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Your mind may already be preoccupied with hot dogs and fireworks, but before the festivities begin there’s some seriously good menswear to consider: butter-colored Irish linen jackets from Drake’s, beaded bucket hats by Post-Imperial and a collaboration between Randolph Engineering and Todd Snyder that sees the former’s aviators turned out in 23-karat gold. And if those don’t float your boat, there’s always unlined Chelsea boots from Carmina, collapsible heel espadrilles by Frescobol Carioca and a whole new take on Carhartt WIP’s Michigan jacket. Freedom away.
Onia Cotton Textured Knit Polo
Do you aspire to rock a knit polo this summer, but don’t want to look like a bit player on The Sopranos? Then Onia’s effort may be for you, as the lightweight pique cotton piece maintains a clean and contemporary color scheme.
John Elliott Linen Double Pleated Trouser
When temperatures rise, you don’t want to be caught in trousers that cling. John Elliott gets it and has supplied these loosely fitting pants made from an airy blend of cotton, linen and nylon and finished with a pair of aesthetically harmonious double pleats.
Frescobol Carioca Veloso Espadrilles
Frescobol Carioca has engineered a solution to the days when you can’t decide between a standard or mule espadrille. Its latest iteration can do both, thanks to a curved suede upper with a collapsible leather heel.
Carhartt WIP + Toogood Oversized Photographer x Michigan Jacket
This collaborative jacket made by Carhartt WIP and London-based design studio Toogood is a literal mash-up. It incorporates the cotton canvas fabric, corduroy collar and triple-stitch detailing of the former’s Michigan jacket, while adding the extra-generous front patch pockets and oversized fit of the latter’s Photographer jacket.
Polo Ralph Lauren Relaxed Fit Pleated Twill Short
We, too, hate to start summer without a decent pair of Ghurka shorts. Which is why we’re directing your attention to this vintage-inspired pair from Polo Ralph Lauren, which sports pleats, a double-buckled waistband and an appropriately relaxed fit.
Randolph x Todd Snyder Aviator
Randolph Engineering’s OG aviator has been endorsed by everyone from Don Draper to Junya Watanabe, and now they’ve received the Todd Snyder touch. What’s changed? Not much—they still sport bendable temples and glass polarized lenses—but now framed with 23-karat gold.
Drake’s Irish Linen Tailored Jacket
Plenty of makers produce linen jackets in soft shades of tobacco, tan or ivory, but Drake’s really went ahead and said “butter.” And we’re glad it did, as the subdued yellow shade is a perfect complement to the unlined and unstructured garment’s casual ease.
Nike Dunk Low “Sun Club” Sneakers
If any sneaker could also somehow be a frozen Margarita stand on a distant beach, it’d be Nike’s “Sun Club” Dunk Low. Built from layers of canvas and leather in soft shades of pink, blue, yellow and green, they’re the footwear equivalent of a tropical sunset.
PML Capri Shirt
Give your blue OCBDs a break and pull on PML’s Capri shirt, which represents a supremely Italian take on the classic button-down. Completed by a generous cutaway collar, it’ll look most natural with two or three of its top buttons undone and the sleeves nonchalantly pushed up to the elbows.
Post-Imperial Elegushi Bucket Hat with Maasai Beads
Adding Maasai beads to a hand-dyed bucket hat with a pleasingly irregular stripe pattern won’t make it any more functional. But it will make it a hand-dyed bucket hat in a pleasingly irregular stripe pattern with Maasai beads, which counts for something.
Sid Mashburn Slim Straight Jean Non-Selvedge Light Wash Denim
We’re also at a loss as to how the prime purveyor of laidback Southern charm went so long without selling a light-washed jean. But Sid Mashburn has corrected that discrepancy, and now offers an American-made jean cut from 13-ounce ring-spun denim in just the right shade of dad.
Carmina Unlined Chelsea Boots 80738
If you don’t think Chelsea boots are a reasonable footwear option for high summer, think again. Carmina left this suede pair unlined and kitted them out with a Flex Goodyear welt for maximum flexibility and minimum weight.
Kardo Handloom Khadi Open Collar Shirt with Hand Embroidery
This Kardo camp shirt is made from khadi, a handspun and handwoven fabric that in this case was yarn-dyed with natural indigo. And in the off chance you don’t think enough handwork was involved in its making, know that its floral motif—inspired by classical Mughal architecture— was embroidered by, you guessed it, hands.
Auralee Patch-Pocket Organic Cotton-Jersey Shorts
We like patch pockets on a sportcoat or chore jacket—so why not on a pair of shorts? Tokyo’s Auralee must have gotten the memo, as it outfitted these cotton-jersey shorts with a substantial pair of front-facing patch pockets that could hold a smartphone charger or maybe a loose piece of fruit.
YMC Rat Pack Cardigan
Can we envision Frank, Dean and Sammy wearing this YMC cardigan named in their collective honor? Maybe not, but we can easily picture you relaxing in it, thanks to its soft merino wool fabric and an intarsia-knit floral pattern.