As you might have noticed around these parts, we’re excited about the impending onset of spring.
And one of our favorite things to watch during this season shift is the cottons, chambrays and linens replacing all that wool and tweed—something you can start doing immediately when it comes to your neckwear. To show you what we’re talking about, we’ve rounded up a dozen of the finest examples of spring neckwear on the market right now.
That’s My Bag: Ghurka is photographing the contents of the bags of dapper gentlemen—and finds some surprises from a buttoned-up black-tie type: boxing gloves, poker chips and shotgun shells. [Driven] Get Socked: The case for relegating your holiday-patterned goodness to your feet, in the form of Fair Isle socks. [Valet] Barneys Rubble: An in-depth profile of shopping institution Barneys New York and the man who decided to buy it. [NY Times] Croc to the Future: As the 80th anniversary of their iconic crocodile approaches, Lacoste celebrates with this whimsical video. [Esquire]
Breaking news: you can now own a Thom Browne suit for about a grand.
Those of you quick on the uptake (or with a WWD subscription) have probably been hearing the mix of excitement and grumbling over Browne’s diffusion line, Thom Grey—promising to skew younger (and less expensive). A photo of a gray varsity jacket was leaked. Speculation ensued. And today the full line was unveiled in the Barneys webshop. It’s what you might expect from Browne’s vision of the budding menswear enthusiast: oxford cloth shirts, a few ties, a pair of stand-out coats that have us looking forward to cooler temps, and a medium gray wool suit with his signature shrunken silhouette and cuffed high-water trousers.
It’s a good place to start. You know, if you’re into that kind of stuff.
Tassel loafers and driving shoes have been getting a lot of love this season—each with their own merits—but this best-of-both-worlds hybrid from the Tuscan cobblers at Arfango is a horse of a different color. You’ve got the suede, unstructured slouchy comfort of the driving shoe paired with the formal finish of a tassel loafer. It’s what you’ll want to be wearing the next time you find yourself tagging along for a semiformal soiree on the Amalfi Coast.
As it typically goes with releases of this nature—midseason, by a lesser-known overseas label—finding a pair of these is going to take a little work (or an Italian translator). So aside from hunting down a proxy, your best bet is to wait for them to wash up stateside—we’d suggest keeping an eye on Barneys, who carry Arfango, but have yet to stock this particular model. Happy hunting.