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The French are Coming

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While the menswear War of the Worlds rages between Milan, Savile Row and wherever Americana comes from, Paris has been building up a hip and underrated minimalism. Think of it as the menswear middle ground.

The latest Kitsune collection is the perfect example: full of well-cut camp shirts and staggered Breton stripes. Throw in summery whites and Italian linen blends, and you’re ready for the beach.

It’s along the lines of Band of Outsiders or APC: slimmer versions of staples you’ve been eyeing for a while. The look isn’t quite as aggressive as leaving the house in a double-breasted blazer, but sometimes that’s just what’s needed.

And if you leave the house looking like this gentleman tomorrow morning, we’d call that a win.

Younger Than That Now

Bob Dylan

In honor of the man’s 70th birthday, we thought we’d pass along this snap of Bob Dylan circa 1963, rocking the work shirt and Breton stripe as only a true blue gent could. Happy birthday, sir.

The Other Crewneck

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You may recall hearing about Breton-stripe crewnecks a few months back, but at the time all we could come up with were freshly released boutique versions of a style that’s been kicking around for decades.

Fortunately, Selectism pointed us to a better source today. It’s called Flamborough Marine, and if you can get past the janky web design, you’ll find a classic Yorkshire shop that sews up the very same crewnecks for a good hundred dollars less, with some extra Brittania cred for good measure. Consider it a very good find.