Epaulet has been on a real tear lately. What started as a well-appointed menswear shop on a sleepy Brooklyn block selling Aldens next to Japanese selvage has turned into a bona fide menswear label with an ever-growing line of oxfords, chinos, suits and even leather café racer jackets.
Their mission of bringing extinct pieces of iconic menswear back to life, Jurassic Park–style, began with Johnny Cash’s beloved baseball jacket—but now they’re on to a new icon: James Dean. And it just so happens that our comrades in style over at UrbanDaddy Perks have your exclusive first dibs on the historically accurate reproductions of the boots and shirts that the rebel without a cause famously wore.
Suddenly your summer plans are looking a lot more badass (1955 Porsche Speedster optional).
Stylish men have always had a special relationship with beautiful cars.
Probably because, if you think about it, they’re kind of the perfect accessory. Big, shiny, powerful—a little automotive affirmation can go a long way to securing your position in the Court of Cool. (We’re sure the King would agree.) But it’s not only those men defined by their cars who drive cool ones. And we’ve got the photo evidence to prove it.
Here’s a little history lesson for you: plain white T-shirts first appeared in the late 19th century, when some manufacturer decided to split the union suit into separates. And originally, they were meant to protect one’s finer outer layers from the perils of, well, sweat.
Like boxers for your chest.
But the rules have changed in the past century. The undershirt has, on occasion, been called to take sartorial center stage. Like before bed. Or between takes on set. Or during takes, for that matter. And throughout it all, some brave, overtly stylish men have succeeded in proving that these baser layers can be worth way more than their thread count.
The spring gear is beginning to trickle into our favorite shops—and Wittmore has just received the newest batch from Fred Perry’s made-in-Britain Laurel Wreath collection.
Since the temperatures aren’t exactly springlike just yet, our gaze skipped over the polo shirts and went straight to this navy Harrington jacket—a nice update on the classic mild-weather staple. Here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: After a long and fruitful tennis career (he won Wimbledon and the Davis Cup three times), Fred Perry turned to his passion of tennis clothing. So in 1952 he started with a piqué cotton polo, sewed a laurel onto the chest, and the rest is history.
Who to Channel: An accomplished tennis player grabbing an après-match Pimm’s Cup at the clubhouse; a rebel without a cause.
When to Wear It: On a spring day threatening to be a little too breezy for just a sweater.
Degree of Difficulty: Low to medium. For the low end: keep it casual (like Mr. Dean, below). The stakes rise to medium if you’re in trousers-and-tie territory—but this jacket is cut trimmer than a classic Harrington, which makes it a good outer layer for the morning commute.
This snap of James Dean strolling New York City in a pair of khaki chinos comes from a 1993 Gap campaign unearthed by How to Talk to Girls at Parties. The series of photos features some of the greatest men’s style icons—from Ali to Dalí—going about their daily lives, wearing the simple summer pant. It’s a nice reminder of how style is timeless.
Web boutiques have been popping up like daisies lately, but we’d like to single out a shop called Builtwell that opened up last week and immediately shot to the top of our list.
It’s a jumble of brands like Tellason, Garbstore and 18Waits, together with company profiles and Art of Manliness-style nostalgia. You could spend a whole afternoon exploring the site—but since you’re busy, we’ve rounded up the three coolest things below.