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Linen is the world’s first technical fabric. It keeps you feeling cool and dry in the warmer seasons, as the fiber helps wick sweat away from the skin, transferring the moisture to the other side and allowing it to dissipate. For nearly a millennia, it’s been used to make everything from home products to apparel. In fact, while the fabric can have a slightly scratchy quality at first, it comfortably softens over a very short period of time. This is why household items such as bed sheets are sometimes referred to as linens – they were customarily made from flax fibers, linen’s source material.
Proper Cloth just opened their online “Linen Shop,” a page dedicated to all of their linen offerings. Along with the lightweight, breathable linens that you’d expect from a custom shirtmaker, Proper Cloth also stocks special weaves, such as their rustic, midweight linens made from délavé yarns. Additionally, they have linen and linen-blend trousers, suits and sport coats, and facial masks. The inky, dark blue linen shirts can be worn under light-colored sport coats, helping you visually anchor the outfit’s top half when you’re not wearing a tie. Lastly, don’t forget to check out Proper Cloth’s Father’s Day Gift Guide. There’s still time to order something custom-made and have it be delivered by Father’s Day, or you can get your father a gift card.
Chipp Neckwear is the online accessories arm of Winston Tailors. This legendary custom clothier dressed Andy Warhol, Joe DiMaggio, and members of the Kennedy family during the heyday of Ivy style. Known for their more playful takes on traditional Anglo-American style, the company’s founder Sidney Winston helped popularize patchwork madras and tweed sports, often with colorful linings. Sidney’s son Paul is also known for his cheeky neckwear — a tie for the black sheep in the family, a play on a baseball phrase, and Santa with a … ahem … heart on.
If you ever get a chance to talk to Paul, ask him for some of his favorite tailoring stories — the man has been in the trade forever and has loads of them. On one occasion, while Paul was with JFK and Bobby in the Oval office, helping them choose suit fabrics, he remembers seeing images flash across the TV of troops being sent to desegregate schools. “After JFK’s assassination, Bobby Kennedy called on Chipp to re-cut his brother’s inauguration suit to fit him, as they were entirely different sizes,” Al Castiel once reported in Town & Country. “This process was far more expensive than having a new custom suit made, but Paul believes that Bobby wanted it done for sentimental reasons. During his presidential campaign, RFK frequently met with Sidney and Paul Winston for new clothes, since they were constantly being torn off him by overzealous crowds along the campaign trail.”
Dapper Classics is officially launching its Memorial Day Weekend sale tomorrow, where you can knock 20% off any purchase. But exclusive for Put This On readers, you can get early access by using the code MDWPTO. The code applies to their famous Hertling-made trousers, which come with a medium rise and slim leg. They’re also constructed from high-end materials, including summer-ready Fresco.
You may also want to check out their socks, which are knitted at a third-generation, family-owned mill in North Carolina. Their solid-blue, over-the-calf socks made from mercerized cotton are a tender mercy on hot days. Being made from a tightly spun, sturdy yarn, the socks have a slightly open weave that allows them to be very breathable (although somehow not overly sheer). Dapper Classics’ cotton over-the-calf socks are basically like a spring/ summer counterpart to your basic merino wools. Their patterned socks also hold up exceptionally well in the wash.
Lastly, the early access code even works on already-discounted items. The grey flannel trousers — a wardrobe staple, if there ever was one — come down to about $150 with the code, a significant drop from their usual full-retail price of $245.
Since Rowing Blazers closed its flagship store a couple of months ago, diehard fans have missed the ability to go into a shop, check out the latest RB collection, and congregate with friends (the old flagship was often a place for parties and meet-ups). Well, good news. This weekend, Rowing Blazers is hosting a pop-up shop at 2 Rivington Street in New York City, which is the very same location as their first pop-up shop nearly three years ago.
Readers in NYC can go to the pop-up shop to check out the new spring/ summer collection, which is full of prep classics, such as striped rugbys and madras tailoring. The company also has new colors in their famous “Princess Diana” sweaters, some fresh dad caps and banker bags, and new collaborations with Sperry. The pop-up shop is open from now until Sunday, and is available every day from 11am to 7pm. Visitors will get a free Rowing Blazers mask at the door, until supplies last.
Nigel Cabourn just launched their spring sale, where you can find select items discounted by as much as 50%. Included are the company’s famous military-inspired jackets and parkas, rugged work shirts, and the iconic Cameraman coat in spring colors. This crinkly Frankie’s shirt can be worn open over a t-shirt and paired with jeans, chinos, or fatigues. The olive “racing jacket” can be a lightweight spring layering piece worn with flannels, jeans, and field boots. The pleated shorts can be paired with comfy t-shirts and leather huaraches on hot days.
Nigel Cabourn fans will also want to check out this page, where the brand has quietly launched some of their fall/winter pieces. If you hover your mouse over the product photos (or just click through and scroll through the photos), you can also see some early lookbook images. Pictured above is the olive naval parka made from Ventile, a British cloth known for its breathability, water resistance, and stealth qualities. Nigel Cabourn also has a small stock of Mackintosh coats, including nylon coach jackets and short macs.
During the interwar years, wealthy Americans, Hollywood elites, and habitual globetrotters took extended journeys through the southern reaches of Europe, where they vacationed in Spain and the French Riviera. While there, they shed their stiff collars and put on the sort of work clothes worn by local people — belted pants, collarless shirts, and jute-soled shoes. Soon, photos of men such as Cary Grant sipping an aperitif while wearing espadrilles eventually made their way stateside, which is how these shoes eventually became associated with fancy European vacations and summer style.
This week, LuxeSwap is auctioning off over two dozen pairs of espadrilles, ranging in staple colors such as navy to slightly bolder choices, such as sunflower yellow, forest green, and washed red. They also have other notables this week, including grained Gaziano & Girling split-toes, Bryceland’s cargo pants, Drake’s “fun shirt,” Drake’s jeans, olive Sage de Cret easy pants, Rancourt guide boots, and some nice pants from various brands. As usual, to find the best of the best, you can do a search for #1 Menswear.