For years, indigo was a term relegated to the dark corners of the denim-obsessed, but nowadays it’s been popping up everywhere—and far beyond jeans.
Which is great, because indigo can be so many things. And menswear has begun embracing the centuries-old natural dye in all of its forms—from blazers knit with indigo-dyed yarns to garment-dyed indigo sweatpants—thanks in no small part to the gents at San Francisco’s Unionmade who were at the forefront of the beyond-denim indigo movement. Which brings us to this upcoming spring awash in a sea of saturated blues...
The venerable British summerwear brand Sunspel—you’ll recognize their iconic Riviera polo as the one favored by James Bond—is launching their first-ever pop-up this weekend at slick NYC men’s shop C’H’C’M’.
And they’re bringing the rest of Britain with them...
Well, kind of. See, along with a curated selection of their own highly sought-after polo shirts, swim trunks and breezy cotton basics, they’ve chosen to feature a few more essentials from across the pond: hats, bench-made shoes and cashmere knits, just to name a few.
They’ve also teamed up with the typography gurus at House Industries to make some one-off merch for the monthlong gig, and those of you who can get to the city tomorrow will get first dibs during the opening event from noon to 4pm. As for everyone else, the shirts will be on the webshop come Sunday.
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 Every Stripe: The Brits at Sunspel—legendary for their buttery-soft polo shirts and tees—are knocking 20% off everything striped. Discount: B Sizes Available: A Selection: A
For the Tennessean: Nashville shop Imogene + Willie is slashing up to 50% off some flannels and work shirts. Discount: A Sizes Available: A Selection: C
For the Traveler:Makr’s signature slimmed-down wallets, cordovan leather gadget sleeves and other travel gear are all 20% off through Sunday. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: N/A Selection: A+
For the Rugged: The purveyors of hard-to-find craftsmanship-driven menswear at Bench & Loom are knocking 20% off jackets, coats and sweaters with the code SPRING20. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: B+
The polo shirt doesn’t get the credit it deserves.
Especially during this odd uneven time of seasonal transition—when a cloudy morning could just as easily turn into a balmy afternoon.
If you look past the tennis court and summer power-brunching, the polo can be an essential layering piece. Throw it under a cotton sweatshirt and a blazer before heading out the door (ditch a layer or two depending on how the day unfolds). If you’re going to attempt bridging the polo-and-blazer gambit, we’d suggest a shirt with enough collar to lie flat under your jacket’s lapel without any inadvertent popping out (or up). The polo we’ve been reaching for most often in these situations is the Riviera polo from the Brits at Sunspel. The weight is enough to hold its own (and provide more than a T-shirt would) as the temps fluctuate, yet the warp knit will keep you cool should any unseasonable warmth creep up. But there are plenty of good ones out there (you’ve probably got a few in your closet already).
Though, as of yesterday, you’ll want to stay away from the pastels.
We spent this morning browsing new goods at the Paul & Williams showroom, from waxed-cotton overcoats to the nautical-styled Sunspel goods above. It’ll all be hitting stores in the fall, but since there’s too much menswear here to fit above the fold, we’re tackling it piece by piece after the jump.
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.