Yesterday, the folks behind Bespoken, the online MTM brand, launched a pop-up inside Odin’s Lafayette Street location. The space, dubbed the “Bespoken Shirt Bar”, offers all the variations of shirts possible by Bespoken and showcases original illustrations that detail sizing and collar options. If you want to see what goes into making a shirt from Bespoken, peep the video below. (via GQ Eye)
Left Field has just dropped a few pieces from their F/W 2011 collection, among them are these heavy tartan overskirts. They’re made in Los Angeles from a burly 12 oz., 100% cotton American-made tartan twill. Fine details include a shrunken point collar, placket-free front, single chest pocket, shoulder pleats, adjustable cuffs, old school “union” tag and navy blue Corozo buttons. They come in a slimmer fit and can be worn as a button up or as a mid-layer piece.
Italian label Finamore is known to offer some of the finest shirting the World over, and that’s primarily due to its longevity and perfection of trade. It’s the second-oldest shirtmaker in Naples and is fourth-generation-family-owned. You won’t find them at a wide range of stockists and their production partnerships are extremely exclusive. Beyond all the essentials you’d expect from a high-quality shirtmaker, Finamore offers unique detailing such as a hand-stitched and pleated shoulder insert for added mobility.
Michael Williams over at ACL has been dropping Italian gem after gem as of late. Here, he gives us a preview of what to expect from Napoli’s Salvatore Piccolo and the designer’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Piccolo’s known for making hand made shirts for an impressive clientele across Europe, the U.S. and Japan, but he also makes a small collection of OTR shirts and ties in his factory in Napoli.
Predicting where the menswear market will be in a year or two from now or even five years from now is no easy task but I sincerely believe the folks at Ovadia & Sons are one of the few in the industry that are really good at it. In past seasons, we seen them deliver product that’s modern yet timeless and downright essential. Their following is steadily growing and that can be mainly attributed to some press love and their ability to just make clothes that men want to wear.
Steven Alan’s known for his impeccable shirts, in fact, they’re my personal favorites. The fit and construction are unmatched and the prints have been great season-over-season. For the current season, the New York designer drops several new designs of his signature Reverse Seam shirt. The shirt features a twisted placket, slightly tailored body, and French seams at the side as well as a reversed inside pocket.
Left Field has dropped some really well-made short sleeve button downs for the current season. There are three shirts in the range, including two that are made from a barely-there light Japanese madras, while the third is made from baby-butt soft organic cotton gingham.
The detailing on three shirts is tremendous as they include real Trocas Shell buttons, a button down collar with third button on the center back, locker loop at the shoulder seam and notched short-sleeve cuff with button detail.
Gitman Vintage drops this cotton linen shirt in blue chambray. We’ve seen tons of Gitman Vintage shirting in the past but the wash is so perfect for the summer that we just couldn’t resist. The detailing’s really well done and of course the course is spot on. It’s slightly fitted, which is exactly the approach you want to take in this hot weather. Close to the skin but not too close.
Ralph Lauren drops this shirt exclusively for London’s Number Six. It comes in the label’s custom fit which happens to be one of my favorite cuts on the market right now. “The wash and subtle irregularities in colour to the shirt are the result of a special treatment to give an authentic sun-faded effect.” It’s lightweight and features a fly collar with top button detail as well as two front patch chest pockets and a straight hem.
We’re hearing great things about GANT’s new website and online store for the U.S. market and being able to see the label’s goods from the comfort of our own cubicles and then sharing them instantly with our friends is priceless. This works well with GANT because it’s so highly sought-after and the accessibility just hasn’t been there on a national front.
As for this shirt, well, it’s an eye pleaser. It’s baseball inspired and features chambray blue raglan sleeves a slimmer cut. The shirt also boasts a higher collar stand than usual and contrasting fabric inside the collar and cuffs. Oh, and the classic GANT locker loop’s on the back. If this shirt wasn’t on your wish list before, then it should be.