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A Season for Seersucker

Christina Garofalo

The classic seersucker suit has been given a contemporary spin this season by the 105-year-old New Orleans–based menswear brand Haspel. Its founder, Joseph Haspel Sr., helped popularize the seersucker fabric in the early 1900s by crafting it into men’s suits after having used it to make overalls for factory workers.

The brand’s signature seersucker suit ($695 for the jacket, $275 for the trousers)—available in navy, gray, green, red, or tan—has been redesigned in a more contemporary cut and is made to measure in Southwick, Mass.

For the new collection, Laurie Haspel Aronson—the great-granddaughter of Joseph Sr.—selected the New York–based menswear and accessories designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos to pump new life into the brand. While tailored clothing is an element of the collection, Shipley and Halmos are putting significant effort into building Haspel’s first true sportswear line. The collection’s Chinos ($195), knits ($395 to $450), and the inside trim of its sport coats (from $595) have a unifying trace of seersucker. (www.haspel.com; available through Nordstrom, www.shop.nordstrom.com)  

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Photo by Ted Morrison