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It’s refreshing—particularly in a season as tradition-minded as fall—to subvert expectations from time to time. Fittingly, this week sees the release of embroidered gilets made in partnership between Percival and Lavenham, remixed varsity jackets from Rag & Bone and a velour rugby dreamt up by Todd Snyder. Of course, you can always play it straight with a subdued Fair Isle sweater from Brunello Cucinelli or an oversized cotton canvas rain mac by De Bonne Facture. Now, for the fun part.
Todd Snyder Striped Velour Polo
The rugby shirt has been called many things, but “sexy” was never one of them—until Todd Snyder introduced this striped model made from Portuguese velour. The plush fabric may give it a bit more edge, but it can still be worn with yesterday’s khaki pants in a pinch.
Percival x Lavenham Thornham Gilet
Part of a capsule collection between East London menswear brand Percival and heritage outerwear maker Lavenham, this piece updates the latter’s Thornham gilet with playful embroidery inspired by the natural world. Slip it over a button-down shirt and chinos to earn yourself a Midtown Uniform violation.
Rag & Bone Houndstooth Varsity Jacket
Houndstooth tweed is typically the stuff of buttoned-up academics, but Rag & Bone has reclaimed it for the jocks via this varsity jacket, which combines a wool torso with leather arms and trim. Team it with five-pocket cords or wide-leg selvedge denim for a retro letterman look.
Auralee Hard Twist Denim 5P Pants
The most striking detail about these Auralee jeans is that they’re brown. The second most striking detail is that they’re made from “hard twist” denim, which means they come with a steel-like crease and will retain some of the fabric’s raw rigidity even after their first wash.
Brunello Cucinelli Fair Isle Intarsia-Knit Jumper
Fair Isle sweaters tend to be a riot of color and pattern, but Brunello’s cooled it down for this alpaca-blend piece marked by a subdued intarsia-knit motif in a uniform hue. Make the most of its versatility by pairing it with everything from dark denim to white cords.
Clarks Sashiko Desert Boot
The Clarks Desert Boot sits squarely in “don’t mess with a classic” territory, but we’ll make an exception for its newest evolution. The Sashiko boot is made from indigo-dyed suede and marked by handstitched detailing in the traditional Japanese style.
Turnbull & Asser Multi Check Wool Weekend Fit Shirt
We consider this multi-check wool shirt from Turnbull & Asser to be the English retort to plaid flannels. Cut with the maker’s relaxed “weekend fit,” it’s casual enough for Saturday afternoons but can report for office duty thanks to a smart spread collar.
Kapital 60/40 Tugihagi Fleece Hutte Anorak
The anorak may be the outerwear of choice for practical New England dads, but no one will mistake you for a village father in this hybrid piece from Kapital made with patchwork faux-shearling and cotton-blend shell. A corduroy-lined funnel neck further cements its outsider status.
MSGM Maxi Check Print Wool Blend Over-Shirt
Sure, buffalo plaid has its charms, but have you seen… rainbow plaid? If not, immediately familiarize yourself with this wool-blend overshirt by MSGM, which matches a ROYGBIV color scheme to utilitarian details including oversized front pockets.
Sasquatchfabrix Flared Velvet Trousers
When it comes to bold, ‘70s-inspired styles like flared trousers, it’s hard to dip your toes into the pool—you’re better off diving right in. You can do so with these Japanese-made trousers from Sasquatchfabrix, which match a borderline-bell-bottom hem to groovy velvet fabric.
Moncler Genius 2 Moncler 1952 Monnow Reversible Down Jacket
A jacket made entirely from fuzzy faux shearling is a lot of look. Not that that’s a bad thing—but should you wish to take a break from its maximalist appearance and texture, this Moncler jacket can be reversed into a more traditional down jacket.
Stoffa Single Breasted Shirt Jacket
Visually, this peached cotton shirt jacket from Stoffa reads like a sport coat thanks to tis notched lapels and triple patch pockets. But its unlined make and shirt-style construction allow it to fit like a favorite sweater.
Gitman Vintage Alpaca Sweater
Throughout its 90-year history, Gitman has chiefly been known for making one thing: shirts. But an old dog can learn new tricks, and Gitman Vintage has introduced this Peruvian-knit alpaca wool sweater, which features a chest pocket detail and a high neckline that should frame a button-down collar just right.
Alex Crane Quilted Kite Jacket
We’re used to seeing quilted jackets made from technical fabrics, but there’s no rule against cutting them from organic textiles. Alex Crane got the memo and built its kite jacket from quilted cotton canvas.
De Bonne Facture Giant Long Mac Work Cotton Canvas
You’d think a name like “Giant Long Mac” would say it all, but there’s more to this De Bonne Facture coat than its title implies. Inspired by the preferred inclement weather-gear of Parisian senior citizens, it’s made from a water-repellent cotton canvas and finished with a removable hood.