And unlike most shop-in-shop situations, you don’t actually have to make it to SF’s Mission District to get your hands on this stuff. Because it’s all online for the taking. Makr’s got their signature leather-y and canvas-y handsomeness on display, but the real standouts are the items they’ve coated in a powder green that’s unique to the capsule collection.
You’ve probably noticed: the sun is shining. As such, our ever-timely comrades over at UrbanDaddy have tipped us off to the newest kid on the sunglass block, Dom Vetro. They’ve told us what we need to know, and we’re paying it forward.
The short story is that sometime last year, Ashley Bezamat set out on a pilgrimage to find master craftsmen of Italian eyewear, hoping to bring their excellence stateside. He found Mecca in Cadore at the foothills of the Italian Alps, where he’s partnered with a family who’ve been making frames and lenses by hand since the 17th century.
When we took you inside the NYC shop founded by two Internet-famous menswear pals, it was a feast for the eyes—full of hard-to-find Italian blazers and so on. But the stuff was still mostly unattainable for anyone who couldn’t make it to SoHo. And for a couple of guys who made their bones in the online world of menswear, it left a large portion of Tumblr wondering when CSC would embrace their hashtaggy roots. Now, thanks to their triumphant return to the Internet, the #menswear masses can finally get their hands on all that L.B.M., Bastian and in-house suiting they’ve been craving from afar.
Our comrades-in-style over at UrbanDaddy tipped us off to today’s launch of Jardine, the brand-new menswear label helmed by Nathan Bogle—he cofounded a little brand you may have heard of, by the name of Rag & Bone (yes, the CFDA-lauded label started with a couple of guys endeavoring to make a great pair of jeans). Jardine Spring 2013 will be Bogle’s first collection since leaving the label, and luckily, we got to catch up with him to hear the story, get the lowdown on his new line and let him sound off on the post-metrosexual state of menswear.
Miansai by Michael Saiger—he’s the guy responsible for the kaleidoscope of bracelets you’ve surely noticed upon the Rolex Submariners of menswear editors and the well-heeled everywhere—has just unveiled a new line of spring-ready watches.
With Saiger’s mastery of woven wristwear, getting into the watch game feels like a natural progression. And the airy woven bands are exactly what your wrist is going to want to have wrapped around it come warmer temps—if that croc band you’ve been wearing all winter isn’t already feeling a bit muggy.
We’ve just got word that Alabama menswear shop Lyonstate is taking all of the handsomeness they’ve already got on their web shop, putting it on sale, and then slashing off an additional 25% (with the secret code “TAKE25”). Which puts some of these prices at the lowest we’ve seen for stuff from brands like Our Legacy (like this double-breasted blazer), Rachel Comey (like these oxford shoes) or Oliver Spencer (this fisher jacket, for instance) go for. There’s plenty more where that came from, so get after it, gentlemen.
If you’re not familiar with his stuff, just imagine the sort of classic well-made American aesthetic someone who cut their teeth at the legendary tailoring shop Badowers, interned at Ralph Lauren and finally rose to the top ranks at J.Crew would turn out. Or, you know, now you can just visit his webshop to take a look.
Ralph Lauren is one of Americana’s most venerable institutions. He’s managed to clothe an entire nation—from the cable-knitted Northeast to the denim-on-denim’d Southwest.
And as a testament to that legacy, the brand is launching the webshop RL Vintage today. After a small army of vintage clothing enthusiasts/historians was assembled, the team set out, rummaging through the finer flea markets and antique shops to put together a veritable museum of Polo-centric Americana—well, a museum that you can actually buy things from. For the men’s offerings, you can expect a lot of suede—and even some fringe—but something we’re really looking forward to is the “Bring It Back” program that lets Polo fanatics dig through the archives and vote on pieces they’d like to see reissued. Whatever gets the most votes will actually go into production as a limited-run throwback. Currently on deck is the Polo Bear sweater, beloved by grandmothers, rappers and menswear bloggers alike.
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Kent Wang broke on the scene when he reintroduced the menswear crowd to the charm and versatility of the polo shirt with his double-layer cutaway collared version.
And now he’s moved into full-on haberdashery-ing with suits, shoes, watches and even a trench coat—all just recently landed in his webshop. And you can expect the same attention to detail (and affordability) that gained him the adoration of bloggers worldwide. The suits: full-canvas construction, handmade buttonholes and pick-stitching by hand. The shoes: bench-grade. The combs: handmade from genuine horn.
Don’t worry, the polo shirts are still there, too.