece of apparel and accessory from Howler Bros is made with functionality and attention to detail in mind. They aim to avoid trendy or overly traditional aesthetics and use small batch production and collaborations with artists and craftsmen to deliver original, alternative offerings. Their base of operations, Austin, Texas, is miles from the nearest ocean but manages to provide daily inspiration with its vibrant and diverse creative culture.
For Western Rise it has always been about the product. They aim to develop the highest-quality materials from the best suppliers to deliver functional and versatile garments that perform better every day no matter the weather, season, or occasion. By leaning on their origins in textile design, which circumnavigates traditional channels, and engages directly with customers, and focusing on classic designs, Western Rise were able to build versatile, quality, stylish, and sustainable apparel that allows you to own less, but experience more adventure.
If you like your apparel bonkers but brilliant and daring to think outside of the box when it comes to materials, Vollebak is definitely a brand for you. Since their launch five years ago, they’ve picked innovation awards from TIME, WIRED and Fast Company and are regularly compared to Tesla and elBulli for their exceptional commitment to what comes next. They’ve always believed that sharing their thinking openly will help us move faster. While clothes today still do what they’ve been doing for the last 50,000 years, keeping you warm, dry and cool, we’re on the edge of a revolution. Over the next 10 to 100 years clothes are going to be used to enhance our strength and sensory perception. They will help us become faster, more intelligent, and live longer. So we’re starting work on the next 50,000 years of clothing. Some of Vollebak’s gear needs to be seen to be believed.
P & Co
British brand, P & Co, were one of the first menswear purveyors we covered on The Status Life back when we were first starting out so we’ve always got a soft spot for their excellent wares. Their typography and illustration inspired designs are inspired by moto and coffee culture and they regularly release new capsules that will jostle for space in your wardrobe. There is a great mid-century aesthetic to a lot of their outerwear and that’s something that we can definitely get on board with.
Adventure is in the blood for Passenger Clothing and that’s something that really does shine through in all their menswear goods. They have a pretty simple ethos. Namely, to share what they as a team are passionate about and unite like-minded people through a sense of community. There are so many people that endure the rat race every day who are constantly seeking adventure and the freedom that can bring. Passenger want to inspire people to find their own paths, push their boundaries and embrace their own journey whatever that might be. Their ace gear will help you do exactly that.
Deus Ex Machina
Deus ex Machina (god from the machine) roared into Australia’s cultural consciousness well over a decade ago now, with some neatly customised motorcycles and a quaint notion that doing something is more fun than just owning something. Deus ex Machina is a step bigger than a brand: it’s a culture. The brands openness and enthusiasm strike a chord with people from all walks of life, wherever they are… Deus (“day-us”) didn’t set out only to sell custom parts and hand-built motorcycles, but to celebrate a culture of creativity. Their top notch apparel is an extension of their adventure loving ethos.
Founded in 2012 by two British designers Robert Nightingale and Jonny Cazzola, Malle have gone from strength to strength in the last nine years. The pair set out to create something that didn’t exist, Malle was initially born out of a need for a robust and refined piece of motorcycle luggage. When Malle started they were riding a pair of rough and ready vintage British motorcycles (a ’69 Royal Enfield and a ’67 BSA). They needed a bag that could be easily appended to the side of a motorcycle and be used as their daily bag to transport and keep their travel essentials safe when on and off of the bike. At the time nothing like that existed, so they set about creating it. Fast forward nearly a decade and they now have some of our favourite menswear as well.
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