Word has just come through the grapevine that Band of Outsiders has just launched e-comm.
Which means you’ll finally be able to find all of Scott Sternberg’s sun-baked preppiness in one place. And just in time for the release of BOO’s latest batch of spring/summer gear—including some new exclusives. Our early favorites include a penny loafer collaboration with Rancourt & Co. that alternates red and blue stitching over the beef rolls. There’s also a quintessentially BOO pair of go-to-hell chinos that replace the typical embroidery of anchors or lobsters with Space Invaders icons. And there’s plenty more good stuff where that came from…
The latest in our seasonal series on New York Fashion Week.
Band of Outsiders just wrapped up their presentation this morning, inspired by the demise of print journalism. Which explains the somber grays and printed denim. And kind of explains the doubling down on tailored sweatpants—a trend that they can take some credit for starting.
With the news that Red Wing just opened up their first brick-and-mortar shop in the UK today, we thought it prudent to survey the international menswear scene once again.
Since we last checked in, a whole new batch of men’s shops have opened up across the world—from Paris to Shanghai—and we’ve gone ahead and rounded them up for our latest update to your already dapper international rolodex of men’s shops.
It’s been a big week for collaborations.
While yesterday’s unveiling of the Kanye x A.P.C. collection has been getting most of the #menswear attention, we found ourselves more interested in another transatlantic collaboration that came through on the wire: Brooks Brothers announcing their new partnership with Italian soccer club Inter Milan.
It had us wondering why such an American brand would have to go overseas to outfit a sports team—especially with dapperness in locker rooms and postgame press conferences on the rise in the US. It would be a natural progression for, say, the Knicks to step off their team bus all kitted out in Michael Bastian—as opposed to the Detroit Lions, who seem more like Mark McNairy New Amsterdam kind of guys.
And since we’re the sort of menswear journalists who answer “Why?” with “Why not?” we’ve gone ahead and dreamed up a few style collaborations we’d like to see happen in American sports, based on who’d work best together.»
Cotton blazer season is upon us and—assuming you’ve already got one in the requisite tan or navy—here’s one worth considering.
Yes. It’s bright red. But one of the more pleasant side effects of the Italian renaissance in menswear is that something like this doesn’t look as out of place as it did three seasons ago. And it’s just landed at Context by way of Band of Outsiders. Here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: Designer Scott Sternberg has been twisting classic Americana into new, brighter, striped iterations for some time now (see: the polo shirt), but this blazer might be his most adventurous move yet.
Who to Channel: Lapo Elkann (but not going double-breasted means you could actually wear this to something other than a yacht christening); Craig Sager on an impossibly good day; an American-Lister in Paris.
When to Wear It: This has got a shelf life of spring to late summer. Wear it loudly and proudly.
Degree of Difficulty: Somewhat high. You might want to review your office dress code before showing up in this. Garden parties, rooftop bars and the like are fair game.
It never fails: the sun comes out, the coats go into storage…and pretty soon, we’re thinking of polo shirts. They’re a warm-weather classic for most of the Western Hemisphere, and for 2012, we’ve rounded up the three most important models, from the preppy to the fashion-forward, to help you attack the summer in style.
This sun-baked polaroid comes from Band of Outsiders, who pulled in pop artist Ed Ruscha for their latest lookbook. Over the course of nearly two dozen snaps, he models a pajama shirt, an Acrylic Painting for Dummies book and a surprisingly credible gangster suit. Check out the rest of the pics here.
As countless spam emails have no doubt informed you, it’s Cyber Monday—the day e-commerce shops offer their deepest discounts of the year. (It’s also Randy Newman’s birthday, so you may want to get him something.) And since you don’t have time to scour every last one, we’ve pulled together the best of the lot, from Fair Isle scarves to Donegal tweed pants. Have a look after the jump.
The chukka’s already one of the more grit-resistant shoes out there (hence its affinity with the sandproof desert boot), but it can always get more impenetrable. Case in point: this seamless chukka from Band of Outsiders. It’s a long-lost cousin to the Chelsea boot, placing the emphasis on the handsome suede and away from anything so flashy as laces. You can also pick up a pair in raw wool if you’re feeling industrial; just try to keep it out of the rain.
You may have noticed a few cool breezes in the air lately. It’s not brisk yet, but it’s getting there—and when it does, you’ll want to be prepared.
