SOCKS FOR SUMMER
Eight Graphically Forward Pairs of Socks for Summer
With seasonal change, we are quick to transform our wardrobe to match the weather—or, most of it. Shirts and pants get swapped out. Some items are stowed, while others are retrieved. But what about socks? Summer in the northern hemisphere makes for...
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MADE IN ITALY
Pal Zileri and The Future of Tailoring
What is the difference between tailored and factory menswear? Often we consider these two categories as distant or even conflicting. However, there are many who actually know how to combine these both, companies that use industrial processes...
Du Zen! Leather Bags
Founded by former industrial and graphic designer Samantha Rogers (née Duzenman), Australian label Du Zen! handcrafts high-quality leather bags locally in Melbourne, some of which come in unusual but wearable colorways. The brand also ignores traditional...
Beau Custom Clothing
Why buy clothes off the rack when you can have them custom made for the same price? And why pay what most others are for custom when you can get it at an even lower price? Beau, based out of a retail space on the ground floor of NYC's SoHo Grand...
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MADE IN SPAIN
DIRECT TO CONSUMER
Made in Spain, Qüero Shoes Land in NYC
Customized products do not have to equate with heart attack-inducing prices anymore. In the world of shoes, companies like Atlanta-based start-up Cobbler Union and Quoddy (who hand-sew moccasins and loafers in Maine) are making bespoke available...
Levi's Celebrates the 501's Birthday With a Documentary
To celebrate the 501's birthday, Levi's has created a documentary—released in several parts—about the iconic jeans. The fourth episode highlights the 501's immense influence in Japan. Narrated by Craig Stecyk (aka C.R. Stecyk III, a surf and skate...
MADE IN AMERICA
MADE IN USA
Chrome Industries' New Denim Apparel
Though largely known for their heavy duty, guaranteed-for-life messenger bags, Chrome Industries has been gently dipping a toe into urbanwear for the past two years. Wanting to break out of the cycling mold the right way, the SF-based brand launches...
MADE IN TUNISIA
Funded via KissKissBankBank (France's version of Kickstarter) last year, Paris-and-London-based Dessù offers a new perspective on lingerie. (The name comes from the phonetically similar dessous, one of the many French words for underwear.) The...
COFFE TABLE BOOKS
Ari Seth Cohen's "Advanced Style: Older & Wiser"
Ari Seth Cohen's delightful and inspirational Advanced Style project exists in many forms—from a documentary to a blog, Instagram and now a second hardcover tome: "Advanced Style: Older and Wiser"—again published by Brooklyn's powerHouse Books. The...
MADE IN USA
KULE Striped Shirts
From storied associations with European sailors and summers in the south of France to Americana and childhood memories, it's intriguing how much personality we affix to striped T-shirts. Further (and more pragmatically) stripes really go with just...
MADE IN PORTUGAL
Jack Erwin's "Cooper" Boat Shoe
NYC-based Jack Erwin is on a mission to create well-made, high-quality affordable men's shoes. Their latest style, the Cooper, is their take on one of summer's most classic styles, the boat shoe. The 100% leather welt shoes are available in three...
Tui Krosschell Scarves
With summer on its way, Tui Krosschell’s new, brightly printed Func:Scarves are an expressively vibrant way to keep the evening chill of transitional seasons at bay. A recent textiles graduate from Manchester School of Art, Krosschell draws inspiration...
MADE IN JAPAN
Takuya Duncan's Montauk Cotton Stripe Pant
Summer lounge season is almost upon us and the Montauk Cotton Stripe Pant from new premium menswear brand Takuya Duncan is a perfect fit. Made in Japan, from Japanese cotton Kimono fabric at a 100-year-old factory, the pants are a modern take—with...
Basic Rights' Menswear Essentials
Basics are that category of clothing oftentimes best described as "wear a few times, then use as pajamas." The search for non-branded, tailored basics that don't cost more than they should, are elegant enough to wear to dinner, and last a long...
MADE IN UK
Connect-the-Dots on T'aint by Ashish T-Shirts
A longtime member of the VFILES community, London-based designer Ashish Gupta has made a name for himself thanks to a frequent and extravagant use of sequins within the collections of his eponymous label. A new capsule, however, plays with a different...
Closed Revives Its '80s Denim Archives
Closed was originally founded by Marithé and François Girbaud (denim pioneers who have their own Urban Dictionary entry) in the '70s. The French designer duo innovated techniques like stone-washing as well as the much more sustainable WATTWASH...
MADE IN JAPAN
The Hill-Side + Buaisou Indigo Collaboration
Two of our favorite Brooklyn-based brands, The Hill-Side and Buaisou have joined forces to produce a limited edition run of selvedge chambray clothing and accessories—all of which has been hand-dyed in natural indigo using the traditional Japanese...
Spring Cleaning for the Body and Mind
"Spring cleaning" goes further than vacuum storage, packing away winter clothes, dropping off boxes at Goodwill and half-hearted dusting. The transition between seasons is a particularly ripe time for re-evaluating things beyond your closet space—like...
Y-3 Launches Y-3 Sport
Though Y-3 is a beautiful collaboration between avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and global sportswear brand adidas, surprisingly, it's always been a fashion-first line. After 15 years, Yamamoto has thought it the proper time to go deep...
'Reigning Men' at LACMA
Currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), rain pours down inside and men fill the galleries. On the first floor of BCAM, Random International’s Rain Room continues its global frenzy and naturally become one of LA’s most popular...
MADE IN JAPAN
KAPTAIN SUNSHINE SPECIAL EDITION
The Hill-Side Bridge Mid Sneakers
New from Brooklyn's The Hill-Side, and developed in collaboration with Japan's Kaptain Sunshine, comes a rather uncommon-looking laceless sneaker: the Olive Drab Bridge Mid, Kaptain Sunshine Special Edition. This mid-height sneaker cites the very...
Birdwell Beach Britches + RVCA Spring Capsule Collection
Californian brands Birdwell Beach Britches and RVCA are just a short drive away from each other in sunny Newport Beach, yet their new spring 2016 capsule collection sees the first time the two have teamed up. Each brand operates at the opposite...
New Lingerie for Spring
With warmer weather comes fewer layers, and the increased probability that your undergarments will say hello to the world in some way, shape or form. Freshen up the spring wardrobe by tossing out basics that make you itch, sad or even embarrassed...
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Interview: Designers Parke & Ronen
It's hard to imagine, with their men's bathing suits having such a distinct and commanding presence in the swimwear market, that duo Parke & Ronen designed their first pair on a whim. A few years after they united in 1997 and opened a store in...
Started From Underwear, Now They're Here: Baserange
The pared-down, simple styles and tactile fabrics of Danish-French label Baserange’s SS16 collection feel quietly revolutionary, elevating everyday-wear into something quite a bit more interesting. The brand—whose name stands for Basic Aesthetic...