Which is great news, considering the only way you could get your own custom Gitman Vintage shirt until now was by visiting them in Pennsylvania, catching them at a trunk show or opening a hip men’s shop.
Now it’s all online with a slick interface that makes it way too easy to turn your favorite oxford cloth, chambray and indigo patchwork from the Gitman archives into button-down popovers.
The Hill-side has been trading in rare Japanese textiles for years, with their idiosyncratic ties loved the blogger-world over, and now they’ve gotten the brilliant idea of turning some of the scraps into iron-on patches.
Technically, you can use them to spruce up any clothing looking a little worse for wear, but we like the idea of an elbow patch—it’s no secret that we’re fond of a good set of elbow patches, but usually they’re your typical leathery or tweedy patch meant to blend in more than stand out. Since all of the packs come with three different patterns, you’ll either have to mismatch your elbows, fun-shirt-style, or buy two of the same set.
Like most of EA’s stuff, the four different wallet designs were hatched in NYC and expertly crafted just a few blocks away—cut from leathers that are meant to get better with age... We could go on, but we have a feeling you’d rather see them for yourself:
Just about everything on the watches was designed, engineered and manufactured in the US—from the forged-steel case to the brass dial, all the way down to the springs and bolts. Even the mechanical movement gets an American once-over after arriving from Switzerland. (A good horology rule of thumb: if there's one non-American part, let it be Swiss.) What that all means is you’re getting the most American-made watch on earth. And a handsome one at that.
It’s safe to say that the heritage menswear revival is alive and well in the South.
Earlier this year it was the return of Louisiana’s Haspel, and now Garden & Gun brings word that Civil War–era Southern brand Duck Head has relaunched their line of sturdy chinos and polos just in time for the dog days of summer.
As far as heritage brands go, all of the bona fides are there: founded in Tennessee by two brothers after their tour with the Confederate Army; started with chinos made of leftover duck canvas from war tents; supplied the US military with overalls during WWII; spawned a chino craze among Southern fraternity prepsters in the 1980s; everything went downhill when they moved production overseas... And now they’re back—with a couple of Ralph Lauren vets at the helm. Most importantly: so is their iconic label, stitched with a mallard’s head.
In case you’ve been searching for the most dapper way to show your World Cup fandom this summer, we’ve got your answer. (Put down the vuvuzela.)
Because luxe Neapolitan tailoring house Kiton has just released a handful of national flag pocket squares in silk twill—with rolled edges, naturally. Of course they’ve got Italy and Brazil in there, plus Britain and China (which we’ll assume is wishful thinking for 2018). But the real standout is the star-spangled banner of a pocket square for the good old US of A. And since Team America doesn’t take the field for their first game until Monday, you’ve got all weekend to track one down (Barneys looks like a smart bet). Which is especially timely, since you probably won’t be able to get away with wearing a jersey into the office.
It’s easy to forget that in a more genteel era, the pocket square wasn’t just a piece of sartorial flair—it served as a man’s first line of defense against a damp brow or a teary companion.
Which is why a little upstart pocket square maker out of Dallas named Quixotic has begun issuing a challenge: should any of their pocket squares get lost or ruined in the line of gentlemanly duty, they’ll send you a new one, free of charge. You’ll need to supply them with a good story or evidence of valor-related fraying or staining (which probably does not include mustard), and your chivalry will be rewarded. But first you’ll need one of their pocket squares...