Although most of the UK is still in the midst of Winter, at Merc we’re already dreaming of sunny afternoons and sand between our toes. This may well be due to us looking to the styles that will accompany us through the warmer seasons. Merc’s new Spring/Summer Collection has arrived, and it is filled with classic as well contemporary styles, which are sure to seamlessly integrate into your winter wardrobe and carry you all the way through to summer.
Only pieces made with joy will be worn with joy – with this guiding principle in mind the SS18 collection is a riot of colour and texture, with striking new silhouettes and re-worked classics setting the new mood. Tailoring starts out clean: precisely cut shirts are worn over slim-fitted trousers. Our collection of classic button-down shirts in gingham, tartan and paisley prints is rounded off by a selection of light summer shirts. Outerwear is re-constructed: hints of military and workwear emerge and combine to an urban casual look. Simple and precise silhouettes with functional detailing lead the way.
As always, this new Merc Collection too, is shaped by innovation – with the aid of designs from our extensive archive, we have developed an array of brand new styles. Sharp cuts, rich colours and classic patterns are at the heart of every Merc Collection, which makes all of our pieces easy to wear and to combine. This Spring/Summer Collection is made from luxurious feeling materials, leaving you with a pleasurable sensation of airiness and crispness. These soft and lightweight styles perfectly
complement your warm weather wardrobe, regardless if you’re spending summer in the city or travelling abroad. There is a focus on comfort, but never at the sacrifice of style.
Celebrating the inherently feel-good nature of the spring/summer season, our classic colour palette has accents of brighter colours in trims and patterns. The main colour story of red, white and blue is added to with dark khaki and softer greens for that prevalent military influence. Tartan piping and trims feature on outerwear.
Music has always played a huge part in our company, and the Merc look has therefore been continually inspired by the British music scene. Since we’re also very proud supporters of new talent, it is perhaps unsurprising that most seasons we like to keep our eyes and ears out for standout performers who have what it takes to represent our latest styles. For the current SS18 Collection we were lucky enough to get producer and singer-songwriter, Ross Harris, on board. Originally from the West Midlands, he credits his sound to the city of London. After moving there to study 8 years ago, Ross went on to work as a drummer for many different UK artists including Craig David, Ella Henderson, Duke Dumont and more recently, Busted. Now, Ross has begun releasing his own music starting in October with his debut single ‘Compound Fracture’, which was picked up by GQ Magazine and Clash, and caught our attention too. Tune in by following the links below this article.
Key Pieces, picked by our design team
Our design team always go the extra mile. Check out their five top picks for Spring/Summer ‘18 to get you excited for a season full of good times, good looks and good vibes.
The BRAVO Jacket
As we all know, spring weather can be unpredictable (and let’s be honest, UK summers aren’t always that much better). The water-resistant BRAVO is an authentic take on the traditional Monkey Jacket and perfectly suited to keep you dry and dapper-looking, regardless of the conditions outside. Complete with the classic bold tipping on the collar, it features a zippered front and flap covered side pockets. The check pattern gives this waist-length jacket a particularly distinctive look.
The CHARLIE Parka
Embrace the military-inspired trend of camo with this modern, stylish and practical parka. The water-resistant CHARLIE is a layer ideal for executing a fashion forward style while keeping warm. Cut from a synthetic fabric for water-resistance and a contemporary look, this jacket is designed with four bulky pockets on the front. The placket is secured with both a zipper and poppers for extra stability. It is designed with a pull-cord fastening hood, and the waistline is also adjustable by a pull-cord to ensure an excellent fit and giving you the option of changing garment shape to your style. Finished with Merc’s signature crown embroidery at chest, this contemporary piece is great for styling with a variety of outfits.
Inject a retro touch into your everyday selection with the PILOT Knitted Polo. Beautifully crafted from pure cotton to create the classic short sleeve and full-button placket style. This shirt is designed with soft ribbing details at the cuffs and hemline for an effortlessly perfect fit and smooth feel on the skin. Adorned with contrasting vertical stripes and matching tipping details on collar and placket, this is a Merc icon. Wear with any of your favourite bottoms for a timeless look.
Relax in style during your off-duty days with this version of our all-time favourite PILL Hoodie. Designed from pure cotton, this soft and comfortable sweatshirt is an ideal piece of trans-seasonal wear, great for throwing over a t-shirt when the weather turns. Completed with an allover military camo print, a drawstring hood, and ribbed details on the sleeves and hem for a secure fit; this will become a new season favourite. Wear with dark denim and trendy trainers for the finishing touches.
The OFFICER Shirt
The OFFICER Shirt is key to building a casual yet considered look. Crafted in a classic style with a few subtle enhancements, this piece boasts a pointed collar, full front placket, two chest pockets, button cuffs and buttoned shoulder tab details. The soft and breathable cotton fabric render this military inspired shirt effortlessly smart.
The season of short city breaks and country getaways thanks to bank holidays isn’t as far away as current temperatures might have you believe. Our new collection has been carefully curated to offer anything you might want to pack in your suitcase. Click the link below to discover the latest items for yourself!
Words by Eva Stamler
Photographs by Sameer Patel
Ross is releasing his new single on Friday 16th February 2018, which will be available on all his
social media channels. You can also look forward to a sneak peek on our platforms!