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With summer approaching at a rapid clip, now’s as good a time as any to hold try-outs for the warmer season to come. For instance, a straw Panama Hat by Frescobol Carioca, swim trunks by Budd, and suede espadrilles via Todd Snyder. But so long as layering can still be enjoyed, you might also wish to consider linen jackets by Billy Reid or Brunello Cucinelli and a striped sweater from Connolly inspired by the 20th century’s foremost Cubist.
Brunello Cucinelli Neutral Single-Breasted Linen Blazer
Sporting peak lapels with four patch-flap pleated pockets and a half-belted back, this linen blazer from Brunello Cucinelli is half safari jacket, half power suit. Play it either way with ecru denim or tropical wool trousers below.
Budd Swim Shorts in Mint Small Floral Motif Print
It only took them 113 years, but bespoke London shirtmaker Budd has entered the swimsuit game. Its inaugural offering includes this floral-print pair, which has been triple-stitched for extra strength and includes a loop at the left rear waistband that can be used for latching keys or hanging the suit itself.
Burberry Crochet-Knit Bucket Hat
The reigning vogue for bucket hats meets 2023’s penchant for crochet in the form of this unique Burberry lid. The open weave of its cotton-blend material may not shield your head in a downpour, but we don’t think that’s the point.
Bode Leather Tab Jacket in Tan Brown
The idiosyncratic design of this Bode jacket, which overlays a leather collar and leather pockets on a cotton body, makes more sense when you realize it’s based on the design of a vintage bag. Two leather tab fastenings make it functional (and provide its name).
Saman Amel Notch-Lapel Silk-Canvas Jacket
Swedish tailor Saman Amel is unafraid to join the dark side, as its exclusive collection with Matches includes this notch-lapel jacket made from black silk canvas. Pair it with white linen trousers to flip a classic summer look upside-down.
Dunhill 1983 Harness Tote
The sturdy, harness-style handles of this calfskin Dunhill tote may be its most striking visual feature. But its real surprise is on the inside, which features a detachable leather folio held in place by metal snaps.
Tom Ford Lyocell and Cotton-Blend T-Shirt
With Tom Ford stepping down from his eponymous brand, it’s worth remembering the blend of practical wearability and no-expenses-spared luxury that built the label. It’s an ethos expressed by the design of this seemingly humble T-shirt, made from a lightweight blend of silky lyocell and cotton and distinguished by thickly ribbed trimming at the sleeves and hem.
Todd Snyder Suede Espadrille in Natural
The espadrille has humble origins as the footwear of choice among Catalan peasants. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be made a little luxe, as Todd Snyder has just done by crafting this iteration made from suede with a leather heel.
Connolly Black Ecru Sailor Striped Sweater
Think of Picasso—the man, not the art—and you’re likely to imagine the artist wearing a knit sweater with narrow stripes and a wide boat neck. In other words, something like Connolly’s sailor striped sweater, which is knit in England from midweight cotton and inspired by the stylish Cubist.
Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Tapered Fit Corduroy Pant
Ralph Lauren has adapted the corduroy trouser to the warmer months by cutting this iteration from lighter-weight, fine-wale fabric in a creamy hue. What they haven’t changed are the tailored details, leaving this pair complete with double pleats, side adjusters and a gentle taper.
Stubbs & Wootton x George Cleverley Martini Trainer
An embroidered Martini glass on one of Stubbs & Wootton’s rakish smoking slippers isn’t anything out of the ordinary. But said embroidery on a suede trainer from George Cleverley is. Thankfully, that imagined scenario is now a very real possibility, due to a new collaboration between the two footwear makers.
Billy Reid Leo Jacket
Five-pocket pant, meet five-pocket jacket. Billy Reid’s linen Leo jacket has a total of five open patch pockets on its front, and an unstructured cut that makes it a natural partner to said pants.
Frescobol Carioca Rafael Panama Hat x Matches
Frescobol Carioca’s recent dalliance with Matches (yes, the e-retailer seems to be everywhere) has yielded this wide-brimmed Panama hat made from Ecuadorian straw. Give your baseball cap the day off and consider this piece for your next beach outing, and wherever else the afternoon might take you.
Gucci Eyewear Square-Frame Sunglasses
Featuring a squared-off frame, curved tips and tortoiseshell-effect acetate frames, these Gucci shades ooze mid-century cool. Wear with tailoring to evoke the look of a button-down rebel à la Malcolm X, or contrast their seeming conformity with a bright Aloha print shirt.
Orlebar Brown Night Iris Tailored Fit Checkerboard Stitch Organic Cotton Polo Shirt
Orlebar Brown’s taken that summer staple—the nautical-stripe knit shirt—and subverted it with a checkerboard design. Elsewhere, it features a tailored fit, a spread collar and the maker’s signature “resort placket” that allows for plenty of air flow (and slightly more space for a tan).