During its last incarnation, 8 Chiltern Street, in London’s Marylebone, was home to a shop called Elephant Feet, which assisted ladies and gents in need of sizable footwear. But in September Swedish-born Mats Klingberg opened Trunk Clothiers here, culling an impeccable selection of small and distinguished menswear labels that specialize in handmade modern classics. The simple two-floor shop (scented by Kitsuné’s Moss candles) has also begun exclusive collaborations. Klingberg—who’s always in the shop unless he’s hunting for the perfect shirt on Via Montenapoleone in Milan—sat down with Sophy Roberts. trunkclothiers.com.
What inspired you? A.Gi.Emme in Como, where I’ve shopped for years. Alberto knows my sizes—I don’t even try the clothes on. I like to find everything in a single store run by a man I like.
Why this location? Oxford Street is my idea of a nightmare. This is a once unknown part of town, but the shops are changing. There’s a traditional barber, a fantastic Italian café-deli, a great new florist. And André Balazs is going to turn the old fire station into a hotel.
Your perfect customer? A mature man who knows his style and seeks great quality and fit.
And the brands? There’s Drakes, a local tie company, and Bigi Cravatte, a brother-and-sister outfit based in Milan. I’ve gone into their archive to select silks for handmade ties. The Japanese brand La+h makes simple cream and gray scarves. And the Swedish label Wigéns does these $70 navy wool flat caps.
What to buy now? I love the bright $110 Bag’n’Noun tote from Osaka; soft-shouldered Piombo suits; and low-cut, straight-leg Edwin Jeans made of Japanese denim and no weird washes. For winter it’s pea and duffle coats from Kitsuné.