Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
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…
Unis has earned a lot of praise from the menswear set for their slim-cut, American-made Gio pants—and for good reason.
But instead of resting on their Italian-twill laurels, they’ve unveiled an all-new cut: the Ford.
Consider this a late-breaking addition to our great moments in shorts…
Because we may have finally found the perfect pair of summer shorts, by way of menswear blogger darling label Unis: the Emmett.
Unis basically took the label’s highly coveted Gio pants and cut them off at the exactly appropriate length—baring just enough knee to keep things interesting, while not going full-on Larry Bird. Most importantly, the short pants retain the casually tailored-ness and Italian cotton of their forefather.
Blogger-favorite Unis has just dropped some new fall/winter offerings—including the already legendary Gio pant in a few autumnal colors—but this polka-dotted oxford cloth button-down is what caught our eye.
The ’60s collegiate shirt de rigueur has become ubiquitous amongst today’s menswear-savvy (chances are high you’re wearing one while reading this), and we’ve even begun to see a few plaid iterations, but this is the first time we’ve seen the sort of pattern reserved for silk ties on oxford cloth. And it’s a welcome departure.
It might be the perfect shirt for attempting the invisi-tie.
Opportunity knocks, gentlemen. Blogger darlings and makers of “the dream chino” Unis are remodeling their NYC shop and have decided to make their packing job easier by lightening their stock.
Nearly everything online is a hearty 25% off. Now’s your chance to grab another pair of summer pants in their famous Gio cut, venture into shorts territory and/or get your hands on the latest buzzworthy item that’s been circling the Internet—thanks in most part to this young lady—the camo military jacket.
Go on, get after it.
The Unis Gio gets a lot of love from the style press, and for good reason: it’s one of the best-cut pants on the market, made with great fabrics in smart colors, all stitched together in New York city limits.
The only problem is, because of all that wonderful fabric, it usually comes in at almost $300… which is why it pays to wait for a day like today, when Unis puts their whole stock of Gios on offer for half the usual price.
Make no mistake, it’s still pricey—but you’ll be getting more than your money’s worth.
California’s Unionmade just unveiled a serious gift to the world’s denim-heads—an 18-piece collection assembled with some of menswear’s best brands (Unis, Farm Tactics and Raleigh Denim for starters) and a lustworthy quantity of 10.5 oz Cone Mills selvedge canvas.
It’s called Unionmade Indigo–and in the interest of getting behind the denim, we sat down with manager Spencer Lemon for a tour of the goods.
Ladies and gentlemen, the perfect pair of shorts.
We’re not just saying that because they happen to be on sale. The next time you step into a fitting room, this is what you should be looking for: the snug waistline, the bare minimum of extra room in the legs and, more importantly, a few all-important inches between the bottom hemline and the top of your knee.
And just for extra credit, a pair of white sneakers with no socks. Well played all around.
This polo shirt is $26.
It’s down from $88 as part of a storewide sale that’s also marked their contentious khakis down to a slightly-less-contentious $160, but we’re more impressed by the polo. And while we normally stop short of just “buy this now,” we’re severely tempted.
Unis unveiled their Fall/Winter sale this week, giving us a crack at some of our favorite shirts in the world for half the regular price—in particular this hickory-striped version of their near-classic Felix shirt.
The elegant-but-casual button-up is an extremely common item—we doubt there’s a menswear shop in the country without a rack of them—but this is our pick for the best. In part it’s down to the uniformly excellent fabrics, but the small rounded collar is the real prize. It’s the perfect stage for the tight, narrow tie knots that pair best with casual shirts, making the shirt a good deal more versatile than the rest of the button-ups in your closet.
And since they know what to do with a good thing, the current sale offers 14 different versions to choose from. Decisions, decisions.
There’s a lot to love about fall style—including the mysterious art of layering—but our favorite perk comes from the simplest item in our closet: the flannel shirt.
Granted, we’re in the midst of a full scale plaid overload, but for this, we’re willing to make an exception. As you can see from the latest Band of Outsiders offering, the checks might get a little larger this year, and the colors a little less flashy, but otherwise nothing’s changed. It’s warm, it’s utilitarian, and it’s classic enough to remain unchanged since the Eisenhower days without ever seeming retro.
Unis also makes a great fine-combed version for more formal occasions (or if you feel like throwing on a wool tie), but you can find some surprisingly handsome and surprisingly cheap items trolling through your local vintage shop. Good hunting.
If you’ve been poring over fashion interviews this past week—and if you haven’t, we forgive you—you may have come across the following gem from Michael Bastian:
Take a polo shirt: the sleeves should hit right above the bicep—that makes your arm look amazing. It’s not a big change, but it’s slightly different than what you’re used to.
We’ve been puzzling over exactly what that looks like for a few days now, but fortunately Unis was good enough to provide us with the perfect example, courtesy of their Spring 2010 lookbook. If you were wondering, this is exactly how your polo shirt should fit. In fact, you may want to keep this picture in your wallet next time you hit the shops.
In particular, notice that the gentleman in question doesn’t have gym-rat arms, and despite the Bastian connection, he doesn’t come off as particularly preppy. He’s just a well-dressed man who knows how a polo should fit.
After a prolonged Indian Summer (or Native-American Fall, your pick) it’s finally dropped below body temperature out there. If you haven’t already layered up, it’s time to get yourself bundled before pneumonia sets in. Now we know that in the windy change of seasons, leather jackets can appear attractive. Most of the offerings out there, however, are just mistakes waiting to happen (wait at least until the sartorial specter of *The Sopranos* recedes before investing).
Instead, pair these more rugged, woolen looks with your Fall favorites. California line Cassette offers up this matte-black number which splits the difference between blazer and hunting coat, Gilded Age has a red-plaid, twill-lined coat suitable for the forest or the streets and this charcoal coat by New York label Unis is corporate-friendly with a daring, expansive collar.
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