last week we dropped by the oliver spencer showroom in nyc for a preview of the mens s/s12 collection. known best for introducing a new breed of modern british quirk stateside, the london based brand merges tradition and utility in just about every detail. in addition to delivering seasonal utilitarian dandy, the designer often collaborates with a variety of urban style gods including monocle, il bussetto, quoddy shoes and engineered garments, to name a few. the s/s concept is based around a minimal, french mod aesthetic and the industrial environs surrounding his london design studio. the upcoming range features bolder colors, clean lines, unlined suiting, capped-toe oxfords and a laid back vibe bridging workwear and fashion just the way we like it. we were particularly impressed with the light weight waxed cotton coats and bombers. they fit like a glove and are perfect over a basic tee or shirt and stovepipe chinos. oliver spencer is available online or instore 330 east 11th street ny.