The essence of a quality garment is to both look good and serve a purpose, whether that be to protect or conceal. The ensemble must be built to last. Inspired by such ideas, this week’s Rail* aims to create the perfect balance of utility and simplicity. Hiking boots and the duffle are vital in achieving the above; while the classic shirt and chinos soak up the attention from beneath. Assuring nothing distracts the occupant of the timepiece that sits on his wrist. Elegance in both form and function.

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Gentleman: Cotton Shirt Sem II, £118, by ASPESI

Ape: Extra Fine Cotton Broadcloth Long Sleeve Shirt, £20, by UNIQLO

 

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Gentleman: Ayan Satin Acorn Green Chino, £180, by ACNE STUDIOS

Ape: Lightweight Cotton Chinos, £59, by COS

 

 

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Gentleman: Classic Round Toe Boots, £229, by RED WING

Ape: Men’s Dockyard Alpine Boot, £93, by SPERRY

 

 

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Gentleman: Drive de Cartier Watch, £4873, by CARTIER

Ape: Heritage Watch, £1100, by LONGINES

 

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Gentleman: Arctic Program Chateau Parka, £721, by CANADA GOOSE

Ape: Shell Jacket, £280, by ADIDAS