If your next houseguest weekend happens to be anywhere that bears resemblance to Cape Cod, here’s the weekender bag you should be packing. It’s cut from the national cloth of prepsterdom, Nantucket red, and made in America by the up-and-comers at Hudson Sutler—they’ve got an entire line of rugged 18-ounce canvas weekender and commuter bags that can keep up on land, air and sea (especially because the zippers are made with a thick resin to be rust-proof). The extra design features like gingham or bandana lining and a strategically placed grab handle at one end of the bags set them apart from your average travel bag. (Fitting, since your weekending is far from average.)
Now you’ll need to dig up your matching anchor-embroidered Nantucket red GTH pants.
Last summer, we finally came around on neckerchiefs. Mostly because they’re more than just affectation in certain situations—say you’re a gaucho, or a leathery paleontologist exploring a remote island where an eccentric billionaire has genetically cloned dinosaurs. They’re basically your typical bandana, but sizeable enough to make it around your neck and double-knotted comfortably, and A Headlong Dive tips us off to a handsome new crop from RRL. If your neck is prone to particularly heavy sweat, this is your summertime answer.
Between biker style and the reappearance of the neckerchief, bandanas are having a pretty good year. And while Hill-Side is still the go-to, we may have found a slightly more ambitious option.
The brand’s called Grei, and they specialize in taking US-made chambray and running it through smart dye routines until it resembles the kind of thing you’d see on the wall at MoMA. SF’s Unionmade just put up a dozen pieces in their e-commerce shop, so you can start perusing now. Now if they only made pocket squares…
This bandana just arrived alongside Gant Rugger’s spring collection, as a more rugged cousin to the summer scarf, and we’re pretty impressed. It’s the kind of Wild One-era flair that’s increasingly hard to find, and works just about anywhere you fit it into your outfit.
Judging by the lookbook, they’re mostly envisioning it as a neckerchief (under the collar, please), but we could also see it as a more rough and tumble pocket square, or an impromptu hat lining if you find yourself in more tropical climes. And, as Glenn O’Brien would hasten to remind us, it makes a great tourniquet.
The bandana is as classic a summer piece as we can think of, and apparently we’re not the only ones. Archival Clothing just tipped us off to Discharge Style a fantastic Japanese blog entirely devoted to the versatile squares, and it’s got our head spinning with sartorial combinations. The classic thing is to keep it in your pocket and break it out for an occasional brow-mopping, but if you’re feeling adventurous, it can double as a neckerchief, an ascot, or even a pocket square.
Our favorite so far is this one. It was stamped with an ad for Wolverine gloves back in the 50s, then dug up by Hickorees a few decades later. There’s also a wealth of good finds on eBay—particularly thesetwo—if you want something a little cheaper and with a little more history to it. Supposedly Archival Clothing has one in the works…but we’re not sure we can wait that long.