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Today’s Beautiful Jeans

These jeans come from the dye-minded Brits at Tender Co., by way of Amsterdam’s Tenue de Nimes—and they’re the best pair we’ve seen all year. Instead of the traditional indigo, they opted for a reddish hue they’re calling “flowerpot,” which should match the season even better. That fabric is 15-ounce duck canvas, the same kind used for tarps and sea bags. Look close and you’ll see tiny streaks from the vat-dyeing process—making each pair one-of-a-kind. And since they don’t want them to get too popular, they’re limiting it to a run of 12.

The Oddball

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We already knew Tender had a way with a dye bucket, but apparently they’ve got a way with island shirts too.

This hand-dyed popover is one of the more exotic shirts we’ve seen, thanks to no less than three off-kilter touches. First off, there are no cuffs—just a tiny cinching at the end of the sleeve. Second, it’s a single unseamed piece of cloth (aside from the sleeves and placket), giving it a smock-like vibe. And then, there’s that collar…

It’s the kind of offbeat islandwear that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Picasso, perfect for culminating your stylish-but-eccentric streak. But first, you may want to take up painting.

Blue Note

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Heritage can mean a lot of different things, but leave it to the chaps at Hill-Side to work Medieval England into the equation. Starting this Friday, they’ll be offering their classic stable of goods—that’s square-end tie, pocket square, handkerchief and scarf—in dip-dyed woad blue, with the help of the British artisan dyers at Tender Co..

About that heritage: Woad is one of the oldest dyes in the world, a staple of English clothing dating back to the Viking era, so it’s got a good millennium on most of what passes for heritage stateside. And as it turns out, the result is a pretty handsome shade of blue. It’s not that different from the chambray-assisted hues Hill-Side started out with—just with a new color and a richer dye pattern, and a whole lot more history to it.

Albion, here we come.

See a few snaps of the dyeing process after the jump»