For Spring 2011, we’re really digging floral print shirting. It’s something that has to be done very sparingly so you aren’t confused for a tourist and it’s really all about the print. Some fabrics are proving to be louder than others but this shirt from Brooklyn’s Epaulet has all the right ingredients. Their fit’s known to be great and the print is a subtle red that isn’t extremely eccentric by any means.
Staple Design and Epaulet have teamed up for their first product collaboration, an enhanced version of Epaulet’s classic slim-fitting Rivet Chino. Staple Design added a collection of tweaks including rear button flap pockets, a mid-thigh rear utility pocket, a rear belt loop D-ring, and a reinforced cuff. We’re also told the fabric is a soft, double-faced brushed cotton twill straight from Japan while each piece is hand-crafted in Los Angeles.
Alden’s been known to collaborate directly with retail shops to get some unique offerings on the feet of customers. Their latest collaboration is with Brooklyn’s Epaulet as the two have teamed up for a pair of longwings in a natural leather upper atop Alden’s double leather Flex-Welt sole. For anyone wondering, the “Flex-Welt” sole is actually bathed in oil to make it exceptionally supple and water-resistant. “This special edition is done in a beautiful shade of Chromexcel. Called “natural,” the color sits between a pale tan and a light grey. The oil under the surface gives the leather a handsome “burnished” look, and the color casts change as the leather is worn. It’s a great twist on an old-school style. ”
The finish is definitely something else and it gets our recommendation just be ready to wait until next fall to get it as it’s currently up for pre-order.