As enthusiasts of a well-tailored lifestyle, our quest for noteworthy handsomeness knows no bounds. We’ve trekked the farthest reaches; from Ibiza to London to Aoyama and back to bring you our next installment of the international store report. Think Savile Row tailoring, Japanese surf style and American heritage with some Hong Kong-ese topspin.
We know. It’s summer. Your mind is a veritable View-Master of barbecues, long-weekend sojourns and scantily clad beach flings. But eventually, after the sand settles, and Mandy heads back to Vassar, it’ll be fall. And from what we’ve seen, you’re going to look fantastic.
Herewith, the definitive list of must-have sartorial trappings from our favorite Fall/Winter ’13 lookbooks.
The beach prep’s almost complete.
You’ve already determined your stance on tank tops, bought a beach blanket and assessed what it takes to don a Hawaiian shirt. And that’s all a great start. But the true be-all and end-all of summer readiness is deciding exactly how much pre-knee skin you’re willing to show. It’s a choice that’s left many a man blushing and befuddled, and that’s where we come in.
Now, you’ve probably seen the articles on swimwear selection that lump suits into classes like “the European,” “the confident man” and “the grandfather.” But we don’t believe in that sort of unnecessary categorization. Instead, we’d like to put on display the whole host of diverse beachwear selection. And show you that with a little strut in your step, any length will do just fine.
With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, it’s hopefully just a matter of time before we’re all feeling a little sand between our toes. And when that day comes, the difference between you and the next schlub will be that you took the time to prepare for the occasion.
Right now, though, we’re not talking about packing sunscreen or deciding on your level of thigh exposure. (Though we’ll most certainly get there.) No, today we’d instead like to examine that essential component of any sunbather’s seaside HQ: the beach blanket. Whether it’s adorned with a bikinied lady friend or simply keeping sand out of the potato salad, no day at the shore is complete without one. And there are some handsome options in the menswear market that are more than worthy of your consideration, available as we speak.
We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend…
For Looking Fashion-Forward to Summer: Opening Ceremony is knocking 20% off most of their spring wares with the code SpringFling20.
Sizes Available: A-
For Princely Pants: Dockers is throwing a Friends and Family sale with 30% off everything, including their Alpha Khakis—which were recently spotted on British royal Prince Harry—with the code FF2013.
Sizes Available: B+
For the Swimmers: Get up to 60% off swimwear at Nordstrom, featuring one of our favorite trunk-makers: Orlebar Brown.
Sizes Available: B
Breaking news: starting today, you can buy clothes that Yoko Ono designed for John Lennon in 1969, at your local Opening Ceremony (and it all just landed online too).
That’s right, Yoko Ono and Opening Ceremony have collaborated on an 18-piece men’s collection that features stuff like “a jersey pullover with eyelets cut out over the nipple region” accompanied by a “lightbulb bra” (yes, this is all “menswear”). It’s a match made in high-fashion heaven—of some alternate universe where Zoolander’s Mugatu runs a sex dungeon/bed-in and breakfast that only plays songs credited to John Ono Lennon on loop. We’re not even sure if the Rick Owens crowd can get on board with this stuff, but if there’s anyone who can pull off the oddball conceptual art gambit, it’s Yoko.
The Opening Ceremony Band breakup watch begins now.
There’s no question camouflage is having a moment.
But leave it to the unlikely union of the uptown stalwarts at J. Press and the downtown kids at Opening Ceremony to give it a new spin: patchwork camouflage pants. The move is usually relegated to the preppy corner of madras, but here we’ve got West Point military cloth of alternating camouflage—we detect woodland, desert and tiger stripe for starters. It’s part of a capsule collaboration between the two labels (you’ll have to make it to NYC or London to get your hands on any of it) that includes a removable-collar seersucker shirt, a few tees and a blazer.