Which is why we’d like to sing the praises of a garment known as the parka.
The internet is angry today, my friends.
This Band of Outsiders fur coat arrived at Oki-ni, and the tumblr crowd wasted no time in calling it out as ridiculous. But the speed and strength of the backlash—especially against a menswear sacred cow like Band of Outsiders—makes us think there’s a taboo at stake here.
Allow us to clear things up: There are two kinds of fur coats in the world. And unless you’re a rapper or a prizefighter, this is the wrong kind.
Now that we’re fully into sockless season, we’re noticing a lot of multicolored boat shoes around. It’s only natural for the boat shoe to get a bit peacocky now that it’s been in the trend spotlight for a few seasons…but we didn’t expect the result to be quite so sharp.
The beginner versions are from standbys like Sebago and Sperry (the latter is reportedly Errol Morris’ favorite shoe), but those are just your subdued options. Once you’ve graduated to the genuinely eye-popping models, you can entertain yourself with Yuketen and Band of Outsiders’ latest. Imagine that flood of colors next to a blanched khaki and a bare ankle…and you’ll start to see why we’re so excited.
And judging by the neon-hued Sperrys at Band of Outsiders’ Pitti show, this is just the beginning.
In honor of today’s Context flash sale, we’re playing buy/sell/hold with some of the more intriguing items. (For those unversed in market lingo, “buy” means buy, “sell” means don’t buy, and “hold” means only if you want to.) The stock ranges from Woolrich flannels to Nigel Cabourn’s loudest trench coat, and we’re tackling it without pity.
Farfetch isn’t as well known in the States, but it’s a great resource for anyone who gets a thrill from browsing through boutiques. (We’ll go ahead and assume that’s you.) They’re an e-commerce hub for a whole cohort of European and British shops, which means you end up sorting through thousands of designers at once. And when they go on sale, they really go on sale.
Now is one of those times.
This summery polo from Band of Outsiders has been making its way through boutiques all season as the hipster answer the Hawaiian shirt.
It’s handsome stuff—although perhaps easier to pull off in California than New York—but we’re more curious about the photo itself. It was taken by Leroy Grannis, the godfather of surf photography who’s found his way onto a number of Outsiders polos lately. And in honor of surfing weather we’ve rounded up a few of his best shots.
Feel free to reenact a few of them this weekend.
You may be familiar with the preppy staple known as go-to-hell pants, but the critter-filled graphics typically stay below the waist.
This Band of Outsiders blazer moves the pattern above the waist, for one of the best hyper-preppy items we’ve seen all year. We’re not sure we want to rush out and buy the thing exactly, but we have to admit it would look pretty fantastic on anyone swaggering into a Newport garden party. And since the fabric itself is linen burlap, they’ll be able to keep fairly cool in the process.
But for god’s sake, stick to one critter at a time.
The polo shirt hasn’t changed too much in the past few decades…but it’s never too late to learn a few new tricks. And this summer, that means contrast collars.
But our favorite of the bunch is this one from Left Field, a brand that’s been creeping into our favorite shops quite a bit this season. Something about the heathered front and the floral jolt on the placket puts this at the head of the pack—although something tells us we’ll see plenty more over the next few weeks.
As soon as we see short sleeves, we start to think about madras ties. They’re one of the few preppy staples that’s risen above trendiness—thanks in part to being lighter and more colorful than anything else you might think of wrapping around your neck come June.
The latest three examples come from a globe-trotting collab between Opening Ceremony, Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford and Band of Outsiders. The square-end makes things a little bit more blue-collar, but otherwise they wouldn’t be out of place at a Newport garden party, or the Hong Kong equivalent. (For proof, here’s Chinese model Godfrey Tsao showing one off at the release party.) If he were feeling particularly daring, Godfrey might even tie it long and leave it tucked into his belt…but that’s between him and his bedroom mirror.
Buying a jacket’s one of the more complex wardrobe decisions a man can make. There’s the snug shoulder, the placement of the buttons, the lapel width and—to pick a recent menswear hobby horse—padded vs. reconstructed shoulders.
And while that’s all important stuff, there’s something even more crucial that’s gone almost completely unmentioned. And unlike the others, which usually work themselves out among the higher-end brands, it varies wildly depending on where you go. It’s a huge, bold statement that most men don’t even know they’re making.
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