Whoever said the autumnal wardrobe had to be dark and moody?
From tactile-feeling prints (inspired by traditional Japanese inkblots) to big and bold patchworks with a charmingly thrifted quality, here are five of the best men’s ‘statement’ shirts worth buying online this September.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.
Built around an ethos of eco-friendly and materially evocative design, New York-based Emily Bode has been draping American fashion insiders in drippy, boho-chic threads since 2016. The launch of her e-store earlier this May brought the brand to a new threshold of international prominence, and with ditties like this ‘tobacco flag’ patchwork, it’s easy to see why.
The charming design (which uses recycled lengths of polyester and silk) is assembled using patchworking — a technique popularised by ‘workwear lite’ labels like Needles and Kapital. Whether worn with shorts or your best pair of flared trousers, this shirt’s charming thrifted aesthetic is bound to make you smile.
This season, British fashion bulwark Paul Smith has leaned into his penchant for ‘muted eccentricity’ with this box-cut floral print shirt. Few designers do oversized motifs as well as Smith, who reinforces his well-earned credibility with a shirt that’s big on personality, but never loud. The shirt’s serene colour palette and partially concealed placket make it a strong match for minimal menswear: think pared-back creepers and a pair of cleanly detailed, razor-sharp trousers.
We all know that a lot of private-label gear stocked by retailers languish in obscurity, only to be consigned to South Horizons at the end of the season. That’s why it’s such a genuine joy when third party boutiques spend as much time on their own designs as they do the brands they stock; and that’s something Bryceland’s have developed quite the reputation for.
The Central haberdashery’s infamous rayon shirt — based on an archival western design — makes its return this year but is more fun than ever due to the introduction of an all-over ‘diving’ print. Worn under a silk suit with bug-eyed aviators, it makes for the quintessential tribute to seedy 70s style.
In Nicholas Daley’s brutalist FW20 collection, fashionistos can sense the ghosts of contemporary British menswear (i.e. hints of YMC, as well as Margaret Howell). Lofty inspirations of culture and traditional art are on full display in items as simple as one of Daley’s camp-collar shirts. Here, it’s emboldened with the Japanese ink transfer technique known as suminagashi. Let the marbled, almost 3D quality of the print do the talking by opting for simple footwear and accessories.
Founded in 2013, London-based Story MFG is committed to making pieces that are eco-conscious and which celebrate the beauty in slow manufacturing. The brand’s ‘Shore’ shirt manages to live up to these ideals by using repurposed cotton voile, coloured using an entirely plant-derived indigo dyeing process. Ideal for the sort of dude who favours JJJJound over John Lobb, this design does best with sportswear elements in similar shades of blue.