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Scarves tend to hew to the traditional—whether it’s trad plaid or college stripes—but Hill Side’s latest entry reaches out to a different kind of tradition entirely: the Meiji kind.

It’s made out of Shijira, a summerweight kimono fabric that caught on in Southern Japan in the late 19th century. It breathes like seersucker, but it’s a lot less delicate—making it a pretty good candidate for the early-spring scarf that might end up stuffed in your briefcase if the weather warms up. And if you get a touch of the Seven Samurai look in the bargain, we doubt you’ll complain.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom