Now founder/designer C. Drew Sutton has revamped their webshop for FW ’13 and it’s a veritable trove of handsomeness—including key pieces from their house label and an exclusive tie collaboration with Gitman Vintage.
A lot of bloggerly ink has been spilled in the excitement over J. Press’s neo-trad capsule collection York Street, helmed by the #menswear golden boys at Ovadia & Sons.
It’s the sort of brilliance that could only happen in the Tumblr age—or by being willed into existence by a small cadre of menswear influencers performing ritualistic dances in some clandestine Ivy League clubhouse. (It could’ve been either, really; we’d rather not comment any further.)
And while it seemed that the stuff would only exist on the Internet, today it all became a reality in a real-life brick-and-mortar shop in NYC—and our friends at UrbanDaddy got us a sneak peek at all the cable-knitted wool and tufted-leather handsomeness. If a trip to the city isn’t in the cards anytime soon, not to worry—all the stuff is available online.
This snap comes from a sneak peek at an upcoming editorial on our favorite rebel-prep-wear label, Boast. It comes courtesy of Jake Davis, who directed the shoot (and who’s teamed up with Adrianne Ho to brilliant success before). Get a better look at the preview of the beach-traipsing photography of Boast’s new collection over here. (Though we’ll admit, Ms. Ho really steals the show.)
The vast majority of upstart Made-in-America labels that have come on the scene lately are of the selvage denim, triple-stitched boot, workwear-leaning variety.
So we were pleased to learn of a decidedly preppy entry from Read Wall—the same guy who brought us this good-looking shirt and many more—launching this fall. He’s moved on from just shirts (ditching the name “Read’s Clothing Project” for “Read Wall”) and pulled off an entire line of preppy staples: polos, chinos, anoraks—and the shirts are still there, of course. Consider it a homegrown Gant in its infancy.
The stuff is available for preorder now, and expected to ship in late September—which is right about when you’ll start wanting to reach for a waxed-canvas anorak on your way out the door.
And So Does GQ: To celebrate, they’ve put together a comprehensive slideshow of mothers who’ve graced their pages. A beautiful tribute. [GQ]
To Match Your Spring Socks: On the heels of our spring “ditch the wool for cotton” sock roundup, Valet gives cardigans the same treatment. Good stuff. [Valet]
Still Learning: One man’s journey back to his prep school reunion teaches him (and us in the process) that reality and menswear’s current loud-plaids-and-green-pants vision of the look don’t exactly match up. [Esquire]
Your Mother’s Day Reading: If you’ve looked at a newsstand recently, you probably gave the exposed-left-breast-ed Time cover a double take. Here’s the story behind that. [Time]
It never fails: the sun comes out, the coats go into storage...and pretty soon, we’re thinking of polo shirts. They’re a warm-weather classic for most of the Western Hemisphere, and for 2012, we’ve rounded up the three most important models, from the preppy to the fashion-forward, to help you attack the summer in style.
It’s still a bit of a style taboo, but at its best, ’90s style was a retake of the same optimistic ennui that drove the early ’60s—so it’s only right that its greatest icon would be a latter-day Kennedy, a man of leisure in an increasingly uncertain time.
Ladies and gentlemen, JFK Jr.
If you look through these pictures closely enough, you’ll see most of the decade represented, from RL prep to Wall Street insouciance. Of course, he bowed out too soon (just as the decade ended, in fact), but what’s left is a remarkable record of a man in his prime. Here are a few of our favorites...
This week’s MOTH comes from the preppiest place on earth, the Madison Avenue Brooks Brothers shop, during the release party for True Prep. It’s also quite possibly the only place in the world you could fearlessly sport a pair of moleskin pants embroidered with miniature pictures of dogs.
The red-headed gentleman without fear is K. Cooper Ray, proprietor of Social Primer, and give or take a pair of Gucci loafers, he’s dressed in head to toe Brooks—including that two-tone bowtie, which he had a hand in designing. It’s a lot to take in…but we’re pretty sure it’s the only way to pull off the eye-popping trousers. If it weren’t for Thom Browne lurking in the background in a shrunken gray suit, he’d easily be the best-dressed gentleman in the place.
Michael Bastian has been turning out elegant-if-pricey staples for a couple seasons now, and before that he was with the ur-preppies at Polo, so if there’s a next big thing in preppidom, our money’s on him. And apparently Gant agrees.
His collaboration with the storied rugby brand debuted at Fashion Week last month and images are finally leaking to the web. We don’t endorse every last piece—particularly the over-distressed jeans and khakis—but of the 42 items there are at least seven we’re not sure we can do without. Not a bad average, as these things go.
Our favorite is this wool pant, the kind of rough-textured fall pant we usually turn to Sweden for. It’ll be a few more months before you can see them in person, but we’re guessing it’s worth the wait.
ACL’s Michael Williams and Kempt’s own venerable Randy Goldberg have put together a pop-up this weekend in Nolita, and we couldn’t resist a quick peek at the stock.
The post-Hickey milliners at Hattan have already garnered a bit of press, and you can see the full list here, but our early favorite is the set of vintage gear pulled together by J. Press’s Mark McNairy, including classic Ray-Bans and oxfords direct from the Princeton shop. Call it the literal approach to taking ivy…