This is Humberto Leon, co-founder of Opening Ceremony and, for a certain breed of New Yorker, the ne plus ultra of forward-thinking style. He’s sharper, more avant-garde and just plain cooler than any other store owner on earth.
And yet, somehow, he was photographed at Fashion’s Night Out Tokyo with not one but two hallmarks of bad ’90s style: the peekaboo white undershirt and the infamous square-toed shoe.
We’re just not sure what to believe. Have these things passed through the gauntlet of uncoolness and become so cool that only Humberto Leon knows about it? Is it only okay in Japan? Has this picture been photoshopped and planted in WWD by his powerful and numerous enemies? Did he lose his tie?
This could go all the way to the top.
As we transition into fall, you may notice a few new fabrics appearing on the shelves—wool replacing cotton, tweed replacing linen and so on. It’s the most important part of the seasonal shift, and the most often overlooked. To show you what we mean, we’ve pulled together detail shots of some of our favorite gear of the season—so you can see the best fall fabrics up close.
The vertical collegiate stripe has always been a staple, but lately it’s started cultivating a weathered dandyism all its own. So we’ve turned the camera on a few of our favorites, as close as the lens will allow.
The options for eye-popping beachwear just keep getting better.
These Hawaiian shorts come from Reyn Spooner (with a little help from Opening Ceremony). The archival fabric is from one of the dustier ends of Spooner’s history—more Jack Lord than Tom Selleck—which adds some much needed retro style. And since our first commandment of summer shorts is tasteful loudness, we’re understandably impressed.
They’ve also got a brace of camp shirts on offer—but for your retinas’ sake, stick to one pattern at a time.
The polo shirt hasn’t changed much in the last few cycles, so we were happy to see a new tweak coming to the surface this summer.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to acquaint yourselves with the cutaway polo.
We like the sun, don’t get us wrong. But it’s getting to be a little bit much.
We’ve already given a rundown of our favorite method of protection, the panama hat, but if you’re after something a little less buttoned up, check out this Pendleton model. It’s the kind of straw cowboy hat you usually see on Ralph Lauren, from one of the most authentically western brands out there.
Of course, you’ll have to be pretty rugged to pull it off, but a little stubble goes a long way.
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.
We love a good repp tie. Honest.
This one comes from Mark McNairy, and it’s roughly what a repp tie looks like after 12 rounds with a Klitchko brother. Your closet may be full of slightly spun preppy staples, we’ll bet this is the only one that could inspire a literal double take.
Or a mild case of vertigo.
It looks like the chambray jean is finally hitting the mainstream.
Levi’s is getting together with Opening Ceremony (and, incidentally, Ziggy from The Wire) for a mini-line called Levi’s Chambray, arriving in stores next week. There’s a classic jacket and smock, but the main event is the chambray jeans on display here. (They’re also available in peach, if you’re feeling delicate.) As soon as warmer weather rolls in, they should be a pretty useful item.
But as this shot demonstrates, it’s probably best if you keep them as far from denim as possible.
Our gloves have been embarrassing us on touchscreens for upwards of a decade now, but it looks like the technology has finally caught up.
Feast your eyes on the world’s first iPhone-friendly gloves—or at least the first ones that aren’t hideous.
These Dots gloves manage to pull off the trick without rubber pumps, patches or anything visible. Instead, they rely on microfibers in the fingertips. They’re so thin you can barely feel them, but they connect to the touch sensors just fine. And thanks to a collab with Opening Ceremony, they’ve turned out pretty handsome too.
Of course, our heart is still with this crop of hand-warmers…but we haven’t gotten Angry Birds yet.
Update: Opening Ceremony sold out of the gloves in the picture, but you can find a slightly less flashy version on sale here.
The Navajo look is usually a pretty advanced move, but Opening Ceremony just released one of the more accessible items in the whole trend: socks. (Hat tip.) They’re also our favorite of the growing crop of loud socks, in part because they’ve got more to them than just bright colors. Think of them as one more reason to keep your trousers cuffed.
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