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Your Summer Accomplice

  • Najib Benouar

Tales of the latest adventure of the dapper do-gooders at Apolis have been making the rounds in the blogosphere for the past week—here’s the video chronicling their trip to a shirting co-op in Honduras, if you haven’t seen it.

And just now, the washed oxford button-down in question has landed in their e-shop, ready for warm-weather OCBD escapades of your own. The 20s two-ply oxford cloth is woven in Brazil—they know a thing or two about dressing well in balmy climes—and constructed in Honduras, to the trim specifications of Apolis. (You can expect a #menswear-friendly cut.) And to celebrate this week’s unveiling of the new shirts, they’re knocking 20% off the going rate.

It’ll be the most versatile thing in your weekender bag.


  • Najib Benouar

To add to the stellar midseason sale-ing happening right now, Brooks Brothers just kicked off a friends & family sale—that’s 25% off your total (enter FNFBB3 at checkout) applicable to all of their stock (save for made-to-measure), including items already on sale. Now might be the right time to stock up for the upcoming summer wedding season with something from the collaboration with Social Primer or clambake season with this slim-fit oxford fun shirt, or to pounce on anything you’ve been eyeing lately.

Amanda Laine Has Forgotten Where She Left Her Phone

Keep It Under Your Toque: Finally, an answer to the question, “Why do nautical explorers always wear knit hats?” [Slate]

Nice One, Darmody: Prada’s Michael Pitt series finally gets some video. Very handsome. [Selectism]

Swingers: The story of when two 70s-era Yankees indulged in the practice known as wife-swapping. Sadly, the Times found out and squared things up. [Deadspin]

Men of the Cloth: Fact of the Day: oxford cloth is indeed named after the university, and once upon a time there was Cambridge cloth too. [Of Rogues and Gentlemen]

Harajuku’s Finest


It’s the cardinal rule of blog style: everything’s cooler in Japan.

So we’re glad to see one of their premiere brands finally make the leap. For the last few years, Beams+ has been one of the better reasons to visit Tokyo, but SF’s Unionmade has managed to smuggle some of their best stuff into stateside ecommerce. Our favorites so far are this jersey blazer, this overdyed plaid oxford shirt, and this paisley tie, but there's plenty more where that came from.

And while it's a little pricey, think of all the money you're saving on airfare.

Victoria Vetri Has Invisible High Heels

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The Weave of Our Lives: A gentleman’s guide to the latest developments in oxford cloth. There have been quite a few. [Valet]

Around the Neck: A trad’s take on the spring scarf. They're in favor. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

The Same Old Crew: J.Crew’s F/W presentation is pretty handsome. Also, a lot of tucked-in scarves. [Hypebeast]

There Can Be Only Four: The style choices of the final four. [Sports Illustrated]

Deeply Felt


Rachel Comey has been a favorite of well-curated boutiques for some years now—especially Brooklyn standby Hollander & Lexer—but somehow she’s never gotten the name recognition she deserves. It’s a shame because, as you can see, she makes quite an oxford.

This pair, dubbed Uncle Dan Oxfords, are cobbled together from felt, placing them somewhere between a plimsoll and a flashier suede version. More importantly, it’s more or less guaranteed to be the only forest green item in your shoe collection, which should come in particularly handy the next time you decide to bust out that khaki suit.

The Green Oxford


While the chaps in Florence are working magic with bold colors, we couldn’t help but notice a more understated version happening closer to home.

Skimming through the latest batch of Land’s End Canvas gear, we came across this green button-down and heather hoodie combination. It’s practically the opposite pole of the menswear spectrum, but it’s the same effect as the colorful belts you see circulating at Pitti Uomo.

Just a reminder: you don’t have to be an Italian dandy to pull off a pop of color.